Rochdale Harriers and A.C.

David Proctor: World Champion!

clock12th July 2022

Competing at the World Masters Athletics in Tampere, Finland. David won the title in the V35 1500m. In addition to taking the title, he also set a championship record with a time of 3:52.31. #strengthandhonour   Keep reading »

Alan Hughes

clock26th June 2022

Words by Brenda Robinson Reporting the death of Alan Hughes aged 91 in Newark recently. Alan was a Life Member of Rochdale Harriers and competed from 1947 until well into the 1980’s. He was a Lecturer in Further Education. Alan served as Club Captain and as Secretary from 1962 to 1963. He represented the Harriers […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale 10k

clock26th June 2022

Rochdale 10K Tuesday 5th July, 2022, 7:15 pm 2022 Online Entry Registration: Springfield Park, Bolton Road, Rochdale (near Tesco) (Location map) On-line pre-entry by 27nd June: UK Affiliated £9.50, Unattached £11.50 Entry after 27nd June: £2 more than pre-entry. Tuesday 5th July, 2022, 7-15 PM  10K Road Race  Accurately measured and certified, undulating 10K course, starting in […]   Keep reading »

Salford 10k

clock15th April 2022

Ten Harriers spent Good Friday morning in Broughton at the Salford Harriers 10k. The two lap course is fairly fast and the race always attracts a high quality field. This year the race is a counter in the Rochdale Harriers Road Race Championship. The race was won by V. Urquhart Smangs in a time of […]   Keep reading »

Wardle Skyline Fell Race Results 2022

clock15th April 2022

Please click here for the 2022 Wardle-Skyline-Results.   They’re also available here, along with all previous results.   Keep reading »

Annual General Meeting – 25th April

clock21st March 2022

The Rochdale Harriers & AC Annual General Meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 25th April 2022 at Norden Bowling and Social Club, Trinity Street, Norden, OL12 7RD. All members of the club are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. We have decided to move the meeting away from the clubhouse at Springfield […]   Keep reading »

Calderdale Way Fell Relay 2022

clock12th March 2022

The 2022 Calderdale Way Fell Relay will take place on Sunday 15th May. The race, which is organised by Halifax Harriers, is the biggest club organised off road event in the UK. Up to 100 teams will complete the 51 mile circuit of the Calderdale Way over 6 relay legs of between 4.8 miles (leg […]   Keep reading »

David’s Boston Best of British

clock8th February 2022

David Proctor has smashed the British V35 Record for the indoor mile. Competing in the Bruce Lehane Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts, he ran at time of 4:08.63 for just over eight laps of the 200m track, beating the British V35 Record previously held by Dave Regan by just under 10 seconds. David attended University in […]   Keep reading »

RHAC Full Fixtures List 2022

clock21st January 2022

Please see below for the full list of Rochdale Harriers & A.C. fixtures for 2022. The list is available in PDF and Word formats.  You can download whichever you prefer and links for race entries and event details have been included where possible. Click here for full RHAC 2022 fixtures of all race types (PDF) […]   Keep reading »

Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix 2022

clock14th January 2022

The Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix 2022 has now been confirmed. Please download the Word document for the details with links to race entries (see link below to download). The first race is 27 February 2022 so please enter as soon as possible. The Grand Prix 2022 presentation event is scheduled for the second half […]   Keep reading »

2022 Races by Rochdale Harriers

clock15th April 2022

Here are the 2022 races organised by Rochdale Harriers (RHAC) Date 2022 2022 Race Comments Saturday, 9th April WARDLE SKYLINE 2022 Results Friday, 10th June TDE – Day 1 Norden 6 Mile Road Race (Rochdale 3 Day Event 1/3) Enter this race individually or enter all three Saturday, 11th June TDE – Day 2 Naden Valley 6 Mile Multi-Terrain (Rochdale 3 Day […]   Keep reading »

Wardle Skyline Fell Race 2022

clock7th April 2022

Wardle Skyline Fell Race back on! RACE DETAILS Date & time: Sat 9 Apr 2022 at 14:00 Country: England Region: South/West Pennines Category: BM Distance: 11.3 km / 7 miles Climb: 381 m / 1250 ft Venue: Wardle Square, off A58 Rochdale/Littleborough Rd. Grid reference: 912171 Skills: PM Minimum age: 18 ENTRY INFORMATION Entry on day: Yes Entry on day fee (members): £5.00 Entry on day fee […]   Keep reading »


clock11th January 2022

The committee has approved the road race championship for 2022. Please look to enter races as soon as possible, as some are filling up already (especially Salford 10k and Hyde 7 mile). Please contact Richard Stirzaker if you have any queries. Rules Points will be awarded based on athletes’ position relative to other Rochdale Harriers […]   Keep reading »

Club Training 2022

clock31st December 2021

The club returns to training from Kingsway Park High School on 4th January 2022. All the sessions that you know and love will return, but we will also be adding a couple of new or changed sessions and re-introducing our Couch to 5k group. Tuesday *NEW* 6.15-7.00pm Couch to 5k (Starting Tuesday 11th January) – […]   Keep reading »

Harry impresses at Greater Manchester Cross Country!

