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Weekend roundup Print
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Monday, 03 March 2014

A couple of quick highlights worth mentioning from this weekend.

Up in Delamere Forest, it was the 1st anniversary of the weekly 5k parkrun events, which are free to enter and open to all ages.  Chris Larkin placed 4th in the run overall, taking over a minute of his PB in the process, to clock 18m41s.  Aidan Larkin also covered the whole course, also bagging a PB in a slightly slower 36m15s!  Natasha Treharne and Isla Bellamy got stuck into the spirit of things with some fancy dress running too on a lovely morning around the lake, finishing in 29m51s and 30m02s respectively.

Indoors at Sportscity at the City of Manchester Open Meeting, Liz Wright continued her fine indoor season with another new PB - 1m44.85s, which places her 6th on the Powerof10 rankings for the year so far, and also takes over 2 seconds off her club record time set earlier this year!

Cheshire County Cross Country Championships 2014 Print
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Monday, 06 January 2014

In typically wet and muddy conditions at Birchwood on Saturday, four club athletes took part in the Cheshire AA Cross Country Championships this weekend, and all can be justifiably proud of their efforts.

The event got off to a great start with the U13s mixed race, with Jacob Birtles and Isla Bellamy pulling on the black and orange for the club over two shorter laps of the muddy and treacherous course.

Things didn't go so well for Isla just after the start as she lost one of her spiked shoes after only about 1/4 of the race.  Showing her typical grit and determination, she unbelievably ran the rest of the race with just one shoe on, and finished in a strong 26th place overall.

In a thrilling boys race, Jacob was running in second place for most of the first lap, then was gradually overtaken into 3rd place, with a gathering pack behind him.  He held on strongly, and very nearly re-took the silver medal at the finish to take the bronze medal overall, and book a place in the Cheshire team for the InterCounties event at Birmingham later in the year.

In the U15 boys race, over two long laps of the energy sapping course, Chris Larkin represented the club and put in a determined run.  Complaining of a shoe which had come off at the heel early in the first lap, he managed to keep his spikes on until 100m from the finish where one finally succumbed to the sticky mud, picking up 10th place in the event and placed on the reserves list for the Cheshire team.

Literally picking up the vest (and borrowed spikes) from Chris was Matt Larkin, taking part in his first (and he says, possibly last!) Cross Country race in the V40 category in the seniors race which was completed over 1 short lap plus 4 long laps of the course - which meant 5 times through the bogs of "the bunkers".  Matt finished in 90th place in the seniors race and 18th in the V40 category.

Well done to Isla, Jacbo, Chris and Matt!  And thanks of course to Nick Massey for the time and effort he puts in coaching the cross country squad for the club!!

Sportshall - Round 2 Print
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Monday, 18 November 2013

The Sportshall results for Round 2 yesterday at Kingsway are out on the Sportshall website -

Well done to everyone who took part, scorers and non-scorers alike!

Overall, the highlights of the results came in the U13 categories, with the Boys squad of Jacob, Luke, Luke, Tom, Jake and Adam earning the top spot, scoring 161 points to pip Wirral into second place.  In the U13 girls, Lizzie, Charlotte, Emilia, Natasha, Maddy, Skye, Rachel, Elouise, Grace, Hannah, Rebecca, Alex, Jess, Millie and May combined well to tie for 2nd place with St Helens Sutton behind the team from Wirral.

Both of the U11 teams placed 5th in their competitions in very close run competitions and everyone in the squads was putting their hearts and souls into the competition.  Just a few more points would have seen either squad up in 3rd or 2nd place overall, so this competition looks well poised this year!

It's exaggerating a little to say that there were two U15 teams, as there were only two U15 athletes representing the club this weekend, Chris for the boys and Jenny for the girls.  However, both put in maximum effort and scored highly in every one of their events, dropping just 7 points between them out of a possible 128.  The teams finished in 3rd place overall in both the boys and girls categories - just imagine how well they would have done if some of their teammates had turned out too!! 

The final league matches are on Sunday 8th of December, and this will decide which squads progress to the NW League Finals which take place later in January.  And for individual athletes, outstanding performances can also result in selection for the County squads, so there's still a lot to train for!!


Some end of season stats Print
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Friday, 15 November 2013

Now that the indoor and cross country seasons are in full swing, it's time to reflect on some of the great performances from throughout the year in T&F from Harriers.  

9 performances by our athletes have seen them ranked in the top 100 from throughout the UK this year.

Topping the list, and claiming 3 of those performances is Jenny Pyatt - her throw of 35m65 at Wrexham in September sees her ranked 4th in the UK in her age group, with a throw that also ranks 84th in the "all time" list.  Add to that ranking 45th in the javelin, 82nd in the shot put (and a near miss with 105th in the hammer throw) Jenny has been rewriting the club record book for throws, as well as cleaning up in terms of medals at the Cheshire County athletics championships.

Also ranked in the top 5 in the country is Jacob Birtles, with a time of 2m17.1s for the 800m, also setting club records in the 1500m (46th in the country) and as part of the 4x100m squad.

Lizzie Wright ends the year ranked 56th in the 150m, and 84th in the 800ms, whilst Emily Ross placed 98th in the UK in javelin.  Rounding out the top 100 performances is Ben Sutcliffe who places 65th in the 400m hurdles.

Of course, no performance put in by any club athlete putting their heart and soul into their event should be overlooked, whether or not it ranks in the top 100 in the country - but there's no harm in celebrating these great performances either!!


