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Summer Series 2014 - Information and Entry Forms
Written by Tony Rogers   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:09

Summer Series 2014 Information


The Rudyard Results are out. Please email e&o to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Final Overall Rankings have now been calculated. See the 'Hot Links' menu on the LHS to see them.

 We will enter the race times in due course.

Some people are still filling out new forms for each race and effectively re-entering the series. If you wish your results to count, you must keep your original number.

The Summer Series pages including the results for all the races for this and previous years can be found by following the 'Summer Series' links in the 'Hot Links' menu at the left hand side of the site. Just follow through to the page you are looking for. Some of the pages will also appear in the 'Latest News' section at the top of the front page.

Technical T-shirt clarification

It is not possible to buy a T-shirt or 'technical top' outright. You must run 7 races for a T-shirt (with possible £5 upgrade to a technical top), or 9 races to win a technical top (with no extra fee required).


Technical tops upgrades are NOT available for Fun Run competitors, though they will qualify for one by completing all the races.

The standard position is that if you run 7 or more races, you will qualify for a cotton top, and if you run all 9 races you will get a technical top. If you run all 9 races, you do not get a cotton T-shirt too.

Would everyone who has paid their £5 'upgrade' fee for the tech-top please make themselves known at the next sign-on. Many thanks.


Governing Rules

Please note that we no longer run these races under the UKA rules ... We now affiliate to "The Association of Running Clubs".



Info and location maps can be downloaded here.

Please email all questions, issues etc. to the address below.


  1. Again 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There will be the possibility of upgrading the T-shirt to a so-called 'technical' shirt, which will be of a nice wicking material which we hope you can wear as you run and train, rather than just use for the gardening (you wouldn't!).
  4. Presentation after final race - There will be a wedding 'do' at the Rudyard Hotel at the weekend after our race, and the hotel is unable to offer us a room for the presentation as usual. We looked at moving the race to the following week and discovered yet another wedding! We even looked at alternative venues for the presentaion, but ruled them out for varing reasons. The hotel will provide us with a gazebo for the presentation in the garden, but not a guarantee of good weather. Please bring coats and brollys, just in case.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We will be encouraging on-line entries this time around to avoid form filling on the night. We will not be collecting fees online,  but getting the paper work out of the way saves a lot of effort both on the night and also for the results processing.

Online entry is now available.

Please pre-enter the races here.

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.


Please note:

  • 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.


The schedule of races is as follows:

Venue Sat Nav / Info
29/05/2014 Tittesworth Water ST13 8SN - nearby Lazy Trout public house
05/06/2014 Wetton  
12/06/2014 Oakamoor  
19/06/2014 Buxton  
26/06/2014 Roaches  


 7.30pm start - Bring fly repellent - Industrial grade!
10/07/2014 Ipstones  New Venue - Details to be provided
17/07/2014 Biddulph  
24/07/2014 Rudyard  Presentation


We would like to hear from volunteers who would be willing to help the 'Race Finishers'. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 21:11
Leek Half 2014
Written by Tony Rogers   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 16:54


Leek Half Marathon (sponsored by F Ball & Co)

After successfully returning last year, following a break in 2012, Leek Half Marathon is again being staged on 17 August 2014 marking the 28th running of the event.

Our sponsors

We are proud to announce that the race is generously sponsored again by F Ball & Co, based in Cheddleton ( ball-cropped and the UK’s leading manufacturer of flooring adhesive and floor preparation products for the contact flooring industry.

The course

The course starts in the lovely surroundings of Leek’s Brough Park 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 Brough Park 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%.

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Entries are limited to 500. The cost is £12 to club runners and £14 to others if the entry is received on or before 4 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 4 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 printing, stationery, stamps and physically posting). The direct link is here:

The traditional entry form can be accessed here:

There is a time limit of 3 hours and 30 minutes which is stipulated to be fair to volunteer marshals and helpers.

Race numbers

This year we will not be posting out numbers so they will need to be collected on race day from our temporary race day office in Brough Park Leisure Centre from 9am onwards. The leisure centre is only 200 metres from the start. The leisure centre is just off Fowlchurch Road, Leek with the post code being ST13 6AT (website:

Car parking

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 for more car parks.

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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 the tallest war memorial and clock tower in the country, and simply relax with a stroll around the town…

About our club

We are Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club, a well-established, friendly 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

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 17:03
2014 Presentation Evening
Written by Tony Rogers   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:19

This year it's on Friday 25th April at Leek Cricket Club.

Please arrive 19:00 for 19:30.

Pie and peas.

Prices the same as last year which were £6 and £4 for children under 10, this includes the Pie & Peas (paying on the door).

Can you please let Lauren know if your coming and how many, so meals can be ordered (veggies please make me aware). If you turn up on the night without telling us meals may not be available for you.

Contact Lauren on 07801 491799 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Any raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated.

Please make the effort to come.

Any suggestions for the evening and offers of help would be GREATLY appreciated by the small team organising it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:42
Ladies' Night - Monday Coaching
Written by Tony Rogers   
Monday, 13 January 2014 16:42
Monday evening running for women at Birchall running track is starting again on Monday 13th January.

Jill and Maria from Staffordshire Moorlands Athletic club will be offering a 10 week course for those women who would like to start running, and maybe train up to do the Cancer Research Race for Life 5k later in the year, and also for those who would like some coaching to get up to 10k or Half Marathon distance.  The course is open to all women over 16 years and will take place at Birchall running track in Leek for an hour from 6pm, starting on Monday 13th January.

As Jill explains: “ this course is open to any female – young or old – who would like to start jogging or improve their running. It’s a great way to get fit and have some fresh air during the winter evenings and make new friends.”

Places will be limited and there will be a charge of £6 for the course to go towards the cost of the floodlights at Birchall. To book a place or find out more please ring Jill on 01538 382239 or turn up at 6pm on 13th January.
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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:50
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