The Gosforth Harriers annual club time trial will take place on Sunday 21st October 10:30 am juniors, 11:00am adults.
All members are encouraged to run in this handicapped race- 3 mile (adult), 1 mile (juniors). Please arrive in plenty of time to register and collect your number.
Read All About It!
Neil Ramsay has been writing a blog for the last couple of years about his races. It's always an interesting read and it's good to hear a different perspective on races you were involved in.
If you want to read Neil's blog it's here:
The girls are flying again...
Congratulations to Rhian Purves who beat a 5 year old road 5k club record as she cruised to victory at the Simply Health Great North 5k in 18:50- well done Rhian
More congratulations to Faye Landless who beat her own 100m record when she came in in 13.9s at Hexham. Keep it up Faye
I have to announce the passing of a dear old friend and Gosforth Harrier, Bill Flannigan, who died on the 3rd of September 2018. Bill joined the club in 1958, holding the job of secretary and chairman, and also coach. Bill was always enthusiastic about his running. Through hard work, building up to training 3 times a day at his peak, he produced, by todays standards some very good times at various distances.
Bill gave a lot of his time to coaching, organising our club presentation nights, and the then very popular Gosforth Road Relays.
Even now 60yrs later and with a lifetime in screen printing, we still use items printed by him.
I believe that by Bill's doggedness in his training outlook, he helped me become a much better runner, and probably changed the mindset of anyone who trained with him, as to what hard training runs entailed.
Bill was a one off. RIP old friend.
Colin Haggie President of Gosforth Harriers.
Presentation Evening 2018
The club presentation evening will take place on Saturday 29th September from 7pm at Parklands Golf Club. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for juniors.
As in previous years, food will be provided and there will be a quiz and a raffle. If anybody would like to donate a raffle prize please bring it along to training and leave it with Kevin or any other committee member.
The Track and Field season is well under way and there's plenty of information for all members of the club here: http://www.gosforth-harriers.org/track-and-field
The next dates for the diary which between them cater for anyone aged 11 or over on 31st August 2018 and are all at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow:
North East Youth Development League (NEYDL) U13 - U17
North East Masters T&F League (NEMAA) Ages 35+
North East Grand Prix (NEGP) U13 upwards - Athletes aged 15 and over will be in graded races.
Please support the club and the work of the coaches by competing in these events.
Record breaking Faye 'the flyer' Landless
The club would like to congratulate Faye Landless on her recent record breaking triumph over 200m. Faye, who was already the holder of the club U13 girls 200m record, took a massive 0.3 s off her own pb to record a club record of 27.6 s.
Well done Faye!! this goes down in history.
Faye has also recently broken the club 100m and 150m records which had been held for 55 and 14 years, respectively. Fantastic work.
For those who are aiming high, club records are listed on the club record page
There are new laws which come into effect on May 25th 2018 which require all members to give their consent for their personal data to be shared with England Athletics.
If you have not already done so, please click here http://www.gosforth-harriers.org/consent
and follow the on screen instructions. If you are completing the form on behalf of your child, it's their name that needs to be entered, not yours. We must have a form for every member.
If you have not given express consent to share your details before 25th May, we will have to delete your records and you can no longer be a member of the club or be registered with England Athletics- It's that serious!!
Track and Field fixtures 2018
The list of fixtures below and links to more information will help to keep you occupied for the next few months. Those currently out of practice at track running should note that the club offers the opportunity of a coached session every Wednesday night.
North East Grand Prix – All age groups from U13 upwards
Meeting 1 - 18th April @ Monkton (inc 10000m champs)
Meeting 2 - 23rd May @ Monkton
Meeting 3 - 20th June @ Monkton
Meeting 4 - 11th July @ Monkton
Meeting 5 - 25th July @ Monkton
Meeting 6 - 8th August @ Gateshead
Masters – Over 35’s
All fixtures will be at Monkton Stadium
21st May 2018
4th June 2018
11th June 2018
2nd July 2018
16th July 2018
30th July 2018
Spring Track Relays
Sunday 22nd April 2018 at Churchill – All age groups from U11 upwards,
Ages U13 to U17
April 29th @ Whitley Bay (Wallsend/Gosforth)
May 20th @ Jarrow (Gateshead Harriers)
June 24th @ Hexham (Tynedale)
July 15th @ Whitley Bay (South Shields/Elswick)
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Juniors will meet at 7pm in Gosforth Park, opposite the Border Minstrel.
Seniors will continue to meet at Bohemians.
Meet Gosforth Park, opposite the Border Minstrel for a 6.45pm start.
All other sessions are as normal
Easter Racing and Training.
Friday 30th March
Elswick Road Races
NEW HQ + registration premises (& Cafe) at Gateway House, Newburn Riverside, Newcastle. NE15 8NX. HQ to start line is now only 200m away. HQ will be open from 8.15am.
First race, U11's starts at 9.15am. Please arrive at the course (not the car park) at least half an hour before your race.