clock12th December 2021

Harry Peacocke continues an impressive cross country season with second place in the U15 race at the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championship and confirmation as U15 champion in the Red Rose Cross Country League. Harry last ran the Greater Manchester Championship in 2019, where he placed 6th in the U13 race, his result in the […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers Christmas Party & Awards Night

clock8th November 2021

The Rochdale Harriers & AC Christmas Party & Awards Night Friday 10th December 2021 Bamford Bowling Club, 88 Norden Road, Bamford, OL11 5PN 7.30pm until late All members and families welcome. £6 including Pie & Peas. Tickets will be available shortly from Colin and Junior Coaches.   Keep reading »

Hinchcliffe’s Conquer Coniston

clock9th October 2021

The Hinchcliffe twins, Lewis and Philip take a remarkable first and second at the Lakeland Trails Coniston 15k. Lewis describes the day: The Lakeland Trails series takes place unsurprisingly in the Lake District. It’s popular, well organised (despite at times testing weather) and has a loyal fan base, including a number of Rochdale Harriers. The […]   Keep reading »

2021-2022 Cross Country League Fixtures

clock19th August 2021

National Cross Country Championship Parliament Hill, London – 26th February 2022 Entry is £10 – Money must be with Colin Robinson by 28th January 2022. We are organising a weekend away for this event. If you are interested in attending and have not already registered your interest, speak to Nick Barton ASAP. Northern Cross Country […]   Keep reading »

Junior Training Update

clock25th July 2021

Summer Break There will be a short summer break during August, as we won’t have sufficient coaches to cover training due to holidays, there will be no sessions on Thursday 12th August  and Thursday 19th August. Booking Juniors will no longer be required to book on to individual sessions via Eventbrite.     Keep reading »

Strong Performances at Track Time Trial

clock27th June 2021

Rochdale Harriers in partnership with What’s My Time Results put on a low key 5k and 3k track time trial this morning at our Kingsway Park Arena training facility. There were a number of impressive performances from Rochdale Harriers athletes. In the the 3k, 10 year old Agatha Wragg posted a superb time of 13:50. The sub-20 […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers 10k – Postponed until 10th August

clock21st June 2021

As a consequence of the recent delay in easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we have taken the decision to postpone our 10k from Tuesday 6th July to Tuesday 10th August. A number of factors influenced our decision, including the additional logistical challenges associated with managing an event with additional Covid mitigation measures in place, the high […]   Keep reading »

Membership Fees – 2021/2022

clock13th May 2021

The Club AGM was held on Monday 26th April. As is usual the membership fees for the year were agreed. The Committee very much appreciate that during the pandemic, we have not been able to provide our usual range of training and support, on that basis we have decided that for 2021/2022 the following will […]   Keep reading »

Fell Race Championship

clock5th May 2021

Run the Moors Fell Grand Prix 2021 Best 4 from 7 to count.  Races subject to change if cancelled. Pre-entry recommended where possible as races will fill quickly. Club Championship will mirror the Run the Moors event. Event # Date Race and link Comments Category, Distance/ascent 1 Saturday, 29th May The Cake Race BM, 16km/518m […]   Keep reading »


clock18th April 2021

As we are moving out of lockdown and races are starting to take place again, we have decided to organise a reduced road race championship in 2021. Given that races may have limited fields this year and are filling up quickly, we recommend that athletes enter as soon as possible. The championship races are as […]   Keep reading »

Meet our members: Jess Bull

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clock10th April 2021

Our fourth featured member is Jess Bull – one of our younger runners who has put in some great performances and has lots of potential. I’m Jessica and I’m 20 years old. I’ve been given the opportunity to write a few lines for the Harriers website which I hope will be useful for anyone interested in […]   Keep reading »

Restarting Training – Everything you need to know!

clock26th March 2021

Training for Adult members of the club will restart on Tuesday 30th March at Kingsway Park High School. Tuesday 30th March 2021 – 7pm (and every Tuesday thereafter). Track Session – Up to 12 places – Please confirm with Jeff if you wish to attend. Road Based Speed Session – Up to 30. Thursday 1st […]   Keep reading »

Meet our members: Anjum Ahmed

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clock24th March 2021

Our third featured member is Anjum Ahmed – someone who has improved dramatically since joining us. First thoughts on coming to RHAC training and then joining the club? I started running in 2017 after 25 years of limited physical exercise since leaving school.  Almost immediately I began to enjoy the process of slowly improving and […]   Keep reading »

Resumption of Training – Tuesday 30th March 2021

clock15th March 2021

Training will resume for seniors at Kingsway from Tuesday 30th March 2021, operated in accordance with government Covid-19 legislation and England Athletics guidance. We hope to resume junior training at the same time or shortly thereafter, this will be confirmed in due course.   Keep reading »

Annual General Meeting – 26th April 2021

clock15th March 2021

The 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 26th April 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom. If you wish to attend, please contact Nick Barton via email, all club members are welcome and indeed encouraged to attend. If you you would like to raise a question or be considered for any of the committee […]   Keep reading »

Meet our members: Phil Hinchcliffe

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clock28th February 2021

Our second featured member of RHAC is Phil Hinchcliffe   First thought on coming to RHAC training and then joining the club?  I actually turned up for a session as a junior, and enjoyed it but for travel arrangement reasons couldn’t continue. About a decade later I joined up properly and wished that I did […]   Keep reading »

Meet our members: Caroline Fortnum

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clock28th February 2021

Our very first featured member of RHAC is Caroline Fortnum!   First thoughts on coming to RHAC training and then joining the club? I first joined Harriers many moons ago, I was about 24 (so around 1998 – yikes!). I remember asking an old PE teacher if she knew of any running clubs and she […]   Keep reading »

