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London Marathon 2019 Print
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Wednesday, 05 December 2018
The club is delighted to have been successful in obtaining 1 of 20 "small club" ballot places in the 2019 London Marathon.  To make the distribution of this place fair, we'll run a ballot following the rules below.  If you want to be in the ballot, please follow the guidelines below and we'll announce the winner on here before Christmas.
 
Ballot
We will run the ballot according to the rules below. These aim to prioritise club members who are actively seeking a place in the race, and ensure the place is fairly allocated.
 
  • The club has been allocated one place in the 2019 London Marathon
  • One entry per person only
  • There is no charge to be in the ballot
  • Please do not enter unless you fully intend to run the 2019 London Marathon
  • You must be eligible to run the London Marathon under their race rules (e.g. over 18 on the date of the race, etc)
  • Entry is for the individual only - the place cannot be passed on to anyone else
  • The entrant must pay all fees and charges associated with the entry (approx £35, to be confirmed)
  • Entry is limited to those who are:-
    • Club members who joined on or before 5th November 2018
    • Parents of club members whose child joined on or before 5th November 2018
    • Brothers or sisters of club members whose sibling joined on or before 5th November 2018
    • Final decisions on eligibility will be determined by the Club Secretary
  • Requests to be included in the ballot must be received by midnight on 14th December 2018
  • Requests to be included in the ballot must be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the word "Marathon" in the message title so it is not overlooked
  • Entrants will be placed into three "buckets" to prioritise the draw. With only one place available, the allocation will go to someone in the first bucket, if there is at least one applicant. If not, then the second bucket, then the third.
    • First bucket - paid up club members with membership prior to 5th November 2018 who have been rejected from the main national London Marathon 2019 ballot
    • Second bucket - paid up club members with membership prior to 5th November 2018
    • Third bucket - all other eligible individuals as described above (e.g. parents, siblings etc)
  • All entrants will be allocated an individual number. A random draw will take place on or shortly after 15th December 2018 and the winner will be notified by email. 
  • If for whatever reason the club should not be able to secure an official club place in the 2019 London Marathon, the club will be under no obligation to secure a place for any individual who has been successful in this ballot
  • Applicants should note that the club place is NOT transferrable, but it may be deferred for 1 year only (subject to the London Marathon organisers continuing to allow this)
  • No-one who has entered this ballot will take part in the draw to determine the results
  • Halton & Frodsham Harriers Athletics Club reserves the right to amend these rules at any time and to implement them as it, at its absolute discretion, see fit whilst adhering to the fundamental principles of fairness, transparency and equity
 
Cheshire T&F League - match 1 - Ellesmere Port track Print
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Thursday, 19 April 2018

It's the first club match of the outdoor season on Sunday 5th May as we take on West Cheshire AC (hosts), Crewe & Nantwich, Warrington, Wrexham and East Cheshire in round 1 of the Cheshire Track & Field League.  Please arrive promptly before 10:45 (see below).

The location is the athletics track next to the Ellesmere Port Sports Village. 

The Cheshire Track & Field League is the only league the club takes part in, with 4 matches throughout the summer. The races and field events are genuinely for all comers - if you're a club member we will cheer you on the track and in the field at whatever level of performance you're at, so don't be afraid to lace up your shoes and have a go.

All we ask is for you to turn out, do your best and support the rest of your team.  Put your training into competitive practice and reward your coaches by showing them what they've helped you to achieve.

Most younger athletes will turn out for the day with family in tow, and the afternoon's can be a glorious day out in the sun with a picnic!

Each club scores points through performance AND participation. For example, in the sprints there are four races - A to D. The fastest in race A scores 24 points, and the slowest in that race scores 19 points. Then the fastest in race B scores 18 points, and the slowest 13 points etc. So even if you don't think of yourself as a sprinter but you race in the A race, you will score highly for the team no matter how fast you run, and if we can fill all the spots with a runner in each race we'd score 40 points at the very least.

In some events, other clubs won't be able to fill their spots, so even if you've not putted a shot before, you might find yourself scoring very highly by having a go - and as a bonus, you might discover a hidden talent!!

