Rochdale Harriers and A.C.

Welcome to Rochdale Harriers & A.C.

clock17th July 2024

Rochdale Harriers & A.C. : we are a friendly local club which supports your athletic ambitions, whether that is to be competitive or to enjoy the social aspects of training together.  All ages (Juniors to Seniors) and abilities are welcome.  As a club we participate in road running, track, trail and fell.  We usually train […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale out in Force at the Royton Trail Race, 2024

clock17th July 2024

Last week was another busy period of running for the Harriers, this time it was the turn of the road runners to take centre stage in the form of the Royton Trail Race. This was the seventh race in the series of nine in the Harriers road running championship and was run on the trails […]   Keep reading »

UT55 Lakeland Ultra and Wilmslow 10K, 14th July 2024

clock15th July 2024

Sunday the 14th July, 2024, proved to be great day for personal bests. Lee Meadowcroft and Jeff McCarthy travelled to Ambleside in the Lake District to take part in the Ultimate Trails 55 km ultramarathon. The course took in 6,500ft of climb as it weaved through the mountains and valleys. This was Lee’s first Ultramarathon […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers’ Coast-to-Coast relay, 2025

clock11th July 2024

After the success of our 268 mile/37,000ft Pennine Way Relay in June 2024, we plan to have an ‘easy year’ in 2025 by doing the relatively short 190 mile Wainwright’s coast-to-coast (“C2C”) challenge. This relay will probably have about 16 legs (8 fewer than the Pennine Way). If you are interested in taking part (and […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Compete in England, Wales and Germany

clock3rd July 2024

IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL for the Harriers last week after their 268 mile continuous relay of The Pennine Way in the previous week. The first race on the list was the scorchingly hot Eddie’s Revenge Fell Race on 29th June 2024. Thirteen Rochdale Harriers competed in this category A/S (large ascent / short distance) […]   Keep reading »

RHAC Fell Championships 2024 League Tables Updated post-Eddie’s Revenge Fell Race

clock3rd July 2024

The league tables for the RHAC Fell Championships have been updated following the exceptionally hot Eddies Revenge Fell Race on 29th June 2024 (Race 6 from 11 in the Fell Champs. Best 5 results count).   Keep reading »

Picture Gallery from the Rochdale Harriers’ Pennine Way Relay, 2024

clock24th June 2024

Here are the pictures from the Rochdale Harriers & A.C. relay of the Pennine Way on 21st to 23rd June 2024. Forty two Harriers took part in the day-and-night continuous relay. In total we ran about 268 miles and climbed about 37,000ft of ascent. 56 hours and 51 minutes and an absolute pleasure! We have […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers Complete Historic Pennine Way Relay, 21st to 23rd June 2024

clock24th June 2024

Over the weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June Rochdale Harriers & AC ran the 268 mile length of the Pennine Way, North to South, starting in Kirk Yetholm and finishing in Edale. Over 40 members of the club took to the trails, moorland and farmland across England’s rocky spine as they ran a […]   Keep reading »

Harriers take Top Places at Brown Wardle & Pennine Way Here We Come!

clock19th June 2024

IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL EVENING for Rochdale Harriers at the Brown Wardle (And A Bit Moor) race on Wednesday 12th June as Dave Parton claimed the overall race win and Kay Welsby ran home first lady. The race is approximately 5.5 km / 3.3 miles and packs in 360m / 1181ft of climbing from Whitworth […]   Keep reading »

Live Tracking Link for the RHAC Pennine Way Relay, 21st – 23rd June, 2024

clock13th June 2024

WITH 12 MONTHS OF PLANNING behind us, we are now only 2 weeks away from our epic, continuous relay (day and night) of the entire Pennine Way. The relay starts at Kirk Yetholm in Scotland at 10:00 a.m. on 21st June and finishes over 250 miles / 37,000ft of ascent later in Edale, Peak District. […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Three Day Event Race Report, 2024

clock11th June 2024

This week our attention was firmly focused on the Harriers showpiece race series: The Rochdale Three Day Event (TDE). As the title suggests, this is a series of three races held over 3 days, comprising of a road race on the Friday evening, then on Saturday there is a trail race, followed by the Knowl […]   Keep reading »