Planning for a return to training!

clock24th February 2021

Following the Government announcement on Monday of the COVID-19 Roadmap 2021, England Athletics have released guidance, which we will use to plan our return to activity. The first important date is 29th March 2021, from this day we will be able to train in accordance with the “rule of six” and in greater numbers in […]   Keep reading »

10th January 2021 – Track 3k/5k Time Trial and Junior Training Day

clock19th December 2020

**EVENT CANCELLED** Due to Greater Manchester being moved in to Tier 4, we are no longer able to provide this event in accordance with Covid legislation. We hope to provide a replacement event as soon as government legislation and UKA guidance allows. We have organised a series of 5k time trials, with chip timing, to […]   Keep reading »

Harriers history found in Sydney, Australia!

clock12th December 2020

I was contacted this week by a Mr Kyle Johnson of Sydney, Australia. Whilst sorting through some of his late fathers belongings, he discovered a medal bearing the Rochdale Harriers name and logo.   The medal was awarded to A. Johnson in 1910 and refers to “Nov.Han”. Referring to Joe Salt’s history of the club […]   Keep reading »

**Suspension of Training**

clock4th November 2020

With England going in to lockdown at midnight tonight (Wednesday 4th November), Rochdale Harriers & AC has suspended all training. England Athletics have written to the Government requesting an exemption for organised group sporting activity, however as the situation currently stands, we are only permitted to exercise within our family groups or bubble, or with […]   Keep reading »

Members Survey 2020

clock7th October 2020

In September all members where invited to complete an online survey, the purpose of the survey was to help understand members experiences as members, what they thought worked well, what worked less well and how they thought the their experience at the club could be improved. The survey was devised by Jeff McCarthy and I […]   Keep reading »

Major Mike to run London (across the Pennines)

clock3rd October 2020

In the autumn of 2019, Mike Winstanley started training for the 2020 London Marathon. Training went well and he even completed a 20 mile race as part of his build-up. However, as we all know the world went a little bit crazy in the spring of 2020, when Covid-19 changed all of our lives. The […]   Keep reading »

New Vice Captains Appointed

clock13th September 2020

Following approval from the committee on Monday 7th September, vice captains have been appointed to support the work of Men’s Captain Richard Stirzaker and Women’s Captain Jill Barton. The Men’s Vice Captain will be Jon Dearnley-Lane. Jon has been a member of Rochdale Harriers for more than a decade, he as strong interest in training […]   Keep reading »

Training Returns to Kingsway (+ Update on Junior Training)

clock2nd September 2020

School Lettings Solutions, the company which manages the Kingsway Park Athletics Arena on behalf of Kingsway Park High School, ceased trading during the summer. The school are going through a tendering process to appoint a new company to manage lettings, this should be in place by October. However, the club have been in contact with […]   Keep reading »

Annual Membership Fees Now Due!

clock22nd July 2020

The Annual General Meeting took place via Zoom on Monday 13th July. It was agreed that membership fees would remain the same for 2020/2021 as they were for 2019/2020. Your membership fees are now due. For a standard senior member his is £30 including England Athletics affiliation, for other types of membership and multi-member discounts […]   Keep reading »

Resumption of Junior Training

clock22nd July 2020

Please find attached a letter from our Chairman, Nick Barton on the resumption of training for Junior Athletes. This post will be updated as we receive further information. Resumption of Junior Training   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers 5k Challenge – July 2020

clock21st June 2020

Run a 5k in July, or if you want run lots of 5ks. Whilst we cannot formally race, we can time trial! The idea of this challenge is for to run the fastest 5k that that you can in the month of July. For those of you that took part in the Terry Nortley Virtual […]   Keep reading »

Annual General Meeting – Monday 13th July

clock16th June 2020

Following the cancellation of the AGM in April, it was decided that if we where unable to hold a meeting face to face within three months that we would hold the AGM virtually. The AGM will be held virtually by Zoom at 7:30pm on Monday 13th July. All members are encouraged to attend. Please email […]   Keep reading »

Limited Return to Training from 23rd June

clock14th June 2020

Following recent changes to Government and England Athletics guidance, we are working to facilitate group training for club members. **Unfortunately, due to group sizes and additional safeguarding responsibilities, we do not feel that we are currently able to facilitate training for junior athletes under the guidelines. We hope to change that in July/August** Tuesdays (from […]   Keep reading »

** Rochdale Harriers 10k CANCELLED **

clock12th June 2020

The Rochdale Harriers 10k, which was due to take place on Tuesday 7th July has been cancelled. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, England Athletics have extended their suspension of all races until the end of July. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. If you have already entered this race, we will give you the option […]   Keep reading »

Terry Nortley Virtual Relay

clock8th June 2020

***UPDATE*** We won! Team C where the fastest of 120 teams that entered. Full results can be found here. The teams for the Terry Nortley Virtual Relay are below. They have been picked at random by the organiser from the list that I provided. Between now and Sunday you need to run a 2 mile time […]   Keep reading »

Ian Chadwick

clock27th April 2020

We are saddened to learn that long time club member Ian Chadwick has died recently. Ian joined Rochdale Harriers in 1959 and was a member of many successful track, road and cross country teams. He was the Club Treasurer from 1976 to 1982. Deepest sympathy to Ian’s wife, Christine.   Keep reading »

Happy Birthday Mr President!

