Staffs Moorlands AC Summer Series 2022

Oakamoor Race:

We are extremely sorry to advise you that we have had to take the very difficult decision to move the Oakamoor race, due to take place on Thursday 30 June, to Wednesday 3 August. This is owing to the cricket club rearranging a home match on that night hence the move to a Wednesday to avoid future potential clashes with the cricket and football teams.

We fully understand the disappointment this will cause, especially for those who may be unable to make the rearranged date. We are currently working through details but, if you would like a partial refund on the race entry fee, please contact me through the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additionally, we are discussing the best way to handle the overall series results and will be considering various options. More information will be posted on our website and Facebook page in due course.

 

Ilam Race:

"For the Summer Series race at Ilam Park on 7th July, the National Trust's normal parking charges will apply, £4.50 cash only at the meter ( but free for National Trust members of course).

Please do not abuse this by parking along the drive into Ilam Park, nor on the public roads in the village which would inevitably cause congestion and inconvenience residents - otherwise, we are unlikely to be allowed to use this venue for any future races. There is ample room in the official car park at Ilam Park - please use it, and think of the parking charge as a donation to a worthy cause protecting our national heritage and countryside.

Also please respect this historic property and do not climb (or let anyone you are responsible for climb) on or over fences, walls, structures, etc whether during races or generally around the grounds, and obey any "keep off the grass" signs which may be displayed eg in the formal terraced garden area.

It's a great venue for a Summer Series race meeting, and we want to be welcomed back in the future!

Many thanks for your cooperation."

 

After COVID-19 put paid to our series in 2020 and 2021, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that Staffs Moorlands AC is hosting its ever-popular Summer Series which takes place at seven lovely venues in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The calendar being:

Date

Venue

Distance (approx)

9 June

Tittesworth Reservoir

4.6 miles

16 June

The Roaches

5.8 miles

23 June

No Race

 

30 June

No Race  

7 July

Ilam Hall

5.0 miles

14 July

Shutlingsloe

3.6 miles

21 July

Biddulph Grange

4.0 miles

28 July

Rudyard Lake

5.0 miles

3rd August Oakamoor 4.5 miles

After experiencing issues previously with our Buxton race (parking, sign-tampering, and cattle grazing), we decided to make some changes to our calendar for this year and drop from eight to seven races. This is also a reflection of the ever-increasing burden being placed on us to demonstrate that we are managing risks appropriately. We realise that losing races is disappointing and we would remind everyone that we put on these races for the benefit of the running community – our club only seeks to cover its costs during each series and any surplus is usually very modest. It should be borne in mind that organisation takes place on a best endeavours basis, being mindful of health and safety responsibilities, and trying to keep these events affordable for all. Errors can (and do!) occur at any event, in spite of all the planning we do, and please remember that runners enter at their own risk. Come rain or shine and whatever the ability of entrants, we are confident that runners will enjoy this fabulous series.

  

Venue Locations

If you need help finding where the races will be, have a look here.

 

Course Maps

Some maps for some of the courses can be found here

 

Senior Race Series

As a means of encouraging runners to join clubs and enter the whole series in advance, we have an attractive tariff and potential entrants can now pay for the whole programme at the following discounted rates*. This gives a paid-up entry to every race irrespective of how many races the runner wishes to participate in:

Electronic entries prior to 6 June (enter via this link: SportSoft Online Entries - User Login (race-results.co.uk))

Staffs Moorlands AC members -
Full Series:

£32 (before 6 June 2022)

£40 (no later than first race)

Other club members​​​ -
Full Series​:

£37 (before 6 June 2022)

£45 (no later than first race)

Non-club members​​​ -
Full Series: ​

£42 (before 6 June 2022)

£50 (no later than first race)

*There is a small fee to pay for the electronic entry facility.

We cannot guarantee being able to accept any full series entries after 6 June 2022. This is to reduce the burden on volunteers who have to collate and update paperwork. Runners will be unable to join Staffs Moorlands AC at race venues, this will need to be done in advance via the link here.

 

We shall verify club membership prior to the first race at Tittesworth where we shall distribute race numbers. Please note that the same race number stays with the individual throughout the series

For runners who choose not to enter the whole series, there will still be the facility to enter each race on an ad-hoc basis via the electronic entry portal by following this link SportSoft Entries & Results (race-results.co.uk) and the cost for each individual race will be*:

Members of SMAC -
Each Individual Race​:

£8 (before 6 June 2022)

£14 (after 6 June 2022)

Other club members - ​​​ Each Individual Race​:

£10 (before 6 June 2022)

£16 (after 6 June 2022)

Non-club members​​​ -
Each Individual Race​:

£12 (before 6 June 2022)

£18 (after 6 June 2022)

Please note that there will be a cut-off of two days prior to each race to allow us to update our paperwork and allocate race numbers which will have to be collected on the night of the race.