Results and Pictures from the Norden 6 Mile Road Race, Naden Valley MT Race, Knowl Hill Fell Race and Overall Three Day Event, 2024

clock9th June 2024

Here are the results and pictures for the Norden 6 Mile Road Race, the Naden Valley Multi-terrain Race, the Knowl Hill Fell Race and the Rochdale Three Day Event, 2024. Norden 6 Mile Road Race, 7th June 2024 (Day 1) Full Results and Top Results by Category and Picture Gallery Naden Valley MT Race, Results […]   Keep reading »

Manchester 10K, Half Marathon and Blackstone Edge Fell Race, 2024

clock30th May 2024

ON THE EVENING OF WEDNESDAY 22nd May, 2024, it wasn’t so much the Blackstone Edge Fell Race as Clagstone Edge Fell race, when 78 runners, including our Harriers, went for a power shower (minus shampoo and soap), masquerading as a fell race. In what  must be one of the worst weather conditions this race has […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Field Three Teams at Calderdale Way Relay, 2024

clock22nd May 2024

Rochdale Harriers were represented by three teams at last weekend’s Calderdale Way Relay race, Britain’s biggest off road club relay event. Divided into six legs, the race starts at Clay House, West Vale and follows the woodland, open moorland, canal towpaths and road of the 50 mile Calderdale Way to finish at Spring Hall, Halifax. […]   Keep reading »

Cake Race, Snowdon Half Marathon, Rossendale Tri, Fred Whitton Challenge, Alderley Edge Bypass 10K and Salzburg 10K, 2024

clock15th May 2024

DESPITE THE HARRIERS taking part in several races over the weekend, the main attention was on the fells, where 13 Harriers ran the Cake Race. This was the fourth race out of eleven races in the Fell Grand Prix (FGP) Championship and Rochdale’s own Fell Championships. It was a short drive for the Harriers to […]   Keep reading »

Fell Champ’s 2024 – Tables Updated Following The Cake Race

clock15th May 2024

The RHAC Fell Championships 2024 league Table has been updated following The Cake Race on 11th May.   Keep reading »

Staveley Trail Event, Bluebell Trail Race, Great Hameldon Fell Race and Coiners Fell Race Reports, 2024

clock8th May 2024

THE EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY was a busy one for Rochdale Harriers with runners racing on all three days. On Saturday 4th May 2024, Chris Gee, Jeff McCarthy, Dan Merlo and Ian Stainthorpe travelled up to the Lake District for the latest in the Lakeland Trails series at Staveley over the 18k (Approx 11 mile) […]   Keep reading »


clock2nd May 2024

Our remaining stock of race vests which lack the Club shield and name are now available at the discounted price of £10 each (see design above). Many sizes are available, but not all, and availability will decrease as stock levels decline. If you would like to buy one please contact Colin Robinson. The design and […]   Keep reading »

Video from RHAC Track Training Session Added

clock1st May 2024

Here’s a video from one of our training sessions in April 2024. This shows a warm-up before a 5 x 1 km tempo off 2 minutes + 4 x 50m strides. We don’t usually wear our Club colours at training but on this occasion we dressed-up for a photoshoot for our website. Fancy joining us […]   Keep reading »

Three Peaks FR 2024, Mid Cheshire 5K and Newport Half Marathon

clock1st May 2024

THERE WERE NO CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP races during the weekend 27/28th April 2024, so the Harriers split into two groups: those running the fells and those who favoured a road race. Two Harriers chose to run the Three Peaks Race Fell Race held in the Yorkshire Dales. This 24-mile fell race had over 5,500ft of scent […]   Keep reading »

Kinder, London Marathon and Mountain Nav 40 – Read all about it!

clock25th April 2024

On 20th April, 2024, Pete Butterworth completed the Nav4 Lakes Mountain 40, a forty mile unmarked race in the Lake District packing in approximately 10,000 ft of climbing ticking off the famous Eastern peaks of High Street, Helvellyn and Place Fell. To his great credit Pete finished the route in 10 hours 33 minutes and […]   Keep reading »

2024 RHAC Road Champs Continue at the Cown 5K

clock24th April 2024

Last night 21 Rochdale Harriers turned out to the Cowm 5K. Luke Burley finished 2nd in 18:14, James Jordan 3rd (18:27) and Gra Grindrod 5th (19:02). Molly Howell was 3rd lady in 22:24. Emma Scott and Jennie Ransome won their age categories. The full results for members of RHAC were as follows:   Keep reading »

