Denver “the Bronco” Stretesky gets a big ‘W’ in the SGP opener.

In conditions fitting a winter grand prix, no one would think this was a summer grand prix night. That didn’t stop 33 Wallsend Harriers to take on the course around the Rising Sun country park. And it was the Rookie, Denver, crossing the End Zone first, extending his lead throughout and storming home with a strong 4th quarter finish. It turned out to be an excellent night for the Stretesky’s, Paul finishing in 7th and Mason taking 3rd place. Kya Morton, improving with each race, held on to 2nd.

Fastest times on the night came from our usual suspects, Harry Coates with a 10:19. Nick Zissley, 10:55 and Matt Darbyshire holding off Simon Lyon with a 10:57. Becki Newman was our first lady on 13:19, with Lyndsey Thompson 2nd on 13:25 and Gill Weatherill with a 13:42. Well done all.

We also had a new record on the night, David Scoins securing a new O60 records with a fantastic 13:13. Congratulations David.

Full results here.

Great thanks to Jackie Garnett, Kayleigh Dunn, Kenny Chambers, Mick Bell, Mark Summers, Kev Payne, Elaine Liu and Sarah Cawthorn, for helping with officiating and marshalling.

Our next race on the calendar will be the Clive Cookson 10km on Wednesday 20th May, club entry will be arranged, keep an eye on our notice board.

And don’t forgot we have the Gordon Smith’s Relay around Segedunum on Wednesday 13th May.

Runners from across the North East turn out for Terry’s Memorial Race

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Terry O’Gara representing England

More than 300 runners paid a fitting tribute to the inspirational former Wallsend Harrier Chairman Terry O’Gara at his third memorial run on Sunday (April 26th).

Held at Segedunum, Wallsend, along the Hadrian’s Way Cycle Path, 240 senior runners took on the 5k challenge.

Leeds City (but Newcastle-based) athlete Carl Smith fought off a strong cohort of Morpeth Harriers to win in a time of 15:16.

Bill McGuirk has done a cracking race report which you can read in full on the Chronicle website here.

Our very own Green and Golds turned out in force, with Phil Aiston the first Wallsend Harrier home in a time of 17:20. And no surprise to see Brian Hetherington taking first Wallsend vet in 17:52! Great running by Bex Lambson, who was our first lady across the line in 19:41.

The Green and Gold juniors dominated the fun run, which had almost 100 entries! Great running by all but particular mention to Thomas Rumney (1st), Matt Summers (2nd), Sam Charlton (3rd) and Ellen Williams (4th). It was fantastic to see some tiny tots giving it their all too – the next generation of Harrier champions no doubt!

Full results are here.

To see some great photos from the day, visit our photo gallery. If you have any pics you would like to add to our Flickr page please do message me for our account details so you can upload them.

A massive thank-you to all those who organised, marshalled, sorted race numbers on the day. And a special thank-you to Terry’s son Steve and his family for starting the races and giving your support as always.

It was such an emotional day and I know Terry would be so proud.

Emily James

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