Saturday & Sunday Training
As normal - 10am at the Border Minstrel
Read this if you think you shouldn't be training on Easter Sunday https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2011/dec/23/christmas-day-sport-training
An early one - 10am start in Gosforth Park
Very few excuses for anybody not to be racing for or training with the club this or any weekend. See you there.
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It's the New Year and I'm sure we all have hopes and dreams for 2018.
The cross country season continues with Harrier League, Northerns, National and schools races. Seniors have Durham and Hetton Lyons relays to think about.
Now is the time to be committing to your training- if you want to get fitter and faster, you need to train well and consistently.
There are lots of sessions provided during the week and most are open to all members. Full timetable of training session is here
Your festive Gosforth Harriers timetable
Monday 18th December 8:30pm: A cheeky half at Northern Rugby Club. Leave the motor at home and join the gang for a festive drink after training.
Wednesday 20th 7:15pm: Colin's pre-Christmas track tune up
Saturday 23rd: Turn out for the Park run 9 am or Colin's Gosforth Park training 10 am. Work up an appetite for the coming Christmas treats.
Sunday 24th (Christmas Eve): meet at Seaton Sluice car park 9 am for a beach run before an all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Astley Arms (mushrooms extra).
Christmas Day: there's a Parkrun if you are finding lounging about a bit too much
Boxing day: Gosforth Harriers famous Turkey Trot. Register by 10:15 at Border Minstrel car park. Seniors 3 mile course, juniors 1.2 mile. Bring any friends and relations who are hanging about. All welcome.
The club had more success over the weekend of 25th & 26th November with plenty of podium places.
First up on Saturday was the team of Rhian Purves, Helen Warburton and Zack Wylie who finished second in the Elswick Harriers Norman Woodcock relays.
On Sunday morning there was a good turnout from the men in the club's 10 mile championship at Kirkley Hall with Andy Heppell being 6th overall and 1st over 40, followed closely in the same age group by Darren McBain. Kevin Thomas was also 1st over 55, Neil Ramsay was 2nd over 45 and Steve Boddy was 3rd over 50. The men were 1st team overall.
In the Billingham Marsh House Harriers Gavin Duffy Memorial trail race, Ethan Bond was 1st in the junior race over 1.7 miles.
This Saturday 28th October is the Sherman Cup and Davison Shield at Temple Park, South Shields NE34 8QN. This is a whole club competition. The girls/ladies are the current holders of the Davison Shield and hope to retain it. The boys and men will be fighting hard for the Sherman Cup.
Please everyone you need to turn up and run your heart out for the Green and Whites.
This event is also the club XC handicap championship and there are prizes in all categories to be won
TIMES ARE THE SAME AS THE H/LEAGUE & REMEMBER YOUR H/L NUMBER !
First Race U/11Boys 12-15.
The Gosforth Harriers club time trial will take place on Sunday 5th November 10:30 juniors, 11:00am adults
All members are encouraged to run in this handicapped race- 3 mile (adult), 1 mile (juniors). Please arrive in plenty of time to register and collect your number
Sun. 15th October 10:00am Club time trial, Gosforth park
Sat. 11th November presentation evening- Parklands Golf Club, Gosforth Park
Sun 26th November, Kirkley Hall 10 mile- club senior 10 mile championship
From Monday 11th September, the beginners' group will train in Gosforth Central Park. Parents/carers, please deliver your child(ren) to the care of Steve and Irene at the meeting point on the steps behind Gosforth shopping centre for 7pm.
Children should wear fluorescent top or bib. Long sleeved fluorescent club tops are available to buy for £10 see kit page.
For all Harrier League races, the order of events is:
12.15 Under 11 Boys & Girls
12.25 Under 13 Boys
12.35 Under 13 Girls
12.45 Under 15 Boys
12.55 Under 15 Girls
13.05 Under 17 & Under 20 Women
13.10 Senior & Veteran Women
13.50 Under 17 Men
14.15 Senior & Veteran Men
Regular updates about Harrier League races can be found on the North East Harrier League Facebook page and www.harrierleague.com and most people in the club can advise you so just ask.
If you haven't already got these dates in your diary, do it now so you avoid a clash with your sister's boyfriend's uncle's BBQ.
Thanks to all who ran and who volunteered at the relays
Team prizes went to Sunderland Harriers senior men, senior women and veteran women and to Elswick harriers Veteran men
and individual fastest legs were Gavin Massingham (SM), Alice Smith (SW), Ian Dixon (VM), Kathryn Stevenson (VW), Phil Battista (O50M), Tom Tinsley (O60M), Julie Dumpleton (O50W) and Mary Martin (O60W) for fastest legs.
All members (not currently on holiday) are expected to turn out for the second annual Gosforth Harriers Summer relays on Sunday August 6th.
