Gosforth Harriers and Athletic Club

Good Friday Relays Eggstravaganza!

Well done to all the runners who set their alarm clock on an early, misty Good Friday morning to participate in the relays. It was a fantastic turn out by the club and everyone did us proud.

Congratulations to the U13 Girls 1st team (Faye Landless, Hannah Wightman and Alice Lewis) who won their race. Amazing running girls - we are very proud of you.

Fantastic achievement for Ethan Bond who was 5th in U13 Boys Relay. Well done Ethan, keep up the good work.

A big well done to the Senior Women's A team (Helen Warburton, Rhian Purves and Katie Mellor) who came in at second place, after giving Laura Weightman and her team mates a run for their money! Fantastic achievement.

Changes to venues for Summer training

From Monday 22nd April, all juniors will be meet in Gosforth Park opposite the Border Minstrel pub.

On the 22nd we'll also meet at 10am as it's a Bank Holiday.

Thursday night training will also start from the same place - meeting at 6.45pm for a 6.50pm start.

This will continue throughout the summer.

North East Youth Development League (NEYDL)

The first NEYDL fixture of the season is on Sunday 28th April at Churchill Playing Fields in Whitley Bay. For more information click on the link below

Gosforth Summer Relays- save the date 4th August

We are hoping to host the annual Gosforth Summer Relays on Sunday 4th August.  As always we will need lots of help before the race and lots of volunteers on the day.  Please refuse all other offers and save the date.

Wallsend Gordon Smith Relays - Wednesday 8th May.

The Wallsend Relays take place at Cobalt Business Park and all members of the club are expected to make themselves available for this and other competitions.

Anyone from the club wishing to be considered for a team in this competition needs to contact Steven Bond by Wednesday 17th April. It is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

Bursary available

Thanks to a kind donation from John Reed associates, the committee is able to offer some financial support to junior members who wish to compete and represent the club outside of the region.  We can contribute to travel and/or accommodation costs.  Please contact the committee if you wish to apply for support.

Read All About It!

Neil Ramsay has been writing a blog for the last couple of years about his races. It's always an interesting read and it's good to hear a different perspective on races you were involved in.

If you want to read Neil's blog it's here:


Records tumble...

The girls are flying again...

Congratulations to Rhian Purves who beat a 5 year old road 5k club record as she cruised to victory at the Simply Health Great North 5k in 18:50- well done Rhian

More congratulations to Faye Landless who beat her own 100m record when she came in in 13.9s at Hexham.  Keep it up Faye


I have to announce the passing of a dear old friend and Gosforth Harrier, Bill Flannigan, who died on the 3rd of September 2018. Bill joined the club in 1958, holding the job of secretary and chairman, and also coach. Bill was always enthusiastic about his running. Through hard work, building up to training 3 times a day at his peak, he produced, by todays standards some very good times at various distances.

Bill gave a lot of his time to coaching, organising our club presentation nights, and the then very popular Gosforth Road Relays.

Even now 60yrs later and with a lifetime in screen printing, we still use items printed by him.

I believe that by Bill's doggedness in his training outlook, he helped me become a much better runner, and probably changed the mindset of anyone who trained with him, as to what hard training runs entailed.

Bill was a one off. RIP old friend.

Colin Haggie President of Gosforth Harriers.

Record breaking Faye 'the flyer' Landless

The club would like to congratulate Faye Landless on her recent record breaking triumph over 200m.  Faye, who was already the holder of the club U13 girls 200m record, took a massive 0.3 s off her own pb to record a club record of 27.6 s.

Well done Faye!! this goes down in history.

Faye has also recently broken the club 100m and 150m records which had been held for 55 and 14 years, respectively.  Fantastic work.

For those who are aiming high, club records are listed on the club record page

GDPR Consent - URGENT !!!!

There are new laws which come into effect on May 25th 2018 which require all members to give their consent for their personal data to be shared with England Athletics.

If you have not already done so, please click here https://www.gosforth-harriers.org/consent
and follow the on screen instructions. If you are completing the form on behalf of your child, it's their name that needs to be entered, not yours. We must have a form for every member.

If you have not given express consent to share your details before 25th May, we will have to delete your records and you can no longer be a member of the club or be registered with England Athletics- It's that serious!!

