Tipton Harriers Junior Newsletter

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Club Information : Club Kit/Clothing

The official club colours comprise a green and white hooped vest along with, ideally, black shorts.

Club vests are resourced and stocked by the club and are normally available for sale on club training nights (Tuesday & Thursday). For details of the current items available, sizes & prices please see or contact Bill Griffiths, Carol Smith or Marge Cherrington.

Other items of clothing may be available subject to demand & supply. Again please ask at the reception desk on club training nights for more information on current availability.

Sending In Website Articles

We welcome any articles, information, results, photographs or reports on all matters relating to Tipton Harriers and the wider world of athletics.

You can include the information in an email or an attachment and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are drafting up an item please do not worry too much about format as we can take care of this when we publish it.

Please take care to make sure that we have full names and that any performances you provide are correct.

We reserve the right to edit an article (typically for spelling/format etc) and also not to publish items should their content not be suitable.

Club Information : Life Membership

Life Members may be elected for long and meritorious service to the Club. Any nomination for Life Membership shall be submitted to the General Secretary who shall then present it for consideration by the Life Membership Committee.

The Life Membership Committee is made of of up to five Life Members. Currently these include Ron Bentley (President), Tony Phillips, Ray Fletcher & Jeff Taylor.

Any nomination approved by the Life Membership Committee shall then be submitted for ratification by the Executive Committee. Life Members are not required to pay an annual subscription.The Membership Secretary shall keep a list of Life Members, both Past & Present.

The current list of Life Members is held here.

Club Information : Forum

The forum is an area where people can post information, results, questions relating to the club and our sport. Please select from the options available under the "Forum" menu item on the left hand side of your screen.

Club Information : Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Tipton Harriers normally takes place in October. It is normally held after training on a Tuesday or Thursday evening in a room at the Tipton Sports Academy. Elections take place for the various positions of the Club Committee and other Officers of the club.

Should you be interested in a role and wish to help out please contact the General Secretary well in advance so that you can find out more and your name can go forward in the correct manner.

Club Information : Executive Committee

The Executive Commitee of the club normally meets once a month. The meetings take place after training on the second Tuesday of the month, commencing promptly at 8PM. Please contact a member of the Committee should you wish to submit something for consideration at one of these meetings.

Dates for 2015

Tuesday January 13

Tuesday February 10

Tuesday March 10

Tuesday April 14

Tuesday May 12

Tuesday June 16

Tuesday July 14

Tuesday August 11

Tuesday September 15

Tuesday October 13

Tuesday November 10

Tuesday December 15

How to Join

Anyone (12 years and above) wishing to get involved either as an athlete or a volunteer coach or official is welcome to come down on a training night either a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm. 8 -11 year olds go through a (free) 8 week induction programme which starts on Sat 31st January 2010 and runs every Saturday from then, whereby newcomers will be taken through all the athletic disciplines, and then after the 8 weeks can join in on training with the various groups on the Tuesday and Thursday night sessions. Training sessions begin at approx' 6.15pm. In the reception of Tipton Sports Academy club officers are there to meet and greet new people and introduce them to the relevant group or training squad. Alternatively please feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or queries and we will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

We have groups to cater for all abilities and for all athletics disciplines from the age of 8 upwards. The club operates a temporary membership scheme for young athletes whereby they can pay a small fee (usually around £1) for up to 6 weeks before paying the full membership fee.

Anyone interested in joining or wishing to get involved in anyway, just need to attend on the club nights as stated above. The membership desk is to the right as you enter past the main reception desk in the entrance of the club. There are people on hand to answer queries and get you into the right group.

Harriers offer coaching in all athletic events, and ask only that a willingness to compete for the club in local events follows. Tipton are involved in athletic leagues which span all year round for the differing disciplines and ability levels. Events usually take place every few weeks on a Saturday or Sunday. Harriers would welcome any help, particulary from parents, to take an interest and offer what support they can and make it known to the club that they are willing to help in what ever way they can. Harriers welcome volunteers in all aspects and can also offer volunteers willing to get involved with coaching and Offiicials, UK athletic qualifications in Coaching and Officiating at events. Athletics is a very rewarding sport and those that go furthest are usually those whose parents/guardians take a vested interest.)

This year's fees are:


* Male members 20 and over at 01/04/10 £55

* Female members 20 and over at 01/04/10 £55

* Members (both sexes) Under 20 at 01/04/10 £45

* Members (both sexes) Under 11 at 01/04/10 £35

* Students £45

* Over 60's (both sexes) £45

* Coaches and Technical Officials Non Competing £10 Competing £45

* Family membership 2 partners plus any children under 18 £100

* Associate Members (i.e. Non-active) £10

Free membership will be considered for current International Athletes.


