A Return to Training!

We are delighted to say after the hiatus due to Covid we are back to training on Tuesday and Thursday nights! Our initial sessions are going to for current members only but after an initial trial period we will be welcoming new members to come train with us and welcome them with socially-distanced open arms. For the latest information, please contact us through our Facebook channel. simply search for Worksop Harriers Senior Members and drop us a message.

We are starting off simple with a single hills session on Tuesdays and two distance runs on a Thursday of approximately 3 and 6 miles. Whilst things will look different in our COVID secure environment, we have worked hard to keep it as normal as possible so that we can all do our best whilst staying safe. As such, it will need everyone in attendance to stick to the following guide lines and work with us to make sure our sessions go as seamless as possible.

  1. First and foremost, it should go without saying that if you OR anyone within your immediate vicinity (family, friends, work colleagues, etc) is exhibiting ANY signs of illness, do not attend the training session. We are aiming to run a session every week so if you have to miss one there will be another next week. However, you won’t be anyone’s favourite Harrier if you turn up coughing and spreading your germs, as much as we all like to share:)
  2. Runners should arrive ready to run, practice good hygiene at all times, including hand washing pre and post run, no spitting, cover when coughing, etc and are advised to keep hand sanitiser in their transport. No on-site toilet facilities will be available.
  3. Runs will start at 6:10 pm prompt. When arriving, runners must make themselves known to the run leader taking the register and are to maintain social distancing at all times.
  4. Any runners attending session must ensure their contact and medical information is up to date as registered with the club. Any changes to this MUST be communicated to the club secretary
  5. Runners must also maintain the 2 m social distancing when out running. For the purpose of avoiding misunderstandings, we ask this is applied even to members of the same household, support bubble, etc. Runners must also seek to maintain this distance when passing members of the public, especially if passing public groups such as at a bus stop
  6. Specific guidance for the hill sessions:
    1. Runners will start the session in a 5 second rolling start, starting with the approximate fastest runners and descending in speed.
    2. Each hill repetition starts at the bottom of the hill, marked by the end of the cycle lane, runs up the right hand side along the pavement, and ends adjacent to the ‘give way’ road marking between the roundabout and the B&Q security gate. If a runner wishes to complete a shorter hill rep (such as to the bus stop) they must still complete the full rep, and should walk to the end point
    3. Upon completing a rep, runners are go around the round about and descend the hill on the opposite side of the road, crossing the road at the island.
    4. When overtaking on an uphill rep, runners are to step off the pavement and run in the ‘gutter’ to provide adequate distance, giving consideration to any traffic. This also applies when descending. However, runners are discouraged from overtaking on the downhill and should use the opportunity to get a better race ahead of the next repetition.
    5. Runners must at all time give due consideration and follow the Highway Code around any traffic on the hill. Although usually quiet, we must seek to avoid unnecessary conflict. If for example there are people getting out at the bus, runners should consider whether they can pass safely or if they should stop their rep early and walk safely past to the end of the repetition.
  7. Finally, there may be occasions when sessions must be cancelled at short notice due to a lack of run leaders. In order to maintain a covid-secure environment, we require a minimum of ONE run leader per ELEVEN runners (for a group of twelve)

The full guidance can be found here and I would recommend all read it. We appreciate this may seem like their are lots of rules, but trial sessions have been excellent and reminded us how great it is to run with our fellow Harriers. Thank you for reading this and any questions please ask:)Guidance:https://www.dropbox.com/s/5n0eo8dcjhlm7gd/Guidance.docx?dl=0

Updated statement on Northern T&F and Covid-19

Further to the previous post regarding the cancellation of the first two Northern T&F Events of 2020, the league has now taken the decision to cancel the season in its entirety. The full statement can be read below. Sorry to any Athletes who had put their hopes of making progress in this this year!


To All Club Contacts

The management committee has been following the current crisis with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely. 

Having had communications from both the government and our governing bodies, your league management have come to the conclusion that it would be prudent to cancel all of the matches in the league for 2020..

This decision hasn’t been taken lightly.