Thursday evening run- now 6:45 from Bohemian's

Gosforth Park Saturday morning training

Great training session in Gosforth park in the sunshine, thanks to Colin Haggie -yes, he can arrange sunshine, just sometimes chooses not to!

more photos on the facebook site 

 Gosforth Harriers put together 5 training sessions a week, this is to encourage members to train in groups and in so doing bring the best out of themselves. There is a sad lack of senior involvement on Sat, Sun, Wed,& Thur sessions. If the men want be promoted back up the Harrier League this winter we need more committed runners turning up to sessions!

New club record

Faye Landlass has set a new U13 girls club record of 27.9s in the 200m at the NEYDL.  Well done Faye!

To check out all the club records go to the track and field or road records pages

Subs are due on 1st October each year.  If possible please pay by bank transfer into the Gosforth Harriers TSB account (account number 10542768 and sort code77-20-33).

Please make sure it is clear who you are paying for in the reference and send an email with the details to marcoldham@blueyonder.co.uk.  

If you are a senior joining after July 1st the pro rata cost is £24.75.  For other part year prices please ask Marc Oldham

Family                              £90 (2 )  + £25 for each additional person

Senior                              £60   

OAP/student/ associate   £50

Junior                               £45

Cheques and cash will also be accepted by Colin but online payment is preferred.

Reminder- Monday evening all juniors and beginners to meet at Border Minstrel, Gosforth Park (race course) at 7pm

Monday Night Beginners Group

Monday 5th - Training at Bohemians 7-7.45, prompt start. 


1. Keep checking website for information/updates about training ‎and/or races.

2. Let us know of times & dates of any races or Park Runs so we can keep a record of progress. 

3. Remember to bring a water bottle to training

4. Let Steve Boddy (07799341009) know if you can't make Monday training.

Monday night training-juniors

From Monday 8th May for the FORESEEABLE FUTURE  IE DURING THE SUMMER, Monday night training for 'Colin's group' will begin and end at the Border Minstrel carpark, Gosforth Park.  Juniors should meet from 7:00 and be ready to run at 7:15.  Parents should be ready to pick juniors up at 8:00

The group of juniors is now very large and of quite mixed ability.  Training within Gosforth Park during the summer makes it much easier for the coaches to deliver the appropriate training sessions for everyone while keeping all youngsters safe.  We realise that it may be less convenient for some parents to get their children to Gosforth park but hope that you will support this move.

Note this includes juniors who normally go out on the roads with Colin, Steve Bond, Neil Ramsay, Kevin Spreadbury, Paul Waggott.  Beginner juniors who train on the field will continue to do so.

Newburn River Run

The Elswick Harriers Newburn River Run takes place on Wednesday 14th June. Postal entry closes 7th June, online entry closes 8pm 11th June. This is an excellent race and very scenic. It would be nice to have a good turnout from the club.

More info and entry details here:


North East Youth Development League:

For the 2nd year  Gosforth &Wallsend will participate in the North East Youth Development League, NEYDL, the 4 dates being April 30th (Not May 7th as previously posted) , May 21st, June 25th and July 16th the last 3 being at Churchill track and the 1st at Monkton Stadium, all Sundays, As a club we should attempt to have club members /coaches available (Min of 3) on some sort of rota to ensure we can support our junior members at these competitions. Performances are always enhanced by the encouragement given, but you need to be there to give it.

Seniors Grand Prix

As the seniors' grand prix nears its end, if anyone has done a Parkrun during the winter season, please let Matt Gwilym or Marc Oldham know.

Thursday training

Thursday training will shift from the Club house to Gosforth Park, starting Thur 30th March. We hope with the lighter nights more members will take advantage of the sessions laid on.


Group training is available for Senior men and Women on Mondays, Wednesday, Thur, Sat, and Sundays. If the standard within the club is to improve,  people need to train in groups that will test their fitness on a regular basis. lets get consistent!

Signals Relays success for Gosforth Ladies

Congratulations to the senior ladies A team Rachael, Helen, Katie and Beth who came a massively impressive 3rd in the Royal signals relays 18th Feb. 
Well done also to the V50 men who came 5th and to everyone else who ran.