*** Membership Fees Now Due (Deadline end of April, 2024) ***

clock24th April 2024

RHAC Membership fees for 2024 are now due. The fees and payment details are available on the membership page. If you have not already provided a completed PARQ Form, please do so ASAP, even if you have been with the Club for many years. Please also provide a completed Membership Form to ensure we have […]   Keep reading »

RHAC Fell Championship League Tables Updated

clock22nd April 2024

After 3 fell races in the RHAC Fell Championships 2024, here are the latest league tables   Keep reading »

RHAC Kit Page Added

clock18th April 2024

At long last we have added a Kit Page listing RHAC-branded apparel, with everything from bobble hats to buffs and much more. You can access the Kit Page from the Main Menu at the top of each web page. The contact for ordering kit is Kevin Holland.   Keep reading »

Harriers out in Force at the Manchester Marathon, 2024

clock17th April 2024

THE WEEKEND OF 6/7th APRIL 2024 was a tale of two halves for the Harriers, with no club championship races either on the road or the fells, it was a DIY weekend for members. Some ten Harriers headed to Manchester to run the Manchester Marathon on Sunday. It’s a figure of eight route starting in […]   Keep reading »

Online Entry Opens for Rochdale 10K, 2024

clock10th April 2024

Online entry has now opened for the Rochdale 10k, 2024. This year the race will be held at 19:00 on 20th August (because it gets dark a little earlier in August). Race limit: 150. Read more …   Keep reading »

Windy Wardle Skyline Fell Race Report, 2024

clock9th April 2024

ROCHDALE HARRIERS HOSTED their first organised race of the year on Saturday 6th April where 169 runners tackled the Wardle Skyline Fell Race. The route is a clockwise circuit of Watergrove Reservoir and includes the climbs of Brown Wardle, Middle Hill, Rough Hill & Crook Hill packing in roughly 1250ft (381m) of climbing over the […]   Keep reading »

Results for Wardle Skyline Fell Race, 2024

clock8th April 2024

The results for the Wardle Skyline Fell Race, 2024, are here. Thank you everyone for attending possibly the windiest Wardle ever! Race report.   Keep reading »

Harriers Flock to the Rivington Pike fell Race, 2024

clock4th April 2024

EASTER SATURDAY saw fourteen Harriers running the 2nd race of the Run the Moors inter-Clubs Fell Grand Prix (FGP), at Rivington Pike. This short, sharp shock of a race was about 3 miles long with 800ft of ascent. The first Rivington Pike fell race was in 1892, although there was a gap of about 30 years […]   Keep reading »

2024 Rochdale 10K Postponed

clock27th March 2024

FOR DECADES THE ROCHDALE 10K has been held on the first Tuesday in July each year. However this year, 2024, 131 metres of Queens Park Road, Heywood, is undergoing a £4 million pound refurbishment. This includes major repairs on the 91-year-old bridge and road and footpath closures. As a consequence, there is no guarantee that […]   Keep reading »

Annual Fees from 1st April, 2024

clock26th March 2024

England Athletics has increased its membership fees by £2. RHAC has absorbed the increased cost for junior members, but from 1st April 2024 the overall cost of first claim Senior membership will be £34 (£19 EA fee + £15 Club fee). All other fees and training subs (£2 per session) remain unchanged. When renewing your […]   Keep reading »

AGM, 25th March 2024

clock1st March 2024

The Club’s AGM will take place at 19:30 on 25th March, 2024, at the Norden Bowling and Social Club, Trinity Street, Norden, Rochdale OL12 7RD. The venue has some parking spaces and a fully-licensed bar. All RHAC members are invited and encouraged to attend. If you have any suggestions on how to improve our Club, […]   Keep reading »

South East Lancs XC Finale, 2024

clock24th February 2024

THE LAST RACE OF THE SEASON in the South East Lancs X Country League was held at Heaton Park. Attendance was down generally and five juniors, three ladies and four men from RHAC attended. After this race the focus switches to the fell and road race championships. Meanwhile, back to Heaton Park, where the course […]   Keep reading »

