Club Articles

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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Mark Hood Running Through Adversity
Published: Apr 21st 2021, 10:55

While a foot injury has had a devastating effect on Sunderland Harrier Mark Hood’s athletics career, he has refused to surrender to the chronic problem when it came to competitions.

The three times North Eastern Cross Country champion has been managing an Achilles tendon injury for years, ...

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Bev Martin Still Challenging Herself
Published: Apr 9th 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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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