Sherman cup Davidson Shield

Massive congratulations to all who ran at the Sherman Cup/Davison Shield on Saturday.  Fantastic performances.......
Winners of the Davison Shield: Girls and ladies: Olivia Katory, Amy Ellis, Catriona Pascall, Carys Purves, Emma Scanlon, Rebecca Wren, Freja Smith, Abigail Nicholson, Georgia Anderson, Niamh Bell, Grace Quinnin, Rhian Purves, Rachel Rees, Ailish Gregory, Olivia Hanlon, Faye Lancaster, Connie Nicholson, Beth Larby, Ruth Oldham, Louise Watson, Susan Driscoll, Sarah Seymour, Sarah Pascall, Rachel Davidson, Lisa Baker, Vicky McIntyre, Helen Peacock, Sarah Gartside, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Joanna Katory, Sue Guy, Kayleigh Nugent, Irene Ewart.

Second in The Sherman Cup: Boys and Men:

Luis White, Wesley Croom, Kieron Mutch, Gautham Chauham, Tom Parkin, Ben Kershaw, Michael Hogan, Mark Walker, Jack Anderson, Stephen Bennison, David Raffle, Patrick Donald, James Hogan, Anthony Blackwell, Gareth Driscoll, Zack Wylie, Tom Coates, Neil Ramsay, Mark Katory, David J. Bell, Steve Boddy, Martin McGill, Steven Bond, Richard McQuade, Kevin Spreadbury, Johnny McKale, Gordon Paterson, David Peacock

Well done to all and to the U11 boys and girls who represented the club.

More info at http://www.harrierleague.com/      


Druridge bay

Well done to all those who braved the weather at Druridge Bay- great performances all round with girls teams 3rd in every age group and ladies 2nd in their division.  Well done to Patrick and Rhian who won their races, and Ethan and Luis who were second. Good work team Gosforth!
Next outing Saturday 19th November- Sherman Cup and Davidson Shield @Temple park

Wednesday training.

Members wishing to train at Whitley Bay Track are advised that the arrival time is 7-00pm and the start time is 7-15.  This has begun to slip over the years. We need to start on time. Anyone coming after 7-15 will not be warmed up in time for the main session. If the coach feels you're not warmed up he may sideline you for the session. Again 7-00 for 7-15 start.

Harrier league entries

Here is the list of our entries for the Start Fitness NE Harrier League. Please check your name and your age category and starting pack.  Let Steve know if you think anything is wrong or you have not been included at all (and intend to run).

It is your responsibility.  If you run from the wrong pack (or in the wrong race!!) you will be disqualified which never looks good on your CV.

Please note that the club pays £2 per named runner, so if your name is there, the club has paid for you- please try to turn out and support the club by racing.

Extra entries can be made later in the season at £3 per runner but there are no entries on the day for the first race.

Juniors coaching opportunities

England Athletics run 'Athletics Award' courses for young people 14yrs + who are interested in getting into athletics coaching.  The next course is at Gateshead Academy of Sport (10am to 1pm) and the cost is £30.

This might be of interest to some of our older junior members especially those who might be studying PE at GCSE or A level and or who want to go into sports careers.

The club will cover the cost for anyone who wants to do the course and will then commit to helping out with training sessions at the club- especially for the beginners.

If you are interested please contact sasha (sasha.gartside@ncl.ac.uk) 

Farringdon relays- Sat 3rd September

Well done all who pitched up at Farringdon today.  Great performances - especially big shout outs for Ethan Bond (1st U11 boy), Faye Landlass (1st U11 girl), and Rhian Purves (1st U17 girl). 

Gosforth summer relays results

Full results of the Gosforth Harriers summer relays are below.
Many thanks to our timers, recorders, runners and the IT crowd (Fiona and Lizzie)
pdf versions teamsindividuals and prizes

results of the junior 1 mile race.

Results Junior 1mile race 14th August 2016- well done everyone 

Sparvarger Mile 20th July

Best ever club  turn out for Club Mile races ! and a new club record for Kieron Mutch in the U13 boys (5:10.00)

Thanks to all the members and their families who supported the event. And to those who did not turn up for what ever reason, (maybe nakkie at being last ) you missed a good nights racing.