clock21st April 2020

Our President, Colin Robinson is 80. Colin joined Rochdale Harriers as a teenager in 1956 and became Cross Country Secretary whilst still a teenager in 1959, a job that he still has 61 years later. Colin is rightly recognized as the greatest athlete to run for Rochdale Harriers, winning many races and also helping the […]   Keep reading »

Tommy Smythe

clock12th April 2020

Rochdale Harriers are sorry to hear of the death of Tommy Smythe aged 88 in Northern Ireland. Tom joined Rochdale Harriers and AC in 1961. He was a loyal team member and competed in road, cross country, track and fell teams for the club. Tom was secretary of the Harriers from 1970 until 1976 and […]   Keep reading »

***CORONAVIRUS*** Latest Statement from England Athletics

clock24th March 2020

Coronavirus Statement Athletics in England suspension extended until 31 May 2020 24 March 2020 Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March: Extending the suspension of all athletics […]   Keep reading »


clock14th March 2020

Following the update of Coronavirus control measures announced by the Prime Minister on 16th March, including asking the public to avoid all non-essential social contact, we have reached the decision to suspend all training. Unfortunately, we feel that this is unavoidable. I will update if the situation changes. Nick Barton – Chairman, Rochdale Harriers & […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers & AC Annual General Meeting

clock14th March 2020

The Annual General Meeting will take place at 7:30pm on Monday 6th April 2020 at our HQ at Springfield Park. All club members are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have any questions that you would like raising at the meeting, please submit them in writing to the Club Secretary – Ray Dalby ([email protected]) […]   Keep reading »

Harry Peacocke Qualifies for Inter Counties Cross Country

clock4th March 2020

Building on a strong season over the mud, which included wins in the South East Lancs Cross Country League and sixth place in the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championship, Harry will represent Greater Manchester at the Inter County Cross Country Championships at Loughborough on 7th March in the U13 age group. Harry is one of […]   Keep reading »

Urgent: SEL XC Cancelled

clock12th February 2020

Important announcement: SEL XC due to take place on Saturday 15th February at Yarrow Valley Park has been cancelled due to a waterlogged course. Please tell any fellow Harriers. Thanks Jeff     Keep reading »

Wardle Skyline Fell Race

clock11th February 2020

***RACE CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS*** The 34th Wardle Skyline Fell Race Saturday 11th April 2020, 2 p.m. Distance: 11.3km / 7miles Climb: 381m / 1250ftThe prizes are as follows: First three ladies and first three men overall (6 prizes in total) Club runners – ladies team prize (3 ladies to count) Club runners – men’s team prize […]   Keep reading »

Our Races 2020

clock10th February 2020

We have updated this website to include dates and entry links to the following RHAC races in 2020: Wardle Skyline Fell Race, Rochdale 10K, Three day Event (Norden Road Race, Naden Valley Multi-Terrain Race and Knowl Hill Fell Race)   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers Three Day Event

clock10th February 2020

***RACE CANCELLED*** Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation, we have had to cancel the Three Day Event in line with England Athletics guidance that no races should take place before 1st July 2020. If you have already booked a place, you will receive an email from Bookitzone offering either a full refund or […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers parkrun Championship

clock27th January 2020

Between 7th March and 19th September 2020, there will be a club championship, based around participation in parkrun. You don’t have to be the fastest, it’s about participation and challenging yourself. You must be a current member of the club and have “Rochdale Harriers & AC” set as your club on your parkrun profile. The […]   Keep reading »

2020 Road Race Championship

clock6th January 2020

The races for the 2020 Road Race Championship have been agreed by the Committee. Last months it was agreed that the ever popular Trafford 10k would be one of this medium distance races, confirming this race early to allow members to get a place before all of the entries where taken. This race is now full. […]   Keep reading »

NEW – Couch to 5K Programme

clock27th December 2019

A new 10 week Couch to 5k programme will start on 7th January 2020. The programme which takes place at Kingsway Park High School Sport Centre every Tuesday at 6.15 pm, will be led by a Run England qualified Run Leader with the support of experienced members of Rochdale Harriers & AC. Full details and […]   Keep reading »

XC Championship Dates & Entries

clock17th November 2019

The XC Championship season is upon us, please see Colin for entries by the dates below: Saturday 14th December 2019 Greater Manchester Championships – Boggart Hole Clough Entry Fee: £6.00 Closing Date: 23rd November 2019 Saturday 25th January 2020 Northern Championships – Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, Yorkshire Entry Fee: £8.00 Closing Date: 7th January 2020 […]   Keep reading »

Awards Night

clock10th November 2019

The Rochdale Harriers Awards Night will take place on Saturday 14th December from 7:30pm at Bamford Bowling Club, Norden Road, Bamford. The night will include: Junior prizes, including Coach’s Awards and the John Purdy Award; Club Fell Championship Awards; Club Road Race Championship Awards;  Joe Salt Award; Draw for club place at the Virgin London […]   Keep reading »

Half Marathon Success for Lewis and Richard

clock10th November 2019

Lewis Hinchcliffe took time out from a late autumn holiday in the Lake District to compete in the famously tough Langdale Half Marathon, winning the race by nearly three minutes in 1:22:53. Men’s Captain Richard Stirzaker, took part in the Manchester Half Marathon. Aiming for a personal best on this fast course. Whilst he could […]   Keep reading »

