What a weekend, starting with Saturday 25th May with the City Games
taking part in Manchester City Centre, with the Sprints down Deansgate
and the Field Events at Albert Square. We were asked to come along by
Nova to represent a local club, so 50 Athletes, Volunteers, Parents came
along to support the events and show what a great event it is. We
all got red wristbands to give us access to the trackside and were
next to the athletes and their warm ups. All our members has a great
time, especially Caitlin Carroll who was a wished Happy 12th Birthday,
along with Molly, Caitlin and Alice who won signed t-shirts signed by
the Athletes competing at the Games. The highlight of the day...
Read the full article here
Adam Scott is 24 year old student/apprentice studying his Masters in
Acoustics (sound) at Salford University. His contribution to Manchester
Harriers Club has been most influential; his vibrant mood, caring attitude,
immense energy, hard working mentality and leadership has been
experience through-out training many a session and displayed with
precision at track meetings/ competitions. Such fine attributes and
skills has been recognised by a company in Hong Kong who head hunted
Adam for his Acoustics talents. Good luck! They have hired the best!
Read the full farewell here
To book your place on Startrack summer 2013 please see
Last year was our tenth year of staging the UKA ACADEMY STARTRACK Athletic
Sessions and they are getting more and more popular every year, with
over 175 youngsters take part aged 7-15 years in 2012. All from the
local community and a great turn out.
Click here to read a full write up of last year's activities.
The Club’s cross country section finished the season in style with ten members of the squad being picked to represent Greater Manchester in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham.
Read full article.
The club’s junior cross country section have enjoyed great success at the recent Greater Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships.
Read full article.
Results have been published for the Greater Manchester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships 2013
~ Sunday March 3rd, Warrington
This annual event was staged at Victoria Park, Warrington, on a flat, dry grassy course in sunny conditions. It is a mass start of all categories, male and female.
Take note all you “youngsters”! Third in the race was a M70 in 22.03 and the first M75 finished in 25.28.
Read the full article here
The second weekend in February for the last 6 years has meant running the "Nick Beer Memorial 10k" in Llandudno for Jean Bayley and myself.
Read the full article here
The Primary Schools Cross League has been in existence for over 40 years and is named after former member Wilf Richards.
This is our tenth year of staging the UKA ACADEMY STARTRACK Indoor
Athletic Sessions and they are getting more and more popular every
year, with over 100 youngsters take part aged 7-15 years in 2012.
All from the local community and a great turn out.
The annual dinner will take place Friday 15th March 2013 at the Village
So far we have raised £5,000 with our participation in 12
marathons in 2012 and some more articles have been published
about our experience (see links to the right).
The Club has once again awarded one member of the Male & Female Senior Section who is considered to be the outstanding athlete/coach/offical/volunteer of the year.
Full article here.
Waking up at 3.30am on a Saturday morning isn’t my idea of fun!
Nor is waking up at 3.30am on a Saturday morning to run a marathon!
My interest in running began when I attended Manchester Grammar School at Old Hall Lane, Rusholme, in 1946.
Earlier in the year the school had won the East Lancs Youth Cross Country Champs. with the youngest team ever in the under 18 event, I was only 13 at the time and was the 3rd counter. The boy who finished 2nd was Walter Hesketh of MAC, just 15 at the time.
Having had such a wonderful time at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester
I have been planning to volunteer ever since London won the games.
I signed up to be a Games Maker, did the training, went to the test event,
got the uniform and accreditation, and even booked the Campsite near Hackney Marshes.
Read the full diary here.
With a table full of trophies for teams and the first ten individuals runners 2011/12 hosted an impressive finale
which we hope to see repeated as the 2012/13 season gets under way.
Manchester Harriers Senior Athletes once again attend and compete at the Edinburgh Festival Weekend.
The entrants were:
Read how they got on.
On a perfect, hot morning, Manchester Harriers were well represented by 2
ladies and 7 men in the Sale 5mile race at Wythenshawe Park,
a very good race and one which I always come back to every year.
I woke up to see grey clouds, drizzle and generally not very nice weather,
trying to think positively I thought to myself better cold conditions than the
roasting conditions we had run the Wilmslow half in a matter of weeks before
and after all we will warm up once we get running, or would we?
