Enter the 2017 Christmas Handicap: 17 December

15622737_10211982478101096_5150743846134732930_n.jpgIt’s that time of year you’ve all been waiting for again.  Lay off the mulled wine for half an hour, break out the sweaty Santa hat, and get ready for the one, the only….

Manchester Harriers Christmas Handicap

See the flyer here for details.

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Primary Schools Cross Country League 2016/7

Matches for the 2016/17 season are set out below each starting at 10am:

Saturday 17th September 2016

Saturday 8th October 2016

Saturday 19th November 2016

Saturday 21rd January 2017

Saturday 4th February 2017 (including Parents/Teachers race at 11:00am and end of season awards at 11:30am)

Saturday 4th March 2017 – Relays

There are further details on  the flyer here on how the event is run which can be displayed in school and/or passed onto your youngsters.

Further details are available here. If your school wishes to take part or you wish to be added to the mailing list then please get in touch using the form on that page. Even if your school doesn’t have a full team you will still be most welcome.

The course has been amended to take in to account requests from other park users in particular the users of the baseball/softball pitch close to which our previous start/finish line was located.

New course map is here

Trinity Perruzza-Powell comes 3rd in ESSA 100m

Trinity came 3rd in the junior girls 100m at the English Schools AA Champs at Gateshead. This is a great results for her in her first year competing and she achieved a personal best of 12:46 sec.

In 1500m, Emily Hughes and Alice Stiles competed in the Greater Manchester Team and gave great performances, narrowly missing out on getting to the finals.

Massive well done to all the athletes that took part.

Some photos here

WONDER WEEKEND FOR JUNIORS AT GM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Manchester Harriers juniors enjoyed a fantastic weekend at the Greater Manchester Championships at Longford Park on the weekend of 23rd May.

Many of the athletes secured personal best performances with five athletes winning medals.

Girls

Under 13s

Georgia Fazakerley had a great run, finishing 4th in the 1200m in a new PB of 4.05.78. Katie Moss also ran a good PB in the 800m finishing in 2.45.11.

Under 15s

Alice Stiles was the start performer in the under 15s, winning the 1500m title in 4.55 and securing the silver medal in the 800m in a new PB of 2.19.08. She also finished 2nd in the high jump with a height of 1m 40cm.

Eleanor Kenny ran brilliantly in the 1500m in her first club race of the season claiming the silver medal in a new PB of 4.58.51. Grace de Campos won the bronze medal in the 800 metres in a PB of 2.23.09 as well as running a PB in the 1500m the following day breaking 5 minutes for the first time.

Emily Hughes had a superb weekend running big PBs in both the 800m, running 2.23.33 when finishing 4th, and the 1500m when 5th. Beth Smyth also ran PBs in both events running 2.23.74 in the 800 metres.

Under 17s

Beth Barlow had a good weekend retaining her 800m and 1500m titles. This was a great performance given that Beth is returning from injury and is not yet fully fit. Her performances bode well for the rest of the season.

Boys

Under 15s

In the boys, Connor Fazakerley was the star performer running PBs in the under 15s  800m and the 1500m. After finishing 4th in the 800m in 2.20.78, Connor ran superbly in the 1500m claiming the silver medal in the 1500m in a big PB of 4.36.76.

Under 17s

In the under 17s 1500m, Matty Fox ran a seasons best 4.36.64 in coming 6th with Ben Skertchly running a PB of 4.38.96 in the same race. Matty followed up the following day with a PB of 2.12.80 in a fast 800m when finishing 5th.

A great weekend for the club and this group of athletes who have again performed superbly.

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BRONZE FOR THE UNDER 13 GIRLS AT THE NATIONALS

Manchester Harriers Under 13 girls team brought the curtain down on a magnificent season by winning the bronze medal at the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Fields in London on Saturday 21st February.

The bronze medal followed their previous wins in the North of England Championships in February and the County Championships in January.

The team of Alice Stiles, Grace de Campos, Beth Smyth and Georgia Fazakerley coped brilliantly in what were extremely difficult, muddy conditions on the traditionally tough London course.

Alice Stiles ran magnificently to finish 8th overall which represents the best individual finish by a Harriers athlete in the National Championships for a number of years. She was ably support by Grace de Campos (46th), Beth Smyth (52nd) and Georgia Fazakerley (73th) in a field of over 430 runners. The team were third behind a strong City of Norwich team and Herne Hill Harriers but were the only northern team placed in the top ten.

The girls success follows on from the 2nd place that the 2014 under 13s team achieved in the Nationals demonstrating the strong crop of runners who have developed under the guidance of coach Carl Summers.

Stiles, De Campos and Fazakerley are due to represent Greater Manchester in the Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham in March.