Juniors are encouraged to enter the mile race (£2 on the day) register from 9:15, race at 10 am
Parents, seniors, vets come along and help make this fantastic event happen.
Those who have already volunteered should know their duties
Jane Chippendale cake stall
Jenny Graham (sub Kayleigh) cake stall
Steve Boddy car park signs
Stuart Norman car park signs
Sasha Gartside event manager
Irene Ewart first aid/lost children set up
Martin Lloyd funnel spotter1 set up
John Berry funnel spotter2 set up
Ray Ewart lead bike set up
Rachel Daniels marshal 1/ junuor marshal
Susan Pickering marshal 2/junior marshal
Simon Daniels marshal 3/junior marshal
Andy Hepple marshal 4/junior turn round set up
Matt Gwilym marshal 5
James McCreesh marshal 6
VickyMcCreesh marshal 7
Louise Watson marshal 8
Sarah Rees marshal 9
Pauline Lundgren marshal 9
Peter Lundgren photgrapher
Fiona Waugh results
David Waugh results
Richard McQuade result runner set up
Jo Blyth junior starter/results
Diane Gregory junior registration
John Wilson junior results
Steve Bond junior course marker
Andy Hepple junior turn round point
We have named marshals at critical points but the more marshals we have pointing the way, encouraging and keeping things safe, the better so - come one come all.
Please make sure it is clear who you are paying for in the reference and send an email with the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a senior joining after July 1st the pro rata cost is £24.75. For other part year prices please ask Marc Oldham
Family £90 (2 ) + £25 for each additional person
OAP/student/ associate £50
Cheques and cash will also be accepted by Colin but online payment is preferred.
Gosforth Harriers Summer Relays, 6th August 2017.
Now into its second year, we hope to make the race even bigger and hope to see runners from as many clubs as possible.
Once again we'll be supporting Drew Graham's Pop_Up Gym.
Monday 5th - Training at Bohemians 7-7.45, prompt start.
1. Keep checking website for information/updates about training and/or races.
2. Let us know of times & dates of any races or Park Runs so we can keep a record of progress.
3. Remember to bring a water bottle to training
4. Let Steve Boddy (07799341009) know if you can't make Monday training.
We are well into the track and field season. Here are important dates for your diaries. Please note all members are encouraged to compete whatever your standard.
North East Youth Development League (NEYDL)
joint Wallsend / Gosforth team. Div 2N
Competition in all disciplines for U13, U15 and U17 athletes
Meets are on Sundays
Match 1 - 30th April @ Jarrow
Match 2 - 21st May @ Churchill Playing fields, Whitley Bay
Match 3 - 25th June @ Churchill Playing fields, Whitley Bay
Match 4 - 16th July @ Churchill Playing fields, Whitley Bay
for more info see http://necaa.weebly.com/negp.html
North East Grand Prix (NEGP)
Competition in a range of disciplines for all age groups.
Meeting 1 - 19th April @ Monkton
Meeting 2 - 24th May @ Monkton
Meeting 3 - 21st June @ Monkton
Meeting 4 - 12th July @ Monkton
Meeting 5 - 26th July @ Monkton
Meeting 6 - 9th August @ Gateshead
For schedule of events see here. For more information see http://necaa.weebly.com/negp.html
Northern Athletics U13, U15, U17 Track and Field Championships
19th/20th August Leigh Sports village. U20 and seniors at SportsCity Manchester. Enter at https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/
or using the form here
Closing Date 24th July
Entry fees: £12 first event. £8 each additional event.
27th August - Gateshead Stadium
Details to follow
Older juniors and seniors may also race in the British Milers club (BMC) 1500m and 800m races at Chester-le-street. Meets on 5th and 19th June and 3rd July. Closing dates Thursdays before each meet. For details see
Younger juniors may be interested in Quadkids events at Churchill playing fields and Gateshead Stadium.
Events: howler throw, long jump- standing/ running depending on age, sprint and long run - about 600-800m.
From Monday 8th May for the FORESEEABLE FUTURE IE DURING THE SUMMER, Monday night training for 'Colin's group' will begin and end at the Border Minstrel carpark, Gosforth Park. Juniors should meet from 7:00 and be ready to run at 7:15. Parents should be ready to pick juniors up at 8:00
The group of juniors is now very large and of quite mixed ability. Training within Gosforth Park during the summer makes it much easier for the coaches to deliver the appropriate training sessions for everyone while keeping all youngsters safe. We realise that it may be less convenient for some parents to get their children to Gosforth park but hope that you will support this move.
Note this includes juniors who normally go out on the roads with Colin, Steve Bond, Neil Ramsay, Kevin Spreadbury, Paul Waggott. Beginner juniors who train on the field will continue to do so.
Newburn River Run
The Elswick Harriers Newburn River Run takes place on Wednesday 14th June. Postal entry closes 7th June, online entry closes 8pm 11th June. This is an excellent race and very scenic. It would be nice to have a good turnout from the club.
