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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.

Kidderminster &Stourport AC Open meeting, Sun April 17th 2011 Print

Joanne Humphries (150) 23.9 seconds

                               (1200) 4 mins 17.5 seconds

Katy Williams        (150) 25.6 seconds

                                (600) 2 mins 11.2 seconds

                                (L/J)   ??

Katy Clarke             (80) 13.5 seconds

                                 (600) 2 mins 05.5 seconds

Alice Cross              (80) 14.6 seconds

                                 (600) 2 mins 24.1 seconds

Louise Gallagher     (80) 15.1 seconds

                                 (600) 2 mins 29.3 seconds

                                 (L/J) 3.02 metres

Tom Dodd                (150) 20.6 seconds

                                  (1200) 4 mins 02.5 seconds

Joe Dodd                   (80)  ??

                                  (600) 2 mins 09 .5 seconds

Nathan Clitheroe       (80) 14.2 seconds

                                  (L/J)   ??

Lewis Gallagher       (Javalin) 29.53 metres      

West Midlands young athletes XC league, Alexander Stadium, Sunday March 6th 2011 Print

Sunday March 6th and it’s the final race of the 2010/11 seasonof the West Midlands young athletes cross country league. The venue for the final meeting being the rather changing face of Alexander stadium (work being well underway on the new stand and car parking).  Our 11 junior members along with a strong contingent of parents rolled up on a chilly morning to tackle this flat course.

Race No 1 and our 3 u/11 girls (Joanne Humphries, Katy Williams and Izabella Thompson) took to the start line along with 125 other girls. The long straight run out from the start area saw Jo well to the front of the pack after the first 100 metres or so with Katy and Izabella tucked away in the middle of this large field. Down to the bottom of the course and around and heading back up, Jo is still well up in the first 10, while the other 2 are running side by side. Around the pond and the field is now well spread out as they head towards the slight uphill finish. Jo finally comes home in her best position of the 5 races (5th) with Izabella (54th) just ahead of Katy (56th). Overall Jo finishes with a record of 10th- 9th- ill- 8th-5th, a tremendous series in only her 2nd year of competition. Katy manages a respectable 31st-37th ill- 68th 56th, and finally Izabella (who still has another year in this age group) coming home 52nd- 39th-39th- 59th-54th.

Now the u/11 boys, unfortunately Sean Windsor is unable to take to the line due to sudden illness, however Nathan Clitheroe (1st outing this year), Joe Dodd, Jamie Mills and the tiny Jasper Murphy line up for this race. Same course as the girls, so off they go. Half way around Nathan is our first runner through with Joe not to far behind. Jamie is a little way back with Jasper quite close and having a good look around. Into the uphill run in and Nathan has done very well to come home (45th), Joe in only his 2nd race is (59th), Jamie (where’s the finishing line ) (70th) and a very tired but still smiling Jasper comes in 74th out off 88.

Finally its our 4 u/13 boys, Tom Dodd, William Thompson, Jonty Mills and Callum Curran. Off they go over a one and a half mile course. Half way around the main lap these lads vere left and go back down to the far end of the course for a 2nd time. Tom is up there in the first 25 or so but not looking totally comfortable. William comes next and a knee problem is holding him back. Jonty lies a bit further back while Callum is not to far behind Jonty. Again into the run in and Tom has not much more to offer (raced previous day also), William has worked his way through his problem and is certainly moving a lot quicker. Jonty is gritting his teeth and a determined Callum battles on. Positions.Tom (18th), William (53rd), Jonty (61st) and Callum 67th out off 76.

Over the 5 match series the following overall positions were obtained by our teams.

           u/11 Girls 13th out off 20

           u/11 Boys 12th out off 20

           u/13 Girls 19th out off 19 (2 matches only competed in)

           u/13 Boys 13th out off 20.

Well done to all who competed during the season. Well done to William and Izabella who were the only 2 to compete in all 5 matches and a very big thank you to the Moms and Dads for officiating and supporting the youngsters.

A very BIG THANK YOU from Dave R for the card and vouchers from everyone.
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.
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