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Frequently asked questions

Which competitions do the Club enter?

Wrekin Harriers enter the Shropshire Young Athletes League Track and Field competitions, which are over four Thursday evening competitions held during the Summer. 

The Shropshire County Track and Field Championships are open meetings for Shropshire athletes, parents enter their children into the events and pay for the individual entry fees.

 

We also enter the Shropshire Young Athletes Cross Country League during the winter, there are four SYAL league competitions from September to December. Parents whose children do not train regularly at the club will be asked to pay £5 competition entry fee for the League. County Competitions are ‘pay to enter’ 

 

Wrekin Harriers enter teams into the Shropshire County Cross Country Championships in January.

In April there is a U11 County Cross Country championships 

 

We do not want parents to use the club solely for competition purposes. Children will benefit from training with their teammates and making friendships away from school. It is therefore important that children attend regular training sessions to feel part of the club. The club need parents financial support via booking sessions to help fund 

hiring facilities for training purposes, pay for Shropshire Athletics association affiliation fees for cross country and track and field, buy training equipment, fund coaching courses and pay for England club affiliation fees.

What training sessions are offered at Wrekin Harriers club?

We currently have three training sessions a week, but only require athletes to train once or twice a week. Our current training sessions are October 2023

 

Saturday morning 9-10am – currently at Apley Woods

(during the spring and summer the Saturday morning session is held at Wrekin College, Wellington)

Sunday mornings 10-11am – at Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury

Tuesday evenings 6-7pm – currently at Apley Woods and surrounding estate. (during the spring and summer the Tuesday evening session will be at Wrekin College, Wellington)

 

Please note our training sessions move to other locations dependant on the season. The Tuesday evenings move from Wrekin College fields to road runs during the darker winter evenings. We organise runs at different venues for a variety of training during the cross country season. We sometimes do runs at Haughmond Hill, or Gaskill fields, Much Wenlock. 

How much is the membership?

U11’s Annual membership is £20. Under 11’s category are athletes who are under 11 on the 31st August in the current year.

U13’s Annual membership is £37 (2022-2023) includes England Athletics athlete affiliation fee

U15’s Annual membership is £37 (2022-2023) includes England Athletics athlete affiliation fee

U17’s Annual membership is £37 (2022-2023) includes England Athletics athlete affiliation fee

 

The England Athletics affiliation fee ensures athletes are insured to compete in UKA competitions. Larger competition organisers will not permit athletes to compete if they are not EA registered.

 

What other initial costs are involved with joining Wrekin Harriers

To compete for Wrekin Harriers your child will require an athletics vest.

The cost of the vests vary between size required. (£16.50-£18.50)

We have an option to purchase a training t-shirt  (£15-£18) and a Hoodie (£22.50), Wrekin Jackets start at (£29.50)

Can I get involved in organisation and volunteering for the club?

Yes there are several ways in which to help at club level. We do encourage parents to be involved in training sessions by helping to marshal the course during cross country season and by helping rake the sand pit or help with timing athletes during the track season. 

If you would like to be a qualified Official and help at Track and Field meetings please ask us for more information.

 

Maybe you would like to be come a coach. There is a set coaching pathway set by England Athletics. From Athletics Leader, Coaching Assistant to Athletics coach. Please ask for more information.

At what age can my child compete in competitions?

For most competitions, the minimum allowable age in the U11 age group is 9 years old (from their 9th birthday for Track and Field competitions) but school year 5 in Shropshire Cross Country Competitions. The age limit is lower for junior fell races.

What is the youngest age I can train or join?

Wrekin Harriers run funetics courses for children aged 4-9 years. Children do not need to be club members to register for the Funetics courses.

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