Sep 11 - January 13 News

EA Winter Magazine - Setting the Pace
This edition includes articles which will be of interest to all sections of the athletics family  from performance to sportshall, road running to officiating.
Please share this around any of your athletics contacts - athletes, coaches, officials, parents, team managers.

UPDATE TO MEMBERS - (Full minutes attached)

Outcome of the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 19 December 2012

The members voted unanimously in favour of continuing as Mansfield Harriers & Athletics Club and seeking alternative facilities from which to train and be based.

Danny Mee (James’ dad) addressed the meeting and asked for permission to approach the trustees (he works in the same offices as the trustees) about getting the Club back on Berry Hill Park. Members agreed for Danny to speak with the trustees.

Following his discussion with the trustees, Danny has advised that the Club may be allowed to return to the Park during January 2013. The trustees are unwilling to enter into a written agreement and any use of the facilities by the Club will be on a short term basis. The trustees will not deal with anyone from the Club; everything will be through Danny.

To date, Danny has not informed the Club when it will be allowed to return to the Park.

The committee is continuing its search of suitable alternative facilities and hopes to be able to provide an update to the members at the AGM.

For Information
To help keep you informed 2 letters attached : England Athletics Letter to the Club & Club Letter to Trust.

National XC Relay Results   :  Race Footage!

North Mids: Markeaton Park  Results

Nottinghamshire Cross Country Champs 2013:  Entry Form and Race Info

Notts Schools Athletics Association. Winter XC League. 13th October Results

Young Athletes Winter 2012-13 Fixtures List: attached
Page one has dates and age category info, page 2 event description and Team Manager contacts.

If you are U13+ & enjoy running the longer distances (3k+) then consider taking part in the Midland/National Road Relays contact the Team Managers this week BoysThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & Girls This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Congratulations to Ted Grey on being award the British Empire Medal:  this is very well deserved he has not only worked tirelessly for the club forever, but you may not know about his work for for Youth Expedition too. We all hope he has have a lovely day collecting his award the beginning of October.

Coaches, officials & helpers Dinner

If you are an adult helper at the club you are invited to the annual Coaches Dinner on Friday 19th October: details attached.

Notts AC Throws Academy other club athletes & coaches welcome: see attached.

Chocolate Evening!!!

 For the club on Wednesday 26th September at Berry Hill School at 7pm. Just 10 pounds includes a chocolatier giving a demonstration (with TASTING !!!), a glass of wine and 5 pounds worth of chocolate each to take home: YUMMY. Tickets available from Amanda Shaw and the Canteen.

Canteen needs you...

Having a rest, injured, want to meet other members or just help the club out, please consider doing a night in the canteen. Many hands make light work, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now to offer your help.

Young Athlete Cross Country and Road Race Info  
Can people please bring this to the attention of as many athletes, parents coaches etc as possible.     Closing date for entries for the Midland Road Relays is the 10th Sept.
Thanks David

 2012-13 Fixtures

 Teversal Summer League Results

Booth League Prize Winners - View Here

 Club Records Now Updated 

 Newstead Abbey Dash Photo Gallery

 Booth League Results Carsington Water 3rd July

Booth League Results 12th June

Erewash Summer League Results

Holme Pierrepont Summer League Results 9th May  : Photo Gallery now online.


New Gallery Page Now Online + Pictures from 1st Summer League Race @epperstone

 1st Booth League Race: Results  

Booth League XC Series: Prize Winners  - View Here

 Keep up to date with the latest coaching courses/information on the Notts AAAs website

! As you will all now be aware, the Trustees have stopped us from parking around the track, meaning that everyone now has to park in the unlit top car park. I met with RJS last week to discuss this and other issues. He has agreed to trial for one month allowing the key holders to park down at the track, as long as they remain on the hard standing with their cars. He has also allowed us to let any of our disabled members to park down at the facilities, this is to be decided upon by the Club.

The current key holders are:

Paul Gair    /    Ted Grey     /     Pat Carlan   /     Richard Massey    /    Barry Holmes.

As you can see all the key holders except for Barry are active coaches, so this means they will be unable to monitor the barrier once their training has started. We were looking at Barry stopping at the barrier for the first half hour or so, on a training night to allow access to relevant members, but due to unforeseen circumstances he won’t be at training for a while. So what Im looking for is someone that is willing to have a key for the barrier and control access for the start of training. If there is anyone willing to do this can they let me know so that I can sort out a key for them.

You will all also be pleased to know that the public toilets appear to be up and working again.