Results now in

Rising Sun Parkrun- Sat 16th July

Massive shout out to our Gosforth ladies who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Rising Sun.  well done Rachael, Ruth and Louise


A Club thank you to those who represented Gosforth in the NEYDL on Sun 26th June. George Wilson, Wesley Croom, Thomas Spreadbury, Luis White, Caryes Purves, Kieran Mutch, Rebecca Wren, Geordie Cheetham, Stephen Bennison, Patrick Donald, Joe Ramshaw, Mark Walker, Ted Ramsay, Abigail Bedford ,Abigail Nicholson, Faye Lancaster, Sophie Mutch, Rachel Rees and Rhian Purves,
and of course team manager Sam Purves. Training at the track this Wed 29th. 100m, 200m, 1500m, and Mile races at the N.E. Grand Prix at Gateshead on the same night 29th.


Ladies.. It's that time of the year again. Anita Nott ladies only race Monday 27th June 7:30pm Jesmond Dene.
Online entry is at : http://www.raceentry.co.uk/heaton or there's a paper version on the Heaton Harriers website.
Always a great, friendly race, let's make it a record turnout this year- and then go to the pub

Gosforth Harriers - All wi' smiling' faces

Congratulations to all the Gosforth Harriers who raced down the Scotswood road to Blaydon. There was a record turnout of 43 green and whites all with smilin' faces, several first timers and some monster PBs.  full results:

31:31           Gareth Driscoll

32:05           Darren McBain (PB)

35:00           Matthew Gwilym

35:04           Simon Daniels (monster PB)

35:09           Maurice Bourke

35:14           Adam Ewart

35:28           Mark Katory

35:39           Helen Warburton

35:41           Marc Oldham (monster PB)

35:58           Stuart Norman

36:20           Kevin Thomas

36:34           Neil Ramsay

36:47           Stephen 'the Chief' Boddy

36:50           Richard McQuade (monster PB)

37:03           Martin Lloyd (monster PB)

37:28           Ruth Oldham (PB)

38:02           Chris Imrie

38:09           Steven Bond (monster PB)

38:26           Sophie Daniels (monster PB)

39:04           Louise Watson (monster PB)

39:37           Jonny McKale

40:06           Sarah Seymour (monster PB)

40:39           Susan Driscoll

40:56           Carmen Guy

40:56           Phil Guy

41:18           Silvia Moffatt

41:47           Sam Birch-Machin

43:01           Vicky Mcintyre

44:16           David Peacock

44:49           David W Anderson (PB)

46:17           Elizabeth Evans (monster PB)

46:28           Susan Guy (monster PB)

46:49           Joanna Katory

47:02           Juliet Birch-Machin

47:09           Sasha Gartside (monster PB)

47:32           Jane Chippendale

48:18           Fiona Waugh

48:55           Trevor Bird

49:06           Tim Watson

49:13           Sarah Rees

50:35           John Buswell

50:58           Hannah Fletcher

52:51           Irene Ewart
Thanks to all the supporters along the way

Sparvarger Mile

This year's Sparvarger mile will be held on the evening of Wednesday 20th July.  This is the club mile championship and there are trophies aplenty to be fought for.  Get your training plans organized it should be PBs all the way.

Come rain or shine...

Please be reminded that training takes place come rain or shine.  Last night's turn out at the track was pretty poor.  Those who braved the weather (which wasn't that bad after all) included:-Joe, Jack, and Georgia Anderson, Steve and Ethan Bond, Mark Walker, Carys and Rhian Purves, Rachel and Sarah Rees, Rebecca Wren, Emily Zibe, Amy Ellis, Steve Boddy, Zack Wylie, Patrick Donald, Thomas Spreadbury, Geordie Cheetham, Richard McQuade and Sasha Gartside, Marc Oldham, the new   bloke, Andy and of course, the ever present Mr Colin Haggie. 
Lucky Colin never looks out the window and decides against it!

NECAA Track and Field Championships

Well done to all the Gosforth Athletes who competed in the North Eastern Counties T&F Champs at Gateshead Stadium on 14th/15th May

Junior results are on the junior page

Seniors:  Great PBs from Zack (the flash) Wylie in the 1500m (4:20.72) and Harriet (2nd claim) Buswell breaking 18 min in the 5000m (17:51.26).in 3rd place.