Online Entry now possible for the Rochdale Three Day Event, Norden 6 Mile Road Race, Naden Valley MT Race and the Knowl Hill Fell Race, 2024

clock16th February 2024

Online entry has now opened for the following races:   Keep reading »

2024 Road Race Champs Begins with Dewsbury 10K

clock13th February 2024

If you have a sense of déjà vu, its because the Road Race Champs (“RRC”) opens once again with the Dewsbury 10k. The cross country season is fast coming to an end, with only one South East Lancs league race and the Nationals left to run. The emphasis now turns to the fells and road, […]   Keep reading »

Northern XC Champs, SEL, Masters 3,000 and The Hebden, 2024

clock1st February 2024

East Park, Sedgefield, County Durham hosted the 2024 Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday 27th January and Rochdale Harriers had two men representing the club against the best the North had to offer on grassy parkland. Conditions were clear and dry with a slight chill in the air for the three lap, undulating approximate 7.5 […]   Keep reading »

Its the Pitts at South East Lancs and Red Rose Cross Country (January 2024)

clock31st January 2024

They say when the going gets tough the tough get going. It was certainly the case for the third South East Lancs (SEL) and Red Rose (RR) cross country league races at Marl Pits on Saturday, with storm Isha wreaking havoc. Due to the SEL fixture at Marl Pits being cancelled earlier in the year […]   Keep reading »

Dates for the Next Committee Meeting and AGM, 2024

clock16th January 2024

The next general Committee meeting of Rochdale Harriers & A.C. will be at 19:30 on Monday, 12th February 2024. Our Annual General Meeting will take place at 19:30 on Monday, 25th March 2024. Both meetings will take place at the Norden Bowling and Social Club, Trinity Street, Norden, Rochdale OL12 7RD. The venue has parking […]   Keep reading »

Running Wild Blog by Chris Gee

clock5th January 2024

For our entertainment and education, Chris Gee has kindly created a new running blog celebrating the joys of running. The Running Wild Blog contains interesting discussions with a range of runners, including a local legends lounge containing interviews with very experienced runners. Nice one Chris!   Keep reading »

Fell Championship 2024 fixtures now added!

clock4th January 2024

The full list of fixtures for the RHAC fell championship 2024 (which mirror the RTM FGP fixtures) are now available on the Fixture List. Happy fell running!   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers’ Festive Racing, 2023

clock3rd January 2024

WHILE THE FESTIVE SEASON was a chance for many to have that one extra mince pie and maybe even a sneaky midday drink on a Thursday, a number of Rochdale Harriers stayed dedicated and donned the black, red and gold vest to race across the season. On New Years Eve, Blackburn Harriers hosted the Ribble […]   Keep reading »

World-Famous Chip Butty Run, 2023

clock29th December 2023

Many thanks to everyone who turned-out today to the 2023 edition of the World-Famous Chip Butty Run. We were delighted that the weather held-out and to see 54 runners out on the moors for a social, pack run. It wasn’t as bad under foot as we expected. Wishing you all good health and an injury-free 2024   Keep reading »

2023 RHAC Awards Presentation & Party

clock10th December 2023

THE ROCHDALE HARRIERS Awards Presentation evening and Christmas Party took place on the 9th December, 2023. After a grueling cross country in the middle of Storm Elin, the Harriers celebrated another successful year with pies, peas, red cabbage over 45 awards and a rather good DJ! The 2024 London Marathon place was won by the […]   Keep reading »

Lee Mill Relays 2023

clock29th November 2023

We talk about the proverbial buses, two weeks with no races, then everything goes crazy and not just with the racing side. There were a few tough decisions to be made by Harriers last week. First off we had the Fell Grand Prix presentations evening, held at the Norden Bowling Club on Friday night. Then […]   Keep reading »

Harriers at Oldham Half Marathon and Red Rose Cross Country, 28/29th October 2023

clock1st November 2023

LAST WEEKEND (28/29th October 2023) saw the final race of the 2023 Rochdale Harriers Road Championships at the Oldham Half Marathon on Sunday 29th October. The race returned for the first time since the pandemic and is without doubt one of the toughest 13.1 mile races in the country, as the route visits the Saddleworth […]   Keep reading »