2019/20 Cross Country fixtures and subs

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clock28th August 2019

Hi everyone The XC season starts in earnest 12th October with the first Red Rose fixture. Please see below for full details of the Red Rose League and the South East Lancs League. Also the Greater Manchester County Cross Country Championships. Entry fees are due to Colin or Amanda asap. Let’s try to get as […]   Keep reading »

Chipping Show – 24th August 2019

clock28th August 2019

Craig Wellens gives us a personal account of Rochdale Harriers at Chipping Show. Race 11 of the Run the Moors Fell Grand Prix brought us to Chipping, a picturesque village in the heart of the Ribble Valley in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. The fell race is part of the Chipping Agricultural Show so […]   Keep reading »

Summer Shutdown!

clock3rd August 2019

Rochdale Harriers Junior section will be taking a break from training for two weeks from week commencing 12th August. Training will return as normal on Tuesday 27th August. Training for Seniors will continue, however on Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th August training will be from Springfield Park rather than Kingsway.   Keep reading »

Royton Trail

clock14th July 2019

Thanks to Anjem Ahmed for providing a report from the Royton Trail Race. If you would like to provide a race report for any race that you have taken part in, please let Nick Barton know. On a warm Wednesday evening, 10thJuly,  253 runners took part in the 13thannual Royton Trail Race.  The undulating course […]   Keep reading »

Three Day Event

clock23rd June 2019

A rainy Friday evening saw runners set off on the first race of the now legendary Rochdale Three Day Event. Now in it’s 25thyear the tough event is a highlight of many runners’ year. Originally started to celebrate the 100thanniversary of the founding of Rochdale Harriers & Athletics Club, the three races are all based […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Three Day Events – Results

clock9th June 2019

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An Evening with Richard & Jackie Mason

clock24th May 2019

Friday 21st June 2019 from 7pm at Bamford Bowling Club. Only £5 including pie and peas. Hear about how two Rochdale Harriers challenged themselves to run 28 half marathons in the 28 counties of the European Union  in only 16 months. Tickets available from Richard, Phil Roberts or Committee Members.   Keep reading »

New Junior Joiners Procedure!

clock21st May 2019

Welcome to the Rochdale Harriers & AC Junior Athletics Page! RHAC has two groups for junior training; Ages 6-11 and ages 12-17. The aim of the club is to help athletes achieve their own potential. The groups train in all aspects of athletics: Running (sprints, middle distance, long distance, relay); Jumping; Throwing; and Indoor Sportshall […]   Keep reading »

Hitting the trails and admiring the Bluebells

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clock10th May 2019

ast Saturday saw several Rochdale Harriers hitting the trails. A group did the lovely Bluebell Trail Race while others hit the more craggy Lake District and its hills.   Bluebell 10 mile trail race (position in brackets) Some excellent running with Fiona Williams bagging a fab prize and accolade of first lady and first Harrier […]   Keep reading »

Harriers successes on Spring marathons

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clock1st May 2019

We’ve just started May and already a whole number of Harriers have been successfully completing a whole range of Spring marathons. For some it’s been their first ever marathon, for others another fantastic experience to savour. We’ve seen personal bests, tears of joy – and no doubt pain!- and smiles. Manchester Marathon A great turnout with […]   Keep reading »

Aquathon and Triathlon Success for Harriers

clock29th April 2019

A beautifully clear and bright late April morning greeted Dervla Moore and Maria Kavanagh-Hoy as they made their way to Blackpool for the North West Clubs and Schools Trawlerman Aquathon (a pool swim followed by a run). Maria had done the same event last year so was fully conversant with what needed to be done. […]   Keep reading »

Thursday Senior Training moves to Springfield Park

clock23rd April 2019

Senior training moves to Springfield Park this Thursday, to allow us to take advantage of local trails. Tuesday track and speedwork sessions will remain at Kingsway. Starting next week, Jeff will be providing Thursday night track sessions on the Springfield Park track, please let him know if you would be interested in taking part in […]   Keep reading »

2019/2020 Sub Now Due!

clock23rd April 2019

Annual Subs are now due, they remain the same price as last year, £30 for senior members (£15 EA affiliation, £15 club membership), please speak to coaches or Colin regarding junior membership and family discounts! If you would like to pay your subs electronically, please speak to Matt Cox or Nick Barton. If you are […]   Keep reading »

John Purdy Memorial Cowm 5k

clock23rd April 2019

The John Purdy Memorial Cowm 5k will take place on Sunday 5th of May, which would have been John’s 55th birthday! The race starts at 11:15am with registration at the Cock & Magpie, you can also enter online here! All proceeds to Springhill Hospice!   Brenda Robinson is arranging a JP t-shirt, which will be available […]   Keep reading »

Wardle Skyline 2019 – Results

clock16th April 2019

Results for the Wardle Skyline Fell Race are now available: Wardle Skyline 2019 Results     Keep reading »

Three Peaks Fell Race 1969 – A great moment in Harriers history!

clock16th March 2019

On page 118 of “Milestones” Joe Salt’s history of the first one hundred years of Rochdale Harriers and Athletics Club it is briefly mentioned that “for the first time Rochdale won the ‘Three Peaks’ Fell Race (overall time – 8 hours 41 minutes 13 seconds); Colin winning in 2 hours 44 minutes and 44 seconds”. […]   Keep reading »

Richard & Jackie’s Brexit Challenge!