  • We have constantly been monitoring government guidelines and communications from our governing bodies.
  • Clubs were asked about this in a recent email and the vast majority of replies were in agreement with the league management committee over this crisis..
  • Schools and colleges are closed until September
  • We have also taken into account our officials. Many are over 70 or have underlying health issues which means they have to self-isolate themselves for at least 12 weeks. This date would take us to mid-June anyway.
  • There are doubts over when stadia will be re-opening
  • Having lost 2 matches already, it is clear that the last two matches needed to be considered.
  • Making this decision means clubs can hopefully cancel any travel arrangements or track bookings without any loss of monies.
  • All league subscription fees will be carried over into 2021.

If the restrictions are removed before the dates of our matches, it will allow some clubs to put on open meetings on those dates, so that athletes have a path back into sport without too much stress being put on them through league competition.

Alan Johnson


North of England Track and Field League

Covid-19 Statement and Northern T&F League 2020

For the information of all athletes interested in competing in the T&F League 2020, the current position (as of 31-Mar-2020) is below. We will update when we hear more:

To All main Team Contacts

Following the directive sent out by England Athletics and endorsed by all home countries moving the date for no training or competitions back to May 31st,

the league management have decided that it would be wise to cancel the second round matches due on Sunday June 7th June.

This decision hasn’t been taken lightly.

Having now lost 2 matches already, it is clear that the last two matches now need to be considered.

The management committee believe that at this point we should cancel the whole season as it is obvious that things are not going to improve quickly.

Schools are likely closed until September. Officials over 70 and those with under lying health issues have been told to self isolate for initially 12 weeks.

This would take us to mid-June anyway so officials are likely to be an issue as well.

Once things start improving restrictions are not going to be relaxed en bloc, it will be gradual relaxation of the restrictions.

Stadia I have heard from don’t expect to open until the end of July at the earliest.

If we do cancel the season, then any fees already paid will be carried over into 2021. 

If we do have the last 2 matches, if possible, there would be no promotion and relegation, no division one playoff match and bear in mind the League is likely to be restructured in 2021.

If any clubs have comments to make please direct them back to myself and Terry Bailey

Alan Johnson


NoE T&F League

Senior Awards Night – 07-Feb-2020

On Friday 7th February 2020, we held our annual Seniors awards night at Worksop College Golf Course. The event provides an opportunity for the Harriers to come together and celebrate the successes of the 2019 as well as recognise not only running performances but also those that have made significant contributions to both the club and athletics in the community. However, amongst all this we also like to take the opportunity to return something to the local community with our Charity Raffle. This year, our chosen charity was the Crohn’s & Colitis UK, and we are delighted to say we were able to make a contribution of £706 to the fundraising cause.

This year had no shortage of success as we awarded sixteen bronze standards, six and five gold standards. We also awarded prizes for those in each age group for club Grand Prix competition as well as a new for this year Track & Field GP (With thanks to James Charter for collating the scoring. For a full break down of the Grand Prix and Standards awarded, please see the end of this report

On the trophy front, we awarded our GP overall Male & Female Winner (Thomas Shaw & Amy Ogden), Half Marathon (Retford Half Marathon 2019) Male and Female Champions (Thomas Shaw and Samantha Marriott), Gerald Story Trophy (First Harrier home at Gerald Story Run), Paul Marriott. Our Sisters on Sunday Vase to recognise personal achievements was awarded to Rachel Ashworth in recognition of the excellent progress she has made since joining both the SoS and the Worksop Harriers, and the Alan Bowman Trophy (which recognises greatest improvement in Age-Graded Percentage at Clumber Park parkrun was awarded to Anna Maddocks who in 2019 ran a best time of 19:05, achieving a simply incredible age-graded percentage of over 85%!

Our Peter Collier Trophy is awarded not for running performance but in recognition of significant contribution to both running the club and advancement of Athletics in general. This year, it was awarded to Mark Hazlehurst, who in the 50 years since joining Worksop Harriers & AC has worked as parkrun Ambassador (helping to set up park runs across Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, served as a committee member for both Worksop Harriers & AC as well as Derbyshire Athletics. He has also qualified as a Level 3 Endurance, Track & Field Event official, including photo finish adjudication, serving most recently at the highest level in the European Indoor Championship. Finally, Mark also does works for the UK Anti-Doping Agency helping to ensure fair and just competition.