The timetable for the day is available here (click here) - please note the unusual start time with the first race (Seniors and U17s 3000m) at 11:00 and the short sprints at 11:30.  This means all athletes should register with team managers at 10:45 AT THE LATEST

Under 11s can take part in three events plus the relay and team managers will endeavour to create as high a scoring team as possible so please make yourselves available to take part in non-specialist events to support the team.

There is no "stand" at the track at Ellesmere Port, so picnic blankets, foldable chairs, sun tents etc are the order of the day.

 

 

 
NW Sportshall League Final Print
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

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Four of the club's 6 squads had successfully qualified for the NW Sportshall League Finals on Sunday, and everyone who was able to turn out in the U11 and U15 teams put in strong performances.

Under 11s

The Under 11s meeting took place in the morning with the boys and girls competing at events they'd mastered during the league, as well as some new events which are reserved for the finals.

For the girls, the team of Hannah Martin, Sophie Wignal, Kate Shaw, Jessie McCleana and Elin Brooks took part in the individual races first of all, before moving onto the field events. The team finished fifth overall, with the larger turnouts from other teams being decisive. But with strong individual performances, including 1st place for Sophie in the foam javelin, and 3rd place for Jessie in the chest push, they can all be very proud of their performances.

The boys team comprised 6 athletes, Lewis Wilson, Kai Cairns, Charlie Larkin, Jacob Fitsimon, Charlie Ashbrook and Luke Simpson. Again up against large squads, the boys took 4th place overall. Lewis placed 1st in the vertical jump, Jacob was third in standing triple jump and a four-man team took on the Under and Over relay and took 3rd place.

Under 15s

The afternoon session for U13s and U15s was another busy session, though with no club U13 squads making it to the final it was up to the U15 teams to represent the club and also compete for individual medals which are awarded in the U15 category only.

The girls squad comprised Chloe Lea, Maddy Rowland, Libby Acton, Millie Sayers and Izzy Hurst and again the size of the other squads outweighed good individual performances from our athletes. Millie was able to take away a bronze medal for her performance in the vertical jump, and the team took 2nd place in the 4x1 lap relays whilst the team overall placed 5th.

Due to illness, the U15 boys team comprised just one athlete - Aidan Larkin. Proving that it is all about the taking part, and with small numbers from the other clubs, Aidan was clearly delighted to be able to take away 4 individual medals (3 bronze and 1 silver) for his performances across the 4 and 6 lap races, triple jump and shot. And to cap off a fine day, Aidan's performances resulted in the U15 boys team finishing in 4th place, beating Crewe & Nantwich into 5th!

 

 

 
2018 Track & Field Fixtures Print
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The fixtures below have been arranged for the summer this year. To get the most out of your club membership, and to give something back to the coaches that give up their time to train athletes, please make sure you attend as many of these events as possible.

This is especially true of the Cheshire League matches which are very friendly, well organised and open to all abilities!

Get them in your diary now, and fingers crossed for a summer of gloriously sunny days by the side of an athletics track!!

Sun. 6th May Cheshire League 1 Ellesmere Port Open to All

Sat. 12th May County T&F Champs. Macclesfield Self Entry

Sun. 13th May County T&F Champs. Macclesfield Self Entry

Sat. 2nd June Cheshire League 2 Warrington Open to All (H & F Hosts)

Sat. 9th June Cheshire Schools Y8 & above Warrington Selection (School)

Mon. 25th June Cheshire Schools Y7 Warrington Selection (School)

Sun. 15th July Cheshire League 3 Crewe Open to All

Sun. 2rd September Cheshire League 4 Crewe Open to All

AGE GROUPS: Y4(9+)/5 – U11 Y6/7 – U13 Y8/9 – U15 Y10/11 – U17

There are ONLY 4 meetings for the club this year. Please try to make yourself available on these dates to support your club and coaches.

Information on all these events and open meetings will be posted on the club website www.hfh.org.uk, where you will also find the contact numbers for club officers.

 
Weekend roundup 11/12-November 2017 Print
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Monday, 13 November 2017

As often at this time of year, there was a double-header of events for Harriers with cross country at Boggart Hole Clough on Saturday and NW Sportshall League on Sunday at Kingsway.  Special mention to Charlotte, Beth, Joseph and Aidan for representing the club at both matches!

