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Holmfirth Harriers Centenary Page

100 Years: 1907 - 2007

Its our birthday! We will be 100 years old in October 2007. Come and celebrate with us. We have created a programme of lots of different kinds of events and activities to celebrate. We want to share the occasion with as many as possible - members, families, friends, colleagues and runners from past and present, from our own club and from other clubs who know us. Some, perhaps all, of them will be of interest and something you can share with us. Read on:

Please get in touch with us (see below) if you require any information about any of the planned events here in this section.

Holmfirth Harriers on BBC website:

Centenary Tie

Price £12.50

Available from Norman Berry tel: 01484 602922   Mob 07860 263677.
Or email Norman at norman.berry@burtonsafes.co.uk


Have you got yours?

All paid-up members are entitled to a Centenary Medal. If you have joined since September /October 2007 you will not have received a medal. Please now see Brian Heywood (665029) to obtain yours.

Other members, who have not yet claimed theirs, your name should be in the list adjacent to this notice and your medal in the box at Neiley Pavilion. Please take it and cross your name off the list.
Thank you.
Centenary Committee




Centenary Book


See How They Run
 The History of Holmfirth Harriers Athletic Club

By Graham Ellis, Norman Berry and John Buckingham

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A comprehensive, once-in-a lifetime record of the first 100 years of running with Holmfirth Harriers. From the very first meeting of a handful of like-minded young men in the Elephant & Castle pub, Holmfirth, to the 600-strong thriving athletics club that now enjoys a permanent base at Neiley.

Publication subsidised by Holmfirth Harriers AC and sponsors

Key features:

·        hardcover binding with photo montage on front and back covers

·        over 400 illustrations (including 183 colour images)

·        672 pages covering three periods: 1907-1986, 1986-1998 and 1999-present

·        details sourced from Club minute books, newspaper archives, committee reports, event programmes, and personal recollections

·        Foreword by Ashley Smith, current HHAC President


****  extra early-bird discountfor all members of Holmfirth Harriers AC
**** 100 advance copies available before Christmas (first come, first served)

A running story of mud, sweat and years
By Bill Bridge, Yorkshire Post

Centenary Run
9.30am 7th Oct 2007

On Sunday 7th October, 2007, Holmfirth Harriers recreated the club’s very first training run that took place almost 100 years to the day.

The Harriers’ attendance book lists 10 people as having taken part in that inaugural run on 5 th October 1907. Those present included the newly-appointed Club Captain John Turton and Vice Captain Herbert Earnshaw.

One hundred years on, over 200 members and friends of Holmfirth Harriers turned out to re-trace the footsteps of their predecessors. The sunny weather no doubt helped boost the turnout!

Two routes were available – the original route and a shorter version. Most (if not all) runners also entered into the spirit of the occasion and wore distinctive black T-shirts with a white ‘H’ on the front. These had been designed to recreate the original Holmfirth Harriers running kit.

For an account of this special centenary run, as viewed from the front of the field, click here.



The route differs slightly to that originally taken as there is now no public access across the old Bradshaw Road to the Wolfstone Heights field route and for road safety reasons through Netherthong village.

Start Elephant and Castle Inn to Woodhead Road, left by Toll House bookshop, right up Greenfield Road on right hand pavement, past Parkhead Lane and Ashgrove Road to end of pavement at last house, no 172.

Cross (with great care please) Greenfield Road and continue on left hand pavement past bus turning circle to sign for Booth House Gallery, at junction with Black Sike Lane and Newlands Lane.

Cross (with great care please) Greenfield Road and continue up Newlands Lane to 40m from brow of hill then turn left over unsigned stile and immediately half left over series of stiles to another lane.

Turn right, then right again down Dean Road to Wickens Lane (Upperthong). Turn left and then right after 50m down Back Lane for 350m to 2 nd left footpath sign along Holme Valley Circular Walk route to Netherthong village.

In Netherthong turn right down Towngate for 70m, then right down Broomy Lea Lane marked “footpath” and straight on down gap (as lane bears right) – down to the Oval in Netherfields Estate. Go down Netherfield Drive (follow as Tinker Cup course), left up Bridge Lane, then right over 1 st stile down to metal gate. At gate turn right (away from Tinker Cup course) past next gate to your left to stile in corner of field, down steps, down path, right onto lane leading down to main Huddersfield Road.

Turn right and continue on right hand pavement along to crossing at Victoria Street traffic lights in centre of Holmfirth. Cross at traffic lights (pelican) crossing, continue down main street and cross Victoria Street at next zebra crossing onto Hollowgate and back to Elephant and Castle.



Centenary Presentation Evening


Centenary Dinner




Contact Us / Get In Touch

Either fill in this form and click the 'celebrate 100 years' button, or send an email to Paula Gould.

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Thank you. With your help, this will indeed be a very special year



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Jacqueline France