Finally, our Athlete of the Year was awarded to Emily Race. Despite not getting off to an ideal start to the season, Emily showed great attitude and determination to return to top form, tackling training alongside completing her A-Levels, resulting in a successful defence of her English Schools High Jump Title, as well as achieve England Selection for the Cardiff International. Emily went on to achieve her second national title at the English Schools Heptathlon Championship. Emily has completed her school record with a superb four English Schools Titles (two each at high jump and heptathlon) and now goes on to the next stage of her athletics career with a promising start, having already broken the University of Sheffield 60 m hurdles record, whose alumni include Gold Medal winning Great Britain Heptathlete, Jessica Ennis.

Bronze Standards (16)
Tom McLaren – Bronze – 5km
Chris Duncan –Bronze – 400m
Joel Kerrigan – Bronze – Marathon
Savannah Storey – Bronze – Triple Jump
Emily Race – Bronze – Shot Put
Caroline McGinley – Bronze – 400m, 10miles
Jack Feris – Bronze – 200m, Long Jump
Sally Bulmer – Bronze – 5km, 10km
Jake Charters – Bronze – 800m, 1500m
Bryan Cherry – Bronze – 400m, 5km, Half Marathon

Silver Standards (6)
Jack Feris – Silver – 100m
Charlotte Jones – Silver – 10 miles
Caroline McGinley – Silver – 800m, 10km
Savannah Storey – Silver – 400m, Long Jump (Represented Notts in the English Schools T & F Champs)

Gold Standards (5)
Tracey West – Gold – Half Marathon (13 minutes faster than time required for the Gold standard)

Amy Ogden – Gold Marathon (3:15, beating the Gold standard by almost 6 minutes)
Tom Shaw – Gold Marathon (2:37 & first time for many years that we have had a runner in the 2.30’s)
Emily Race – Gold – Long Jump, High Jump (English Schools Champion for the second consecutive year)

Grand Prix Winner – Age Groups

Senior – Charlotte Rushby
V35 – Samantha Marriott
V40 – Amy Ogden
V45 – Pamela Brooks
V50 – Caroline McGinley
V55 – Sally Staveley
V60 – Gillian Shepherd

Senior – Tom Shaw
V40 – Stuart McLuskie
V45 – Jim Staveley
V50 – Christopher Duncan
V55 – John Harrison
V60 – John Hewitt
V65 – Peter Fendley
V70 – Roy Turner

Track & Field Grand Prix Awards

Emily Race (Senior) – 396 points
Kerry Dickinson (Masters) – 74 points
Jake Charters (Senior) – 303 points
Chris Duncan (Masters) – 193 points

Special mention goes to Savannah Storey who achieved a massive contribution of 304 points, enough to win the compeition in most years, had she not have been in compeition with Emily. However, a special mention is deserved to round of a superb season of improvements and achievements!

Kind words from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

A good news story for today (02-Dec-2019) as we recently received this letter from the Lincs & Notts Air ambulance charity thanking all for the work to raise £324 from the Worksop Half Marathon. Well done to all those who contributed and helped! The Worksop Harriers & AC are proud to support causes such as the L&NAA and are happy to provide a contribution to their on-going work!

Weekly Roundup – 14th October

In a weekend that saw some of most incredible running ever seen, Worksop’s finest were out doing their own incredible thing! Nearly 40 Harriers got together to both run and support the logistics of running the Round Rotherham Run and Relay. Starting in Wath-upon-Dearne, the RRR is a 50 mile undulating self-navigated course taking in all manner of trails as it heads around Rotherham, down through Rother Valley, to Harthill, Woodsetts and Carlton-in-Lindrick (just dodging Worksop!) and then back to the start via Firbeck, Maltby and Mexborough. The run can be run in a variety of formats including relay teams but our first dose of kudos goes to three brave entrants who tackled the full 50 mile route, map reading, mud, hills and all! Stuart McCluskie, Kerry Dickinson and Sarah Morgan all started promptly at 6 am to undertake one of their biggest challenges yet after a long season of training that included plenty of ‘recce runs’ of the stages to make sure they would know the routes well, even with the fatigue of many miles in them! Stuart McCluskie completed the course in 11 hours and 40 minutes where as Kerry and Sarah smashed their original 15-16 hour prediction, maintaining a good pace and high spirits right to the end to finish in 13 hours and 8 minutes. As if the ladies running wasn’t impressive enough, they even manage to head down to the Sisters on Sunday running group the next day to help with the session, which Sarah especially would point out this was special, as she actually started running with this very group going from couch-to-5km, through to joining the Harriers and now on to Ultra’s. A superb demonstration of where you can reach if you just take that first step!