More info and entry details here:
As the seniors' grand prix nears its end, if anyone has done a Parkrun during the winter season, please let Matt Gwilym or Marc Oldham know.
25th February National XCC Woolaton Park
4th March NEHL #6 Alnwick Castle
Luis White, Wesley Croom, Kieron Mutch, Gautham Chauham, Tom Parkin, Ben Kershaw, Michael Hogan, Mark Walker, Jack Anderson, Stephen Bennison, David Raffle, Patrick Donald, James Hogan, Anthony Blackwell, Gareth Driscoll, Zack Wylie, Tom Coates, Neil Ramsay, Mark Katory, David J. Bell, Steve Boddy, Martin McGill, Steven Bond, Richard McQuade, Kevin Spreadbury, Johnny McKale, Gordon Paterson, David Peacock
Here is the list of our entries for the Start Fitness NE Harrier League. Please check your name and your age category and starting pack. Let Steve know if you think anything is wrong or you have not been included at all (and intend to run).
It is your responsibility. If you run from the wrong pack (or in the wrong race!!) you will be disqualified which never looks good on your CV.
Please note that the club pays £2 per named runner, so if your name is there, the club has paid for you- please try to turn out and support the club by racing.
Extra entries can be made later in the season at £3 per runner but there are no entries on the day for the first race.
England Athletics run 'Athletics Award' courses for young people 14yrs + who are interested in getting into athletics coaching. The next course is at Gateshead Academy of Sport (10am to 1pm) and the cost is £30.
This might be of interest to some of our older junior members especially those who might be studying PE at GCSE or A level and or who want to go into sports careers.
The club will cover the cost for anyone who wants to do the course and will then commit to helping out with training sessions at the club- especially for the beginners.
If you are interested please contact sasha (email@example.com)
New Gosforth Harriers Winter Grand Prix 2016-2017!! . The system is as outlined here, and may appear to be a little complicated. To simplify things; If you run as fast as you can, and as often as you can, you'll have a good chance of doing well!!
included: 6 x Harrier league, Sherman cup/Davidson Shield, Northeastern XCC,
Northern XCC, National XCC, Parkrun, Durham Cathedral relays, Royal Signal
relays, Elswick Good Friday relays, Turkey trot, Farringdon relays, Heaton
memorial 10k, Saltwell park 10k, Turkey trot, Club 10 mile race (tbc)
Best ever club turn out for Club Mile races ! and a new club record for Kieron Mutch in the U13 boys (5:10.00)
Thanks to all the members and their families who supported the event. And to those who did not turn up for what ever reason, (maybe nakkie at being last ) you missed a good nights racing.
31:31 Gareth Driscoll
32:05 Darren McBain (PB)
35:00 Matthew Gwilym
35:04 Simon Daniels (monster PB)
35:09 Maurice Bourke
35:14 Adam Ewart
35:28 Mark Katory
35:39 Helen Warburton
35:41 Marc Oldham (monster PB)
35:58 Stuart Norman
36:20 Kevin Thomas
36:34 Neil Ramsay
36:47 Stephen 'the Chief' Boddy
36:50 Richard McQuade (monster PB)
37:03 Martin Lloyd (monster PB)
37:28 Ruth Oldham (PB)
38:02 Chris Imrie
38:09 Steven Bond (monster PB)
38:26 Sophie Daniels (monster PB)
39:04 Louise Watson (monster PB)
39:37 Jonny McKale
40:06 Sarah Seymour (monster PB)
40:39 Susan Driscoll
40:56 Carmen Guy
40:56 Phil Guy
41:18 Silvia Moffatt
41:47 Sam Birch-Machin
43:01 Vicky Mcintyre
44:16 David Peacock
44:49 David W Anderson (PB)
46:17 Elizabeth Evans (monster PB)
46:28 Susan Guy (monster PB)
46:49 Joanna Katory
47:02 Juliet Birch-Machin
47:09 Sasha Gartside (monster PB)
47:32 Jane Chippendale
48:18 Fiona Waugh
48:55 Trevor Bird
49:06 Tim Watson
49:13 Sarah Rees
50:35 John Buswell
50:58 Hannah Fletcher52:51 Irene Ewart
Well done to all the Gosforth Athletes who competed in the North Eastern Counties T&F Champs at Gateshead Stadium on 14th/15th May
Junior results are on the junior page
Seniors: Great PBs from Zack (the flash) Wylie in the 1500m (4:20.72) and Harriet (2nd claim) Buswell breaking 18 min in the 5000m (17:51.26).in 3rd place.
Then we have Helen Warburton 2nd Sen Ladies 1500m.
Great results from the Gosforth Harriers at Wallsend relays.
ladies A team were 4th and Men's A team 7th. well done all.
The club has a growing membership and is keen to increase the quota of qualified coaches and volunteers.