Indoors and outdoors - Harriers in action! Print
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Monday, 11 November 2013

Whilst the summer months tend to focus soley on track & field events, the winter months provide a more varied range of events for athletes to participate in, and this was highlighted this weekend.  For photos and other stuff, head over to our facebook feed!

Keeping warm

Taking part in the Dash Indoor Quadrathlon, Elle, Emilia and Liz were at SportCity in Manchester this weekend.  Taking part in the U13 (Elle and Emilia) and U15 girls competitions, they each sprinted, jumped, threw and ran in their competitions to a high standard.  Elle finished 5th overall in the U13G competition, beaten to a podium spot by just 17 points and by athletes from Bromsgrove, Newbury, Kendal and Staffordshire.  Emilia also put in strong performances to take the 16th place in the competition.  Liz also took on competitors from far and wide, highlighting the quality of these events, and placed 13th overall.

Quadrathlon results are available here.

Taking on the mud

Just a few miles away from the warmth and comfort of SportCity, Eleanor, Abby, Isla and Chris were getting up to their necks in mud at the second round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League in Woodbank Park, Stockport.

Renowned for always delivering a tough course, this year the course was sodden and lived up to its tough reputation.

In her first MACCL event, Abby placed a strong 31st in the 73 strong field of U13 girls, with Isla placing 52nd and Eleanor 63rd overall.  Combining as a 3-man team, the girls placed 13th overall.

Chris ran in his 18th consecutive MACCL race in the U15 boys category and finished strongly in 15th place.

Full results are available here.


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Special Olympian - Matthew Evans Print
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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Halton & Frodsham Harrier, Matthew Evans, was recently selected to swim for the North West of England at the recent Special Olympics, held in Bath.

1700 athletes participated in 12 sports where after a parade of the athletes the Olympic flame was lit. 

Matthew did well, taking the bronze medal in the final of the 100m freestyle and having two fourth places in the 50m backstroke and in the 4 x 50m relay.

If you want to know more about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games, visit or for more information about the worldwide Special Olympics movement, click on 


Winter dates - Sportshall and Cross Country Print
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The winter fixtures for Cross Country and Sportshall have now been arranged, and are on the clubs fixtures calendar.

Sportshall (all at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes):-

  • Sunday 20th October
  • Sunday 17th November
  • Sunday 8th December

Sportshall League Finals take place on 26th January 2014 also at Kingsway.

Sportshall matches are open to all up to U15. For more information speak to any of the coaches.

Manchester Area Cross Country League:-

  • Saturday 19th October - Heaton Park, Manchester (NB only U13s and older at this match)
  • Sunday 10th November - Woodbank Park, Stockport (all age groups)
  • Saturday 7th December - Sherdley Park, St Helens (all age groups)
  • Sunday 12th January - Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester
  • Saturday 8th February - Wythenshawe Park, Manchester

Also there are the County Championships on Saturday 4th January (Birchwood, Warrington) and the Northern Athletics Championships on 25th January (Knowsley Safari Park).

Cross Country entry is open to all, who wish to run. For more information speak to any of the coaches . The cross country team manager is Nick Massey. He can be contacted on 07873 454398.




Jenny Pyatt - Northern Athletics Champion Print
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

It is in the nature of throwing competitions that things happen without the crowd paying much attention. The glory hunters on the track, revelling in being cheered to the line, get their moments in the spotlight.

Throwers are often consigned to the other side of the track (or even, at the recent English Schools T&F Champs, outside of the main stadium completely!) where a handful of spectators may be watching. There's rarely a cheer for a massive throw, and the most that many know that there's even a competition going on is a few toots on a warning horn as some dangerous implement is launched towards the field judges.

So when Jenny Pyatt became Northern Athletics Champion in the discus it probably came as no surprise that the website editor here didn't spot it and get an article online!

Time to put that right!

After a cracking season of PB after PB in all of her throwing events, Jenny Pyatt won the U15 Girls Northern Athletics Championships at Wavertree on 18th August, topping off a season which started with clearing up all 4 gold medals at the Cheshire County Championships in discus, shot put, javelin and hammer.

After winning her Northern title, Jenny was presented with her medal, and a plate to recognise her Grade 1 AAA performance, by Mike Holmes, coach of Katerina Johnson-Thompson, who had just returned from the World Championships in Moscow.

Well done Jenny!!

2013 Cheshire Relay Championships Print
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Sunday, 01 September 2013

The club took away three silver medals, and host of other good performances, at the Cheshire County Relay Championships held at Macclesfield on Saturday.

The full results are on the Cheshire AA website - here.

The U13G squad came away with two silver medals - in the 4 x 100m and in the 3 x 800m relays, whilst the U13B squad took silver in the U13B 4 x 100m in a club record of 56.1s.

Well done to everyone who took part competing for County honours!!

Frodsham Downhill Run Print
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Thursday, 11 July 2013

The Frodsham Downhill Run took place on Sunday 7th July, starting as usual at the top of Frodsham Hill and finishing in Castle Park.

Plenty of Harriers took part and enjoyed the warm weather, and there was a presentation for the first male and female Harriers to finish.

Chris Larkin and Jenny Pyatt took the honours, with Chris also picking up the 1st Youth Male finisher, completing the 1.3mile course in 6m01s.

The full results are on the Frodsham Community Centre website, sorted by entry number. If you are interested in seeing the results sorted by finishing number, click below for more details.

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