The answer to that is a big fat no!
Our regular Tuesday and Thursday training sessions have moved to
Wythenshawe Park Athletic Track.
Where to start – what a great experience the whole weekend was but
I won't lie - it got tough at times - this was our first 'London' and
it lived up to its reputation.
This is our ninth year of staging the AVIVA ACADEMY STARTRACK Indoor
Athletic Sessions and they are getting more and more popular every year,
with over 100 youngsters take part aged 7-15 years.
The Mayor of Stockport was guest at the final of the Manchester Harriers'
Primary League meeting. This was the last of the six meetings for the
end of season awards. He used his football referee's whistle to start
some of the last races before presenting the awards.
Congratulations to all our members who ran in the Wilmslow Half Marathon.
We had over 30 running and a large number of those were supporting the 12-12-2012.
The 2012 Northern Vets. Cross Country Championships were held at the
usual venue, Victoria Park Fields, Warrington, on Sunday 4th March.
It’s a completely flat course, on grass, around football and rugby pitches.
Read the full article here.
Sunday saw Manchester Harriers compete in Blackpool on Sunday 26th February 2012
as part of the 12 in 12 in 2012.
Great day with a little wind but no rain and fairly mild.
6 Ladies and 2 Gentlemen from the club got there and on the start line
for 11am, with supports on hand – Andrew Beresford, Andy Woodhead and
Wendy’s Parents all ready with camera’s to capture the moment...
Manchester Harriers and Athletic Club had a great day at the Northern Cross Country Championships.
Special praise is due for our Under 13 Girls team - Beth Barlow, Danielle Stringer, Eleanor Kenny, Zara Thompson and Megan Taylor
who performed particularly well. We wish them well for the
NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
on Saturday 25th February 2012 in London.
Read two more accounts of our progress in our attempt to raise 12K to upgrade and
repair our track facilities.
Liversedge Half Marathon – Sunday 12 February
Brass Monkeys – Sunday 22 January 2012
Donate here and see how many donations have already been given.
12 half marathon's in 12 months with a minimum of 12 athletes in each marathon all with the aim of raising 12k
to upgrade and repair our track facilities.
Manchester Harriers & A.C. have a successful evening!
We won the prestigious Development Club of the Year award,
Brenda and Arnold Bradshaw won the Services to Officiating award and
Ian Burnett was given an award for Services to Athletics
Manchester Harriers was the only club to win so many awards.
See our award headlined on the England Athletics website
Read our full article here.
Read the England Athletics write up of the evening including our successes
See the photographs here.
We have launched a Giving site for the Track Appeal and need to raise over £80,000.
Please read this newsletter to see how we can meet our target.
Donate to Track Appeal here.
Congratulations to our athletes for finishing 1st in the U11 age group. A big well done to the individual winners also, in U9 Malikai came 1st in the boys category and in the U11’s Megan Taylor finished in 1st place & Beth Smyth 2nd in the girls. Sale Harriers took 1st place in the U9’s but our athletes pushed them all the way.
This was our eighth year of staging an AVIVA ACADEMY STARTRACK Athletics Session. They have become more and more popular with each passing year. Over 100 youngsters, all from the local community and aged 7-15 years, took part this year.
We were very lucky on Thursday 4th August to get a visit from Jessica Ennis, the World and European Heptathlon Champion who was visiting the area as part of the countrywide promotion of the AVIVA STARTRACK programme for UK Athletics.
The cruise of a lifetime was turning out to be Butlins at sea – we were
several hours late in arriving in the Caribbean; Joy and Nina’s luggage had been left out in the rain and the colours in their clothes had all run; gales were forcing P&O’s flagship vessel to stay at sea rather than visiting some of the ports we had booked to visit; there were fights over sunbeds; and passengers were generally running amok.
It all started with a passing comment on how it would be nice to organise
a trip away with a race attached and by the time we had finished we were
all on our way to the Edinburgh Festival Weekend with a choice of 5k, 10k and
Read our personal accounts of a great weekend here.
Sunday 27th March saw a Marvelous turn out from the Senior Section of
Manchester Harriers & A.C. to compete in the Wilmslow Half Marathon
2011, with some running for the first time with a number of experienced
and well practiced runners. Read more & results