Club Articles

Jordan Beavers Pips Stevenson's Record
Published: Aug 11th 2021, 20:14

An invitation to compete against Olympian Richard Kilty in the Tynedale Invitational Sprints at Hexham inspired Jordan Beavers to smash the Sunderland Harriers 100m record which has stood for 27 years. He dipped under 11 seconds for the first time in smashing Phillip Stevenson’s long-standing re...

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Craig Gunn - Running for Enjoyment
Published: Jul 27th 2021, 09:16

Sunderland Harrier Craig Gunn was a late comer to athletics and is now trying to make up for lost time. He was 29 when he joined Sunderland Harriers having been a leisurely jogger previously and a footballer from being young.

Playing football lasted until his mid- 20’s before realising he...

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Michael Barker Gets Quicker with Age!
Published: Jul 6th 2021, 16:14

Sunderland Harrier Michael Barker has international selection on his mind when he competes in the England Masters’ Cross Country Championship in October. He bids to catch the selectors eye for the Over-40 team in the the British and Irish Masters’ International in Dublin in November. He has got...

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Steve Rankin - Man for a Challenge
Published: Jun 25th 2021, 11:32

Sunderland Harrier Steve Rankin likes nothing better than a challenge when it comes to taking on an athletics feat of endurance.

It was the 2016 Blaydon Race, the second biggest North East Road Race behind the Great North Run, that his powers of endurance first came to light. Running his...

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Eddie Maddison - Runner and Volunteer Extraordinaire
Published: Jun 6th 2021, 20:56

Eddie Maddison is a Sunderland Harrier that club members look up to - filling many voluntary roles that ensures that the Harriers are an efficiently run organisation.

His quiet disposition is perfect for this role which was recognised in 2017 with an England Athletics Regional Volunteer of...

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Graham Smith, a brilliant career cut too short
Published: May 25th 2021, 09:58

One of Sunderland Harriers most talented athletes, Graham Smith, who was forced to retire from the sport at the peak of his athletics career at the age of 28, has been looking back on his time spent in the sport.

Now aged 60, the former England international finished third in the Great N...

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Micky Thompson, Talented Team Player
Published: May 14th 2021, 11:40

A change of club from Gateshead Harriers to Sunderland Harriers in 1996 gave Micky Thompson the change he needed to get his marathon career off the ground.

Sunderland, at that time, were one of the leading marathon clubs in the country with a host of runners under the 2hr 20min mark and te...

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NABGC UK Club Athletics Championships 2021
Published: May 10th 2021, 19:19

As a member of the Durham Association of Boys and Girls Clubs (DABGC), Sunderland Harriers have the rare opportunity of Club competition for younger athletes.

Normally we would be invited to enter the DABGC County Championships giving the Club a chance to win Age Group trophies, and athlet...

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OBITUARY - Denis Field
Published: May 6th 2021, 12:10

International triple jumper and Sunderland Harrier Denis Field has died at the age of 90.

The East Herrington athlete took part in 10 international matches from 1950 to 1958, including the Empire Games in Cardiff, and as a veteran he won 20 British National Championships and achieved 12 na...

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Covid Restrictions Fuel Marathon Success
Published: May 4th 2021, 21:52

Sunderland Harrier Stephen Jackson recorded a personal best time in the Cheshire Elite Marathon in a race which saw some outstanding times. The 37-year-old recorded 2:26:37 to finish 27th, compared to his previous best of 2:29:05 set in the Manchester Marathon in 2019.

He said: “Just afte...

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