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Training nights:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 until approximately 8:30. If not racing, distance runners train at Swanshurst Park on Sundays from 10:30 to approximately 11:30.

Training fees:  First training evening is free and, thereafter, you pay £1.00 per session.

Membership subscription (from 1st October for full year - those joining later pay an appropriate amount):  We suggest that you try up to four sessions first before committing to becoming a member. When you decide to join, it costs £20.00 for each child per year, for the first two children in a family; £10 per child thereafter. Application forms are available on this website as well as at the Club.
Membership entitles you to train and - at no extra charge (except for some additional track and field meetings) - take part in club-organized events and compete for the Club at cross-country and track and field meetings.

Competition:  During the winter season, our junior athletes compete in the West Midland Young Athletes Cross-Country League (wmyaccl.com), while, during the summer season, they compete in the Heart of England Athletics League (hofe-league.org.uk).
Juniors can also take part in the Warwickshire, Midland and National Cross-Country Championships as well as the Midland and National Cross-Country relays. In addition, they are encouraged to take part in other track and field meetings during the summer season.
In December, Sparkhill Harriers’ junior and senior runners take part in the “Christmas Handicap” - an informal and fun cross-country event organized by the Club - and, during the summer, a fun evening is arranged on the track for juniors and seniors.

Age groupings:  For cross-country events, the age groups are as at midnight on 31st August prior to the season. For track and field events, U15s shall be confined to competitors who are ages 13 or 14 on 31st August, within the competition year; U11s, U13s and U17s follow the same pattern.                                                                                                                                                                            

Awards Evening: Awards for Sparkhill Harriers’ athletes are presented at the end of the cross-country season, along with the previous year’s track and field awards.

Contacts:  Dave Reed for inquiries relating to coaching; Nick Stringer regarding cross-country events; Hilary Mann for membership inquiries; and Rob Mills for matters concerning safeguarding and welfare.



Heart of England T & F league, Div. 3, Match No. 3, 4th Sept 2010 Print

Saturday the 4th of Sept and a small number of juniors travelled over to Saffron Lane, Leicester in the 3rd and final match of the Heart of England league.

The afternoon started off with the u/11 girls long jump and Katy Williams once again leapt out to 2.86 metres. Next up came Tom Dodd in the A race of the u/13 boys. Like a number of people, Tom has missed a number of training sessions lately due to the holiday period and unfortunately it showed in his performance. His time of 2 mins 39 secs still bought him home in 2nd spot. In the B race William Thompson also finished 2nd. The u/11’s girls 600 metres came next and in the A race Joanne Humphries was just pipped on the line in a closely fought race with a girl from Harbourgh. We had 3 girls in the B race and first home for us with a 8 second improvement off her pb came Katy Williams and not to far behind came Alice Cross and the tiny Isobella Thompson. The u/11 boys came next with Nathan Clitheroe and Jamie Mills. Both lads did well with Nathan storming down the final straight. Not much of a recovery for these two as they now move over to the long jump pit. Both manage just over 3 metres and score good points for the club.

Moving through the programme and its now the sprint races. With a slight breeze into their faces the u/11 boys and girls give a good account of themselves. Tom Dodd now running over 100metres pumps his arms to take 3rd spot. Now it’s the u/15 girls and Remy Barrett demonstrates why she is one of the best runners in this age group with a comfortable win (bad leg or no bad leg). In the B race Savanah Anderson in only her 2nd race finishes in a fine 2nd spot. A nervous Suhayl Iqbal now steps forward in the u/17 100 competition and in his first race for us  he gives a good account of himself.

As the meeting heads towards the end of the programme our sprinters now go over 200 metres and once again Remy shows the others how it's done.

Finally it’s the u/11’s mixed 4x100 relay and our team of Alice, Jo, Katy and Jamie perform the changing of the baton well to bring them home in a very creditable 2nd spot.

At the end of the meeting Joanne Humphries was awarded a medal for the best distance race (600) of the 3 meetings with a time of 1min 59.6, well done Joanne.

A big thank you to all those athletes who took part in the 3 meetings and a big thank you to the parents who officiated and made the meetings possible.
 
Heart of England T & F league, Div 3, Match No 1, 5/6/10 Print

Heart of England track and field league,Div 3, Match No 1, Sat 5th June at the Alan Moreton track, home of Kidderminister & Stourport A.C.

This match did not get off to a very good start because of a very poor turn out of club athletes. Infact we had more match officials than athletes.

Of those who did make the effort we should congratulate the following for their performances.

Joanne Humphries u/11 girls 600 metres, first with a new P.B.time of 2 mins 01.3 seconds.

Katy Williams u/11 girls 600 metres new P.B. time of 2 mins16.2 seconds.

Tom Dodd u/13 boys 800 metres, first time out over this distance, finished first in a P.B. time of 2 mins 35.2 seconds.A few hours later another P.B. in the 200 metres of 30.5 seconds.

Zac Wagstaff u/13 boys, first time in any sort of competition did well to finish both his events.

Jacob Crook u/13 boys,another first timer over distances of 100 & 200, P.B’s in both.

Izzie Kai u/15 girls, 100-15.7 seconds, with a long jump of ??

Jonnes Elechmaner u/17 boys. The busiest competitor of the day with a 100, 200 and 400 all within a one and a half hour period and winning the 400 with a big chunk off his P.B.

The next match is Sunday July 11th at the Pringles Stadium, Nuneaton. We sincerely hope we have more club athletes for this match.    
 
