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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.

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.

West Midland young athletes XC league, match No 5, Sunday February 7th 2010, Alexander Stadium. Print

Match No 5 of this 2009/10 season took place on Sunday 7th at the Alexander stadium (Perry Barr). On a bright chilly morning as usual the u/11 girls got the ball rolling around this flat course. Joanne Humphries flew off the start line and was up there with the big guns in her age group as they made their way down the first 200 metres or so. Behind Jo first time out runner Alice Cross also made a good start. Not to be outdone, another first timer Isobella Thompson, one of the smallest runners in todays races, set off towards the rear of this large field. As the field reached halfway Jo was regretting her brisk start and starting to fall back while Alice was now running alongside our 4th runner Katy Williams roughly half way down the pack with Isobella not too far behind them. Into the final 200 metre uphill finish a tired JO struggles home 40th out off 111, next came Alice 59th, a great run from Isobella brought her home 66th and Katy (suffering with a slight cold and tummy problems) 69th.The girls team finished a creditable 13th out of 19 over the 5 matches. Individualy over the 5 matches Jo finishrd 22nd and Katy 28th from a total well over 100. WELL DONE GIRLS.

In the u/11 boys race, Tom Dodd also got off to a flying start as the field headed down to the first corner. Back down the pack first time runners Jamie Mills and Nathan Clitheroe started steadily towards the rear of the field. Half way around the course and Tom is still running strongly and our other 2 have moved a little further forward and are working hard. Around the pond and into the final 200 metres Tom is having his best run of the season to finally finish 13th out off 96, the 2 other lads had their own personal duel to finish with Nathan 73rd and Jamie 76th. WELL DONE LADS.

Our final 2 runners were William Thompson and another first timer in Alex Clitheroe in the one and half mile u13’s race. Both lads found the going a bit tough,  but credit to them both for pushing on and successfully completing the course.

Our club runners can now look forward to the summer track season and hopefully some good results.

Finally, very well done Joanne Humphries and Katy Williams for successfully completing all 5 of this seasons cross country matches.
Success for Junior sprinter Print

Congratulations to Remy Barrett on becoming the Midland u/15 – 60 metres indoor champion for 2010.

 In a very close fought race Remy did not get away very quickly from the blocks and had to work very hard as she made her way down the track.It took a photo-finish for her to get the decision with both girls recording a time of 8:13 seconds.Remy takes part in the National championships this weekend at the N I A , Good luck.

West Midland young athletes XC league, match No 4, Sunday January 17th 2010, Nuneaton Print

Match No4 and 5 youngsters travelled across to Nuneaton with their parents to this hastily arranged change of venue. After all the recent problems with the snow and ice, today's problems lay with the surprisingly hard ground and in places a rather narrow course.

Jo, Katy and Caitlin as usual lined up in the first race of the day the u/11 girls. As the girls set off they soon encountered a narrow stretch of the course down the back of the track. They then headed down alongside the pitch and putt area unfortunately disaster for Jo as she took a tumble, quickly picking herself up she continued on with Katy now closing quickly on her friend. Back down the field Caitlin was working hard to stay in touch with other girls around her. The 3 girls then encountered a roller coaster section before entering the arena and the finishing area. A disappointed Jo finished 41st out off 90,Katy was 49th and Caitlin 83rd.

Tom Dodds was next to go,a tentative start and he found himself a bit further down the field than was expected. As he headed around the pitch and putt area and back towards the arena it was head down and work at it time finally finishing strongly in 23rd position out of 84 runners.

Runner No 5, William Thompson, soon found himself with lots to do as he headed towards the roller coaster for the 1st time in his short lap. Back around and now on to the large lap and William like our other runners battles gamely to finish 77th out of 87.

Well done to those who turned out, the final match of the season is Sunday 7th March at Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr. If you would like to run then a few training sessions Sunday mornings at Swanshurst park might help a little. 
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