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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.



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.

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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.

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Next race Dec 12th Arrow valley park, Redditch.      

 
West Midlands young athletes XC league, Pype Hayes, 10th October 2010 Print

Sunday Oct 10th and 10 of our junior athletes travelled across to Pype Hayes park for the first of this years West Midlands young athletes cross country league.

On a dry mild day competition got under way as usual with the under 11’s girls. Our 4 runners of Joanne Humphries, Katy Williams, Isobella Thompson and Alice Cross lined up for this roughly 1 mile undulating course along with 114 other competitors. Joanne made a very good start and was in the first 5 as they headed out towards the first zig zag climb. At the top of this climb Jo had fallen back a little with her team mates Katy and Isobella working hard a little bit further down the field. Our 4th runner, Alice Cross, was now showing signs of distress and falling back. Through the middle section and into the final up, down, up finish. Joanne has found a second wind and moves forward again through the field. Katy and Isobella are also still working well and Alice has rallied round and headed towards the finish. Jo finishes with a very creditable 10th place, Katy 31st (her best performance so far in this age group), Isobella a 9 year old who is a small gutsy runner comes home 52nd while Alice after all her early problems comes home a very creditable 77th.

Now it’s the under 11’s boys, Jamie Mills Sean Windsor and Jasper Murphy are our runners. For Sean and Jasper its their first time out for the club in cross country. The zig zag climb again tells on the runners before entering the 2nd half of the course. Jamie and Sean have their own personal little battle to be first home for the club, while Jasper has now settled into a good rhythm. The guys finally finish with Jamie 55th, Sean 56th,and Jasper 64th out off 78 finishers. Well done to our first timers a very creditable performance.

In the u/13 boys race, this time over roughly one and a half miles, we have Tom Dodd and William Thompson. Tom has been a busy young man over the past few weeks for his new school and has made the West Midlands schools team for a inter counties match later in the month. Back to the race and Tom is a little bit back down the field with William not to far behind. Around the small lap and into the large lap Tom looks a little bit jaded while William goes back a little bit more. Tom finally finishes 24th and William 51st out off 93 starters.

Our final runner is Alex Regan in the u/13 girls one and a half mile race.  Alex prefers the track but is now trying her hardest to toughen herself up with more endurance work. Last years race took its toll on her, this year she shows a lot more grit and determination to come home 93rd out of 127 starters. Well done Alex.

Finally well done and thank you to all today's runners (perhaps we can get a few more out for the next meeting in November in Wolverhampton), thanks also to the moms and dads who also came along.
 
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.
 
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