Paul Gair

 Booth League Results 15th December
Please have a good read through as there is lots of info and opportunities for some extra training:-
All athletes & coaches are asked to put on their Hi-Viz vests/tops/gloves etc during these dark nights. Without them you just can not be seen when running on the park, pavements or car park - so don't expect to be seen without them!
Scrap Metal
Just a reminder if you treated yourself in the sales then please let Chris Ashmore (Roofing Services 0785 4286820) collect your old washers, dryers, cookers etc. (full details attached). The money raised is for club funds. Thanks to those who brought in there empty tins last week!
Officials Courses

Just a reminder that the Level 2 Track and Field Courses are confirmed both to be held at Ashfield School , Sutton Road , Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts , NG17 8HP. You can do one or both. Parents this is a great way to get involved and use your time fully at competitions!

Field - Sunday 12th February 10am - 2pm. Course Code MO0138FD

Track- Sunday 18th March 10am - 2pm Course Code MO0139TR

The cost of the course is £15 per candidate and all attendee's will receive a free stopwatch, clipboard and network T-shirt to use and wear whilst officiating at events. The club will refund course fees on course completion - ensure you get a receipt. Be quick places are limited.

Candidates must fill in the attached application form and return to the England Athletics, Education and Customer Services, Athletics House, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Bar, Birmingham B42 2BE

Coaching Courses
There are lots of opportunities to get qualified this year without having to travel too far! See attached for dates and details. Provided you have helped with coaching, the club will pay half your course fee on attendance and the remainder when you have helped for 6 sessions. If you want to know where and how you can help speak to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if their is a particular coach you would like to help speak to them! New volunteers are always welcome and we will be very flexible to your availability and coaching preferences.
NCC Coach & Club Education Programme
Details attached these are evening workshops open to all club members. Including First Aid etc. and are only £15 which the club will re-imburse on proof of attendance. (more info)
NAN Jumps Academy
The Nottinghamshire Athletics Network (NAN) is seeking to establish a Jumps Academy to support the development of athletes and coaches actively involved in all of the jumping event disciplines high jump, long jump, pole vault and triple jump - If that is you? Then read the attached.
NAN Programme of events - attached. Don't miss these fantastic opportunities to improve your coaching or performance!!!
Strength and Conditioning Workshop on Wed 25th Jan at Samworth Academy - details attached

Dear Members
There may be some of you who look at the last 12 months as a bit of annablis horriblis for the club, but me, I look back and think, how well we have done. Again our athletes have done the club proud with many County and National medals and National and International representations. We have had a number of our coaches and volunteers winning achievement awards through various presentation ceremonies. We have increased our number of active coaches and even increased our membership numbers. All with very little facilities.

We have been unfortunate to get relegated in some of our leagues, but again I feel this is an opportunity for the club to rebuild itself and come out fighting and prove to everyone that WE ARE THE BEST CLUB IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, sorry fell off the soapbox.

Since becoming Chairman in November, Ive visited the National x-country event we staged and was very proud to see what a wonderfully organised and run event was taking place in some horrible weather, someone said to me that day “this is what x-country is all about”. Now I see why I am a throws coach….I have also been to watch the sportshall event a couple of weeks ago and again it was great to watch some of our up and coming athletes performing for the club and it was especially good to see so many parents there supporting their kids. Next xmas sportshall I want to see more parents doing the egg and spoon race... and only this week I watched many of our members packing bags to raise money for the club and not one of them moaned to me, well apart from the trolley that was packed with a bill that came to over £200 and then never put anything in the collection box.

So I say to everyone, I am proud to say I’m a member of Mansfield Harriers & Athletics Club.

I feel that over the next 12 months there will be some smiles and some tears, some joy and some sadness, there will probably be some tough choices to make, but I strongly believe that if we face it together as a club united that we can deal with it all with our heads held high.

There will be some further notices coming out soon, but as an advanced warning, some dates for your diaries:

 January 31st        Club AGM           Berry Hill school                approximately 7pm onwards

 January 3rd          Last date to submit proposals for the AGM – please submit all proposals to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  all proposals will be made public at least 2 weeks before the AGM.

I would like you all to consider that our club is run solely by volunteers, I have already been informed that some members of the committee will be standing down at the next AGM. Do you feel that you would like to be more involved with the club, maybe you have your own skills or ideas that you could bring to the club, do you fancy having a go at coaching or officiating, being a team manager or a volunteer, even driving mini buses to the various competitions. If you do, or even if you aren’t sure what you want to do but you know you want to help somehow, then please get in touch and I’ll answer any questions I can, or I’ll at least put you in touch with someone who will know the answers.

Right thats enough ranting and raving.

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you all achieve your targets are for 2012.

