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!

Our club has been associated with YMCA Manchester throughout its history. YMCA Manchester proudly provide training and education and health and wellbeing programmes to young people and communities across Manchester and Salford.

You can find out more information on their work and local activities at ymcamanchester.org.uk.

Where we are

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

Y Club
Liverpool Road
M3 4JR

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

Races and Events

We have club championships in cross-country, fell, road and track disciplines - there are plenty of trophies and medals to be won! If you're after a London Marathon place, our club has one available each year, and participation in our club championships is the way to get it!

We host our own race each year, the Blackleach Country Park 5-mile Multi-Terrain race.

Manchester YMCA Harriers at Haigh Hall

Beyond that, our members take part in all manner of races, both at home and abroad. Take a look at our upcoming events to see where our members will be running!


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.


Our speedwork sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm, usually on the track at the Manchester Regional Athletics Arena.

Manchester YMCA Harriers at the Manchester Regional Athletics Arena track

Speedwork sessions are meant to be hard; you will need to push yourself, but you'll also get plenty of encouragement and support from everyone! We know that some people are faster than others, so our speed sessions are designed to be accessible to all abilities.

For more information on our speedwork sessions and the track, check out our speedwork sessions page and our upcoming events.

Group Runs

Our group runs take place every Thursday evening, starting from the Y Club at 6:30pm. We start the session with some dynamic stretching (a.k.a. "The Ministry of Silly Walks"), after which we head out for the run. We run a variety of routes and distances to keep things interesting, but we're normally back at the Y Club before 8:00pm.

Manchester YMCA Harriers on a group run

Our group runs are social affairs - nobody will get left behind! We may split up into different pace groups and amend our routes depending on who comes along; the faster groups will loop back frequently to come and say "Hello" to those bringing up the rear.

The Thursday night run is a great introduction to the club; if you're interested in joining us, come along to one of our group runs and give us a whirl! To see what routes we are running in the next few weeks, take a look at our upcoming events.

The Committee

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.

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, the club email accounts and our club Strava page.

Emma ElmerhebiClub Secretary

Emma Elmerhebi: Club Secretary

Emma's role as Club Secretary 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.

Heather HughesClub Treasurer

Heather Hughes: Club Treasurer

Heather'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.

Craig Jones and Sarah WilsonCaptains

Craig Jones and Sarah Wilson: Captains

Craig and Sarah are our leaders "on the pitch".

Their role as captains also involves planning the Thursday evening group run and acting as leaders for the session, as well as organising marathon training sessions and routes.

They deliver a monthly "Captain's Report" which is provided to the committee and an annual report at the Annual General Meeting.

The captains present awards at presentation evenings and decide upon the annual award for our "most improved runner" as well as the weightings for our Christmas handicap race.

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.

Jon has previously served as our Club Captain.

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.

Steph GoodchildCommittee Member

Steph Goodchild: Committee Member

Steph is a general committee member. She has previously served as the Club Treasurer for 10 years.

Steph likes to run silly distances over mountainous terrain; here's some of her adventures:

Hannah BrierleyCommittee Member

Hannah Brierley: Committee Member

Hannah is a general committee member. She has previously served as a Club Captain alongside Mark Griffiths.

Mark GriffithsCommittee Member

Mark Griffiths: Committee Member

Mark is a general committee member. He has previously served as a Club Captain alongside Hannah Brierley.

Richard BrailsfordCommittee Member

Richard Brailsford: Committee Member

Richard is a general committee member who looks after all of our kit requirements.

Sarah DonohoeCommittee Member

Sarah Donohoe: Committee Member

Sarah is a general committee member.

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.