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!
The Farringdon 'Open' XC Races, Farringdon, Sunderland
Sat 13th September 2014
The meeting starts at 12 noon with the Under 11 (Boys and Girls) age group racing over the shortened 1km route and finishes with the Snr Womens race at 1.50pm (over the standard 1.8m loop). Prizes and medals are presented immediately after each race finish and the whole event is expected to be all over by about 2.15.
The race schedule is very condensed and is anticipated that the busy programme will promise a feast of cross country racing for athletes and spectators alike. The cross country takes place on the fields next to Farringdon Community Sports College, parking is available (and recommended) at Silksworth Sports Complex which is only a short walk or warm up away.
Details, timings and the location of the event can be seen by clicking on the links below.
The Farringdon XC Races,
Saturday 13th September 2014
This years Cross Country season got off to a cracking start with the annual Farrindon XC race series on what is possibly everyones favourite course..
All of the races were ran in glorious sunshine, the temperature was just right and the course itself was in pristine condition ready for the athletes taking part.
The overall winners of the Senior mens relay race was the Morpeth Harriers team, with Gateshead coming in as runners up, however, a nuch improved performance over last year seen the 'Royal Blues' A team (Ian Dixon, Kevin Jeffress, Craig Isherwood and Nathan Reed) finishing in a strong bronze medal position.
The first lady home was Birtley's International athlete Lydia Turner, who dominated the race throughout. The Sunderland Harriers ladies team put on a very strong display with new recruits Judith Thirlway and Nicola Woodward finishing in the top 10.
In the Junior races, Sean Mackie and Jessica Fox both won bronze medals in the U15boys and U17 girls races.
Full results can be found on the link below....Well done everybody for taking part and thanks to the race organisers, marshall and helpers in making this event another good one!!