2010 Membership Form as Word Document

2010 Membership Form as Adobe PDF Document


Please download and complete and membership form and send it to the Membership Secretary (address below) or hand it to Ray or Carol Smith at the club on training nights.

Please include a cheque made payable to Tipton Harriers for the membership fee.

Tom Holden

Membership Secretary

6 Vale Street


West Midlands



You can email Tom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you've got any questions about membership.

Club Information : Junior Section Charter


Joining Tipton Harriers is an important step in a young persons Athletic career, therefore, when becoming a Junior member, the youngster and parent/guardians should be aware of the Club's objectives and the obligations for the person joining.

The club prides itself on promoting a supportive, family environment where young people feel welcomed and are encouraged to enjoy athletics. The club will help athletes improve their skills to meet their potential, irrespective of their ability level and will expect them to compete for the club if selected, or as individuals in the different competitions the club is involved in.

The club works very closely with England Athletics and the schools in and around Sandwell to develop athletics in the area.


On joining the club, members will be expected to:

  • abide by the club Charter
  • respect the coaching staff and helpers
  • listen & learn from the coaching staff and helpers
  • respect other club members & those from other clubs
  • strive to achieve individual potential
  • take pride in being a member of the club
  • attend training sessions regularly & take part in club events e.g. Track and Field, Cross Country, Sports hall, Road Relays and Open Games
  • show due regard to the safety of others and to oneself
  • show impeccable behaviour when representing the club and at training

Any sport can potentially be dangerous; therefore, the behaviour of our athletes is important both during training and competition.  The club prides itself on running the club in an open, friendly manner; however, if an athlete shows a lack of discipline e.g. unsafe behaviour, bullying, bad language, back chat to coaches or helpers etc, we try to correct the situation within the group immediately. A repeat of any similar behaviour will mean having a discussion with the parent/guardian and a further repeat of the bad behaviour will mean the athlete will be asked to leave the club.

This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society. The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.  The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.  All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.


The club is committed to: -

  • give basic instruction in all the Athletic disciplines where equipment, environment and safety allow
  • provide every member with the opportunity to participate in all forms of Athletic activity to enable them to reach their potential
  • ensure every member's contribution, irrespective of ability, will be valued
  • encourage all members to attain a general level of fitness
  • achieve success in Athletic competitions
  • provide a good social environment for youngsters
  • meet established standards of Athletic achievement


  • Co-operate with the Coaches/Helpers, Officials, fellow athletes and Opponents
  • Arrive for training and events in good time to prepare thoroughly
  • Turn up with appropriate kit for the activity
  • Play for fun and enjoyment, not just to please your parents and/or coach
  • Learn and participate by the rules
  • Do not argue with the officials and/or coach, use your energies for performing
  • Recognize and applaud all good performances
  • Be a good sport, win modestly, lose with dignity
  • Respect other people, treat them as you would wish to be treated
  • Think about improving your skills after training and competition
  • Inform the coach of any injury as soon as possible
  • Inform the coach if you need to leave the site early
  • Inform the coach if you will not be attending a training session or Competition


  • Take an active interest in your child's participation and attend training and competition whenever possible
  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with Coaches, helpers and officials
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never force your child to take part in sport
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
  • Publicly accept the Coaches, helpers and officials judgements
  • Support your child's involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
  • Use correct and proper language at all times
  • Inform the coach if your child is unable to attend a training session or Competition
  • Assume responsibility of the safe transportation of your children to and from events and training
  • Inform your child's coach of any injury or disability that needs to be taken into consideration for athletic performance
  • Provide any necessary medication that your child needs

Club Information : Child Protection Statement

Tipton Harriers is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to participate in athletics.

We will do this by:
Recognising that all Children participating in athletics (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.

Ensuring that all our Coaches, Team Managers, Volunteers and Officials are carefully selected and provide a safe, positive and fun athletics experience for children.

Adopting and implementing UK Athletics Policy and Procedures on athlete Welfare and Child Protection.
Appointing a Child Protection Officer who will take specific responsibility for child safety and act as the main point of contact for parents, children and outside agencies.
Responding swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions and allegations of abuse, providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concern they may have.

Ensuring access to confidential information is restricted to the child protection officer or appropriate external authorities.

