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AGM Minutes

Hi folks,

Just wrapping up from the Feb AGM by attaching the minutes (and before handing over to Clare!). Important point to note on here was that we will now introduce a Regional / National Race non attendance charge. To be clear – several times per year we enter some of the bigger races and every entry is paid for by the club so you lot can run for free. Recently we’ve had quite a high non attendance rate despite the club having paid the entry fee. This charge (via the club shop on the website) is just to ask the individual to pay £5 if they cannot make the actual race. No different to any other race really!


Alan B

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To race or not to race

A lot of the Harriers were scheduled for numerous races this weekend but once again we were struck with more bad weather, a Mini Beast from the East which led to a heavy covering of snow across the country early on Saturday.

Our very own Chair of the club was looking to attempt the difficult Hardmore 55 which takes racers through the North York Moors and the Cleveland Hills. Clare was running this with Zoe, and Clare is a very experienced runner of ultra races, so at 15 miles in under blizzard conditions, they made the very difficult decision to finish there knowing weather conditions were only going to get worse. This turned out to be a very wise decision in the end with rescue services having to turn out to help over 100 races in very severe and dark winter weather with most of them suffering hyperthermia. So although we are obviously gutted they couldn’t continue with the race, it pays to have that experience and know what you can and can’t do in extreme weather, there are times when although it is difficult to make that decision, safety comes first! No doubt we will see Clare and co next year hopefully under better conditions!

Other Harriers on the same day managed to get up to the Peak District to run the Grindleford Gallop, again under very wintry conditions. Thankfully
although the weather was bitterly cold, all of our runners through freezing mud and blizzard conditions at times over 20 miles of tough terrain. Well done to all of them who managed that, including Ant, Helen, Sarah, Lois and James and Andrew, some cracking race photos!

Sadly the Wolf’s Pit Fell race in Hope was called off due to the nature of the surrounding roads being too dangerous to encourage runners across the region to attempt to hold. Although this was disappointing as it was the first race of our club Fell Race league, I think we have to agree it was the right call. For many this meant a change in plans with a few hardy souls getting out there locally to tackle the snow drifts to keep up their running legs as part of their weekend fun. It does make for some fab pics though and the pint or two at the end of it made it worthwhile!

Let’s hope with Summer’s Equinox hitting next week this will be the end of this bitter winter spell and the drawing in of some warmer weather.

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Cressbrook Crawl Fell Race

Please would you pass on details about the following race to your members:
The Cressbrook Crawl FRA Registered Fell Race
Saturday 12th May 2018 10.45am

Pre entry £7 at between 1st April – 4th May
Minimum age 18 Maximum entries 150
Number collection 9.15-10.30am at the Cressbrook Club
SK17 8SX Grid Ref SK170 731
Limited car parking near Cressbrook Mill – please car share
All finishers have a pint of Peak Ale
Lunch available at 12.30 for £5 pay at number collection
Race Organiser – Caroline Brunt 01298 872025

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Harriers Winter Adventures and photos

As the country came to grips with the Beast from the East last week leading to sub zero temperatures, much of Belper and the surrounding villages became immersed in a deep covering of snow.

However, it can never be said that the Harriers don’t have hardy souls in the club, and a number of them took to the hills and canal paths braving snow drifts and freezing temperatures to get their runs in over the weekend!

And even through the freezing winds and snow, everyone was smiling (although the ladies do look like their are an advert for the sports gel, other gels and foods are available!)

Temperatures should be getting more milder but please do keep an eye out for other runs organised by the club and if you fancy becoming a member, then come along to a Tuesday session to see what it’s all about (disclaimer, snow not always available!)


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Annual Subs now due

Annual Subs are now due , these have increased to £25.

Payment options – our preffered method is via the paypal button on the website / membership section ( there is an admin fee unfortunately) for anyone who would prefer to pay direct into the club account please message me for the account details.

Please also carefully read the different options of membership i.e EA affiliated and non EA affiliated and second claim.

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AGM 2018 – The Highlights and a big THANK YOU

AGM 2018 – The highlights and a big THANK YOU ……….

So for those that couldnt make last nights AGM what did you miss …….. formal minutes will be on the website in due course but the highlights .

After 2 years at the helm Alan Billington stepped down as Chair for the club – i’d like to both personally and on behalf of the membership thank Alan for all his hard work over the last 2 years which have seen the club both grow and change massively into what the club is today – he hasnt got away with jumping ship altogether as he has agreed to take on the role of Treasuer and will be also helping the new chair with the behind the scenes stuff like kit/website etc …… well i hope he will as your new chair is ……….. ME 🙂

I will do my best to continue to steer the club in the best interests of all the members , fast/slow , young/old , new members/life long harriers , tarmac/mud lovers and short/long distances ……

Please feel free to contact me with any issues or ideas for the club at any time ……… well i say anytime……… within reason 😉

We had some new official roles taken on

Mens captain – David Horton (big thanks to Andrew Nash for the last 2 years)
Membership Sec – Jo Coates
Treasurer/Accounts – Alan Billington

Committee Helpers – (New) Andy Stubbs Lois Linda Helena Houghton

We also agreed to put on the DRR again in 2018 which will need a lot of help from the membership so watch out for posts on that topic very soon.

Membership Fees for 2018/19 – £25 – I will put out a seperate post with more details on this one tomorrow.

We will now have 5 groups on a Tuesday night due to group 3 becoming too large – Pacing of groups to be better managed.

There was also a discusion around changing the start time of Tues night runs to 7am start – whilst this was discussed at length it was decided to keep the time to 7.30pm start.

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Results from Holmebrook Valley Park

Belper Harriers results for event:

All results for event:

Belper Harriers team and members league standings:

All teams and members league standings:

You may forward this email to your members or use the links in your own email.

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