The club can offer financial support to any member to gain a formal coaching qualification as long as they will commit to using that qualification for the benefit of the club e.g. helping out with coaching on a flexible basis when needed. UK athletics runs coaching courses locally at coaching assistant and higher levels. Please contact Sasha or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
NEXT local coaching assistant course is at Shildon, Co Durham, Sat 18th & Sun 19th June 2016
This is an appeal to anybody who can help out with the coaching and supervision of the Monday night (6pm) junior training group. We have an ever increasing number of junior members, and currently do not have enough adults to service this need.
Louise Watson, Steve Boddy, John Buswell, Kevin and Mark Thomas and Co have done a brilliant job in co-ordinating the training, however, they need our support.
We hope to set up a rota with 5 adults available each Monday night to assist the junior session. We need supervision for the juniors who train on the playing field at the clubhouse as well as for those that go out running on the roads. Parents of juniors are particularly encouraged to help out- you don't have to be a runner!.
Please contact Matt at email@example.com or message Matt via facebook.
Once we know roughly how many adults we have available, we can start to think about how to organise a rota that will work for everybody.
Very well done to the massive number of runners we had out today.
It was great to see 27 ladies running including lots of 15 and 16 year olds -although having so many ladies teams caused some confusion in the start gate, that's the price you pay for being such a great club.
Well done to the men as well and to the junior teams who did very well.
Gosforth Harriers bossed it at the harrier league today. great junior performances and the culmination of a terrific season for the ladies team - winners of Division 3 and the men's team - 2nd in division 2. Both promoted!
Ladies be extra proud of yourselves- in 2011/12 we had one runner in one race, in 2012/13 three runners competed and we had a team (3) in 2 races, in 2013/14 seven ladies ran and we had a team in 3 races, in 2014/15 12 ladies ran and we had a team in every race. This year 11 ladies competed, we had a team (4) in all races and we won the division. Go Gosforth!
Well done to all our runners at the national Cross country Championships at Donnington Sat 27th Feb.
Great Performances in the green and white from Rebecca, Carys, Rhian and Rachel for the juniors, Harriet, Sarah and Sasha for the senior women, Zack Wylie in the junior men, and Steve 'the body' Boddy, Maurice 'the mover' Bourke, Martin 'Billy' Lloyd, Sam 'the shrug' Gant, luxury Kevin Thomas, miserable Steve Bond, and rear of the year Richard McQuade for the senior men.
The track season starts in April.
This year the club will take part in the North East Youth Development League (NEYDL) in a combined team with Wallsend Harriers
The meets are:
Sunday 1st May, Sunday 22nd May, Sunday 26th June, Sunday 17th July-
NOTE that we need to supply adult volunteers to rake the long jump pit, move the hurdles, measure the javelin etc and parents of competing juniors will be expected to volunteer.
In addition, there are 6 meets for juniors and seniors in the North East Grand Prix at Jarrow and Gateshead on Wednesday evenings
27th April - NEGP 1 @ Jarrow (inc NECAA/open 10000m Championships)
8th June - NEGP 2 @ Jarrow (inc 800m for Jimmy Hedley Cup)
29th June - NEGP 3 @ Gateshead (inc Mile for Stan Long Trophy)
20th July - NEGP 4 @ Gateshead
10th August - NEGP 5 @ Jarrow
24th August - NEGP 6 @ Gateshead
full details to follow
Cheques and cash payments gratefully received. Cheques made payable to Gosforth Harriers.
Family £90 (2 ) + £25 for each additional person
OAP/student/ associate £50
If you don't pay- you are not a member!
The conditions at the North Eastern Cross Country Championships were brutal for runners and spectators alike. The following people competed for the club and deserve a medal each-. heroes!
Niamh Bell, Amy Ellis, Catriona Pascal, Carys Purves, Grace Quinnin, Rebecca Wren, Emily Zibe, Joseph Anderson, Wesley Croom, Keiron Mutch, Thomas Spreadbury, Georgia Anderson, Sophie Mutch, Rhian Purves, Rachel Rees, Jack Anderson, Geordie Cheetham, David Raffle, Joseph Ramshaw, Olivia Hanlon, Holly Willis, Florence McPate, Harriet Buswell, Jane Chippendale, Susan Driscoll, Sasha Gartside, Beth Larby, Kayleigh Nugent, Ruth Oldham, Sarah Rees, Zack Wylie, Mark Thomas, Dave Bell, Steve Boddy, Steven Bond, Maurice Bourke, Matt Gwilym, Kevin Knight, Martin Lloyd, Simon Daniels, Darren McBain, Richard McQuade, Paul Waggot
Special shout outs for Rhian Purves - NECAA U15 champion, Harriet Buswell, who came a massively impressive 15th in the senior ladies, Jane and Kayleigh who were first timers!
Thanks to all who supported and helped pitch the tent, take it down, warm frozen toes and dry copious tears.
