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.
As a club member you may or may not know that the Harriers are one of the founder members of the 'Wearside Athletics Network', a partnership of athletic clubs and running groups set up last year to improve the standard of our sport here in Sunderland and the surrounding area.
The network has been working behind the scenes over the last twelve months in an attempt to unite Wearside as an 'Athletics force' and bring together all the good things that each separate club or group can offer, whether it is introducing beginners and new participants into the sport or working together to improve AND retain the standard of junior athletes within the region so they're not so willing to join clubs away from the city.
The Network meets every 3 or 4 months to share ideas and promote what we do best and it seems that this has now been recognised by our National Governing Body (NGB)
At last Tuesday night's meeting, we found out that the 'WAN' has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 'club partnership' section of this year's England Athletics Regional awards to be held next month at Durham County Cricket Club's Riverside ground.
The last two years were won by the North of Tyne and Duham Athletic Networks and it is expected that this year they'll both be in with a shout but Wearside should have a good chance as we are the only network that includes the full range of abilities....so it's fingers crossed for the 3rd October!
NEHL #3 Wallington Hall, Northumberland
Sat 29th November 2014
The third event in this seasons Harrier League XC series is up at the beautiful National Trust property of Wallington Hall near Cambo in Northumberland. This was by far, everyone's favourite course last year!
As last weeks Aykley Heads event, the NEHL will continue to hold separate boys and girls races, so 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 the site, parking and access roads can become fairly congested so try to arrive in plenty of time and have your car park money (2 pounds) ready to save time.
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!
NoEAAA Northern 6 stage Relays,
Saturday 20th September 2014
For the first time in 4 years, Sunderland Harriers Senior men took a team down to Birchwood Park, Warrington to compete in the Northern 6 man Road Relay Champs. The race was over approximately 6km, it was a flat and fast two lap course around a modern Business park.
On the first leg Kevin Jeffress worked through the field to finish 29th in 19.47. Next off Nathan Reed dropped to 40th (21.40) Steven Duffy in his first relay event for the Harriers since 2012, ran 21.34. Craig Isherwood was off fourth in determined fashion and posted the second fastest time by a harrier on the day of 20.45 (37th). Michael Barker was off 5th and once again gave his all for the club, gaining a further two positions bringing the boys up to 35th with his stint of 21.42.
The clubs debutant in this event Tony Allinson brought the team home in 48th out of 116 finishers, recording a time of 25.25.
The race was won by Stockport Harriers who had former Sunderland Harriers Jack and Patrick Martin in their squad who recorded 18.35 and 18.40 respectively.