We urgently need volunteers to help with the NSCCL Westwood race on 30th November. We need help before AND after the race.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:55
Christmas Cracker 2013
Written by Tony Rogers
Monday, 22 October 2012 11:21
2013 ‘Christmas Cracker’: Sunday 15th December
Important - we have been asked to pass on the following message from the Leek Moors SSSI managers. There is an outbreak of Phytophthora pseudosyringae in the area, which affects the local Bilberry plants. Please ensure that your shoes have no soil or plant debris prior to the race and also at the end of the race before leaving the site. They would also like all shoes to have been disinfected too ...
Race starts at 11:00 a.m. starting at Tittesworth Reservoir near Leek. The race is a challenging 8-mile, multi-terrain run over the Roaches. Two miles of it are along the exposed ridge at 1500 feet ridge. So by all means come in festive fancy dress but please dress for the weather. If severe weather threatens, you’ll still get the chance to give your fancy dress an outing, in a 5 mile race around Tittesworth Reservoir.
Please note that all entries are on the day. Entry fees are as follows: All runners (except for 'over 60s') £8.00. 'Over 60s' £5.00 Cheques to: "Staffs Moorlands AC".
In case of bad weather, the decision to allow the race to procede over The Roaches will be taken in conjunction with the mountain rescue team. If they say 'no', then the race will be around the reservoir as previously. This is an insurance requirement.
New for 2013 - Please note that dogs will not be permitted to accompany runners/walkers along the course. This follows on from concernes that were raised at earlier events.
Male & Female Individuals - monetary prizes
1st - £35
2nd - £25
3rd - £20
Men & Women (age categories) - monetary prizes
Over 40 - £15
Over 50 - £15
Over 60 - £15
Over 70 - £15
Bottle of wine for each person (1st team of 4 males & 1st team of 3 females).
Fancy Dress - prizes - bottle of wine for each person
Individual - 1st.
Group - 1st.
The ‘Ron Lucas’ awards for fancy dress costume will hopefully be judged by his family.
Congratulation to our winners:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 13:35
Race Report - Leek Half 2013
Written by The Administrator
Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:47
Leek Half Marathon Race Report
After a break in 2012, Leek Half Marathon successfully returned on Sunday 18 August with 244 runners having entered, including over 60 on the day itself. Weather conditions were good and bright with occasional sunshine and breeze which certainly suited the large number of spectators gathered expectantly in Brough Park.
The men’s race was neck and neck until just before the five mile point when Carl Moulton, from Boalloy running club, managed to pull clear of Gareth Briggs from Staffs Moorlands. In the end, Carl finished first in 1 hour 19mins and 37 seconds with Gareth completing the course in second place in 1:20:25. Robin Hope finished ninth in 1:26:06. In the ladies’ race, Moorlands’ own Kerry Marchant, after leading the field for much of the way, just missed out on victory by four seconds, finishing behind Gemma Barnett from Vale Royal AC in a time of 1:31:06. Other notable performances from local runners were Jenny Day, who took first prize in her veteran category LV35, Hannah Savage, completing her first race over the distance, coming second in the same category, Julian Brown second V45 and Stan Winterton second V65. Special mention goes to our youngest competitor, 17-year-old Frances Bromley, who finished in a very creditable 1:38:46.
Staffs Moorlands ladies, consisting of Kerry, Donna Burgess and Lucinda Stone, took the team prize. Other finishers, representing Staffs Moorlands, were Chris Green, Steve Corden, Gareth Knapper, John Green, Mike Turner, Andy Pointer, George Lamplough, Andy Baines-Davies and Mark Taylor.
Race director, Adrian Northcott, paid tribute to the efforts of all the volunteer helpers, whose duties ranged from marking out the course to marshalling and registering runners to recording results. Thanks also go to Staffs Police, St Johns, SMDC, local Scouts, F Ball and Co and Salt Brothers Builders from Leek.
More information and race entry details can be found here.
Email queries to
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 Friday, 09 August 2013 08:56
Summer Series 2013 - Information and Entry Forms
Written by Tony Rogers
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:14
Summer Series 2013 Information
The provisional final results (if you see what I mean) are now available. I will update them with race times shortly.
Please note that Vet and Age category prizes do not necessarily tally with Ranking positions because in the case where a Vet took an open prize, their Vet prize was passed down the chain of Vets in the same age group, in order to spread the prizes around a bit more.
If you have any questions, please EMAIL
Many thanks to all our helpers, officials and organisers. Many thanks to all the athletes for entering. Without you ...
See you next time (probably).
Please note that we no longer run these races under the UKA rules. Enough is enough ... We now affiliate to "The Association of Running Clubs". 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.
In light of the confusion over the Oakamoor route, we have decided to make the series best 6 of 9 races for the seniors only. This is so that those who were disadvantaged have another shot at the championship, whilst those that had a good night can still count the result.
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.
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.