The provisional timetable of the Nationals at Donnington on 27st Feb is as follows:-
11:00am U17 Women – 5K
11:25am U15 Boys – 4.5K
11:45am Junior Women – 6K
12:15pm U13 Girls – 3K
12:35pm U 17 Men – 6K
1:00pm U 15 Girls – 4K
1:20pm Junior Men – 10K
2:05pm U 13 Boys – 3K
2:20pm Senior Women – 8K
3:00pm Senior Men – 12K
If anyone plans to stay overnight before and/or after the event, the suggested accommodation for the club is the Nottingham Riverside Travelodge. This is 14 miles (23 minutes drive) away from the venue but there is a Pub/restaurant on site and it is handy for a night out in Nottingham! This is just the suggested hotel, other hotels are available nearer to Castle Donnington if you prefer.
You must arrange your own accommodation.
Kit man Kevin has a few limited edition T shirts left printed with Drew Graham's painting. The shirts are £12 and all profits are going to the rehabilitation fund for Drew who was badly injured in an accident last September.
The T shirt is available in junior and senior sizes- see Kevin to place your order.
Great work by the senior/vet men and ladies on Saturday- both are in 1st position in their Divisions and are poised for promotion.
Next harrier league is Jan 9th Town Moor but before that we have the North eastern cross country championships 12 December at Sedgefield. If you signed up, you must show up on the day or you will be charged your entry fee. Let's have a 100% turnout!!
Congratulations to all Gosforth harriers who competed on a very difficult course at Aykley Heads. As they say on Masterchef 'Running doesn't get much tougher than this' actually it's 'cooking doesn't....-but you know what I mean.
Special shout out for our under 11 and 13 first timers- there are a few photos in the gallery.
U13 girls came 1st, Ladies 2nd in Div 3 and Men 3rd in Div 2.
Next Harrier League is Sat 28th November at Druridge Bay- just time to dry your vest (and your tears).
For information about the Harrier league and results go to http://www.harrierleague.com/
Also see our own Harrier League 2015/6 page and the guide for new runners.
Well done to all who raced the GHAC time trial Sunday1st November.
First home in the senior race was Louise Watson, followed by Carmen Guy and Jonny McKale.
The junior race was won by Robbie Boddy.
full results to follow
Results now up on Results. BOOM! BOOM!
Subs are due. You can pay by bank transfer into the Gosforth Harriers TSB account
account number 10542768 and sort code77-20-33.
Please make sure it is clear who you are paying for in the reference. If you wish to pay quarterly divide the total approximately by 4 and make a note in the reference (e.g. Brown Jnr £15 30 to pay- put as much info in the reference as you can fit. Other payments will be due Dec 1st , March 1st and June 1st.
Family £90 (2 ) + £25 for each additional person
OAP/student/ associate £50
Cheques and cash will also be accepted by Colin but online payment is preferred.
Thanks to all who attended and took part in the AGM.
The main news is that Matt Gwilym, Marc Oldham, and Martin LLoyd have agreed to join the committee. Lucy Gwilym was proposed and seconded outside of the meeting and will take on the role of Ladies' Captain. Marc will take on the role of Treasurer as John Smith has stepped down. Sasha will become secretary of the Club as Gordon has stepped down.
Thanks to those who have served on the committee and those who continue to do so.
The members voted by very large majority to accept the rise in subscription fees proposed by the committee. Arrangements for paying by bank transfer and also quarterly if required will be communicated to you all very soon.
Family £90 (2 ) + £25 for each additional person
OAP/student/ associate £50
The minutes of the meeting will be available on the website as soon as we have typed them up!
Next committee meeting Thursday 12th November.
It's the cross country season. The first Harrier league meet is this Saturday at Tanfield. Pick up your number at training on Monday or Wednesday. see Colin for a map of the venue if you haven't been before.
For newbies info about running the Harrier league is on the dedicated Harrier League page
Sat 26th Sep 2015 - Tanfield #1
Sat 10th Oct 2015 - Temple Park (Sherman Cup/Davidson shield) Including the club XC Championships. (Harrier League Number also required for this event)
Sat 21st Nov 2015 - Aykley Heads #2
Sat 28th Nov 2015 - Druridge Bay #3
Sat 12th Dec 2015 Northeastern X-C championships, Sedgefield
10th Jan 2016 - Newcastle Town Moor #4
Sat 30th Jan 2016 Northern Athletics X-C Championships, Blackburn
Sat 6th Feb NE Masters AA, Wallsend
Sat 27th Feb 2016 ECCA National X-C Championships
Sat 5th Mar 2016 - Alnwick #5
Sat 19th Mar 2016 - Wrekenton #6
Retain your number as you need it for all the H/Leagues
+ the Sherman Cup and the Davidson Shield races. Replacements will be expensive.
Excellent turnout and performances at Farringdon, Saturday 5th September. Results are now available at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2015/farringdon.pdf
Special shout-outs for Rhian Purves (1st U15 girl), Patrick Donald (2nd U15 boy), Rachael Lundgren (2nd senior lady), Will Buswell (5th senior man) and the Senior men's A team who were 6th.
