127 miles – Leeds to Liverpool Canal – Done!

A superb team effort from the boys taking on the extreme challenge of running the length of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal from Thursday June 10th to Saturday June 12th. This was a phenomenal effort on a tough fundraising event and their efforts raised thousands towards the restoration of the club’s running track in Rimrose Valley. A few injuries along the way but a lifetime of memories. Well done all who took part - you should be immensely proud of your achievements.

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96 Charity Event – Chaffers Running Track

A sea of red and blue took over the running track on Saturday 22nd May. The annual Run for the 96 was a little different this year due to Covid restrictions but a superb turnout out the Marsh Lane Harriers track gave the event the colour and energy it deserves. Well done to all the team involved in organising the event and thank you to every one who took part.  

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Community comes together to raise £50,000

John Carragher and Michael Powell  raised more than £50,000 to go towards refurbishing the running track at Rimrose Valley. John and Michael took on a test of physical and mental endurance by running four miles every four hours for seven days - a total of 168 miles. It ended with tired bodies and minds but an immense amount of pride and an exceptional amount of money raised by John and Michael  during the event which started on Friday 23rd April at 8pm and finished at 4pm on Friday 30th April. The community really came to the fore to support the boys on this extraordinary challenge with many runners joining on each leg of the challenge to help with motivation and encouragement. Local celebrities also turned out in force at different times of the week. These included John’s brother, former Liverpool footballer turned Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher (pictured) and another past red, Stephen Warnock who is also a member of the Marsh Lane Harriers with some big personal running goals himself this year.  Robbie Fowler surprised the team by turning up to a midnight run, while boxer Callum Smith, MMA fighter Paddy ’The Baddy’ Pimblett and former Everton midfielder Jose Baxter also joined runs to show their support for the cause. Chairman John Carragher said: “We are delighted to hit our £50k target but the work is only starting now as we will do everything we can to fully restore the running track and provide exceptional facilities for everyone to use. “It was a really tough challenge to keep going every 4 hours but to know we had the support of everyone in the community -  and we could see how much money we were raising - really kept us motivated and energised. Club Coach Michael Powell said: “We are absolutely blown away by the support. We can see the track becoming even more important this summer as the lockdown restrictions are eased and to know that we are in a position to keep improving the facilities makes us very proud. "We were thrilled with how many people came out to support us on each run. It was crazy really that people would get out of bed to come along to do 4 miles at 4am. It really kept us going and I don’t think we could have done it without this amazing support.” Donations are still being accepted as plans continue for the development of the area.

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8 years old and 2.2 miles every 2 hours for 24 hours

What a perfomance from young Jude! Eight year old Jude Bretherton ran 2.2 miles, every 2 hours for 24 hours on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Jude raised just over £1500 towards the restoration of the Chaffers running track at Rimrose Valley. The 24 hour event started on Good Friday, April 2nd, at 4pm and finished just after 2pm on Easter Saturday with the total miles reaching 26.4 – more than a marathon. Jude is a junior member of the Marsh Lane Harriers. Jude said: “Because of Covid all my sports have been stopped. Since joining the Harriers it’s become my new hobby and allowed me to enjoy a sport with my dad and make my own targets. “I did this because the Harriers have supported me through this lockdown and I wanted to give them something back.” Jude’s dad Graham Bretherton said: “We are so proud of everything Jude has achieved. The event was a tough task for him – and me – but he was so determined to get it done and the immense support he received from his family and the Harriers really helped to carry him through. “Jude’s always been on the go and I didn’t want him losing that energy he has. He’s really surprised me with how he’s taken to running and proud is an understatement. “The Harrier community and environment towards his running, along with massive support from the coach Michael Powell and Chairman John Carragher, has been key to him loving it so much.” Marsh Lane Harriers coach Michael Powell said: “Everyone at the Harriers has been really impressed with Jude’s progress as a runner.  When he offered to help raise funds for the track we were thrilled. He’s done so well. To keep going every couple of hours is some achievement. “The amount of money he raised is really fantastic and his family must be so proud of him. We are delighted to have such an impressive young man as part of the club.”

