Birchfield Harriers

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Birchfield Harriers' badge on Perry Barr Stadium

Birchfield Harriers is an athletics club, founded in 1877. Its home is at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, England.

As well as welcoming recreational runners they cater for all levels of experience up to and including Olympic athletes whether able-bodied or wheelchair-using athletes.

The Club's motto is Fleet and Free.

History[edit]

The Harriers were named after the Birchfield district of Birmingham,[1] their previous home (from 1929-77[1]), at nearby Perry Barr, was Alexander Sports Ground.[1] It still carries their badge, a running stag, rendered in this case in Art Deco style, carved in 1929 and attributed to William Bloye.[2] Both venues were named for members of the Alexander family, who were prominent members of the club.[1]

Tom McCook, a former athlete and club chairman, was the club's President from 2010 until standing down at the end of 2012.[3]

Honours[edit]

Athletes at the club[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Alexander, William O; Morgan, Wilfred (1988). The History of Birchfield Harriers 1877-1988. Birchfield Harriers. ISBN 0-9514082-0-8. 
  • Rogers, Gareth; Morgan, Wilfred; McCook, Tom (2005). Fleet and Free — A History of Birchfield Harriers Athletic Club. Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-3523-X. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Alexander, William O; Morgan, Wilfred (1988). The History of Birchfield Harriers 1877-1988. Birchfield Harriers. ISBN 0-9514082-0-8. 
  2. ^ Public Sculpture of Birmingham, George T. Noszlopy, Liverpool University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-85323-682-8
  3. ^ "Devoted to his sport and club for 45 years". Great Barr Observer. 2013-01-04. p. 4. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56070. pp. 9–12. 11 July 2008.
  5. ^ Savvas, Christina (2010-12-31). "Birchfield Harriers coach Norma Blaine receives an MBE for her services to athletics". Birmingham Mail (MIN). Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Stuart, Julia (20 April 2004). "Athletics: 50 years ago, Roger Bannister became a sporting legend with his four-minute mile. Why is his female equivalent just seen as an also-ran?". The Independent (London). 
  7. ^ "Peter Radford". Hall of Fame. UK Athletics. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Philpotts, Chris (8 October 2010). "Pub runs with hero's reputation for unexpected triumphs". Great Barr Observer (Birmingham: Central Independent News & Media Ltd.). pp. 4–5. 

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