Gosforth Harriers is looking to establish club veteran records on the track and road. If you know of stellar performances by men over 40 or women over 35 please let Colin or Sasha know.
Rhian Purves and Kieran Mutch both improved on long standing records, Kieran running as a U13boy ran 5.14.5 for the mile and Rhian running as a U/15 Girl ran 5.2.9 for the mile, Rhian followed this up by improving the U/15 and U/17 1500m best down to 4.36.2. winning by 35sec.
This weekend saw the English Schools Athletics Association championships come to Gateshead.
Gosforth runner Rhian Purves competed for Northumberland in the 1500m Junior Girls. Rhian went through the heats on Friday and came 8th of 12 in Saturday's final with a new pb .of 4:42.61
Fantastic running Rhian!
The AGM will be held on 12th October 2015 at 8pm at Bohemians
Due to substantially increased costs of UK Athletics registration, rental of Bohemians and the track as well as increased race entry fees, it will be proposed at the AGM that subs will rise as follows:
Family (currently £60) £90 (2 ) + £25 for each additional person
Senior (currently £45) £60
OAP/student (currently £35) £50
Junior (currently £30) £45
If you wish to comment on this proposal in advance of the meeting or wish to raise any other points for the agenda please contact the committee on firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that the committee is elected at the AGM. Current members wishing to stay on the committee as well as new members must be proposed and seconded, and voted in at the meeting. This year the post of treasurer will become vacant- any member wishing to stand for this post or for other committee positions should seek a proposer and a seconder. Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings and to take an active role in the administration of the club and its events.
All members are encouraged to attend the AGM
Great results from the juniors on Wednesday night. PBs in the 800m from Rhian Purves 2:17, Patrick Donald 2:12 , Jack Anderson 2:38.0 and Joseph Anderson 2:40.2.
Carys Purves 200m U13G 34.1
Rachel Rees 800m U15G 2:36.9
Stephen Bennison 800m U15B 2:36.8
Mark Thomas 200m JM 26.3
well done to all. full results are here
Well done to those who ran the Anita Nott memorial race in Jesmond Dene, Monday 29th June
1st Gosforth lady home was Lucy Gwilym in 21:51 (23rd place). Congratulations to Sarah Rees who was first in her category, and Fiona Waugh who was third in hers. The Gosforth team was 10th with Lucy, Susan Croney Driscoll and Sarah Seymour the counters.
full results are available here
Thanks to Louise, Vicky Rachel and the lads who supported and thanks to Heaton harriers for organization
Congratulations to our four runners who tackled the Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon Sunday 28th June. Some pretty tidy performances doing the club proud...
22nd Kevin Thomas 1:38:13 1st MV55 and a new category course record
83th Louise Watson 1:48:57 1st LV40
91st Ruth Oldham 1:50:23 2nd LV40
118th Richard McQuade 1:54:18
Stunning results at the Wallsend relays...
8 teams out and 3rd place for the ladies A team (Beth, Ruth and Helen). Upwards and onwards....
3 Beth Larby 13:29 Ruth Oldham 13:53 Helen Warburton 13:20 40:42
17 Susan Croney 14:22 Lucy Gwilym 14:26 Louise Watson 15:01 43:49
35 Vicky McIntyre 15:40 Sarah Seymour 15:58 Sarah Rees 16:34 48:12
54 Elizabeth Evans 17:15 Sue Guy 17:56 Sarah Gartside 17:09 52:20
22 Matt Gwilym 11:56 Zack Wylie 12:12 Phil Guy 12:54 37:02
26 Tom Coates 11:52 Kevin Thomas 13:36 Daniel Cartwright 12:14 37:42
40 Gareth Driscoll 11:37 Richard McQuade 13:46 Steve Bond 13:58 39:21
66 Mark Thomas 14:18 John Berry 14:21 Marc Oldham 14:46 43:25
Ladies A Team
Leg 1 6th Lucy Gwilym 13.08
Leg 2 8th Louise Watson 13.06
Leg 3 5th Ruth Oldham 12.29
5th Team 38-48
Ladies B Team
Leg 1 27th Sara Rees 14.55
Leg 2 32nd Irene Ewart 16.53
Leg 3 29th Fiona Waugh 15.23
29th Team 47-11
Mens A Team
Leg 1 16th Dave Bell 11.09
Leg 2 15th Marc Oldham 11.23
Leg 3 12th Matt Gwilym 10.54
12th Team 33-26.
TyneWear Sport are running first aid and safeguarding children courses over the next few months as follows.
