Sunderland Harriers & AC.
Formed in 1897 and over the past century have promoted the sport of Athletics throughout the NE of England and beyond.
During this time the club has achieved success at national level at road running and cross country over a wide range of age groups.
Prospective members of all abilities are welcome to join Sunderland Harriers from the age of nine years-old. The club provides coaching, facilities and opportunities for all members to participate in athletics and improve their performance.
ECCA English National XC Champs 2015,
Parliament Hill, London
Saturday 21st Feb 2015
Essential travel information for those going down to London for this weekends 'National XC Champs'
We have 20 athletes travelling down to London this weekend to compete in the U13 girls, U17 boys, Snr Women and Senior Men's races over the testing Parliament Hill fields section of Hampstead Heath down in London.
Hopefully, the weather will be the same as it was when we last visited the capital for this race in 2012 when we were met with glorious sunshine, clear blue skies and a perfect view out over the City skyline.
Whilst some of you may be travelling down by car, coach or train, the rest of us will be climbing aboard 'Captain Savage's Party bus' once more and will be leaving from Silksworth Sports Complex at 3pm on Friday afternoon.
The plan is to travel down to Stevenage for an overnight stop before resuming the journey into London on Saturday morning to arrive in plenty of time for registration and our first competitive action of the day with the U13 girls race at 12.15pm.
We will then return back to Sunderland on the Saturday night following the completion of the Senior Mens race.
If you are making your own way down there, then the following info from the ECCA website may be useful for you....
NEHL #5 The Pastures,
Sat 28th February 2015
The penultimate event in this seasons Harrier League XC series is up at the popular Pastures course venue in the shadow of the imposing Alnwick Castle.
The meeting will start at 12.15 with the Under 11 Boys, followed by the U11 Girls at 12.20 racing over the shortened route, the remainder of the racing schedule will remain the same, finishing with the Snr and Veteran men (3x laps of the 1.8 mile course) at 2.15pm.
Remember, though that parking along the access roads close to the course can be tricky, so try to arrive in plenty of time and use the plentiful parking facilities of the Alnwick Gardens approx 80mm away..
This year, the club has produced it's handy kit bag guide for every club member to keep, showing the dates, times and locations of all this seasons XC events. If you have not been given one yet, then please ask for one from any of the club coaching team.
Additionally the website now has pages for each individual event, so there should be no excuses not to have a go!
The Royal Signals Relay Races 2015,
Hetton Lyons Park
Saturday 14th February 2015
It was another satisfying day overall at Saturdays Royal Signals Relay Races, held over the fast 2.2 mile circuit of Hetton Lyons Park.
The Royal Bluse had two Snr Mens teams finish in the top 10, their veteran over-50 team finished second in their event to take the Silver medal and the over-40s picked up the Bronze in 3rd place.
In the Senior Men's race, Nathan Reed realised his potential by dipping below the barrier for the first time on the opening leg, finishing sixth with his 10.58 clocking for the ninth best time of the day.
Liam Roarty (12.12) passed Durham to move up one place to fifth, debutant Tony Noble (11.51), a late replacement for an injured Kevin Jeffress, slipped to seventh before Craig Isherwood (11.27) climbed to fifth. Before Steve Rankin (11.21) lifted the royal blue vests to fourth with anchorman John “Sparrow’’ Morley maintaining that spot with his stint of 11.42 for the 2.2 mile course.
The Sunderland B team clocked 71.42 in ninth with the team of Steve Potts (11.54), Ian Dixon (11.53), Steve McMahon (11.48), Michael Barker (11.59), Andy Powell (11.55) and Michael Laws 12.12.
Sunderland’s over-40 team finished in 3rd place and claimed the Bronze medal behind winners Tyne Bridge Harriers and Morpeth Harriers, the Sunderland team were Tim Field (12.23), Steven Gordon (12.43), Paul Blakey (12.10), Michael Thompson (12.38), Steve Graham (13.21) and Alan Knebel (12.48).
The Harriers Ladies team continued their inspiring improvement to finish 16th overall and top Sunderland City -based female team with Jessica Fox (14.37), the returning to action Michelle Avery (14.39), Judith Thirwell (14.54) and Colleen Compson (16.01)