Warwickshire T & F Champs, Alexander stadium, 8th & 9th May 2010 Print

Warwickshire County Track and Field Championships, Alexander stadium, Perry Barr, weekend of the 8th & 9th May 2010.

Day one.   On a miserable cold and wet day only 2 of our club athletes turned out in this first day of County competition. First up came Tom Dodd in the u/13 100 metres .He lined up with 5 other competitors but a poor start meant he was playing catch up over this short distance. He finished strongly to record a time of 15.01 seconds.

Up next came Remy Barrett in the u/15 100metres. Drawn in heat one of two, Remy cruised through to the final in 13.30 seconds. An hour or so later she lines up for the final knowing a good start was very important. This she does and leads the way down the first 50. Pressure comes now from a Birchfield athlete and Remy digs in. It’s a photofinish and it takes the officials one hour to give their verdict. 1st Warwickshire u/15 100 metres champion for 2010 Remy Barrett in 12.96 seconds.

Day two.     With the weather conditions a lot better than yesterday Joanne Humphries and Katy Williams took to the line in the u/11’s 150 metres. Both girls ran P.B’s with Katy knocking nearly 3 seconds off her previous best. Tom Dodd up this time in the u/13’s 200 metres comes next. A much better start today but still a lot of work to do finally brought him home in 31.36 seconds. Finally the 2 girls were out again this time over 600 metres. In a field of 13 runners both girls found themselves half way down the pack as they moved down the home straight for the first time. Down the back straight and the field is spreading out with Joanne looking a bit uncomfortable however as she enters home straight again she moves forward to finally finish 4th (1st Warwickshire athlete) with Katy also finishing strongly.

Well done to our 2 Warwickshire Champions Remy Barrett u/15 100 metres and Joanne Humphries u/11 600metres.
 
B'ham Running, Athletics & Triathlon Club open meeting, Monday May 3rd 2010 Print
On a typical May day bank holiday (sunshine, wind, rain, cold) a large number of club members travelled across to B'ham University for this event.

The day started with the u/11 boys/girls long jump. Katy Williams and Alex Clitheroe were our 2 competitors. With the cold wind at times driving down their backs Alex managed a first round p.b. of 3.13 metres while Katy was just a little bit down on her previous best with 2.74 metres.

Next came the 75 metres sprint events and u/11 Katy appears again with first time on the track Isobella Thompson. Katy ran 12.3 while our smallest competitor of the day ran a very creditable 12.5.  In the boys u/11, Jamie Mills ran 11.9 seconds just a little bit ahead of Nathan Clitheroe with 12.4 seconds. In the u/13 boys 75 metres Tom Dodd (just back from short break in Wales) was a little bit slow away but finished strongly with 11.8 while William Thompson ran a 12.3. We now move to the u/15 girls 100 metres and Remy Barrett one of the top girls in the country not only had to face her fellow competitors but also a rain shower as they went to their blocks and a plus 3 wind into their faces. A comfortable win but her time a little disappointing due to the conditions. Johnas Elechmaner up next and a bad slip at the start of his event left him with a lot to do.

1200 metres for u/11 boys/girls now, Joanne Humphries, Isobella Thompson and Jamie Mills were all running this event for the first time. A storming final 400metres from Joanne moved her through the field to finish in 4mins 43.7, not too far behind Jamie and Isobella battled on to their respective p.b’s. In the u/13 boys race a reluctant Tom Dodd took to the line with William Thompson. Tom had to battle strongly down the home straight to just beat off a fellow competitor while William pursued a lonely road to his p.b.

400 metres for u/17 boys saw William Higgins not only having to contend with this difficult event but also  the troublesome weather conditions, undeterred his first run of the season went quite well. Johnas stepped up next and stormed round the first 300 metres however his lack of endurance work due to heavy school workload told on him over the final 100.

Finally, it’s the u/11’s 150 metres. Joanne Humphries is our first one home in 25.8 with a tired Jamie in 26.7 followed by Katy in 28.1. The final race of the day saw William storm around the bend in the outside lane and record a reasonable time.

P.S. Not to be outdone by all todays youngsters Paul Thompson showed how well he is running at present with a fine performance in the mens 1500 metres after already competing in a morning road race.  

 
Kidderminster & Stourport open meeting, Sunday 18th April 2010 Print
Well done to ALL those juniors who took part in the Kidderminster & Stourport open meeting Sunday 18th April, with nearly everyone managing a personal best of some sort.

In the u/11 girls 600 metres all 3 of our girls ran PBs. Joanne Humphries finished 2nd in 2 minutes 03.1 seconds, 7 seconds off her best. Alice Cross, a first timer, ran a very creditable 2.16.2 and our other runner, Katy Williams, ran 2.17.1, 13 seconds off her previous best. In the boys race Jamie Mills PB in 2.17.1, while in the u/13 age group a busy Jacob Crook managed a 2.09.8.

Moving on to the 80 metre sprints Katy & Jo both ran 13.7 seconds with Alice not far behind in 14.0. In the boys events Jacob (and his preferred event) ran 12.3, Jamie and his friend Jamie Mills both ran 13.8 and John Cunningham did 14.2.

In the 150m races just 3 runners, Jacob 23.3 Alex Clitheroe 25.5 and David Bakwani 25.9.

Over in the long jump pit 3 or 4 took part and were waiting confirmation of there results.

Overall a good days sport and very enjoyable weather for time of year.

 
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