Then we have Helen Warburton 2nd Sen Ladies 1500m.

Gordon Smith Wallsend Relays- 11th May

Great results from the Gosforth Harriers at Wallsend relays.

ladies A team were 4th and Men's A team 7th.  well done all.

Coaching qualifications opportunities

The club has a growing membership and is keen to increase the quota of qualified coaches and volunteers.

The club can offer financial support to any member to gain a formal coaching qualification as long as they will commit to using that qualification for the benefit of the club e.g. helping out with coaching on a flexible basis when needed.  UK athletics runs coaching courses locally at coaching assistant and higher levels.  Please contact Sasha or committee@gosforth-harriers.org for details.

NEXT local coaching assistant course is at Shildon, Co Durham,  Sat 18th & Sun 19th June 2016

Appeal for help with juniors Mondays 6pm

This is an appeal to anybody who can help out with the coaching and supervision of the Monday night (6pm) junior training group. We have an ever increasing number of  junior members, and currently do not have enough adults to service this need.

Louise Watson, Steve Boddy, John Buswell, Kevin and Mark Thomas and Co have done a brilliant job in co-ordinating the training, however, they need our support.

We hope to set up a rota with 5 adults available each Monday night to assist the junior session. We need supervision for the juniors who train on the playing field at the clubhouse as well as for those that go out running on the roads. Parents of juniors are particularly encouraged to help out- you don't have to be a runner!. 

Please contact Matt at committee@gosforth-harriers.org or message Matt via facebook.

Once we know roughly how many adults we have available, we can start to think about how to organise a rota that will work for everybody.

NEMAA- Masters Road relays 4th May

Well done to all who represented the club at the masters relays.  there are a few pictures on the GHAC facebook page- the results will be out sometime!

 North East Youth Development League. NEYDL.
Thanks to all our Juniors who helped swell the points total for the combined Wallsend and Gosforth Team 01-05-16.
Carys and Rhian Purves, Amy Ellis, Olivia Katory, Abigail Nicholson, Emily Zibe, Rachel Rees,  Kieron Mutch, Joe Ramshaw, Geordie Cheetham, and Patrick Donald.  A Small band but perfectly formed. Not mention our team manager, so I won't. Just kidding, Our very own Sam 'Tuck Shop' Purves.  

Spring Relays at Whitley Bay. Sun 10th April
Early season success for our juniors with wins in the U/13 Girls 4 x 200 and 4 x 800 U/15 Boys 4 x 800 and U/17 Ladies 4 x 300m. We also finished teams in the U/11's 4 x 100, U/13 Boys 4X200 and 4x800, U/15 Girls 4x200 and 4x800 U/15 Boys 4x200 and 4x800 with the U/17 Ladies 2nd in the 4x800. The u/17 /Senior men finished  teams in the 4x400 and 4x800
Thanks to the athletes, family and friends, who supported the event.

Northern 12/6 stage road relays

Northern 12/6 stage road relay, 2nd April, Silkswood Sports complex, SUNDERLAND.  
The ladies (Beth, Susan, Florence, Helen, Lucy and Louise) pulled out a series of fantastic individual performances making a great overall team effort.  The team finished 18th in a very competitive field of 32 teams.  Full results here. Well done lasses.
Men's results just in (Gareth, James, Zack, Darren, Kevin, Richard, Steve, Chris, Marc, Matt, Simon, Neil) team came 36th out of 44.  Well done lads.

North East Youth Development League (NEYDL)
The club junior section have been entered into the above league which caters for U/13 U/15 & U/17 male and female. this will give additional competition during the summer. There is a full list of events available ie, H J,L J, Shot  Discus, JT 100m 200m 800m etc etc..
The league dates are 1st May at Hexham
                                      22nd May Jarrow
                                     26th June Jarrow
                                     17th July Whitley Bay
All Sundays

Elswick Good Friday Relays

Very well done to the massive number of runners we had out today. 

It was great to see 27 ladies running including lots of 15 and 16 year olds -although having so many ladies teams caused some confusion in the start gate, that's the price you pay for being such a great club.

