Last Sunday saw the second in the popular Quad Kids track and field competitions take place at Churchill Playing Fields and Wallsend had no less than eleven young athletes turn out to represent the club. If the first event a month ago was just a taster then our youngsters have certainly got the taste for it now as they all put in some fantastic performances.
The track & field season kicked off in style last weekend as the composite team of Wallsend and Blyth stormed to a magnificent 2nd place overall and set the standard for what will hopefully be a successfull season and who knows.....will it end in promotion to Division 2?
With so many new members at our club taking part in an ever increasing number of events it is proving difficult to keep up with reports on our website, particularly as we only seem to have two, maybe even three(at a stretch) scribes who are, at times, heavily involved with other running club type duties.
Well done to Emily James who won the second Summer Grand Prix.
Taking advantage of good handicap time, Emily stormed round to a comfortable victory.
It was another night of record breaking, this time mainly from our young athletes but one from an old timer as Jimmy Flynn rewrote the V65 time to 13.58.
Sophie Blackett set a new JG Under 13 record with 16.15, taking a full minute off time at the last event.
The 2nd event of our Summer Grand Prix series takes place on Tuesday 7th May starting from the Barking Dog pub.
Anyone competing is asked to be at the start from 6.15pm onwards and report to Bill.
Our proud club has a multitude of great men and women, who have given so much to contribute to this "thing" that we all love. One of our most enduring and popular club members is a fella called John "Jemma" Jamieson.
As the summers pass, so too does the composition of our membership. These days, it is (apparently) only the "old stagers" who know Jemma well - people like : Jimmy, Lee, Bill, Micky T, Marty T ("Housewives' Choice"), Ian, Kev and myself. Too us, he personifies the very essence of our club : past, present and future. We thought it timely to give John some formal recognition.
It's a very busy time of the year for Wallsend Harriers. Not only do we host our two road races - the Terry O'Gara 5k and the Gordon Smith Relays - but we also host the first of the Track & Field Leagues at Churchill Playing Fields this Sunday 5th May.
After completing my first Marathon in Edinburgh last year and realising I could do the distance I got the bug and wanted to do it again.
This was my first ever marathon, I tried to enter the London Marathon ballot last year, but missed out due to the short duration the ballot was open. At the End of Year awards in December, my name was pulled out of the hat to take a place and represent Wallsend Harriers, honoured, apprehensive, excited, fearful, pride were just some of the emotions.
There's nothing better than when a plan comes together!
The second running of the Terry O'Gara Memorial 5k was a huge success and thanks must go to everyone involved.
Whether you marshalled, ran, gave out goody bags, helped with entries and results or simply turned up to lend your support, each and every person done their bit and should be proud of the part they played.
Wallsend Harriers would also like to thank all our friends from other clubs who supported the event and made it the success it was.