Club Articles


Bev Martin Still Challenging Herself
Published: Friday April 09, 13:24

Sunderland Harrier Bev Martin has been looking back on her athletics career that saw her aspire to be one of the North’s leading 800m runners with many outstanding performances. Her best result came when she took on four times Olympian and 1990 Commonwealth 800m champion, Diane Modahl, in the Br...

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The Wonderfully Varied Career of Dave Hill, Royal Blue.
Published: Mar 29th, 09:22

International marathon runner Dave Hill has been going through his biggest challenge after being diagnosed with brain cancer. After a successful operation he is on the mend and looking forward to getting back to full fitness.The

The former Sunderland Harrier, who moved to the States in 2...

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Michelle Avery Looks At Her First 26 Years As A Harriette
Published: Mar 22nd, 11:19

Michelle Avery was 11-years-old when she joined Sunderland Harriers and during her time in the royal blue vest she has become the longest serving female athlete. It was in 1995 that the youngster decided to choose athletics as the sport of her choice and now after nearly 26 years of continuous me...

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English Schools Championships
Published: Mar 17th, 16:38

We received this email today concerning English Schools National Championships.....
"To all running clubs,
As Secretary of DCSAA I am contacting you to update the clubs on the current position of Athletics in schools.
The Covid restrictions have had a major impact on sport withi...

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Team Manager Jimmy Johnson Aims To Deliver
Published: Mar 11th, 10:05

Jimmy Johnson got involved in athletics after quitting playing football and his life on the side lines resulted in his weight ballooning to over 13 stone, this was considerable, considering he stands at just 5ft 4in.

In a determined effort to rekindle his fitness he started running in 201...

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Club Captain Nathan Reed Triumphs Over Injury
Published: Mar 1st, 13:22

Sunderland Harrier Nathan Reed has not let a chronic Achilles tendon injury ruin his athletics career.

The 29-year-old has been hindered by the problem for years and it forced him to miss chunks of training.

In 2017 he was forced to have a substantial break from the sport he loves i...

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Royal Blue Marathon Heroes
Published: Feb 18th, 14:40

Sunderland Harriers, who have been in existence since 1884, enjoyed their greatest performances over the marathon distance during the 1980s and beyond when they were one of the UK’s top marathon clubs.

With seven runners beating the benchmark of 2hr 20min and the 20th best Dave Robertson...

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The Annual General Meeting and Membership Payments
Published: Feb 16th, 12:52

As previously reported, because of the effects of earlier Covid 19 lockdown, our financial year was brought into line with that of England Athletics and our AGM was moved to each April. This year our AGM is programmed for 12th April but due to Covid 19 lockdown regulations it will probably be by...

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Adapted Training During Lockdown
Published: Feb 5th, 15:33

Like many coaches in the North East Sunderland Harriers sprint coach Andy Abbott has been forced to adjust his training methods for his group through the lack of competition due to the Coronavirus.

It ruined the 2020 athletics season and the 2021 is heading in the same direction, with many cancellations and postponed meetings already hitting the fixture list going into the spring.

He has now been reduced into...

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Sunderland Harriers' Historical Individual Cross Country Championship Victories
Published: Jan 29th, 14:25

With the cancellation of last month’s North Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships, through the Covid crisis, this was the first time the event has not taken place since the birth of the championship in 1894.

This is not counting the years of missing competition during the two World ...

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