Well done to the men as well and to the junior teams who did very well.

Go Gosforth!

Harrier League wrap up

Gosforth Harriers bossed it at the harrier league today.  great junior performances and the culmination of a terrific season for the ladies team - winners of Division 3 and the men's team - 2nd in division 2.  Both promoted!

Ladies be extra proud of yourselves- in 2011/12 we had one runner in one race, in 2012/13 three runners competed and we had a team (3) in 2 races, in 2013/14 seven ladies ran and we had a team in 3 races, in 2014/15 12 ladies ran and we had a team in every race. This year 11 ladies competed, we had a team (4) in all races and we won the division.  Go Gosforth!

North Eastern Counties

Congratulations to Rhian Purves and Olivia Katory in representing the North Eastern Counties and Gosforth Harriers at the Intercounties C.C.Champs on Sat 12th March. 

Athletics competition for years 3-6

NOTAN (North of Tyne Athletics Network) are running a grand Prix competition for school years 3-6 on Saturdays and Sundays in May, June and July. Events including 50m sprint-600m, long jump and howler throw. For details see here

National Cross country championships 2016

Well done to all our runners at the national Cross country Championships at Donnington Sat 27th Feb.

Great Performances in the green and white from Rebecca, Carys, Rhian and Rachel for the juniors, Harriet, Sarah and Sasha for the senior women, Zack Wylie in the junior men, and Steve 'the body' Boddy, Maurice 'the mover' Bourke, Martin 'Billy' Lloyd, Sam 'the shrug' Gant, luxury Kevin Thomas, miserable Steve Bond, and rear of the year Richard McQuade for the senior men.

Royal signals relays -20th Feb

Great performances from the Gosforth teams at Hetton Lyons
results are now available for the

first race -senior ladies, vet ladies and over 50 men,

second race here

Well done everyone, Especially good to have so many teams out and so many of our young members running

Track season- advance warning

The track season starts in April.

This year the club will take part in the North East Youth Development League (NEYDL) in a combined team with Wallsend Harriers

The meets are: 

Sunday 1st May, Sunday 22nd May, Sunday 26th June, Sunday 17th July- 

NOTE that we need to supply adult volunteers to rake the long jump pit, move the hurdles, measure the javelin etc and parents of competing juniors will be expected to volunteer. 

In addition, there are 6 meets for juniors and seniors in the North East Grand Prix at Jarrow and Gateshead on Wednesday evenings

27th April - NEGP 1 @ Jarrow  (inc NECAA/open 10000m Championships)
8th June - NEGP 2 @ Jarrow (inc 800m for Jimmy Hedley Cup)
29th June - NEGP 3 @ Gateshead (inc Mile for Stan Long Trophy)
20th July - NEGP 4 @ Gateshead
10th August - NEGP 5 @ Jarrow
24th August - NEGP 6 @ Gateshead

full details to follow

N/umberland Schools results under 'Juniors'. 2-1st places 1 2nd Place.'' Rock on Tommy''


These were due in Oct 2015. Please pay A.S.A.P.
You can pay by bank transfer into the Gosforth Harriers TSB account number 10542768 and sort  code 77-20-33 (Please do not use Bankers Draft  for kit etc, only Subscriptions)

Cheques and cash payments gratefully received. Cheques made payable to Gosforth Harriers.

Family                              £90 (2 )  + £25 for each additional person

Senior                              £60   

OAP/student/ associate   £50

Junior                               £45

If you don't pay- you are not a member!

Sat Jan 2nd's training at a windy and rain soaked  Weetslade was enthusiastically supported by, Jack Anderson Joseph Anderson Georgia Anderson, Amy Ellis, Rhian Purves, Carys Purves, Geordie Cheetham, Patrick Donald, Joe Ramshaw, Rachel Rees, Sarah Rees, Sasha 1000mls Gartside, Irene Ewart, Mark Walker, Kieron 'can't get the spelling right' Mutch, Sophie Mutch, Faye Landless, Faye Lancaster, Miranda Debski, Paul 'Gold Top' Waggot, Trevor Bird, Steve 'shaken and stirred'  Bond, Ethan 'the grafter' Bond, David Rafffle, Maurice Bourke, Holly 'never comes late' Willis, Zack 'grind it out' Wylie and the 'Hexham Destroyer' Rebecca Wren.
Keep up the good work in 2016.