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Weekly Roundup – 7th October

As we move in to the final quarter of the year we kick off our reports with plenty of action. On Saturday, five Harriers made their way up in to the Peaks for the Curbar Commotion Fell Race. The 10+ mile/1,400 ft elevation gain course certainly had Autumn condition as a very wet and muddy course added to both the challenge and the fun. We also had a strong showing of the Green-and-Black at local Clumber Park parkrun as 14 harriers took part, including a 5k PB for Shaun Chadwick off 22:14

Moving on to Sunday but staying with muddy fun, we had five senior harriers and three juniors take part in the Offtrac 10 mile run and fun run respectively. A great local run at Tickhill was supplemented with some great success as Charlotte Jones took 2nd place for the ladies, Bryan Cherry gained a top 10 finish and our three juniors took 2nd, 3rd and 5th place in the fun run.

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Weekly Roundup – 1st October

In a week where the Berlin Marathon and Bekele made the news for missing a new World Record by an agonising 2 seconds, one of our own was also making his way around Berlin breaking their own records. Tom Shaw managed to grab a place in the 46th edition of this World Marathon Major. Mild temperatures and light winds would have made perfect conditions had the rain held off a little longer. After a successful season of training and couple PB’s to boot, Tom was keen to make the most of a fast day in Berlin and took full advantage, running a well metered effort (running every 5k split between 18:14 and 18:53 to achieve of big marathon PB of 2:37:02, knocking over 7 minutes of his previous best to finish in the top 400 from nearly 45,000 runners. Tom’s achievement is significant not only for his own PB but it also gains him both championship entry in to the London Marathon, and also makes him the first Senior-Male category athlete to achieve a club gold standard for long distance running since the standards were introduced in the early-2000’s, and only the third athlete over all events! An excellent result to mark the end a successful season of road running Tom!

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Weekly Roundup – 24th September

We start this week’s run report off with a superb success story! This weekend (21/22 September), Emily Race won the English Schools Senior Girls Heptathlon title, down in Exeter. Poor weather conditions were not conducive to high scores with strong headwinds and rain on day two. However, Emily overcame both the competition and conditions to put in a winning performance, scoring 4910 points over the two days to win by 121 points. Emily showed real determination and an ability to cope with the pressure of competition, heading in to day two with just a 15 point lead, after what is typical her strongest day. However, Emily started day two showing she would not be relenting the lead without a fight with her three best long jumps of the season (with a best of 5.66m). A solid Javelin followed (32.55m in heavy rain) and a well-executed tactical 800m (2:31), too beat her two nearest competitors, which meant she captured a very well deserved title, and an excellent finish to a challenging season. Emily is pictured with Coach Peter Fendley (left) and 1968 Mexico Olympics 400 m hurdles Gold Medalist, David Hemery (right). We wish Emily all the best in her next challenge as she heads off to the University of Sheffield to study Chemistry.

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Weekly Roundup – 17th September

It was a GP Race by the sea for this Sunday as seven Harriers made the trip over to Sunny Cleethorpes for the Humber Coastal Half Marathon. The run is flat but some blustery coastal winds made for challenging conditions as there was little shelter from said winds between miles seven and ten. Still, finishing with the last three miles finishing along the promenade and post-race ice cream included in the entry made for a worthwhile trip! Thomas Shaw was first home for the Harriers in 8th place overall in 1:20:05, followed soon by Craig Wolstenholme (1:26:23). Amy Ogden was the first lady home for the Harriers (1:39:02), then rounding off the team we had Charlotte Jones (1:42:14), Stuart McCluskie continuing to improve with a PB (1:49:26), Cathy Mhembere (1:53:58) and Emma Shaw (2:16:21).

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