2021 Club News

The 3rd place Welsh Castles Team photo
The 3rd place Welsh Castles Team photo

Welcome to the Web page for Middleton Harriers a friendly adult running club where you will find information about the Club and the various activities that the members engage in. Further information can also be found on the drop down menu to the left of this page, eg. Membership Forms, History, Training, Up & Coming races...

However, please scroll down for the most current information......


Top Marathon Results

Great runs by everyone who ran the gruelling 26.2 miles in the recent road marathons. Jorden Burke finished his first ever marathon in a stellar time 3:00:01 to lead the table for the men and Jo Adamson led the ladies home with a brilliant time of 3:35:00. With two road Championship races still to contest, there is everything to run for at Gin Pit 5 and Heaton Park 10K. for Updated Championship Tables and current Marathon result click here


Get Set for Cross Country!

We now have our entries in for the MACCL league and SELCC league with a high number of Middleton entries in both the men and ladies leagues. The first race takes place on 16th October at Wythenshaw Park, XC shoes at the ready!

We are now taking entries for the following:

BMAF XC Relays, Long Eaton on Saturday, 30th October. Age Cats - 35, 45, 55, 65. 3K legs.

UMACCC Relays on 30th October at Wythenshawe Sports Ground - Men and Mixed teams consist of 6 x 3km legs and Women teams consist of 3 x 3km legs.

GMAA XC Championships at Pennington Flash on Sunday, 12th December

National XC Championship, Parliament Hill (London) on Saturday, 26th Feb 2022.

Contact Craig or Cathie for more details. More information on our Cross Country Page.


Fell Championship finishes on a high

The last race in the Fell Championship took place at Waddington on Sunday, 26th September with great all round result for Middleton runners with age category wins for Martha Urwin, and John Hall. A high turn-out was guaranteed as Middleton runners sought to secure or improve there positions in the Middleton Harriers Championship and the inter-club Run The Moors Grand Prix. The top three ladies in our Club Championship were Martha Urwin, Karen Hallett and Louise Butterworth (in that order). The top three men were Jorden Burke, Tony Walsh and Craig Sutherland (in that order). more more information, photos and results go to our Fell Running page.


Cross Keys Relay 2021

Some hot tough running in Saddleworth on Saturday at the annual Cross Legs Relay - 2x Road Leg, 2x Fell. Well done to Middleton Harriers Steve Vasiliou, Alan Garvey, John Cox and Craig Sutherland on splendid performances and thanks to Peter Gilligan for great support.

Great Turnout at Road Championship Half Marathons

Wilmslow and Blackpool were the venues for the Road Championship Half Marathons on Sunday 12th September. a good turnout saw excellent runs and a number of PBs as the Harriers took advantage of the good weather conditions. The Championship tables have been updated with additional photos and can be found here - Road Championship Results

L-R Fiona Bolton, Andy Ndlovu, Leon Wint, John Humphreys, Leo Cain
L-R Fiona Bolton, Andy Ndlovu, Leon Wint, John Humphreys, Leo Cain

Groovy Kinder Love 21

Middleton Harrier fell runners grand day out on the Groovy Kinder Love FR reaped massive rewards in the RTMGP on Saturday 12th Sept. The men scored a maximum of 150 points and the ladies enhanced their large lead by a whopping 100 points Well done all!

More photos and results on the Fell Running Page

Cathie Murphy leads Craig Sutherland and Karen Hallett on the last stage of the Red Brook Gully
Cathie Murphy leads Craig Sutherland and Karen Hallett on the last stage of the Red Brook Gully

Ladies win Team Prize at Whittle

Congratulations to Middleton Ladies on their Team Prize win at Whittle Pike Fell Race on Thursday night. John Cox and John Hall both had excellent runs and won their Categories in this tough little race. The Club Championship Tables have been updated and can be found on our Fell Page



Sophie Wood Wins Hopwood Trot Outright

Race Winner Sophie Wood (122) from Sale Harriers at the the start of the race.                                      Photo - Paul Taylor
Race Winner Sophie Wood (122) from Sale Harriers at the the start of the race. Photo - Paul Taylor

Wednesday evening's Hopwood Trot took place under stormy skies and was  won by Sophie Wood (Sale Harriers) in a time of 30:41 from Danny Bennett (Rochdale Harriers) 30:42 and Thomas Griffiths (St Helens Sutton) 31:00.  Well done to Middleton runners Sharon Goldrick and John Hall for winning their age categories in last night's event. More on our Hopwood Trot Web Page.


Christine wins at Sizzler!

Congratulations to Christine Eckersley for winning her Age Category in the last Sale Sizzler 5K of the season on 22nd July.

Middleton Harriers recover from the balmy heat of the last Sale Sizzler of 2021, Category winner Chritine Eckersley is 3rd from left
Middleton Harriers recover from the balmy heat of the last Sale Sizzler of 2021, Category winner Chritine Eckersley is 3rd from left


Great Turnout at Turnslack

Some of our intrepid runners line up for a group photo at Turnslack Fell Race on Saturday. A total of 11 runners took part, with Jorden Burke the first man home and Martha Urwin the first lady home. Our ladies won the team award and categaory awards were won by Martha Urwin (V45) and John Hall (V75). More photos and information on our Fell Page. and updated Fell Championship tables here.