The committee of Gosforth Harriers wish all our members and friends good health and more success in the coming year, Lets have more representation in the local road races by our seniors!! 

Christmas training and the Turkey trot, Results now out.

Gosforth Harriers are hard as nails- it's official

The conditions at the North Eastern Cross Country Championships were brutal for runners and spectators alike.  The following people competed for the club and deserve a medal each-. heroes!

Niamh Bell, Amy Ellis, Catriona Pascal, Carys Purves, Grace Quinnin, Rebecca Wren, Emily Zibe, Joseph Anderson, Wesley Croom, Keiron Mutch, Thomas Spreadbury, Georgia Anderson, Sophie Mutch, Rhian Purves, Rachel Rees, Jack Anderson, Geordie Cheetham, David Raffle, Joseph Ramshaw, Olivia Hanlon, Holly Willis, Florence McPate, Harriet Buswell, Jane Chippendale, Susan Driscoll, Sasha Gartside, Beth Larby, Kayleigh Nugent, Ruth Oldham, Sarah Rees, Zack Wylie, Mark Thomas, Dave Bell, Steve Boddy, Steven Bond, Maurice Bourke, Matt Gwilym, Kevin Knight, Martin Lloyd, Simon Daniels, Darren McBain, Richard McQuade, Paul Waggot

Special shout outs for Rhian Purves - NECAA U15 champion, Harriet Buswell, who came a massively impressive 15th in the senior ladies, Jane and Kayleigh who were first timers!

Thanks to all who supported and helped pitch the tent, take it down, warm frozen toes and dry copious tears.


Next on the list is the Turkey Trot on Boxing Day-keep up the training.

National Cross country Championships

The provisional timetable of the Nationals at Donnington on 27st Feb is as follows:-

11:00am U17 Women – 5K

11:25am U15 Boys – 4.5K

11:45am Junior Women – 6K

12:15pm U13 Girls – 3K

12:35pm U 17 Men – 6K

1:00pm U 15 Girls – 4K

1:20pm Junior Men – 10K

2:05pm U 13 Boys – 3K

2:20pm Senior Women – 8K

3:00pm Senior Men – 12K

If anyone plans to stay overnight before and/or after the event, the suggested accommodation for the club is the Nottingham Riverside Travelodge.  This is 14 miles (23 minutes drive) away from the venue but there is a Pub/restaurant on site and it is handy for a night out in Nottingham!  This is just the suggested hotel, other hotels are available nearer to Castle Donnington if you prefer.

You must arrange your own accommodation.

Last chance to get limited edition T shirt

Kit man Kevin has a few limited edition T shirts left printed with Drew Graham's painting. The shirts are £12 and all profits are going to the rehabilitation fund for Drew who was badly injured in an accident last September.

The T shirt is available in junior and senior sizes- see Kevin to place your order.

Harrier League #3- Druridge Bay

Great work by the senior/vet men and ladies on Saturday- both are in 1st position in their Divisions and are poised for promotion.

Next harrier league is Jan 9th Town Moor but before that we have the North eastern cross country championships 12 December at Sedgefield.  If you signed up, you must show up on the day or you will be charged your entry fee.  Let's have a 100% turnout!!

Harrier league #2- Aykley Heads

Congratulations to all Gosforth harriers who competed on a very difficult course at Aykley Heads.  As they say on Masterchef 'Running doesn't get much tougher than this' actually it's 'cooking doesn't....-but you know what I mean.

Special shout out for our under 11 and 13 first timers- there are a few photos in the gallery.

U13 girls came 1st, Ladies 2nd in Div 3 and Men 3rd in Div 2.

Next Harrier League is Sat 28th November at Druridge Bay- just time to dry your vest (and your tears).

For information about the Harrier league and results go to http://www.harrierleague.com/ 

Also see our own Harrier League 2015/6 page and the guide for new runners.

Facebook group

Just a reminder to everyone that GHAC has a Facebook group which we use to share information, photos etc.  Everyone is encouraged to join.  If you use Facebook, just search for groups and send a request.  All members will be admitted.

