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Club Notices

Change of Clubhouse

April 26, 2017

Thank you to all that came to Tuesday’s EGM.  For those who were unable to attend, the news is we are moving as of Tuesday the 2nd of May (i.e. next Tuesday)  to The Harrogate Squash and Fitness Centre off Hookstone Road. The postcode is HG2 8PN.

The Harrogate Squash and Fitness Centre has a gym, 4 squash courts, dance studio, a podiatrist, physio, male and female changing rooms, a large bar and meeting area and plenty of parking. They have fitness classes, boxing classes and are also home to the Cappuccino Cycling Club.

The centre is open from 6.30am to 9pm Monday – Friday and 8am – 8pm Saturday – Sunday. You will be able to gain access at any of these times, there is a loo on the ground floor and access to the upstairs bar. To gain access to the changing rooms you need to ring a bell and someone from the gym will let you in.  We will be issuing you with wristbands in the near future to identify you as a member of Harrogate Harriers.

Our agreement does not allow you to use the gym or squash courts, but the centre offers various free trial periods and a discounted membership is a possibility.

So I look forward to showing you all around next Tuesday and I hope you’ll agree that it is a move worth making.

Best Wishes

Tony

Registration is now open on the Harriers Web Collect portal for the annual Harrogate & District Summer Race League events.  This competitive but fun evening race series is open to ALL members.

The dates and locations are listed below however please check their new website here for more information –
  • HDSRL Race #1 – Harrogate (23rd May)
  • HDSRL Race #2 – Dragons (1st June)
  • HDSRL Race #3 – Wetherby (14th June)
  • HDSRL Race #4 – Knaresborough (20th June)
  • HDSRL Race #5 – Otley Norman Smith Handicap (6th July)

 About the League

  • The Harrogate District Summer Race League is a friendly league of local running clubs which organises a series of summer evening races each year.
  • Races are generally 5-6 miles and on the road, although increasingly the races include off-road paths.
  • Distances are approximate and courses are not measured, which simplifies race organisation.
  • All races are covered by uk athletics licenses.
  • All races are followed by a social ‘supper’ provided by the host club.
  • Races are open only to members of affiliated clubs, with no guest runners permitted.
  • The league competition is followed by a handicap race and presentation evening: there are league prizes for individuals, club teams, and the handicap race.

The Club is again subsidising the cost of entry for members so you only need to pay £5 to enter 5 races and your supper is included!

As you may have noticed from recent communications, we had a club off-road run planned for Sunday 15th Jan, a little distraction for those not doing the Brass Monkey Half-marathon.  Unfortunately, the date also clashes with the Stanbury Splash Fell Race, so in an attempt to be as inclusive as possible, we have brought the date forward to Saturday 14th Jan.

Apologies for the change, particularly if you had made arrangements to suit.  The plan is to meet at 09:00 at grid reference SE170539, that’s the rough layby by Beecroft Barn on the Blubberhouses to Timble road.  Please see map below:


Parking is a bit limited here, so please car-share if you can.  You’ll spot the barn on the left if you’re coming from Blubberhouses, it’s got a For Sale sign outside so you won’t miss it.

Our route will take in just over 11 miles and have an interesting twist at the end.  It will go over some easy trails to start with, but the terrain will get rougher and off-road shoes are absolutely essential, fell shoes recommended if you have them.  It will be wise to bring along a jacket, as we will go over some exposed ground and if the weather is a bit iffy you will need protection.  I estimate we will be out for 2 – 2.5 hours.

I really hope you can make it.  Please contact me via webmaster@harrogate-harriers.co.uk if you have any questions

Helen
Fell & Off-road POC

Track Awareness Run Update

January 2, 2017

The Track Awareness Run is going ahead as planned on 2nd January 2017, starting from the World’s End pub opposite Conyngham Hall in Knaresborough.  The first runners will start at 0930 prompt, so be there in good time if you intend to run the first part (or all) of the circuit.

If you are not a Harrogate Harrier member and intend to join us on the run, then of course you very welcome, but please take the time to read the Key Drop-off Points and On-the-Day instructions via the links below.  It’s very important that  you understand that this is NOT a race, nor is it marshalled or provision made for refreshments etc, it’s a club social run that will take place on public access land and you are responsible for your own safety and support.  If you belong to a a Harrogate/Knaresborough club, we’d be grateful if you would wear a club vest to show your affinity.

We have made arrangements with The Mitre pub in Knaresborough (by the station) for a room to be available and you are welcome to join other runners there after your run, the pub has kindly offered to do bacon butties for £3.00 and a bowl of chips for £2.00.  Sorry, no free beer!

Just to clarify an important point – one that has been asked numerous times – and that is you can join the Track Awareness Run at whichever of the 11 Drop-off points you wish, the timings that are given are those that the fastest runners will aspire to, though of course there will be runners passing by for some time after.

On-the-Day Instructions

Key Drop-off Points

Martyn