clock13th March 2019

Don’t worry this isn’t going to get political. Club members Richard and Jackie Mason set themselves a challenge to run a half marathon in every country of the European Union (there are 28, see if you can name them all), before the Article 50 deadline on 29th March. To date they have ticked 25 of […]   Keep reading »

Calderdale Way Fell Relay – 19th May 2019

clock12th March 2019

The Calderdale Way Fell Relay will take place on Sunday 19th May 2019. It is a real highlight of the racing calendar and a great opportunity to run as part of a team. The race covers the 51 miles of Calderdale Way, with teams of 12 running in pairs over 6 legs, ranging from 4.7 […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers & A.C – Annual General Meeting

clock6th March 2019

The Rochdale Harriers & A.C Annual General Meeting will take place at our Springfield Park HQ at 7.30pm on Monday 15th April 2019. All club members are invited and encouraged to attend. If you have any issues that you wish to be raised at the AGM or if you have any nominations for committee positions […]   Keep reading »

National & South East Lancs Cross Country Championships

clock6th March 2019

The last weekend in February saw fourteen Harriers travel over the border to take part in the National Cross Country Championships, this year held at Harewood House in Leeds. The venue was new to the Nationals, having being run successfully last year for the Northern Cross Country Championships. The ladies (Colette Cooke, Jan Needham, Joanne […]   Keep reading »

Harriers out in force on the fells!

clock17th February 2019

Last Saturday saw an impressive thirteen Rochdale Harriers brave Storm Erik to complete the local nine mile Windy Hill fell race. A favourable tailwind helped runners on the tough climb up the Roman Road to the medieval Aiggen Stone, but a turn onto the moors towards Blackstone Edge saw runners having to battle against a […]   Keep reading »

Road Race 2019 Championships

clock17th February 2019

Please see below for the 2019 Road Races as ratified by the club committee. Download as PDF   Keep reading »

Fell Race 2019 Championships

clock17th February 2019

Please see below for the 2019 Fell Races as ratified by the club committee. Download as PDF   Keep reading »

Greater Manchester Sportshall 2019

clock28th January 2019

Rochdale Harriers & AC entered a team of 13 into the Greater Manchester Sportshall 2019. A big thank you to all the athletes that took part and the coaches that made it happen. There were medals a plenty, with Niamh Dolan taking Golds in the U11s 1 lap and 3 lap; Harry Peacocke taking Silver […]   Keep reading »

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

clock2nd January 2019

The end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 marked a busy running programme for many Harriers. Saturday saw ten Harriers join Ian Stainthorpe at Fletcher Moss parkrun in Didsbury, it was not only Stainers 250th parkrun, but his 106th different parkrun course. Fletcher Moss is a relatively new parkrun (7th edition), run on a […]   Keep reading »

2019 Road Race Championship

clock28th December 2018

Meeting earlier this month the club committee ratified a provisional list of races for the 2019 club road race championship. To qualify you must: Compete in 4 unique races (in the case of a race series such as the Sale Sizzlers, only your best performance counts, even if you complete all of the races in […]   Keep reading »

XC Championship Dates!

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Greater Manchester XC Championships (Boggart Hole Clough) – Saturday 8th December 2018 (£6) – Entries from Colin before Thursday 22nd November 2018. Northern XC Championships (Pontefract Race Course) – Saturday 26th January 2019 (£8) – Entries from Colin before Tuesday 8th January 2019. National XC Championships (Harewood House, Leeds) – Saturday 23rd February 2019 (£8) […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers Presentation Evening!

clock7th November 2018

Saturday 8th December 2018 7:30 – Late Bamford Bowling Club, 88 Norden Road £5 including Pie Supper Please get your tickets from Colin or Junior Coaches   Keep reading »

London Marathon Entry Draw

clock6th November 2018

If you have entered the London Marathon ballot and been unsuccessful, you may be eligible for entry in to the draw for the place allocated to the club. Please send Phil Roberts ([email protected]) a copy of your rejection if you wish to be entered in to the draw, if: – You are a current member […]   Keep reading »

Joe Salt Award

clock6th November 2018

It is time again to recognise someone who has made a huge contribution to Rochdale Harriers, acting in the spirit of our late and much missed former President. The club committee are looking for nominations for members who have contributed to the the club positively, selflessly and in good humour. Please forward nominations to Phil […]   Keep reading »

Langdale Horseshoe 2018

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Alex Frost gives a personal account of running a wet and wild Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race on 13th October: Dungeon Ghyll in Cumbria was the venue for the final race in this year’s fell GP with the classic Langdale Horseshoe. Myself and Mark Walker and Stephanie Harrison made the journey up to the Lake District […]   Keep reading »

Juniors Enjoy Cross Country at Leigh!

clock14th October 2018

Nine Rochdale Harriers juniors ranging from under 11 to under 20, joined the seniors at Leigh Sports Village for the first fixture of the year in the Red Rose Cross Country League. With the worst of the weekend weather avoiding Leigh, the course was reasonably benign, making the racing fast and frantic. Everyone put in […]   Keep reading »

John Purdy tribute

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clock10th September 2018

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of John Purdy. John was a larger than life character well known to many in the local running community. John’s good friends Kris Robinson and Phil Williams have kindly written the following tribute to John:   “Any meeting with John was hard to forget. His […]   Keep reading »