 

Senior races start at 7.15pm with the exception of the first race which may be delayed slightly to allow for the increased administration that night (distribution of numbers, etc).

The minimum age for seniors is 16 on the day of the first race (9 June 2022).

 

Junior Race Series

As a means of encouraging runners to join clubs and enter the whole series in advance, we have an attractive tariff and potential entrants can now pay for the whole programme at the following discounted rates*. This gives a paid-up entry to every race irrespective of how many races the runner wishes to participate in:

Electronic entries prior to 6 June (enter via this link: SportSoft Online Entries - User Login (race-results.co.uk))

 

 

Junior Staffs Moorlands AC members -
Full Series:
£18 (no later than first race)
Junior other club members​​​ -
Full Series​:
£22 (no later than first race)
Junior non-club members​​​ -
Full Series: ​ £24 (no later than first race)

 

*There is a small fee to pay for the electronic entry facility.

We shall verify club membership prior to the first race at Tittesworth where we shall distribute race numbers. Please note that the same race number stays with the individual throughout the series

For runners who choose not to enter the whole series, there will still be the facility to enter each race on an ad-hoc basis via the electronic entry portal by following this link SportSoft Entries & Results (race-results.co.uk) and the cost for each individual race will be*:

Junior Staffs Moorlands AC members -
Each Individual Race​:
£4 (before 6 June 2022)
Junior other club members​​​ -
Each Individual Race​:
£5 (before 6 June 2022)
Junior non-club members​​​ -
Each Individual Race​: ​ £6 (before 6 June 2022)

Please note that there will be a cut-off of two days prior to each race to allow us to update our paperwork and allocate race numbers which will have to be collected on the night of the race.

 

Juniors should be ready to race from 7.15pm (at some venues we set off the juniors before the seniors in which case the seniors’ start will be delayed slightly). Entries to the junior series will close on 6 June 2022.

 

The minimum age for juniors is 8 and they should be under 16 on the day of the first race (9 June 2022).

 

Commemorative T-Shirts

This year all runners entering the whole series, in advance of 6 June 2022, will receive a commemorative technical t-shirt which will be distributed immediately before the race at the last venue (Rudyard). We know that this is very much a departure from previous years but it will ensure that waste is reduced to the absolute minimum. When entering the series, it is very important that you state the correct t-shirt size as this is the fit that will be given to you and we cannot permit swaps when collecting garments (of course, runners can swap amongst themselves). Runners will need to be present or nominate someone else to collect on their behalf as we shall be unable to post them on.

 

Runners entering individual races will not qualify for a t-shirt, irrespective of how many races they enter – these will only be distributed to those who enter the whole series in advance of 6 June 2022.

 

Prizes

To qualify, runners must have completed any five of the seven races. Prizes will be awarded to the first three male and female runners over the whole series. First prizes will be awarded to runners in each age category unless they have already won an overall series prize for first, second, or third placed runner. We reserve the right to post out prizes during the week after the final event to enable us to make sure that all results are checked.

  

Fun Run (Mini Race)

There is a fun run at each race venue and these will start at 6.45pm. Entries to the fun run cost £2 for every competitor for each event and this is payable on the night and a chocolate, or similar, treat is provided for all finishers.

 

Helpers

Please contact the Club if you are able to help out at any of the races (marshalling, recording results, etc) – email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post Race

After each race, runners are invited to join us for a drink in a pub local to each race venue.

Please refer to our Facebook page: Staffordshire Moorlands AC – Events and Info for more up-to-date information and any changes to timings (you do not need to be registered with Facebook to view the page).

In addition, check out the Staffs Moorlands AC website which is here. If you wish to join our running club, especially to take advantage of cheaper race entry costs, information is here.

 

How to join SMAC

We welcome runners of all abilities and interests. We also welcome volunteers, who may like to help out with coaching and putting on races. Full support will be provided. Please visit our Membership pages for more details.

Coaching Sessions

If you are a member of Staffs Moorlands A.C. you are eligible to train at any of the organised sessions which are all run by England Athletics Qualified Coaches. Tuesday Night Birchall Track, Leek. 5.20pm Junior session, 6.30pm Seniors. See our Coaching pages for more details.

Our Races

SMAC is famous for putting on a series of races during the summer months and also a pre-Christmas event. Please follow the links to our Summer Series and Christmas Cracker race pages.

Kit

Kit can be ordered via email from the kit manager. There are more details on our Kit page. Kit is generally ordered on demand and there may be a lead time. You must wear club kit for team events.

Get In Touch

We'd love to hear from you. Our Contact pages have a variety of ways in which you can contact us.

Our Teams

Here at SMAC we have teams for the Juniors, Men and Ladies. There is also an active Veterans Team and a Fell Running Team. Please use the 'Teams' menu (found under the 'Run With Us' menu) to find more information.