2021 Sale Sizzler Series Complete

Well done to everyone who competed in this seasons Road Championship 5K Series. This year's series was based on the Sale Sizzler 5K races in Wythenshaw Park and it was a hot Series in every sense of the word!

The series results have been updated and and can be found along with the current Road Championship standings on our Road Championship page here.

A tropical evening saw a good turnout of Harriers seeking to post good times, remember it is the best time from any of the 4 races to count!

Jorden Burke came home in first place with a time of 18:17, followed by Paul Whydall (22:55) and Darren Wallis (23:13). first lady home was Rose Rowson in an excellent time of 25:48, from Fiona Bolton (26:36) and Teresa Hollins (28:27).


Harriers Grand Night Out in Royton

A great turnout and great results on Wednesday at the Royton Trail Race for Middleton Harriers. In perfect (ok, a bit hot) weather conditions, the Harriers tried out the new slightly longer 😉 course and were rewarded with 1st in Category and top 3 cat places. Well done to Fiona Bolton (1st FV65), Jorden Burke (2nd MV40), Martha Urwin (2nd FV55), Janet Hunt (2nd FV55), Rose Rowson (2nd FV60), Alan Garvey (3rd MV65). Also a special mention to John Hall who would have won MV75 if there had been a class. Also a big hand for Rose Rowson who stopped to assist a fellow runner midway through the race and still achieved a great time.

Well done to you all!

Results and photos from the event can be found here


Big Turnout at Eddie's

Andrew Fleet - first male
Andrew Fleet - first male
Martha Tibbot  - first female
Martha Tibbot - first female


On Wednesday, with great relief, we hosted our first Eddie's Revenge Fell Race since 2019. The inclusion of the event in the local Run The Moors Grand Prix, coupled with glorious weather took the number of starters to a near record level of 156.

With a Covid-Secure environment in place and the introduction of pre-entry and chip timing the participants began the race with a socially distanced walk-thru start over the timing mat before getting down to business.

The first male home was Andrew Fleet (Saddleworth Runners) in 25:50 and the first female was Martha Tibbot (Saddleworth runners) 28:08. First Middleton Harrier home was Jorden Burke (30:05), followed by Stephen Lowe in 36:06 and Martha Urwin in 37:07 (3rd in Cat).

Other Middleton Category places went to Paul Collinge 42:53 (3rd in Cat), John Cox 43:13 (2nd in Cat) and John Hall 45:12 (1st in Cat), Rose Rowson (2nd in Cat). Great running by all the Middleton Harriers who took part.

More news on this event and the full results can be found on our Fell Running page


Eccup 10 Mile, PB Heaven!

Sunday saw our intrepid Middleton Harriers getting up before they were awake to travel to Eccup for the 2nd fixture of our Club Championship. In cool, overcast conditions they all had good runs on the undulating country lanes of West Yorkshire.

First home for the Harriers was Jorden Burke, having a great start to the short season with a PB time of 1:02:52, the first lady home was Sharon Goldrick also with a new PB of 76:30 knocking 7 minutes of her previous best! Leon Wint and John Weaver also had excellent runs with PBs. Please go to the Road Championship Page for more times and results.

Jorden Burke 1st Harrier home in 62:52
Jorden Burke 1st Harrier home in 62:52

Cowm Res 5K Results!

Pictured above Martha Urwin, Mick Buck, Louise Butterworth, Cathie Murphy, Lisanne Whalen and John Hall
Pictured above Martha Urwin, Mick Buck, Louise Butterworth, Cathie Murphy, Lisanne Whalen and John Hall

A top turnout by Middleton Harriers on Tuesday evening at the Andy O'Sullivan Tribute 5K at Cowm Reservoir. Great results with top 3 Age category placings for: Martha Urwin (1st), Lisanne Whalen (3rd), Rose Rowson (2nd) John Hall (2nd).


Club 50 Winners

Club 50 Winners July & August

Congratulations to Fiona Bolton  (July) and Craig Sutherland (August). A cheque is on its way even as we speak!

For more information on how to take part in our our Club 50 please click here or click on the link in the Club Information page.


Training Schedules

Saturday training run over Eddie's Revenge

Following latest government updates and guidance from England Athletics we have restarted our regular Club Training nights.

Monday Evening Training (Speed/Hills): Meet at Middleton Arena at 7:00pm. Group Leader Jason

Wednesday Evening Club Runs: Meet at Middleton Arena 6:00pm start, group leader Craig also 7:00pm start - group leader Martha.

Thursday Evening Fell Run: Meet at various locations (Click here for full list). Meet at 6:45 for 7:00pm start all abilities catered for. 

Friday Evening Track Session: Meet at Boggart Hole Clough Running track 6:30pm (all abilities catered for). Group Leader Paul or Craig

For more information click here or on Training in the left hand panel.

Please be aware that your details may be used for Track & Trace. All of the sessions are run in a Covid Secure environment and we ask all participants to observe rules on social distancing, wearing of face masks, and not congregate before or after the training session.


Club Membership 2021

The Club Membership is only £10 for 2021 (England Athletics remains held at £15.) If you are attending training sessions with the club, racing, etc - please ensure that you have renewed your membership. Unsure what to do? Either contact Ge, our membership secretary: jkirk1@ntlworld.com or click on Membership forms.  Complete & return!


Please let me know if you have any club news, anything you want to share, any races, PB's or pictures at middharriers@outlook.com

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