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100 miles – We applaud you James Meadows

What a fantastic achievement by James Meadows. 100 miles completed in 19 hours and 22 minutes. James is part of a team of runners from across the UK who each run in memory of Colin McGinty who was fatally stabbed in March 2001. James began the run yesterday evening in aid of raising awareness for #kNOwKnifeCrime - a campaign to make the general public aware of the long-term traumatic effects of knife crime in the hope of deterring people from carrying a knife. John Carragher, MLH Chairman said: “This effort is unbelievable. What a run and what a great cause to do it for. We are incredibly proud of James. A true Harrier legend." James ran from Aintree to Burscough and back 4 times throughout the night - a 25 mile round trip - and had huge support along the way from friends, family and of course the Harriers as he completed this 100 mile ultra. James said: "That event was the best thing I've done, beats ironman, beats a race win & the reason is because of the support of everyone, nothing can surpass that feeling of doing stuff you enjoy & having the support of everyone, crowds of people being there throughout & tons of messages on social media afterwards. "The MLH have helped make a huge difference with the #knowknifecrime campaign, helped give Colin's family a huge pick me up (which they really needed) & you've given me so much to look back on in years to come." View James’s run here on Strava. This really is something else. https://www.strava.com/activities/5055189067  

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MLH coming to the Leg It Podcast

The Marsh Lane Harriers will soon be appearing on the wonderful Leg It podcast hosted by Andy Grant and Tom Wickstead. The interview has been recorded and covers a wide range of topics about the clubs development, future plans and the huge project to regenerate the Chaffers running track at Rimrose Valley to create a community hub for health, fitness and mental wellbeing. Chairman John Carragher said: "We were delighted to be asked to take part in the show. As a club we are huge fans of the podcast and it was a wonderful experience to speak about the MLH to Andy and Tom. They showed great interest in our club and their support is greatly appreciated." Coach Powell said: "The Podcast is one of our favourites and we really loved the recent episode listening to the story of Rob Pope who recreated the Forrest Gump run by running across America 5 times. 15600 miles in 422 days is some achievement!" 3rd February 2021 marked 12 years since former Royal Marine Andy Grant was blown up in Afghanistan consequently facing life as an amputee. Since that date, he's achieved incredible success - becoming the world's fastest single leg amputee over 10km, climbed various mountains both literally and mentally. The Leg it Podcast showcases some of the people Andy has met during these 10 years - both in the public eye and not. Andy is joined by Tom Wickstead where they talk to these individuals and understand their stories. Check out The Leg It Podcast here or download episodes from your favourite podcast provider. https://thelegitpodcast.libsyn.com/ The Marsh Lane Harriers story will appear on the podcast soon and we'll publish further information and a link on this website soon.      

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MLH is now affiliated by England Athletics

Marsh Lane Harriers have taken a huge leap forward as a club with the affiliation and acceptance into England Athletics. The MLH continues to grow from strength to strength and now has more than 200 members. Affiliation with England Athletics establishes the club even further and gives an additional platform on which to build the club in the coming months and years. Coach Powell said: "We were delighted to hear that affiliation with England Athletics had been approved. We've grown so quickly as a club and it continues to snowball. It's such an exciting time and we are really looking forward to events starting again and seeing our members enter races with the additional backing and support of England Athletics." England Athletics membership gives numerous benefits to its members including: > Discounts on events and merchandise > Access to a coaching and athlete development team > Competitions and events > Promotion through the England Athletics marketing hub

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In the news: Mersey Sport Live

It's always great to see the Marsh Lane Harriers in the news. MerseySport Live recently provided a fantastic write up about the MLH fundraising activity to turn the 'Chaffers' running track at Rimrose Valley into one of Liverpool's top spots for running. It's a fabulous write up looking at the track, charity events and UK Athletics affiliation. Check it out on the link below. https://merseysportlive.co.uk/2021/02/16/marsh-lane-harriers-begin-fundraising-for-chaffers-running-track/  

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