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.
The Trafford 10k Road Race
Sunday 8th March 2014
A hardy band of Royal Blue Harriers headed West, in the hope that migration across the compass would bring with it an abundance of Personal bests in the Trafford 10k.
Touted as a fast and flat course, worthy of a good time by some of the veterans of the club, who had in turn raced Trafford in years gone by, it was enough to entice a small flock of runners into making the journey over to Manchester.
While the course was exactly how we had expected it to be, flat and fast, the only inclines being two small, hump bridges to work over, the conditions on the day were not ideal. Saturday had been ravaged by heavy winds across the North and the tail end of this ensured its lingering presence into Sunday to welcome us into the final mile of the race.
Despite the wind and rain, a flood of runners on the day managed to grab personal bests and among the torrent were the five Royal Blues men. First back from Sunderland was Nathan Reed who ravished his previous best time (33.05) to dip below the elusive 32 minute mark in 31.55. Next home was Andy Powell slicing over two minutes from his previous best with 33.19, followed by Ian Dixon in 34.15, Micky Laws 34.39 and Veteran Paul Blakey in 34.40.
With a vast field of strong runners from all corners of the country, the Trafford 10k is a race worthy of noting in the race diary for 2016. It's excellent organisation, chip timing and flat course promise a great experience to runners of all abilities.
A bag full of PBs ensured the return journey home was a merry one.
Report provided by Andy Powell
The NoEAA 12 stage Relay Races,
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 28th March 2015
We are currently selecting our strongest team of Snr Men to travel down to Liverpools Sefton Park to compete at the North of England 12 stage relay races.
It is expected that this year we can finish well inside the top 10 based on the strength in depth of athletes we have to choose from and comfortably qualify for the National Relays at Sutton Park two weeks later.
The selection commitee will be informing you this week to let you know whether you are in the team and whether you will run a short or long leg....good luck!
The NEHL #6 - 'the finale'
Beacon Lough, Wrekenton
Saturday 14th March 2015
Yet another gripping Harrier League season drew to a close at the deceptively hilly Beacon Lough XC course at a chilly and blustery Wrekenton on Saturday.
Going into the last fixture, the Snr Men were 6points away from the bottom two positions, however, the threat of relegation was still a possibility. As it turned out, the Royal Blues turned out a reasonably strong counting team to finish 4th overall on the day, which resulted in a mid table 5th place and another season in the top flight.
Top Harrier was Craig Isherwood who put up a valiant effort to take the NEHL Individual GP Champions prize away from Gateshead Harrier Conrad Franks but ultimately finished runner up by a single point but still wins our club Grand Prix prize for the season, taking the title from Paul Redman at the very last race.
The Snr women continued with their development to finish in the top 10 of the 2nd division, and with the team now starting to realise their potential, they have the chance now to push on and fight for promotion to the Ladies 1st division next season.
Top credit must go to the U17 boys team who dominated their league throughout the season to finish up as deserved Champions and only had to turn up at Wrekenton to confirm it...well done lads and welcome to the 'big league' for some of you in the Autumn!