Full results of both events are now online:-

Cross country - https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/maccl172.htm

Sportshall - http://www.sportshall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Widnes-Red-2.pdf

Manchester Area XC League - Boggart Hole Clough

Whilst the weather was sunny and calm on the day, the heavy rains in recent days had ensured that Boggart lived up to its reputation of being possibly the muddiest event on the MACCL calendar.

Harry and Aidan got the racing off to a fine start in the U11s, with Harry making his debut for the club in the Manchester Laegue.  Harry ran strongly to finish 54th overall in 10:09, and Aidan ran with the U11s to finish in 65th in a time of 12:38.

The U13s then were the first to tackle the notoriously muddy section through the woods with the boys and girls racing together.

Matt was the first Harrier through the tape in a fine 29th place and a time of 12:35.  Charlotte was the first Harrier girl to finish, backing up her strong performance at the previous round placing 13th in a symmetrical 13:13.  Sister Beth came through next in a time of 13:47 in 28th place. 

Joseph was the second male Harrier finisher, completing the course in 14:37 and placing 49th. 

Ellie battled hard after taking a tumble on possibly the only hard surfaced part of the course and ran well through the line to finish 83rd in a time of 16:00 with plenty of runners still to finish.

In the U17s, Ben looked to have put in his best placed finish of the season crossing the line in 4th place.  However, since the race it transpired some of the leaders had been sent the wrong way so we are awaiting a final adjudication on the result from the officials.

Son and dad Chris and Matt lined up with 491 others in the final race of the day with the course already well churned up.  Chris ran a well executed race and placed 4th U20 in a time of 35:38 (32nd overall) to place him well in the season's overall League competition.  Matt took a little longer in his first season through the mud, placing 257th in a time of 43:54 (27th V45).

Next time...

The next Manchester League XC race is at Kenworthy Woods in Wythenshawe on 2nd December.  If you haven't yet raced over cross country but can't wait to get a little muddy (!) or get some practice in ahead of the Cheshire County Champs at Delamere in the New Year, get in touch with Nick Massey to sign up for the remaining races in the League - no entries on the day though!

Sportshall Match 2

There was a big turnout both for the club and for Wirral and West Cheshire in particular as the club faced up against St Helens and Warrington too in the 2nd match of the NW Sportshall League on Sunday with some excellent team performances that still leave everything to play for in trying to get teams through to the NW League Finals in the New Year.

U11s

With 136 points, the U11 girls squad of Mia, Hannah, Ellen, Olivia, Katie, Jessie and Ruby gave great all around performances to finish the match in 3rd place overall.

The U11 boys also placed 3rd, narrowly missing out on 2nd spot scoring 168 points overall with Charlie, Oliver, Alex, Charlie, Jack, Jacob, Jack, Lewis and Kai demonstrating the advantages of a big squad.  They also took top points in the 2 lap race and chest push.

U13s

Jasmine, Charlotte and Beth represented the club in the U13 girls match, but with limited numbers even their excellent performances meant they left the match with 92 points in 5th place against much larger squads.  

The U13 boys placed one spot higher in 4th overall, just 3 points off 3rd position.  Ben, Joseph, Ewan and Harry all put in maximum effort, with Ewan's dominating performance in the 6 lap race a particular highlight.

U15s

103 points were secured by the U15 girls team of Maddy, Millie, Libby and Chloe to grab 3rd place in the match, including maximum points in the 6 lap races.

In the U15 boys, the solo team of Aidan took on a full squad from West Cheshire.  Demonstrating the benefits of participation, Aidan racked up 60 points single-handedly to take 2nd place in the match for the club.

Next time...

On 3rd December its another double-header weekend as the 3rd match of the NW Sportshall League takes place, also at Kingsway in Widnes.

By our reckoning, every squad has a great chance of making the finals in the New Year, so please put the dates in your diaries to get as many athletes out as possible so we don't leave any points on the table!

Thanks to all the parents, officials and club organisers without whom our athletes wouldn't be able to put in such great performances!!  Well done everyone!