Reviewing the effectiveness of our Child Protection Policy annually.
Our Child Protection Officer is:

Mrs Lyn Lewis
Telephone number: 0121 533 2403

Club Information : Committee Members & Officers


Area Role Name Contact No.
Club Committee   President Peter Griffiths  
Chairman Ian Magness 07737 805312
Secretary & Social Secretary Marg Cherrington

07944 744923

Assistant Secretary Karen Magness  
Membership Secretary Ian Williams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Davis

Matt West

07792 823910
Sponsorship Co-ordinator

Peter Griffiths

Welfare Officers

Lyn Lewis

Ian Magness


07737 805312

Coaching Co-Ordinator Peter Griffiths  
Schools Liason Emily Adams  
Reception Co-Ordinator Ray Fletcher 01902 673986
Communications Officer

Bryan Mills

Chris Holloway

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Development Officer

Dave Payne

Sue Street

Parents Representative

Adam Nock

Becky Nock

Club Captain - Men Ian Williams  
Club Captain -  Women Sue Davies 07803 582122
Team Managers Senior Women - Road & Cross Country Amie Fithern  
Senior Men - Road & Cross Country Tom Holden  
Young Athletes (Boys) - Track & Field Marg Cherrington 07944 744923
Young Athletes (Girls) - Track & Field Marg Cherrington 07944 744923 
Junior (Men & Women) - Track & Field Marg  Cherrington

07944 744923

Senior Men - Track & Field

Marg Cherrington

Sue Davies

07944 744923

07803 582122

Senior Women - Track & Field

Marg Cherrington

Sue Davies

07944 744923

07803 582122

Junior Road and Cross Country

Sam Hale

Mark Fanthom

Track and Field Delegate

Cheryl Nock




Club Information : Address & Location (Inc. Map)

Tipton Sports Academy

Wednesbury Oak Road

Telephone 0121 502 5534 (Reception)

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Club Information : Overview


Since its formation in October 1910 the club has achieved many team successes, particularly in cross-country and road racing.

In the history of the club Jack Holden stands out as our most successful member and in a career lasting more than twenty five years his numerous achievements included Commonwealth and European titles.

Since the 1960's we have had the most successful mens club in Britain at cross-country and road relay racing and have represented England in the European Club Championships on several occasions over all surfaces.

In the same period, and without local facilities for track training, many have represented their country on the track.  These include Allan Rushmer, Andy Holden, Mike Kearns, Eddie Wedderburn, Tony Milovsorov, Pete Griffiths, Steve Emson, Geoff Eales and the late Bert Harbach.

Many of our young athletes have competed with distinction in the National Schools Championships and medal winners include, Steve Emson, Dave Watson, Dave Wilson, Germaine Francis, Luke Davis (who set an under 17's record of 10.44sec. for 100m in 1997) and Philip Nicholls.

Recently Martin Williams took part at both Commonwealth Games & European Championships at the Marathon.

Our Ladies section, formed in 1956/7 has gradually increased in membership and success acheived.  We are proud of the success at international level of one time members including Sandra Bentley, Sandra Lappage, Bev Hartigan and Marian Sutton.

Tipton can also claim four athletes who held national track records during their career with the club:

  • Jack Holden - World record for 30 miles
  • Ron Bentley - World record for 24 hours running
  • Mike Kearns - British record for 1500m
  • Steve Emson - British Universities record for 1500m


The facilities available to the club include

  • A new floodlit athletics stadium (Opened in December 1998) constructed to international standards with all-weather surfaces and provision for all track and field disciplines
  • A large sports hall which can be used for indoor training. This is particularly useful for winter conditioning work
  • Excellent modern changing facilities


Training takes place throughout the year on Tuesday & Thursday evenings (from 6pm) and on Sunday mornings.


A team of qualified coaches cater for track and field events, road running and cross-country running covering all recognised age groups.


Communication is, to a large extent acheived by word of mouth from the coaches and team managers but key information is displayed on club notice boards located in the corridors adjacent to the sports hall or on the club website.

Social Functions

A small team arrange a number of social functions and fundraising activities throughout the year and they are always open to suggestions from members.

Why not join?

Athletics is great fun if you enjoy being fit, and it's even more of a pleasure in the 'family' atmosphere that exists in Tipton Harriers. Whatever your present level of performance or your aspirations to improve, you will find kindred spirits at Tipton.

We are always in need of members who would like to progress as coaches, timekeepers, judges etc. and the club has a policy of funding training for these roles. If you want to be a supporter why not become an Associate Member?

To request an application form and details of present subscription rates please contact the Membership Secretary.