2018/2019 Cross Country Fixtures

clock28th August 2018

This seasons Cross Country fixtures have now been confirmed: Red Rose Cross Country League 2018. 13th October                        Leigh 10th November                    Bolton 17th November                    Rossendale 1st December                       Todmorden Entry fee £6.00 to Colin Robinson by Tuesday 2nd October. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. Start time 12.15 pm.   South East Lancs Cross Country League 2018 […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale 10k Road Race 2018 results

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clock4th July 2018

What a gorgeous summer evening for a 10k race! The weather offered a real boost to the runners – even if the England vs Columbia World Cup game affected the number of participants this year. There were personal bests through all abilities on the night which was great to see. Ben Coop of Bury AC […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale 10k 2018 – Pre-Entries

clock2nd July 2018

The 2018 Rochdale 10k Road Race Race No First Name Surname Sex Age Club 161 Jimmy Adamson Male 44 U/A 162 Diane Allingan Female 59 Royton Road Runners 163 Ruth Amin Female 40 Belle Vue Racers 164 John Archer Male 67 Winston Runners 165 Paul Ashton Male 35 Royton Road Runners 166 Charlotte Ashton Female […]   Keep reading »

Kinder Trog

clock1st July 2018

Sunday 24th June saw four Harriers travel to the glorious Peak District to take part in the sixth race in the Run The Moors Grand Prix Championship. The 16 mile Kinder Trog is part of the Hayfield series of fell races, which as the name suggest are all based around the pretty village of Hayfield […]   Keep reading »

Edenfield Fell Race

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Sunday 3rd June saw eight Harriers compete in Rossendale Harriers’ Edenfield Fell Race. The 6.4 mile race starts with a long climb up to Cowpe Lowe, then a downhill section to the Pennine Bridleway and up again past Waugh’s well. After the Well runners ascended yet again, to Whittle Pike cross. From there a tussocky […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale 2018 10k Road Race

clock15th June 2018

Book your Rochdale 2018 Road Race entry   Tuesday 3rd July sees the Rochdale 2018 Road Race. Starting 7.15pm the race starts and finishes in Springfield Park and sees entrants of all abilities from the surrounding area.   Book Now     Keep reading »

Three Day Event 2018 results

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clock15th June 2018

Apologies for the delay posting the TDE results. Please see below for each day and the overall TDE. A weekend of amazing weather made for gorgeous scenery but tough running conditions, especially for those doing all three days. You certainly earned the t-shirt!   Results 2018: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 (Knowl Hill Fell […]   Keep reading »

Coiners Fell Race

clock14th May 2018

Bank Holiday Monday saw ten Harriers travel to Mytholmroyd to take on the 1100ft of Coiners Fell Race in extremely hot conditions. This was the second race in the 2018 ‘Run The Moors’ Fell Grand Prix Championship. 197 runners in total completed the 7 mile route – a record entry for the race. The race […]   Keep reading »

Going the distances at Staveley

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clock8th May 2018

Lakeland Trails provided another opportunity for a group of Rochdale Harriers to race – this time 4 members doing 3 separate events at Staveley. A glorious bank holiday weekend resulted in a festival atmosphere, even if it meant for tough running conditions First event of the day was the 10k trail race (actually 11.7k) featuring […]   Keep reading »

A Wardle double, York, Pendle, Thirsk, Manchester, Hannover and Berlin!

clock16th April 2018

A busy weekend was had by Rochdale Harriers. Starting early on Saturday morning, 17 harriers took over all of the volunteering roles at Watergrove parkrun. A few hours later, many of those Harriers were back in Wardle to either volunteer or compete in Eric Taylor’s Wardle Skyline Fell Race. Philip Hinchcliffe took 11th place, beating […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Spring into Hawkshead

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clock16th April 2018

4 of the Rochdale Harriers senior men participated in the Lakeland Trails Hawkshead event on Saturday 14 April. Each race featured a Harrier – one nutter did both races!   Lakeland Trails are noted for their stunning locations and this was no exception. In fact it’s a firm favourite, with Harriers returning year after year – often […]   Keep reading »

Wardle Skyline Race Results 2018

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clock16th April 2018

Please see below for the individual results and winners for the Wardle Skyline 2018. (Both are in PDF format and each link will open/download that file for you.)   Wardle skyline Fellrace Individual Winners 2018 Wardle skyline Fellrace Race individual results 2018       Keep reading »

Annual General Meeting

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The annual general meeting will take place on Monday 9th April at 7.30pm at our Springfield Park HQ. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.   Keep reading »

Juniors at Sportshall 2017-18

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clock2nd April 2018

Team Harriers at Sportshall 2017-18 Congratulations to all Rochdale Harriers Juniors who took part in Sports Hall 2017-2018. We had a great turn out, taking home 11 medals.   U11’s Girls Niamh Dolan taking home a bronze medal  after getting through to the finals.   U13’s Boys Adam Fern, 1 gold 6 lap, 1 silver […]   Keep reading »

Juniors: Over the bales run

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clock2nd April 2018

Juniors compete “Over the Bales Run” at Sale Harriers 25 March 2018. Our junior athletes were in action today at Sale Harriers. Nine athletes competed in an “Over the Bales” race. U11 Girls raced well and are congratulated on their performance.   U11 Boys raced well and are congratulated. U13 Girls and U13 Boys all […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Impress for Colin & Brenda

clock29th March 2018

The postponement of the Trafford 10k due to the ‘Beast from the East’ meant that the Andy O’Sullivan’s Colin & Brenda Robinson 5k at Cowm was the first race in the club’s 2018 Road Race Championship. Fittingly, in honour of two Rochdale Harriers legends, more than a quarter of the field were from the club. […]   Keep reading »