RHAC Fell Running Championships 2023 – Final Results

clock30th October 2023

The final results for this year’s RHAC Fell Racing Championships are now available. This year we are delighted to see a 75% increase in the number of men completing the series, while the number of ladies completing remained the same as in 2022. The same fell races counted in the area Run the Moors Fell […]   Keep reading »

Race Report for the Weekend 14/15th October, 2023

clock17th October 2023

SUNDAY 15th October, 2023, was the final race in the Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix series, which provides the calendar of races for the club’s fell running championship, at Withins Skyline, above Haworth. This 10km / 6.2 mile race has approximately 300m / 984ft of ascent as the runners complete a circular route from […]   Keep reading »

Harriers all Over the Place

clock12th October 2023

THE WEEKEND of 7th/8th October saw members of Rochdale Harriers assisting at the Williams BMW series of races and also competing far and wide in the North West. First off, the Cross Country season is now getting into its stride, with the first of the South East Lanc’s league fixtures at Heaton Park. The park […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers’ 5,000m Track Time Trial Results, September 2023

clock29th September 2023

The results and videos for the Rochdale Harriers’, 5,000m time trial (September 2023) are now available.   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers at the Cross Keys Relay, 2023

clock29th September 2023

ROCHDALE HARRIERS were back in relay action last weekend with four teams of four racing in the Saddleworth Cross Keys Relay. Hosted by Saddleworth Runners, from the Cross Keys pub in Uppermill, the event is usually a dual road and fell relay where a road runner passes to a fell runner on alternate courses. However, […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale Harriers at the Northern Road Relays, 2023

clock29th September 2023

FOR MOST of the Harriers, last weekend was a chance for a rest, do a park run or just go for a training run on their favourite route. But for six men and four ladies it was the Northern Road Relays, held at Birkenhead Park on Saturday. The men’s race consisted of six laps of […]   Keep reading »

Hades Hill FR, NWC Road Relays and Masters (Sept 2023)

clock14th September 2023

ROCHDALE HARRIERS hosted the Hade Hill Fell Race last week. This race was the 10th counter in both the RHAC Fell Championships 2023 and the inter-Clubs Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix involving 8 local running Clubs. The race itself starts at the bottom of Whitworth Rake, where the runners faced a long steep lung […]   Keep reading »

RHAC Pennine Way Relay, 21-23 June 2024

clock11th September 2023

*** UPDATE **** We completed the Pennine Way Relay in 56 hours and 51 minutes at 18:38 on 23rd June 2024. 43 runners did 24 legs, running in pairs. It was a fabulous adventure and one which will stay with us forever. You can read our write-up of the event Ultrarunner magazine and view our […]   Keep reading »

Hades Hill Fell Race 2023 – Results

clock9th September 2023

A huge thank you to everyone who ran in the Hades Hill Fell Race, 2023 and especially to Eric Taylor and his team of marshals, timekeepers, tail runner, first aider, registrationers, results gurus, course markers and demarkers … here are the results:   Keep reading »

Golf Ball, Grasmere & Lions, 2023

clock6th September 2023

The last bank holiday of the year certainly proved a busy time for the Harriers. First off was the Golf Ball Fell Race, held on Wednesday 23rd August. The start and finish was at the CPA (Calico Printers Association) Club in Loveclough, Rossendale, the last remnant of the huge Loveclough Print Works. The race is run […]   Keep reading »

Fixture List 2023 Updated

clock23rd August 2023

Today the 2023 fixture list has been updated to include the following fixtures: 4 x Red Rose Cross country races, 4 x South East Lancs. Cross Country Races, the North West Road Relay team event, The Cross Keys Road and Fell relay team event and the Northern Road Relay Team Event.   Keep reading »

Podiums, Piethornes and Trains

clock23rd August 2023

THE BLACK, RED AND GOLD vests of Rochdale Harriers were out in numbers again last weekend with races far and wide. On Saturday 19th August three harriers made the journey over to Barrowford for the New Balance Podium 5K event, a collection of three 5km races which draws some of the fastest runners around to […]   Keep reading »

URGENT – RHAC Cross Country Fixtures, 2023

clock22nd August 2023

RED ROSE and SOUTH EAST LANCS Cross Country fixtures are now available (see below), thanks to Colin. Please note the entry deadlines which are quite close:   Keep reading »

