About us

The Manchester YMCA Harriers were established in 1882. We are one of the oldest running clubs in the UK, if not the world!

Where we are

Y Club
Liverpool Road
Castlefield
Manchester
M3 4JR

The club is based at the Y Club in Manchester city centre.

The Y Club is conveniently located; it is just a five minute walk from the Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop.

Races and Events

The club encourages our members to participate in a diverse range of events throughout the year. We take part in numerous cross-country, fell, road and track races through our club championships; we particularly enjoy competing in relay races and team events.

We host our own race each year, the Blackleach Country Park 5-mile Multi-Terrain race. We are proud that this race is a part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix.

Please see our upcoming events for full details of the races and events that we will be taking part in.

Training

We hold speedwork sessions every Tuesday evening and group runs every Thursday evening. We also hold marathon training sessions on Sunday mornings in the build up to the spring marathon season.

Speedwork

Our speedwork sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at 6:45pm. The normal venue for our speedwork sessions is on the track at the Manchester Regional Athletics Arena, however we sometimes hold an alternative speedwork session from the Y Club when there is a clash with a football match or other large event at the Etihad Stadium. We will keep our upcoming events calendar up to date with the correct time and venue for each session.

Manchester Regional Athletics Arena

Manchester Regional Athletics Arena
Sportcity
Manchester
M11 3FF

The Manchester Regional Athletics Arena is located next to the Etihad Campus tram stop, with frequent tram services to and from the city centre. Free car parking spaces are also available.

Group Runs

Our group runs take place every Thursday evening, starting from the Y Club at 6:30pm. Our group runs are typically around 7 miles in distance and we run a variety of routes to keep things interesting! We split into groups based on ability; the faster groups loop back frequently so that nobody gets left behind.

The Committee

Archive photo of a Manchester YMCA Harriers Committee meeting

The Manchester YMCA Harriers Committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the club and making decisions that will affect the future of the club.

Everybody on the committee is a volunteer who gives their time freely for the benefit of the club and its members.

If you are interested in joining the committee, there are a couple of positions available. Please speak to a current member of the committee for more information.

Committee Members

Chris MarchClub President

Chris March: Club President

Chris's role as Club President involves chairing committee and general meetings, making a speech at the club's Annual General Meeting and organising trophies for presentation evenings.

Chris is also behind the design of this website, keeping it running and up to date, managing the manyharrier.co.uk domain name, the club email accounts and our club Strava page.

Steph GoodchildClub Treasurer

Steph Goodchild: Club Treasurer

Steph's role as Club Treasurer involves managing the club's bank account, maintaining a cash book and producing income and expenditure reports for general club activities and our Blackleach race. Her role also involves producing and delivering an annual statement and report for the club's Annual General Meeting.

VacancyClub Secretary

Vacancy: Club Secretary

The Club Secretary role involves registering club members with England Athletics and managing the membership of the club. The Club Secretary is also responsible for administrative tasks around committee meetings and the Club's Annual General Meeting, including the collation of agendas, the recording of minutes and distributing these as required.

Jon ParamorRace Entries Secretary

Jon Paramor: Race Entries Secretary

Jon's role as Race Entries Secretary involves collating the club's entry for the Manchester Area Cross Country League, the South East Lancs Cross Country League, the Greater Manchester, Northern and National Cross Country Championships and applicable races in the club's summer Road Championship. Jon collects entry money and distributes race numbers.

Jon is heavily involved in the organisation of our Blackleach Country Park race.

Jon also attends the Manchester Area Cross Country League and South East Lancs Cross Country League Annual General Meetings on the club's behalf.

David AshtonCommittee Member

David Ashton: Committee Member

David is a veteran runner who is particularly passionate and knowledgeable about fell running. You can read more (much more!) about David's running pedigree in the series of blog posts he has written:

Beyond general committee business, David is heavily involved in the organisation of our Blackleach Country Park race and he represents the club at the Manchester Area Cross Country League and South East Lancs Cross Country League Annual General Meetings.

Club Rules

Our club rules are fairly lengthy, but they can be summarised as follows:

  • Anybody is welcome to be a member of our club, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious preference or ability;
  • Our club exists to further the development of running, at all levels, and to provide opportunities for recreation and competition; and
  • Our club operates fairly, transparently and on a democratic basis.