First summer grand prix and track and field meet coming up.

Just a reminder that the first in our 2017 Summer Grand Prix series starts on Tuesday May 2nd at the Rising Sun Country Park. Click here for more details.

Meet at the Barking Dog pub car park at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. As well as our own inter-club races there are lots of cracking runs to choose from as part of the series. There are prizes up for grabs at the end of the year. But you have to be in it to win it!

And just a few days later the first track and field meet takes place on Sunday May 7th. With the majority happening on our doorstep at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow this year there really is no excuse. It’s great fun and it’s all about points for the team so even if you don’t feel you’re a proficient track and field athlete we welcome any member who wants to come and give it a go. You never know, you might find you’re brilliant at a particular event or just really enjoy it.

Please register your interest into the link here or contact Paddy.

There’s more information on this season’s track and field here.

Still time to enter Gordon Smith Relays

The  GORDON  SMITH  MEMORIAL  RELAYS

Plus 1 MILE KIDS and JUNIORS FUN RUN

7.30pm Wednesday 10th May 2017

Registration, presentation & refreshments at Cobalt offices next to Spud & Lettuce Cafe, Silver Fox Way, Cobalt Business Park. NE27 0QJ. Parking available at Building 23. Please note: No Changing facilities.

(Combined start at West Allotment Country Park) A safe, largely traffic-free course of 3×2 miles (Certified Accurate)

Fun Run 6.50pm for ages 13 to 15. 7pm for U13s and parents. (Race medals for all finishers) Entries for Fun Run (£3) to be paid for on the day upon collection of numbers, but please register interest by emailing info@wallsendharriers.co.uk (giving names and age on day U13 or U16. Race numbers will be at registration for pre-registered juniors. Entries on day accepted)

Men’s Race:

3 runners, at least 1 of whom  MUST be a veteran (M40 or older)

(Minimum age = 16 years old)

Women’s Race:

3 runners, at least 1 of whom  MUST be a veteran (W35 or older)

Minimum age = 16 years old

Prizes to:      1st, 2nd & 3rd team (Men and Women)

Fastest senior & vet man

Fastest senior & vet woman

TEAM ENTRIES:  £15.00 per team 

Full prospectus, including details for entry here.

Sarah ‘egg-cels’ at North Tyneside 10k!

We had a fantastic turn out at North Tyneside 10k, the popular, annual Easter Sunday race.

Thirty-three Green and Golds took to the scenic coastal route, which takes in the Fish Quay, River Tyne, Tynemouth Priory and finishes at St. Mary’s Lighthouse.

Simon Lyon was first Wallsend male in 36:34 (chip time), with our young Jack Armstrong closely behind in 36:57.

Super speedy Sarah Robson was first Wallsend female and third overall in a cracking 40:58! A massive well done to our ladies captain.

Full results are here.

I’m afraid I was away for this race so if anyone got a PB or would like to add anything else to this write up then please let me know!

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Our marathon marvels

While most of us were taking on the Terry 5k, half a dozen brave Wallsend souls were in the big smoke taking on one of the most gruelling but thrilling running challenges of their lives – The London Marathon.

There were first timers, seasoned pros, and even a televised engagement! Massive congratulations to Marie and John (who said ‘yes’ at mile 24). What a great moment and a first in Green and Gold history!

So take a moment to salute the superhuman six:

  • Marie Collinson (4hrs 56)
  • John Dodds (5hrs 10)
  • Joe Colligan (3hrs 21)
  • Alastair Willis ((3hrs 17)
  • Julie Williams (3hrs 48 PB!)
  • Gez Davidson (3hrs 15)

You are all inspirational.

Terry’s memory honoured in sixth annual race

Terry certainly made sure the sun shined down on us on a glorious April morning, when 234 runners turned out to race in his memory.

The former Wallsend chairman has been remembered in this way every year since 2012. A Green and Gold legend, motivational coach, inspirational athlete and a wonderful friend. He used to say “people need people” and there was nowhere that summed this up more than at West Allotment Country Park in North Tyneside on Sunday April 23rd. It was the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5k.

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Race day info for Terry 5k

Just a final reminder that runners can collect their pre-entry numbers or enter on the day from 8.30am on Sunday (April 23rd).

Race HQ is Spud and Lettuce Café (Silver Fox Way) NE27 0QJ

Junior Fun Run to start at 10am with seniors race starting at 10.30am.

All race day information can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you all!

April off to a ‘cracking’ start!

What a glorious start to the new season and plenty to be smiling about as enter the Easter holidays.

The sun was out on Sunday and so were a mighty junior team at the Spring Track Relays at Churchill Playing Fields. It was so great to see such a fantastic turn out. Our under 13 boys won the 4x100m relay and we mustn’t forget our senior men who took third place in the 4×800.

A special mention to Luke Pichler who smashed NOTAN Quad Kids event last weekend at Churchill with 235 points. He won every event except the 600m (he still came second!) and gained a new PB in the howler event with a fantastic 35.5m!

Further up the coast a not unlucky team of 13 embraced the long awaited heat to take on the popular, annual Blyth Valley 10k. A fast and scenic course up and down the dunes and a straight run back past Ridley Park. A great one to start off the 10k season and there was even a PB for our first man home (and men’s captain) Simon Lyon in a fantastic 36.03. Alastair Willis knocked a good 7+ minutes off his PB with an impressive 39:16. Our new boy on the block Dave Diston also bagged a PB of 38:28 (exciting times ahead for this one). Our sensational Sarah Robson did a cracking run too (40:58) and is chomping at the bit for a PB (she’s certainly on track in her current form). Congratulations to all our runners on the day: Kevin Wilson, Dan Weatherill, Gav Lee, Andy Wigmore, Mick Skeldon, Emily James, Donna Thompson, Nina Wilkinson and Mish Margison. Thanks to all the supporters too.

A huge shout out must also go to Keith O’Donnell and Kris Stobbs who took on the gruelling Manchester Marathon and finished in 3hrs26 and 3hrs11 (respectively). Such an achievement. Well done guys.

Get your name down for 10th Toby run!

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The 10th Toby takes place this year over the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August.

If you want to take part, £50 (non-refundable) to Elaine please by 2nd May, which covers accommodation and some other costs. We ask that you raise a minimum of £50 for St Oswald’s Hospice. There are a maximum of 20 places and there are now 18 places left. It’s a great weekend and a chance to be part of the Toby legend and club history!

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