First Aid (3 hr)
Thurs 16/07/2015 6-9 pm Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead, NE10 0EF
Wed 30/09/2015 6-9 pm Kenton School, Newcastle, NE3 3RU
Safeguarding and Protecting Children
Wed 19/08/2015 6-9 pm Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead, NE10 0EF
Wed 14/10/2015 6-9 pm Kenton School, Newcastle, NE3 3RU
If you coach or volunteer with the club and/or would like to do so, please consider signing up for these courses. To sign up on line go to http://www.necoursefinder.org/
The next Start fitness track and field grand prix meet is on 1 July (Gateshead Stadium)
Other meets are 22 July (Monkton stadium) and 12 August (Gateshead Stadium). Race distances from 100m upwards. Field events as well. U13, U15, U17 and senior categories.
Time to dust off your spikes and put your winter training to the test. All runners are encouraged to compete. This is what it's all about!
Entry is £3.00 per event. see here for full programme
With the lighter nights upon us Thursday night training will continue from Gosforth Park opp Border Minstrel Hotel for 6-45. Juniors and Seniors.
With the final events in the Winter Grand Prix over and done, the numbers have been crunched and... (drum roll)
The runaway (!) winners are Helen Warburton and David Bell
both scored over 900 points through a combination of consistent participation (turning out for the club come rain or shine) and excellent performance.
Rosettes for 2nd and 3rd places go to Susan Croney and Vicky McIntyre and Matt Gwilym and Kevin Thomas. Well done to all who took part.
Fantastic day out in Liverpool for the Northern 12/6 stage road relays. Well done to all who ran- a full family affair for the Buswells. A particular shout out to those who ran through twinges and runny noses didn't let the side down and to Steve and James for heroics! Thanks also to HH for the coach share.
results available here http://www.race-results.co.uk
Congratulations to all who took part in the Start fitness NE harrier league this season.
In the overall team competition U13 girls came 9th, U13 boys 4th. U15 girls 4th. Patrick Donald was 6th U15 boy in the individual Grand Prix.
Senior ladies came 11th in Division 2, and senior men came 3rd in Division 2.
Notably we had a senior ladies team out at every race for the first time (ever!)- good work ladies.
Helen Warburton and Richard McQuade get a tee shirt for competing in the Sherman Cup/Davidson Shield, Northern's, Northeastern's, and at least 4 of the six Harrier Leagues- well done both.
Well done to all who raced through the mud at Parliament Hill Saturday.
Special congratulations to Rachael Lundgren, 29th in the senior ladies race- go girl!!
And thanks to those who stepped into the breach to ensure the senior men put out a team- you know who you are.
These tops are available for members to buy at a reduced price of £10 for Junior and £12 for Senior. See kit man Kevin Thomas for details.
Please sign up in the clubhouse or text Steve or Sasha if you want to race for the club.
Weetslade relays - June 24th
Durham summer relays - August
Watch the noticeboard, website and facebook page, Follow us on twitter
Made It! Congratulations to the coast to coast relay team who were successful in their challenge of running from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. A fantastic effort by everybody involved.
Final total money raised was over £3,600. Many thanks to all who contributed.
See Drew's message of support and thanks
Subs for membership are now due. Despite the rise in UK athletics fees, prices are the same as last year
Membership includes UK Athletic registration
Please pay Gordon by check or cash as soon as possible
1st Kieron Mutch
2nd George Wilson
3rd Ethan Bond
4th Joseph Anderson
5th Mark Walker
6th Carys Purves
7th Naimh Bell
8th Issac Doyle
9th Max Gwilym
10th Will McIntyre
11th Cameron Motion
1st Grace Quinnin
2nd Eleanor McIntyre
3rd Abigail Bedford
1st Stephen Bennison
1st Rhian Purves
2nd Holly Willis
3rd Olivia Hanlon
4th Sophie Mutch
5th Miranda Debski
6th Katija Hunt
7th Sophie Bedford
8th Ellie Vitty
9th Lucy Brown
10th Fay Milburn
1st Patrick Donald
1st Helen Blades
2nd Mary Doyle
1st Scott Beatty
1st Jack Reed
2nd Zack Wylie
3rd Adam Ewart
1st Susan Croney
2nd Sara Seymour
3rd Lucy Gwilym
1st Finn Brodie
2nd Tom Coates
3rd Gareth Driscoll
4th Matthew Gwilym
1st Sasha Gartside
2nd Irene Ewart
1st David J Bell
2nd John Musgrove
3rd Martin LLoyd
4th Richard McQuade
5th Steve Bond
6th Martin Mears
Thanks to all those who supported the club races, and to the ones that stayed at home , you missed a good nights racing.
In line with good practice and the requirements for accreditation under the Clubmark scheme, Gosforth Harriers has launched a new membership form.
We require all current members to complete a new membership form and to sign to indicate that they have read and accept the relevant codes of conduct.
Please hand your membership form to a member of the committee a.s.a.p
Remember to check this website for information about club events.
Members can join the Gosforth H & AC facebook group- just search for groups and send your request.
Our Monday night venue (7-8pm) is Bohemians Sports Club, Benson Park, off South Ridge, NE3 2EJ.