 
Cross country squad - teamer Print
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

To help manage attendance at races this winter, the club is trialling a free app called "Teamer" which uses text messages and emails as well as a free app and website to communicate with athletes.  If its successful, we would probably start using it for other events such as T&F matches and Sportshall events.  

Not only does it help team managers get in touch with athletes and make sure that reminders about upcoming events get through, it can also help to keep records of who has attended competitions throughout the year.

As a first step, if you are a parent or athlete who is registered for the Manchester Area XC League this year, please can you click on the appropriate link below to "join" the team.  If there are multiple athletes in the same squad, you'll need to do this twice, and if you've got multiple children in different age groups you'll need to click the link for both age groups.

And if you have any difficulties or queries on it, contact Matt!

U11B - http://tinyurl.com/y94lt3ev

U13B - http://tinyurl.com/y8o35x7w

U13G - http://tinyurl.com/ybs526m5

U17B - http://tinyurl.com/y8bnjdjz

U20M - http://tinyurl.com/ybczgsqw

Senior Men - http://tinyurl.com/y82rfrwx

 
NW Sportshall League - Match 1 Print
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Thanks to all the parents, officials and athletes for making the first match of the Sportshall Season start so well.  The full results of the match are on the Sportshall website at www.sportshall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/North-West-League-Rd1-Widnes.pdf

U11s

The girls squad of Macey, Jess, Hanna, Mia, Martha, Ellen, Katie and Saffron scored well across all disciplines and the team placed 3rd with 168.5 points, just 1 point off the second placed spot.  Maximum points in the 2-lap and 4-lap races set the girls up well, as well as good scores across all the jumps and throws and a 2nd placed finish in the relay.

The U11s boys scored 142.5 points, but in their case this was just 1 point more than the team in third place so they placed 2nd overall.  Jack, Jacob, Charlie and Oliver were strong in all areas, and took the victory in the relay to put them in a strong position to try to achieve a place in the season end final.

U13s

Charlotte, Beth and Jasmine comprised the U13 girls team, and scored well between them with 62.5 points, but unfortunately a team of 3 found it difficult to accumulate large numbers of points to overhaul the other teams, and they placed 5th overall. 

There were also just three boys who could make it to the match, with Ben, Harry and Matthew giving it all to score 91 points and place 4th.

U13s is usually a strong age group for the club, so could all athletes and parents for this age group please support your teammates and make every effort to turn out for the next match as both squads still have good chances to make it through to the finals!

U15s

There were unfortunately no U15 boys from the club at this match, and with just 1 boy from all of the other clubs at this match an opportunity was missed to score well here!  Maybe next time?

However, the U15 girls squad of Millie, Libby, Maddy, Lydia and Izzy were close to taking the top spot of the teams, scoring 87 points - the top two teams were tied on 90!  With top marks in the 6 lap race, the girls squad are looking strong at this point in the season.

Next event

The next match in the League will also be at Kingsway on Sunday 12th November.  With some of the team members also running Cross Country on the Saturday, we need all athletes to support their teammates and get big teams out to score well!  

 

 

 
Manchester Area XC League - Heaton Park Print
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Congratulations to the squad of athletes that turned out to Heaton Park in Manchester for the first match of the Manchester Area XC League on Saturday.

Under unusually balmy weather for October, the cross country spikes were dusted off and put into action for the first of the five meetings this season. U11s are rested for the first race of the season, so it was U13s and upwards that were racing on Saturday over a course which has a real mix of undulation, thick mud, soggy grass, tricky tarmac footpaths and uneven surfaces.

U13s

The first race of the day was the mixed U13s, with Charlotte, Beth, Jasmine and Ellie racing in the girls competition and Matt & Joseph in the boys.

All of the runners except for Matt are in the lower year of the age group, and all ran strongly. First girl home over the 3.2k course was Charlotte (9th) in 14m19s, closely followed by twin Beth in 14m32s (11th). Ellie placed 73rd (17m22s) and Jasmine placed 80th (18m44s) in her debut Manchester League race. Overall the girls placed 10th as a team, a very strong performance.

