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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.

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. 
West Midland young athletes XC league, match No 3, Sunday 6 Dec 2009, Sandwell Valley Country Park. Print

On a damp chilly morning following some heavy overnight rainfall, 4 youngsters travelled across to the above venue and a wet undulating course. Race No1, the u/11 girls and 3 of our youngsters stepped out of their newly acquired cow’s tent to attempt the one mile course. In a field of close to a hundred runners Joanne Humphries was quickest away as they headed towards the far side of the course.Katy Williams was next, roughly half way down the pack with Caitlin Butler not far behind. For the 3 girls the middle part of the course contained a good climb followed by another down-up-down section. Something very new to the girls in their first year of competition. Moving through to the final section and a slight down hill run to the finish and Joanne comes home in a very happy 22nd position, again another 10 places or so better than last time. A mud covered Katy finished 51st, roughly the same position as last time. Finally Caitlin came home 79th,12 place improvement on a course she did not like.

Race No 3,the u/11 boys and a first time out appearance of Tom Dodd and what a performance he duly produced. Over the same course as the girls Tom overcame all pre-race nerves and came home about 20th out of roughly 80 with a big smile on his face.

Well done to our 4 runners, the next match is Sunday January 17th at Nuneaton. Any chance of a few more Juniors turning out?? 

Congratulations to Remy Barrett in her 1st year as an u/15,finishing No1 in the 100 metre list. Jade Piper followed her club mate very closely in equal 3rd position. Roles were reversed in the 200 metres with Jade No1 and Remy No10.

In the u/15 boys age group William Higginsin his 1st year over 400 metres managed a respectable 58.2 seconds placing him 33rd. His good friend Caolin Thomas finished 10th overall in the 100 hurdles and 42nd in the 100 flat. Jonnes Elechmaner was just in front of Caolin in 32nd spot.

Back to the girls again and Bronwyn McKee in her 1st year of competition in the u/17 hammer managed a very respectable 5th spot with a throw of 27.94 metres and 13th in the discus with 25.06.Moving up to the u/20 age group, Charlotte Hanson Wood finished in equal 4th spot in the 100 flat and 7th over 200.

WELL DONE to all these athletes.

West Midlands Young Athletes XC League, Match No 2, Sun 9th Nov 2009, Wolverhampton Print

Aldersley Stadium,Wolverhampton.

After the 2 minutes silence for all our soldiers who have given their lives for this country, the U/11 girls as usual got proceedings under way in this 2nd off 5 meetings.

Joanne Humphries was the 1st of our 3 girls around this slightly undulating course coming home 32nd out of 106, an improvement of 11 places on her previous performance.Next came Katy Williams 53rd, slightly down on last time but still overcoming a cold from the past week or two.Our 3rd runner Caitlin Butler was 91st but still managed a smile as she crossed the line and very much looking forward to the soup tucked away in her bag. WELL DONE GIRLS.

Only one boy turned out today,William Thompson in the u/13 race.On the start surrounded by boys a lot taller than himself, William set off steadily and soon encountered another problem with a runner falling in front of himself.Around the one and a half mile course William battled on to finish 94th out of 101.

Thank you to all the parents and club members for officiating.

Next meeting Sandwell Valley December 13th, we could do with a few more athletes.
West Midland young athletes XC league, match No 1, Sunday October 4th 2009, Pype Hayes Park. Print

Eight junior members turned up on a bright Sunday morning in the first of this years matches.The first race of the day saw 4 of our under 11 girls take on this dry undulating course.Over a roughly one mile this new experience for the girls saw the following result,Joanne Humphries 43rd out of 97 finishers,Katy Williams 46th, Caitlin Butler 84th and Alex Regan 87th.Well done girls.Next came Hollie Evans in the under 15 age category.With only a few training sessions behind her this young lady showed considerable grit and determination to over come a 2 mile course.

In the under 13 boys race over a one and a half course William Thompson now in his 2nd year of competition battled gamely in his 1st year of this age grouping.His colleague Tom Peace found the going very tough,better luck next time Tom. Finally William Higgins in the under 15 boys 2 mile run had to battle against breathing problems to complete for him this training run.

Well done everyone, next match Sunday November 8th at Aldersley stadium Wolverhampton,funnel volunteers required.
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