Rochdale Harriers and A.C.


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) 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


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 »

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


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 – 5th February 2018


clock24th January 2018

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 amanda.thirsk@btinternet.com 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 »