Harriers Hop, Trot, Chip Chase and Sizzle (August 2023)

clock8th August 2023

The busy summer racing season continued for Rochdale Harriers with the latest rounds of the club’s road and fell championships. Wednesday 2nd August saw the club well represented at the Hopwood Trot race, an approximate 5.2 mile / 8.5km two lap route around the trails and roads surrounding the historic hall and college in Middleton. […]   Keep reading »

Round-up 15th – 19th July, 2023

clock20th July 2023

On Sunday 16th July one brave Harrier made the long journey up to Kentmere in the Lake District to compete in the 7th Race (from 11) in this year’s RHAC and Run The Moors inter-clubs fell championships. Despite the horrendous weather forecast of rain and strong winds with gusts of up to 60 m.p.h., the weather […]   Keep reading »

Rochdale 10K 2023 – Race Report

clock20th July 2023

On Tuesday night of this week the 3rd race for 2023 organised by Harriers took place. The Harriers 10k Road Race, starting and finishing at Springfield Park. It heads down Bolton Road, up Manchester Road and onto Roch Valley Way, before turning left along Bury and Rochdale Old Road. This stretch (depending upon how fit you […]   Keep reading »

Jenny Brown Wins at Eddie’s Revenge Fell race

clock20th July 2023

Wednesday 28th June 2023 saw a dozen Harriers travel over to Buckstones for the Eddy’s Revenge Fell Race. The race is named after former Middleton Harrier Eddie Milne who co-designed the race route with John Cox and Mick Flatley shortly before moving to the Yorkshire coast. Under the circumstances it felt appropriate to name the race […]   Keep reading »

Harriers test their Endurance

clock26th June 2023

AFTER THE EXCITEMENT of the 2023 Rochdale Harriers Three Day event on 9th-11th June, you would have thought a rest was in order. But for three Harriers that wasn’t enough racing for them. Mark Walker, Matt Cox and Chris Gee, decided to run the Brown Wardle Fell Race last Wednesday evening. At this time of […]   Keep reading »

Three Day Event Results, 2023

clock12th June 2023

Day Race Results Prize Winners Day 1 Norden 6 Mile Road Race, 2023 Results prize winners Day 2 Naden Valley Multi-Terrain Race, 2023 Results prize winners Day 3 Knowl Hill Fell Race, 2023 Results prize winners Day 1+2+3 TDE Overall, 2023 Results for Men and Women THE WEEKEND OF 9th to 11th June, 2023, saw […]   Keep reading »

Shepherd’s Crook Fell Race, 2023 (FGP race 4/11)

clock29th May 2023

THIS WEEKEND 28th May 2023 saw seven Rochdale Harriers take part in the Shepherds’s Crook fell race near Burnley. The race route packed 1,700ft of ascent into a 7.4 mile course and was the 4th counter from 11 races in the RHAC and Area fell championships. First home for Rochdale was Jenny Brown. Jenny wore […]   Keep reading »

Calderdale Way Relay Race and more, 2023

clock24th May 2023

THE WEEKEND OF 20/21st May, 2023 was definitely a busy weekend for the Harriers, as 24 of them ran the Calderdale Way Relay race on Sunday in two teams of 12, a mixed team (half men, half women) and an open team. The Calderdale Way Relay is billed as Britain’s biggest club run off road […]   Keep reading »

London Marathon 2023, 3,000m and 5,000m Time Trials and Cowm 5K

clock27th April 2023

ON SUNDAY 23rd April five Rochdale Harriers ventured down to the Capital to take part in the World’s most famous marathon. Danny Bennett, Richard Stirzaker, Jonathan Lupton, Ian Stainthorpe and Julie Smith represented the club and joined some 48,000 fellow athletes to weave around 26.2 miles of central London past the historic landmarks and monuments. […]   Keep reading »

The Wardle Skyline Fell Race

clock26th April 2023

Picture thanks to Ian Slater Date & time:  See Our Races page Stats: 11.3 km / 7 miles,  381 m / 1250 ft ascent and Category BM.  FRA link. Registration: Wardle Scout Hut, Knowl Syke St, Wardle, Rochdale OL12 9PD. Toilets are available. Cut-off time: Please note that starting in 2023 there will be a cut-off time of 2:20 […]   Keep reading »

