Wallsend way back when…

Here’s a fab blast from the green and gold past.

This article shows Wallsend Harriers Paul Morgan winning the Northern Cross Country junior title at Pontefract 27 years ago.

Surprisingly Paul didn’t get a medal in the North Easterns – he finished sixth – but a few weeks later he responded with a superb run in the Northerns, inspiration for all athletes!

We hope to see lots of juniors out on the fields when cross country is up and coming again.

Thanks to Bill McGuirk for the article.

From one great to another…

For anyone who couldn’t make our first virtual AGM last night (it was great to see so many of you there), we’d like to formally announce that Paddy Dinsmore is now Chair of Wallsend Harriers. Bill will continue his close relationship with the club as President.

Bill Todd has been our chair for over four years and as most of you know, he is in much demand as a devoted grandad and he steps down from his position, in his own words, “not because something is wrong – quite the opposite actually, as so much is right!”

His full report is available in the AGM minutes but we thought you’d like to read his closing remarks:

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Gordon Smith Relays – Results

Fastest Senior Lady – Jennifer Berry

Thanks to everyone who took part in our first (and hopefully last!) virtual Gordon Smith Relays, which saw over 400 competitors running in more than 130 teams!

It was great to see so many clubs taking part and we hope you enjoyed putting your club vests on and running as a team (even if it wasn’t in the conventional manner). We’ve certainly found these sorts of challenges a source of motivation and a much craved way to connect during these tough times.

Most importantly we thank everyone (from the bottom of our hearts) for their generous donations to a charity very close to our heart – St Oswald’s Hospice. At time of writing the total has exceeded all our expectations and stands at a whopping £1,200. There’s still time to donate if you ran and would like to do your bit to help provide palliative care to adults, young people and children in the North East of England. Any donation, big or small, would be much appreciated. The link is here.

It was a hot old week but there was some cracking times. Well done everyone! Headlines are:

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Virtual Gordon Smith Relays

Gordon Smith Relay

Although the popular Gordon Smith Relays can’t take place as usual this year, we have decided to hold the Virtual Gordon Smith Relays instead.

As usual, the relays are for men’s & women’s teams of 3, minimum age is 16 but one team member must be V35 or older. Each leg has to be 2 miles with no more than –20ft elevation.

The legs must be ran between Sunday 24 May and Saturday 30 May. Each clubs’ men’s and women’s club captains to verify their club’s results on Garmin/Strava. Men’s and women’s club captains to collate the results and return them to wallsendharriers@gmail.com by no later than 5pm Saturday 30 May.

A spreadsheet to collate the results has been emailed out but please let me know if you haven’t received it.

There is no entry fee for the relays. However, as you may be aware, many charities are currently struggling for money especially as mass fundraising events have had to be cancelled. We hope that each runner will make a donation, no matter how small, to a charity close to our club’s heart, St Oswald’s Hospice. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wallsend-harriers-ac

Please remember to follow social distancing rules.

Thank you and good luck!

On behalf of Wallsend Harriers & AC

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