Paul Gair
Up & Running
You may be aware that Up&Running Nottingham very generously sponsor the Junior Academy with T-shirt Prizes each month. In return please take a look at their great 3 of 2 offers and check out the great deal on page 7 buy a shoe voucher: get a shoe bag worth £7 and a training diary worth £5 absolutely free! - guess what my daughter has just had for her birthday!
Club & Coach Workshops  coaches & officials please read  
(1) Workshop Info.  (2) Education Workshop Booking Form  (3) Events Calendar
Aspiring Coaches Programme - closing date 19th Dec - great opportunity for aspiring coaches! Application Form Here
Provisional Fixtures for 2012 - this is very comprehensive so you will need to focus on the dates you need!
Network courses and dates - athletes and coaches please take a look!


On-line Shopping

Over the past 6 months over £50 has been raised by a handful of people just doing there normal shopping via . If everyone signed up we could get so much more - please take a look and use the link when you shop at amazon, ebay,, john lewis etc. A percentage of each spend to given to MHAC at no extra cost to yourself.

Second Hand Kit
Please give any clean wearable spikes and club kit to Becky Silver. The club make very little on the kit they sell so donating it back when too small for re-sale really helps club funds. Click here for itemfor sale.

 IMPORTANT message from the Chairman:-

As the new chairman of the club I’m afraid I have some bad news to give to the members. On the 14th November the Trustees sent me a letter. Due to reasons beyond the control of the club, the trustees are closing the athletics buildings again. All that we will have access to, will be the track and the brick toilet block. This decision they have taken is not a reflection on anything that the club or its members have done. The trustees are reducing the monthly cost to the club for the use of the track, I am trying to get this quote reduced further as a sign of good faith between the club and the Trustees.
I am also in the process of trying to organise a meeting between RJS, Chris Mallender for England Athletics, Graeme Beaumont  for Sport England and myself as a representative of the club. As soon as I have any further information I will get it sent out to the members.
Im sorry again for having to bring you all this bad news, but rest assured, Im working hard to try to resolve this in the interests of the club.
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 Following the previous Info some good things to look forward to!

CNVS Ambassador
Please see this attachment for information regarding the Championing Notts Sports Volunteering Ambassador role; this is a great opportunity for a keen, motivated and hard working volunteer who would like to be more involved with sports volunteer development in the district and county and obtain some fantastic experience.
London Marathon
Join with other club members on this weekend away 20-22 April 2012 in London for watchers & doers! For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Friskney Half Marathon
Please find attached the entry form for the Friskney Half Marathon to be held on the 8th April 2012.  As usual this is 2 weeks before the London Marathon and so is ideal to check how all the training has gone.The route is on very flat, quiet country roads around the village of Friskney which is between Boston and Skegness. More information will appear on our website nearer to race

 Appointment of a New Chairman

The Club Committee are pleased to announce that Paul Gair has taken on this role. Please give him lots of support. Ted Grey has agreed to remain on the Committee in an advisory role until the AGM. BIG Thanks go to Ted for stepping up to the mark in such difficult times.

Club Vests & Kit

Please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. having any old club kit to re-sell for club funds  click here and scroll down to view items FOR SALE.

Club records as of October 2011

New Joggers Group

The club would like to start a joggers, beginners, Harriers Huffers & Puffers whatever you like to call them group. To do this we need leaders you will do the one day Running Fitness Course this will be funded by the club (50% on course Completion and 50% after 6 weeks leading). This is a fantastic opportunity for you to share our love of running and introduce the sport to those who would normally shy away from a club. If you are interested please speak to Pat Carlan or email him This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Changing Rooms

If you have any suggestions for the improvement of the layout of the changing rooms so we can make use of them in a club house manner, please speak or email Paul Gair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you easyfundraising yet?

It’s the easiest way to help raise money for Mansfield Harriers Athletics Club! If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, Vodafone, eBay, Boden and, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!

So how does it work?

You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to Mansfield Harriers at no extra cost to yourself.

More details attached, but I raised £1.30 yesterday buying a £30 pair of shoes! So what other reason do I need to shop! - Becky

 Trustees Meeting report 29th September

 Trustees Meeting report 22nd September

 Olympic Torch Nominations - again help raise the club's profile - you can still make a nomination - it is amazingly quick & easy.
 SportNottinghamshire Club & Coach Course visit funding available from the club - see Barry Holmes on a club night.
Mansfield Harriers Open Meeting                  Download information from Meeting
Dear Member(s),
On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank all those who attended last night, gave apologies or sent messages of support. I have attached the notes from the meeting for your inspection, but in summary the Trust have delayed the Club's eviction from Berry Hill Park until 28th October and have invited 5 Club Committee Members to attend 5 mediated meetings with the Trust, over the next six weeks. With the aim to resolving the situation. During the meeting several members asked about various documents if anyone wishes copies of any of the publically available information please contact me (Becky) and I will do my best to forward these to you.