Many thanks to all the helpers, organisers, spectators and runners. Without you ... Please email all questions, issues etc. to the address below.
There will only be 9 races this year, due to problems with venues and finding enough Race Directors. Series pre-entry prices have been adjusted accordingly.
All entries are 'on the day'. Please feel free to fill out entry forms in advance, but please do not send them in.
Juniors must run in the correct category for their age. They must be at least 11 years old on the date of the first race. The race calculation will automatically delete them from the results if they are too young.
Don't forget to retain your number for each race in the series. You need to check in each race, but please do not fill out another race entry form.
All questions and queries re. the Summer Series should be addressed to
We will only have 'entries on the night' to keep things simple.
There will be 9 races, weekly from the first event, with one week's break.
All races start at 7.15pm except for Tittesworth and Shutlingsloe, which start at 7.30pm. Junior races and Fun Run race order varies by venue and at the discretion of the race organiser.
SMAC members must be 'paid up' in order to qualify for the 'club rate' entry fee. You will be asked to pay the 'unaffiliated' rate if the Membership Secretary has not received your subs by the first race.
Non-SMAC runners must produce their current Club Membership card in order to qualify for the 'affiliated' rate. If you cannot do this, you will be asked to pay the 'unaffiliated' rate.
We would like to hear from volunteers who would be willing to help the 'Race Finishers'. Please contact
if you can help.
More information and race entry details can be found here.
Leek Half Marathon (sponsored by F Ball & Co)
After a rest last year, Leek Half Marathon returns reinvigorated for 2013, which will see the 27th running of the event. We have listened to feedback this year and have brought forward the starting time to .
The race is generously sponsored again by F Ball & Co, based in Cheddleton (http://www.f-ball.co.uk/) and the UK’s leading manufacturer of flooring adhesive and floor preparation products for the contact flooring industry.
The course starts in the lovely surroundings of Leek’s BroughPark before heading out past the remnants of Dieulacres Abbey at Abbey Green and onto the village of Meerbrook. Runners then cross the bridge over Tittesworth Reservoir with a slight uphill to the Three Horseshoes Inn at Blackshaw Moor. From there, it is a left hand turn on the main Leek-Buxton road for less than half a mile, which is coned and taped off for runners’ safety, and another left turn to Upperhulme. The road then climbs for a couple of miles with respite from time to time. This is the toughest part but occasional glances to the left give fabulous views of the Staffordshire Moorlands countryside as a reward. At Roache Grange, the fastest part of the course beckons with descent for several miles before reaching Meerbrook again and back to BroughPark via Abbey Green. Most of the route is on quiet country lanes with markers every mile.
Drinks stations are at 3, 6, and 9 miles and also at the finish.
Runner’s World readers gave it a total overall score of 89% with 96% saying they would do it again and scenery scored an impressive 94%.
Entries are limited to 500. The cost is £12 to club runners and £14 to others if the entry is received on or before 5 August. Entries received by this date will be guaranteed a t-shirt – this is to minimise cost through reduced wastage and enable us to offer a great race for a very reasonable price. Entries can be made afterwards, including on race day (assuming the 500 limit has not been reached) and the cost is reduced slightly to reflect the fact that t-shirts will not be available. The cost after 5 August is £11 (club runner) or £13 (unattached runner). For those entering early, t-shirt sizes should be specified on the entry. Electronic entry is preferred as it is easier for everyone (there is a very small charge for applying via this route but is good value considering there is no need for stamps, stationery and physically posting). The direct link is here: http://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=1315
There is lots of free parking at the leisure centre or at California Car Park on Vicarage Road. The latter car park is only 200 metres from the leisure centre and 400 metres from the start. See http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/leek/ for more car parks.
After the race
There is a café in the leisure centre to replenish your reserves but why not head into Leek town centre as well? There is a good selection of quaint cafés and excellent public houses serving food such as Den Engel (Belgian bar), The Roebuck (Titanic Brewery), Cock Inn (Joules Brewery) and Blue Mugge (free house) to name a few within 5 minutes’ walk from the leisure centre – the traders would love to see you! You can also see the “Monument”, a magnificent structure which is perhaps the finest and certainly the tallest war memorial in the country and simply relax with a stroll around the town…
About our club
We are Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club, a well-established organisation based in Leek with a membership list spanning all age ranges from juniors to veterans. We host numerous races including the Summer Series, which is a succession of races starting on the last Thursday in May or first Thursday in June (check the website) running until early August and which attracts runners of all abilities and ages. We also host regular informal training sessions each week. For more information visit http://www.staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk/
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:08
Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club
Written by Tony Rogers
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 10:17
Welcome to the website of Staffordshire Moorlands AC
Whether you are a seasoned runner or are just starting out, Staffs Moorlands has something for you. The Club is based at Leek in Staffordshire in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands. It is set in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and draws its membership from the surrounding area as well as nearby Stoke On Trent and Buxton.
The club members take part in races both locally and throughout the country, including the London marathon and the Great North Run. Some members take part in races abroad, including the Reims half marathon in France and the Amsterdam races in Holland, as well as fell world championships and other races.
The club has very active adult mens, ladies and junior sections. Staffs Moorlands trains at both Leek and at Northwood Stadium at Stoke on Trent. For Junior details see our Junior page.
Dear Member of Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club,
1) We are currently short of someone to fill the post of Men's Team Manager. If you feel that you could contribute to this role then we would be very happy to hear from you.
The role mainly involves selecting and entering the male members of the club in the various competitions that we enter, and to liaise with the coaching team to try to improve the team's performance in competition.
2) We are always looking at how we can strengthen the coaching team, and if you were thinking about helping out the existing coaches we would be delighted to hear from you. If you just want to 'help out', then just turn up to our main coaching session at Birchall on a Tuesday evening, and you will be welcomed.
On the other hand, if you feel that you would like to formally become a coach at whatever level, then we are prepared to to pay for approved coaching courses on the understanding that you would coach for the club in return.
If you are interested in this, we can provide more details about what is involved on request.
3) We are trying to put together a club publicity package to help recruit more members who are the lifeblood of the club, and essential to help run it as well as to run/compete for us. If you feel that you have any ideas that could help with recruitment or are in a position to directly help with this, please get in touch.
We would welcome ideas about alternatives to the usual club offerings in order to make the club more interesting to a wider group of people.
Contact details: If you feel that you can help with any of the above, or simple have suggestions that would help us with these activities, please contact the club at