Canalathon 2018

clock26th March 2018

The Canalathon 2018 took place on Sunday 25th March. This year saw Gareth Hunt taking on the 50km race for a second time, targeting the club 50km record of 4:37:41. Jill Butterworth was competing in her fifth Canalathon, defending her title as women’s champion of the 75km race, looking to improve her own club record […]   Keep reading »

Harriers trounce the trails

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clock22nd March 2018

4 Harriers took part in the Cartmel Lakeland Trails on Saturday 18th March, with 3 finishing in the top 10 and 2 achieving podium finishes. First up was Izzy McCarthy in the hilly 5k (actually 6.3k). Having borrowed her Dad’s baselayer due to freezing cold, she started near the back and progressively worked her way […]   Keep reading »

Extreme Weather

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Due to the extreme weather we have been experiencing, we have been forced to cancel training this week, Saturday’s Watergrove parkrun, which was due to be a Rochdale Harriers take-over event has been cancelled and Sunday’s Trafford 10k has also been cancelled. Please keep an eye of social media for updates on training, Watergrove take-over […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Go National & International!

clock25th February 2018

A cold February weekend saw Harriers travel to London for the National Cross Championships at Parliament Hill, over the Welsh border for the Wrexham Half Marathon and even further afield for the slightly warmer Malta Half Marathon. 10 Harriers travelled by train to London on Friday, with Jill Butterworth, Nick Barton, Mark Walker, John Mayall […]   Keep reading »

Chorley XC & SELXC Round-Up

clock19th February 2018

Last Saturday saw the final race of the South East Lancashire Cross Country League take place at Chorley. Twenty eight Harriers – fourteen juniors and fourteen seniors – raced the challenging course which featured laps around Astley Park. Harry Peacocke had a strong run to finish 7th in the under 11 boys. Along with teammates […]   Keep reading »

Kay hits 100!

clock18th February 2018

Kay Welsby celebrated her 100th parkrun at Watergrove on Saturday 17th February. Celebrations were delayed a week as wild weather led to a late cancelation of the event on 10th February. With number 100 complete, predictably as first female, there was more cake, this time thanks to Izzy McCarthy. Results and details of Watergove parkrun […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Perform at Windy Hill

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clock11th February 2018

Five Rochdale Harriers braved freezing temperatures and icy showers to compete in the nine mile Windy Hill Fell Race from Littleborough Rugby Club, taking in Blackstone Edge and the aptly named hill that gives the race its name. Lewis and Philip Hinchcliffe made their debuts in the black, red and gold, with Lewis finishing fifth […]   Keep reading »

Fixtures 2018

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clock8th February 2018

We are delighted to announce the Rochdale Harriers 2018 fixtures for fell and road racing championships. Please visit the fixtures page for more information on each event. Here’s to a successful season for all members   Keep reading »

Harriers parkrun take over – Saturday 3rd March 2018

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Every so often we like to give back a little. Actually, our members give back all the time, but it is nice to do it as a club. The Trafford 10k, first race in the Rochdale Harriers Road Race Championships takes place on Sunday 4th March, so rest your legs on Saturday and join your […]   Keep reading »

Annual General Meeting – Monday 9th April 2018

clock5th February 2018

All current members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, at 7.30pm at our Springfield Park HQ. If you have any issues to be raised or would like to nominate yourself for any of the committee positions, please do so in writing to Club Secretary – Ray Dalby […]   Keep reading »

Juniors Sporthall Success!

clock28th January 2018

16 Rochdale Harriers Juniors competed at the Greater Manchester Sportshall Championships at Sports City, winning 11 medals, including 2 gold. Adam Fern won the U13 boys 6 lap race, was 2nd in the vertical jump and 3rd in the standing triple jump. Dervla Moore won the U15 girls standing long jump, was 2nd in the […]   Keep reading »

NEW – Beginners’ Running Course – 5th February 2018

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The next (16th) Complete Beginners’ Running Course Starts on 5th February 2018 (£2.50 per session). There are a limited number of places available on this 10 week course. Led by qualified and award winning, Run Leader Amanda Thirsk. To register for this programme please contact Amanda at [email protected] Start Time: 6:45pm. Finish Time: Approximately 8pm. […]   Keep reading »

County XC Championships

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clock17th January 2018

Carly Takes County XC Gold In what was a very successful day at the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park, particularly for Rochdale Harriers women, Carly Needham was crowned Greater Manchester Cross Country Champion, but not before some confusion over race numbers, which nearly resulted in Carly’s mum Jan being crowned champion! All […]   Keep reading »

Calderdale Way Fell Relay 2018

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Calderdale Way Fell Relay 2018 This year’s Calderdale Way Fell Relay will be on Sunday 20th May. The club hope to enter two teams, each team is constituted of twelve runners, running six legs in pairs. The legs are between approximately five and eleven miles. All competitors will be expected to learn their leg and […]   Keep reading »

Parkrun Tourism

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clock17th January 2018

Club members are encouraged to support their local parkrun event, and Rochdale Harriers members are the backbone of both Watergrove parkrun and Queen’s Park Junior parkrun, but in addition to regular running and volunteering locally a group of Rochdale Harriers are getting out and about visiting a wide range of other parkrun events. Over the […]   Keep reading »

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