Wardle Skyline Fell Race & Salford 10K, 2023

clock14th April 2023

ROCHDALE HARRIERS HOSTED their first race of 2023 on Saturday 8th April as 174 runners took on the Wardle Skyline Fell Race. The race is an approximate 7 mile / 11km circular route from Wardle Square, heading up the cobbled road to Watergrove Reservoir, tackling the climbs of Brown Wardle Hill, Middle Hill and Rough […]   Keep reading »

RHAC Fell Champs Race 2/11 – The 5 Trigs Fell Race

clock5th April 2023

ON SATURDAY 1st APRIL (no joke) four Rochdale Harriers competed in the beast known as the 5 Trigs fell race. This was the second race in the 2023 RHAC Fell Championships and the area fell championships (Run the Moors Fell Grand Prix involving 8 local running clubs). The course was over 18 miles/29Km long with […]   Keep reading »

Weekend 25/26th March 2023 Round-Up

clock30th March 2023

ROCHDALE HARRIERS were out in numbers last weekend representing the club in a variety of races around the UK. On Sunday 26th March the latest round of the club’s road race championship rolled on to Wilmslow Half Marathon where 11 members were part of the 2550 runners who raced their way out of Pownall Park, […]   Keep reading »

Annual General Meeting on 17th April 2023

clock14th March 2023

The Rochdale Harriers & A.C. Annual General Meeting will take place at 19:30 on Monday, 17th April 2023 at Norden Bowling and Social Club, Trinity Street, Norden, Rochdale OL12 7RD   Keep reading »

Harriers Race on Road, XC and Fell

clock9th March 2023

After the “quiet” weekend of the National Cross Country Championships, last weekend was anything but quiet. First we had the last South East Lancs Cross Country fixture at Heaton Park. Then the second race in the Harriers 2023 Road Race Championships – The Trafford 10K. Plus the first race of the RHAC fell Championships and […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Bowl them over at Bolesworth – National Cross Country Championships 2023

clock1st March 2023

ROCHDALE HARRIERS & A.C. were represented at the 2023 English National Cross Country Championships at Bolesworth Castle, Chester last weekend. This year was the 135th running of the Senior Men’s Championship race which has been contested every year since 1876, barring the period of the two world wars and 2021’s pandemic write off. Wearing the […]   Keep reading »

Victory for Parton at Midgeley Moor Fell Race

clock23rd February 2023

THE WEEKEND OF 19th/20th February 2023 was a busy one with Rochdale Harriers competing in a wide variety of races around the North West of England. Pride of place goes to Dave Parton who won the Midgely Moor (Halifax) fell race in a time of 47m, 29s. This is a AS classified race (A means […]   Keep reading »

Couch to 5K Runners on Track

clock21st February 2023

LAST NIGHT (20.02.2023) our Couch to 5K (“C25K”) graduates celebrated completion of their training with a 5 km run, ending on our floodlit track at Kingsway Sports Arena. Well done to each and every one of you, to those who ran with us at Oldham Parkrun on Saturday and to anyone who couldn’t make the […]   Keep reading »

Harriers Go Long on Trail and Fell

clock16th February 2023

BY PURE COINCIDENCE a number of Harriers competed in long-distance off-road races during the weekend of 11-12th February 2023. John Bramwell (first picture above) represented Rochdale Harriers in the Long Mynd Valley Fell Race on Saturday 11th February.  The 18.5km / 11.5 mile course in Church Stretton was the first race of the 2023 English […]   Keep reading »

Northern Cross Country Championships, The Hebden and C25K, 2023

clock13th February 2023

Saturday 28th January saw Witton Park, Blackburn play host to the 2023 North of England Cross Country Championships. The mild weather and cloudy but clear skies made for good running conditions for the athletes from Derby to Newcastle and everywhere in between. In the blue ribbon event, an undulating grassy 11.5km / 7.13 mile course […]   Keep reading »

Harriers out in Force at Dewsbury 10K, 2023

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By Harriers standards it could be said that last week was quite unusual. Normally the Harriers are spread across various events, for example running in the Cross Country Championships, Road or Fell Races, or Park Runs. But on Sunday 5th February 2023, the planets aligned and 23 Harriers made the journey over the Pennines, to […]   Keep reading »

