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Race Listing for Staffordshire

Date Event Location Results
09 Oct 2021 Staffordshire Epic Trail 10KCannock Chase, StaffordResults
10 Oct 2021 Werrington 10KWerrington, Stoke-on-TrentResults
16 Oct 2021 North Staffs XC League Race 2Stafford Common, Stafford
17 Oct 2021 Lichfield Half MarathonKing Edward VI School, Lichfield
19 Oct 2021 Birch ChallengeBirches Valley Forest Park, Rugeley
23 Oct 2021 Cannock Chase Half Marathon & 10KPenkridge Bank Road, Rugeley
24 Oct 2021 Betley BarkBetley, Crewe
30 Oct 2021 North Staffs XC League Race 3Parkhall Country Park, Stoke-on-Trent
07 Nov 2021 Flying Fox 10All Saints First School, Standon
13 Nov 2021 Run Alton Towers 5K & 10KAlton Towers, Stoke on Trent
14 Nov 2021 Run Alton Towers Half MarathonAlton Towers, Stoke on Trent
14 Nov 2021 Forest Runner 5K & 10K Cannock ChaseBirches Valley, Rugeley
14 Nov 2021 Tamworth 10KTamworth Castle Ground, Tamworth
20 Nov 2021 Meerbrook 15KMeerbrook Village Hall, near Leek
21 Nov 2021 Action Heart ‘Tuff-Un’Baggeridge Country Park, Sedgley
27 Nov 2021 Cheddleton 10KCheddleton, Leek
05 Dec 2021 Chasewater Christmas Pudding Dash 10KChasewater Country Park, Burntwood
05 Dec 2021 Newcastle Dales DashApedale Community Country Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme
18 Dec 2021 North Staffs XC League Race 4Betley Court Farm, Betley
27 Dec 2021 Wheaton Aston Roman 10KSt.Mary's School, Wheaton Aston
02 Jan 2022 West Bromwich Harriers Winter Warmer 5Sandwell Valley Park Farm, West Bromwich
20 Feb 2022 Birmingham Running Festival 5K, 10K & Half MarathonSutton Park, Sutton Coldfield
20 Feb 2022 Rugeley 10 Mile Road RaceRedbrook Hayes School, Rugeley
13 Mar 2022 Knighton 20Knighton Sports Club, Knighton
27 Mar 2022 Wolverhampton 10KMolineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
17 Apr 2022 Chasewater Easter Egg 5K & 10KChasewater Country Park, Burntwood
04 May 2022 DK 10KRugby Club, Dudley Kingswinford
25 Jun 2022 The SnickerthonChasewater Country Park, Burntwood
24 Aug 2022 Stone 5Oulton Cricket Club, Stone
11 Sep 2022 Lichfield 10KKing Edward VI Leisure Centre, Lichfield

About the area

Staffordshire is pretty much in the middle of England and the M6 motorway which dissects the county south to north means it is a hub of commercial activity. In sharp contrast there are some surprisingly remote areas including the Staffordshire Moorlands with the highest village in Britain at Flash.

In the north and in the south the county is hilly, with wild moorlands in the far north and Cannock Chase an area of natural beauty in the south. In the middle regions the landscape is low and undulating so interesting terrain for runners who like to head for the great outdoors.

The county is home to over 1 million people with Stoke and the surrounding areas - Arnold Bennett's much loved Five Towns - the most populous area. The other important towns include Tamworth, Newcastle and Stafford. And these are all home to flourishing running communities based around established clubs, a growing network of groups and some terrific events.

Any Staffs based enthusiast looking for an event should head to the website of the North Staffordshire Road Runners Association and choose from the 23 events they list (20 in the formal association programme with three reserves). The Association has been successfully promoting competitive running (and indirectly participation) for over 40 years - check out Ken Rushden and Graham Flethcer's book NSRRA the Second Twenty Years for the full story.

The NSRRA programme commences with the popular Alsager 5 in February and concludes with the Flying Fox in November and includes everything from 5k to marathon distance and all points in between. A handful of dedicated runners completed the full programme in 2015 including plucky Hazel Barlow. The Michelin AC veteran might not be threatening course records but she is indomitable and always on the start line!

Meanwhile at the beginner level, the Staffordshire Beginner Runner Project has made a big impact in recent years introducing many new runners since 2012, plus training leaders and establishing a number of new groups. One group that has been prolific is Stoke F.I.T. (Friends In Training) - they have fielded over 200 participants at their local parkrun - Hanley - recording times from 18 to 40+ minutes..

Talking about Hanley parkrun - it was launched four years ago with 17 finishers; 31 October 2015 saw a turnout of 290. This running lark is only going one way in Staffordshire - north!

One other big plus for running in the county is a network of specialist retailers. Bourne Sports in Stoke is a long established name and provides a great selection of shoes and clothing - plenty of high viz stock just now to make your winter running safe. They also have a nice range of kids gear. In the south of the county Run and Ride has branches at Stafford and Hednesford - see Matt and the team's top winter kit suggestions elsewhere in this edition. And over in Burton you'll find a helpful Phil Dutton at Running Form. In addition their partner operation Physio Form offers a respected physiotherapy and sports injury service.