In the boys race, Matt & Joseph represented the club well. Matt came home 27th overall and was the first Harrier to complete the joint U13s race in a time of 13m44s and Joseph came home in a 71st place in 17m10s.

U17s

With no club runners in the U15s, Ben was next up in the U17s competition, also making his debut in a Manchester League race, and also in the lower year in the U17s age group.

Over the 6.1km course Ben put in a very strong performance to place 10th overall in a time of 23m32s

U20s

Chris stepped up to racing with the seniors over the full 9.6km distance for the first time on Saturday making his debut as an U20 after missing much of the track season with injury.

Chris placed 96th in the overall race, and 10th in the U20s competition in a time of 40m29s.

Seniors

Matt was another runner making his debut in the Manchester League, and enjoyed a strong run to place 26th in the V45 category and 184th overall in a time of 44m12s.

Full race results are available at www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/maccl171.htm

Next event

The next XC match in the series is Saturday 11th November at Boggart Hole Clough, which is often one of the muddiest races of the season, and where the U11s run for the first time.

There's still time for other runners to join the League, but we need to get everyone registered in advance of the race, so if you want to run at Boggart Hole Clough please contact Nick Massey and he can sort out the entries.

 

 
London Marathon - club allocation Print
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Harriers, along with other clubs affiliated to England Athletics, is allocated a place in the London Marathon.

This year we are proposing to hold a ballot to allocate the place to a club member who wants to run the race in April next year, and with the rejection / acceptance letters from the national ballot landing on people's doormats this week, now is the perfect time to give someone a second chance to get a place in the ballot.

We will run the ballot according to the rules below. These aim to prioritise club members who are actively seeking a place in the race, and ensure the place is fairly allocated.

Please see below for details of how to get your name in the ballot!

  • The club is expected to be allocated one place in the 2018 London Marathon
  • One entry per person only
  • Please do not enter unless you fully intend to run the 2018 London Marathon
  • Entry is for the individual only - the place cannot be passed on to anyone else
  • The entrant must pay all fees and charges associated with the entry (approx £35, to be confirmed)
  • Entry is limited to those who are
    • Eligible to run the London Marathon under the race rules (e.g. over 18 on the date of the race)
    • Club members who joined on or before 1st September 2017
    • Parents of club members who joined on or before 1st September 2017
    • Brothers or sisters of club members who joined on or before 1st September 2017
    • Decisions on eligibility will be confirmed by the Club Secretary
  • Requests to be included in the ballot must be received by midnight on 28th October 2017 and the full list of applicants will be published on the club website as soon as possible after that time.
  • Requests to be included in the ballot must be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the word "Marathon" in the message title so it is not overlooked
  • Entrants will be placed into three "buckets" to prioritise the draw. With only one place available, the allocation will go to someone in the first bucket, if there is at least one applicant. If not, then the second bucket, then the third.
    • First bucket - paid up club members with membership prior to 1st September 2017 who have been rejected from the main national London Marathon 2018 ballot
    • Second bucket - paid up club members with membership prior to 1st September 2017
    • Third bucket - all other eligible individuals as described above (e.g. parents, siblings etc)
  • All entrants will be allocated an individual number. A random draw will take place on or shortly after 29th October 2017 and the winner will be notified by email. All entries will be drawn and the order of the draw will determine the order of a reserve list if the winner is unable to run, subject to VMLM transfer rules
  • If for whatever reason the club should not be able to secure an official club place in the 2018 London Marathon, the club will be under no obligation to secure a place for any individual who has been successful in this ballot
  • Applicants should note that the club place is NOT transferrable
  • No-one who has entered this ballot will take part in the draw to determine the results
  • Halton & Frodsham Harriers Athletics Club reserves the right to amend these rules at any time and to implement them as it, at its absolute discretion, see fit whilst adhering to the fundamental principles of fairness, transparency and equity

 

 
Winter is coming - best get indoors!! Print
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The final outdoor training session in Castle Park, Frodsham will be on Tuesday 29th August, with the first indoor sessions starting again on Tuesday 5th September.  Primary age groups training will be 7-8pm indoors, and secondary age groups 8-9pm.

Nick Massey will confirm with the endurance squad arrangements for training over the coming months.

 
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