Harriers at Heaton Park – SELCC, 21st January 2023

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We are now well into January following the Christmas holiday, though it doesn’t mean that The Harriers were having a rest. It’s a time of planning for the New Year races that Harriers organise every year, plus the various championships they take part in. Notably the Fell Race Grand Prix and the Road Race Championships, […]   Keep reading »

Cross Country Northern & National Championships

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Northern Cross Country Championships to be held Saturday 28th January at Witton Park, Blackburn. Entry Fee £9 to be paid to Colin Robinson. Closing Date Tuesday 10th January National Cross Country Championships to be held Saturday 25th February at Bolesworth Castle, Chester. Entry Fee £10 to be paid to Colin Robinson. Closing Date Tuesday 24th […]   Keep reading »

Dates for your diary – updated 12 Feb ’23

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clock21st December 2022

Key dates for your diary of upcoming events and meetings EVENT DATE LOCATION ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Committee Meeting 13th Feb Norden Bowling Club 7:30pm (All Welcome)   Keep reading »

Run the Moors Fell Awards Presentation

clock20th October 2022

Tickets for the inter-Clubs RTM Fell GP awards Presentation Evening of 4th November are now available from John. The venue is St Mary’s Social Club, Radcliffe (M26 2WQ) and tickets cost £5, including pie, peas and presentation. There will be a fully-licensed bar. Arrive 19:15 for a 19:30 start. This year we are delighted to […]   Keep reading »

Cross Country Fixtures 2022/2023

clock11th September 2022

Rochdale Harriers & AC compete in the Red Rose Cross Country League (RR) and the South-East Lancashire Cross Country League (SEL). Each league consists of three or four races, with end of season prizes for individual and team performances. Each league costs £6 to enter. Deadline for entries to RR is 22nd September, deadline for […]   Keep reading »

Senior Training Programme – September 2022

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Tuesday 6th September 2022 – All session at 7pm from Kingsway Track: 2000, 1600, 1200, 800, 400 hard efforts with 4 minutes recovery (from last person) – Led by Jeff McCarthy. Road Speed: Pyramid – Led by Nick Barton.   Thursday 8th September 2022 – All sessions at 7pm Tempo (Kingsway): 10+5+5 (3 minute recovery) […]   Keep reading »

Hades Hill Fell Race – Results

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Results of Hades Hill Fell Race, held on Thursday 1st September 2022. Any questions please contact the Race Organiser, Eric Taylor – Hades Hill Results   Keep reading »

Your Club Needs You – Volunteer Opportunities!

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As an entirely volunteer led and run club, we rely on our members to help us operate. We are currently looking for a number of volunteers to help us serve our members: Join our Coaching Team – Are you interested in helping us provide training to our junior athletes, track group, road and trail sessions […]   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

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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

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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 »

2022 Races by Rochdale Harriers

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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 Results 2022

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix 2022

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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 »

Club Training 2022

clock31st December 2021

For the latest training please click on this link >>> TRAINING <<<   The training schedule below has now been replaced by the link above   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 […]   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 »

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

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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

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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

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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 »


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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 »

Restarting Training – Everything you need to know!

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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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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

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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 »

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!

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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

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**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!

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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**

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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

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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)

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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 »


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Our training base is Kingsway Sport Area, Turfhill Road, Rochdale , OL16 4XA Details of our training days and how to join us can be found here Thinking of Joining? Our Facebook Page and Messenger can be found here – RHAC Facebook   Keep reading »

Annual Membership Fees Now Due!

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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

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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

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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 **

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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

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***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

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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 »


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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

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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 ( […]   Keep reading »

Harry Peacocke Qualifies for Inter Counties Cross Country

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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

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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 »

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 »

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

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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

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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 »

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

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An Evening with Richard & Jackie Mason

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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!

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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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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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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

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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 ( 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

clock26th October 2018

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

clock1st July 2018

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) […]   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

clock6th April 2018

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

clock1st March 2018

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 »

Harriers parkrun take over – Saturday 3rd March 2018

clock5th February 2018

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 – Autumn 2022

clock24th January 2018

Coming Soon – Autumn 2022 The next Complete Beginners’ Running Course Starts on  (TBC) There will be a limited number of places available on this 10 week course.  If you want to register interest please contact us or send a message via facebook Start Time: 6:45pm. Finish Time: Approximately 8pm. Location: Kingsway Park Sports Centre, […]   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

clock17th January 2018

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 »