We are compiling a list of running groups, clubs, stores and facilities in Staffordshire. If you would like to add information to our listing please get in touch with us.

Running clubs in Staffordshire

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Staffordshire’s Newcastle A Running Hotspot

Newcastle AC

Newcastle AC is one of the top clubs in Staffordshire - prestigious history and great facilities. runABC found out more …           

A club with a history?

Yes, we celebrated our half century last year and we’re looking forward to 100 up in 2064!

And great facilities?

We are very fortunate to have our own clubhouse at Ashfields Track on Ashfields Road. And as the name suggests we have our own dedicated track adjacent to the clubhouse.

So a great base to conquer the world?

That might be stretching it! But we do have a 300 plus membership, a good mix of seniors and juniors. We’re involved in all the disciplines - road running, cross country, track and field. We compete in all the local competitions with the North Staffs Road Runners Association and the North Staffs Cross Country series, both extremely popular. 

When do you meet?

In the winter we run on the road but go off-road into Apedale Country Park in the summer. Monday and Wednesdays are for senior runners and we split into various groups depending on pacing before heading off from the clubhouse around a designated route in Newcastle. Tuesdays and Thursdays are for the juniors but seniors can come along on these evenings and do intervals/hill reps.

There will be informal weekend long runs - details posted on our Facebook page.

Famous members?

Newcastle AC provided two members of the GB team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics while Bryan Dale and John Davies competed in the vets over 50 category for GB in cross country.

Tell us about Dales Dash ...

Bill Barker and other members of the club have worked hard with organisers Newcastle Countryside Project to make the Dales Dash one of the highlights of the year. The Dash was started by Bill’s late wife Margaret, in 2004. Sadly Margaret passed away in 2008, but she is remembered in the prizes for first lady, first Newcastle AC lady, and first male and female member under 16. The club also organises the Newcastle 10K, a March event that is an early counter in the North Staffs Road series.

Favourite local race for members?

There’s always a big contingent at the Potters Alf in June. Michael Ridley, Leon Bailey and Martyn Davies all clocked fast times this year while Michelle Buckle was our top lady and the improving Rachel Degg also turned in a sterling performance. Hot work though, the thermometer always climbs on the day of the ‘Arf. The Stafford Half and the Alsager 5 attract a big squad of Newcastle AC runners too.

Any club trips overseas?

Members will race at all the big European races - Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris marathons. We’ve also had a small group at Palma Marathon. There’s talk of an overseas excursion but we’re still at the planning stage. We do take parties to some of the more attractive English (and Welsh!) events - the Conwy Half is a favourite.

Sum up the club in three words

Place for everyone!

Running groups in Staffordshire

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New Kids On The Bloke Show Promise

Sedgely at parkrun

Strictly speaking we’re cheating including Sedgley Striders in this In Your Area feature as this new club is actually based in the West Midlands but they’re close to the boundary and until the 1960s Sedgley was in Staffordshire. Anyway, here goes …

The main reason we were keen to feature the Striders is that there’s is a nice story and one that highlights the way running has pushed out to a broader audience and really fired people’s enthusiasm.

Sedgley Striders began life in a pretty casual way - four mates, all keen runners themselves, thought they’d like to help new runners to get started. Also they felt Sedgley could do with with their own group. The original members - Tim Lake, Matthew Price, Nigel Bolton and Dave Bytheway - had years of experience and have taken part in races from 5k to 100mile and every distance in between. Why not put that experience to good use?

So in September 2014 they created a group aimed at those who had done very little or no running previously. The uptake was good and numbers increased up towards 20 on both a Tuesday and Thursday, the two nights that the group met. By Christmas 2014 the numbers and interest was growing and the decision was made to turn the group into an affiliated running club.

2015 was a bit of a whirlwind. Numbers continued to grow - there are now 60 plus Striders. It’s a predominately female crowd with a real interest from beginners who want to run in a group and enjoy the camaraderie, motivation and safety. For some individuals, progress has been remarkable - runners who initially struggled on their second mile have now completed half marathons.

Recently the club threw a first birthday party which doubled as the awards night - we’ve seen the trophies - very classy! The big night was a great way to bring the first year to a fitting conclusion with lots of terrific memories and ambitious plans to take Sedgley Striders forward.

Progress continued with a ‘bring a friend’ night in early December which provided a few new recruits. Plans are also being finalised for another beginner’s course in early 2016. An earlier course received encouraging feedback, especially the course’s finale at West Park in the local parkrun where a big contingent of Striders cheered home the graduates!

There has also been talk of hosting a club race - a 5k or a 5 mile event. The emphasis here would be on participation and making the event attractive to new and ‘early stage’ runners. There has also been discussion about staging a ‘festival of running’ with multiple race distances around Dunstall Park Racecourse with the aim of getting people of all ages and abilities involved. The Striders would also love to have the use of indoor facilities and are looking for options.

They’re an ambitious crew in Sedgley but the Striders have come a long way in a short time so don’t be surprised if runABC Midlands is reporting soon of more exciting running developments in the town.

New members are always welcome – it doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or an experienced runner. The club has all abilities ranging from sub 20min 5k runners, to run-walkers. Sedgley Striders meet at the Three Crowns, Dovedale Road, Sedgley at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Follow @sedgleystriders on Twitter.

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