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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 (, while, during the summer season, they compete in the Heart of England Athletics League (
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.

More Junior Success Print
Congratulations to Remy Barrett, last years u/15 womens Midland 60 metres champion who in her first year as a u/17 has again walked away with the 60 metre title in a personnel best of 7.95 seconds.
Junior success at WM Schools XC Print
Congratulations to Tom Dodd on finishing in 2nd position in his age group at the West Midlands schools cross country fixture at Coventry on Saturday 22nd Jan. He has now been selected to run for West Midlands in an Inter counties fixture next month at Wigan.
West Midlands young athletes XC league, Pingles Stadium, Nuneaton, Sunday Jan 16th 2011 Print

Match No 4 took place at a windy Pingles Stadium, Nuneaton, Sunday Jan 16th on a quite narrow course.

In the u/11 girls our 3 flu victims from the previous match now rejoin Isobella and are raring to go. The large field set off down the short narrow opening section before a right turn to an even narrower section alongside the track. As they now head around the miniature golf course Joanne Humphries is up there with the front runners in this field off 123 runners. Isobella is our next counter roughly half way down with Katy Williams suffering with a bad start towards the rear of the field with Alice Cross. Around the far end of the course and back towards the track. A camel hump section leads into the track area and a sharp left into the finish. Joanne crosses the line in 8th spot, Isobella 59th, Katy, who had a better second half of the race now finishes 68th and Alice plugged on into 99th position.

Race No 3 and now it’s the u/11 boys 4  of our lads set off in a field approaching 90 runners. As they approach the golf course Jamie Mills is our 1st runner through about half way down the pack with first timer Joe Dodd not to far behind. Sean Windsor is our 3rd runner and already not looking too comfortable, possibly due to a lack of training and illness. Towards the rear of the field our smallest runner of the day (evan smaller than isobella) Jasper Murphy in only his 2nd race for us attempts a few small bursts to move himself forward a bit more. Coming back towards the track and a strong looking Joe Dodd has past Jamie as they head towards the camel humps. Sean presses on but is clearly not comfortable while Jasper keeps looking around. Joe finishes 52nd out off 84 (a very good first time effort), Jamie 56th, Sean 61st and Jasper 76th.

Finally it’s the u/13 boys and Tom Dodd (Joe’s older brother) goes storming off from the start line. The u/13 boys do a small lap first which took them down alongside the track then across to the camel section and back round. Tom is 20 metres or so in the lead as they head across to the humps. By the time the field comes around again he’s now completely blown up and dropping back rapidly. William Thompson is our next scorer, he too is suffering a little with a sore throat but on he goes. Not far behind Jonty Mills is having his best run so far for the club. Around the golf course and Tom has to stop briefly before wearily trudging on. Finally Tom crosses the line 31st (let’s hope he’s learnt from today's errors), William comes in a gallant 59th, and Jonty 64th.

Thank you to all who turned out, athletes/parents, the new tent came in very handy.

The last match of the season is Sunday March 6th at Perry Barr, again your support is required and could we also have assistance with funnel marshalls.
West Midlands young athletes XC league, Arrow Valley Park, Redditch, 12/12/10 Print
Match No 3 took place on Sunday 12th Dec; at a frosty Arrow Valley park Redditch. The weather and a bout of flu meant we had a much depleted team at today's meeting.

Race No1 and our only u/11 girl still healthy is Isobella Thompson. As she sets off with the other 92 runners she is soon in trouble getting spiked as the pack head out to the first turning. Gritting her teeth she now heads up the steady climb towards the church at the far right end of today's course, across the top and now back down before entering a hard section (under foot) of this course. Into the final section and Isobella is looking good as she makes her way down to the finishing line to finish 39th.

An hour or so later and our remaining runners William Thompson, Jonty Miles and Callum Curran line up for the one and a half mile u/13 boys race. William makes a good positive start, while the other 2 ease their way in. Up and around the climb for the first time and William is moving well while the other 2 are working hard. Around the first loop and back up the climb again, the field is now well spread out and Jonty and Callum find this stretch a bit tough. The track has now thawed out a bit and the runners are starting to churn the course up. Into the final stages and William battles on to the line, Callum has now past Jonty and looking a bit stronger than his team mate. William finishes 34th out off 69 a big improvement on his last race, Callum comes home 59th with Jonty immediately behind in 60th spot.

Well done to today's small team, next match Nuneaton's Pingle stadium Sunday Jan16th.   

West Midlands young athletes XC league, Aldersley stadium, Wolverhampton, 14/11/10 Print

Its remembrance Sunday,14th and on a fine November morning match No2 of the West Midlands young athletes league took place at the Aldersley stadium, Wolverhampton,after the usual 2 minutes silence.


Our 4 u/11 girls lined up awaiting the start of the days first race around this altered Wolverhampton track. Off they go with Joanne Humphries towards the front of the pack, Katie Williams and Isobella Thompson are in the middle of the pack and Alice Cross towards the rear as they go around the first field. Into field 2 and heading down to the lowest part of the course and Joanne is in the first 12, Katie and Isobella lying roughly in the mid 30’s and Alice around 80th. Up the slightly steady climb and across the top of the course before dropping down and around into the final 100 metres, Joanne comes home 9th out of 120, Katy 37th, Isobella 39th and Alice 81st.

Our u/11 boys, Jamie Mills and Sean Windsor, are next to go. Both get away reasonably well and as they head towards the top of field 1 Sean is just ahead of Jamie roughly half way down the field. Into field 2 and now it's Jamie leading from Sean and opening a little gap. However, Sean starts to close again on the slight climb. Not much between the 2 boys as they go across the top of the course. Into the final run in and Jamie is just a bit stronger than his team mate as they now dash for the finishing line. Jamie finished 65th out of 96 Sean 66th.  

Race 3 for the club was the u/13 boys, 4 competitors today Tom Dodd (after Saturday running for his school and finishing 5 th in a race in Liverpool), William Thompson and 2 first timers Jonty Mills and Callum Curran. Tom gave another very creditable performance considering yesterdays run and also the fact that he’s still a first year u /13 with 17th place out off 93. William finished 5Oth and Jonty 80th and finally Callum 83rd. Both gave very creditable first time performances around the one and a half mile course.

Finally after a long wait, up steps another first timer in Lauren Goulding in the u/13 girls one and a half mile race. A very steady start saw her towards the rear of the pack as they headed out of field 1. Into field 2 and she’s working hard to stay in touch with a group just ahead of her. Into field 3 and she gets lots of support from the u/11 girls. Across the top of the field and she’s now becoming more confident and moving well before the drop into the final 100. Well done Lauren in finishing 104th out of 118.

11 runners was a good turn out and along with support from a good contingent of parents a good days sport was had by everyone.


Next race Dec 12th Arrow valley park, Redditch.      

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