Heaton Road Races now available under (Results)

Club time trial

Well done to all who raced the GHAC time trial Sunday1st November.

First home in the senior race was Louise Watson, followed by Carmen Guy and Jonny McKale.

The junior race was won by Robbie Boddy.

full results to follow  

Results now up on Results. BOOM!  BOOM!


Subs are due.  You can pay by bank transfer into the Gosforth Harriers TSB account

account number 10542768 and sort code77-20-33.

Please make sure it is clear who you are paying for in the reference.  If you wish to pay quarterly divide the total approximately by 4 and make a note in the reference (e.g. Brown Jnr £15 30 to pay- put as much info in the reference as you can fit. Other payments will be due Dec 1st , March 1st and June 1st.

Family                              £90 (2 )  + £25 for each additional person

Senior                              £60   

OAP/student/ associate   £50

Junior                               £45

Cheques and cash will also be accepted by Colin but online payment is preferred.


Thanks to all who attended and took part in the AGM.


The main news is that Matt Gwilym, Marc Oldham, and Martin LLoyd have agreed to join the committee.   Lucy Gwilym was proposed and seconded outside of the meeting and will take on the role of Ladies' Captain. Marc will take on the role of Treasurer as John Smith has stepped down. Sasha will become secretary of the Club as Gordon has stepped down.

Thanks to those who have served on the committee and those who continue to do so.


The members voted by very large majority to accept the rise in subscription fees proposed by the committee.  Arrangements for paying by bank transfer and also quarterly if required will be communicated to you all very soon.


Family            £90 (2 )  + £25 for each additional person

Senior             £60

OAP/student/ associate   £50

Junior               £45  


The minutes of the meeting will be available on the website as soon as we have typed them up!

Next committee meeting Thursday 12th November.

Sherman Cup/Davidson Shield Competition, &clubs C.C.Champs

Well done to all who ran at Temple Park.  the results of the handicap are on the Club notice board.

Please remember Gosforth Harriers is a competitive running club, as such encourages members through good training methods  to build confidence in their ability to be successful in competition. Please make every effort to train on Sat if not racing.    

Lapsed Gosforth Harrier races to 2nd in World Mountain Running  Champs in Wales.

Emmie Collinge running for GB finished 2nd in Senior Ladies World Mountain Running Champs in Wales at the weekend, also securing a Gold medal in the team event.
Well done Emmie from all your friends at Gosforth Harriers.
If you get sick of Switzerland you know who to call.

Cross country season 2015/16

It's the cross country season.  The first Harrier league meet is this Saturday at Tanfield.  Pick up your number at training on Monday or Wednesday.  see Colin for a map of the venue if you haven't been before.  

For newbies info about running the Harrier league is on the dedicated Harrier League page


Sat 26th Sep 2015 - Tanfield #1

Sat 10th Oct 2015 - Temple Park (Sherman Cup/Davidson shield) Including the club XC Championships. (Harrier League Number also required for this event)

Sat 21st Nov 2015 - Aykley Heads #2

Sat 28th Nov 2015 - Druridge Bay #3

Sat 12th Dec 2015 Northeastern X-C championships, Sedgefield

10th Jan 2016 - Newcastle Town Moor  #4

Sat 30th Jan 2016 Northern Athletics X-C  Championships, Blackburn

Sat 6th Feb NE Masters AA, Wallsend

Sat 27th Feb 2016  ECCA National X-C Championships 

Sat 5th Mar 2016 - Alnwick #5

Sat 19th Mar 2016 - Wrekenton #6

Retain your number as you need it for all the H/Leagues

+ the Sherman Cup and the Davidson Shield races. Replacements will be expensive.

Thanks to one and all,  (KT&MT)

I would like to thank all those who gave so generously towards the purchase of my mountain Bike, to say I was gobsmacked was an under statement, my gob has never been so smacked. I now feel embarassed about not making the prize night. I hope riding this new machine with the streamlined saddle will enable me to fulfil my lifetime ambition to sing as a alto in the Choir of St Nicholas Cathedral. Col H.

Thursday night runs

From 24th September Thursday night training will stat at Bohemians.  Please remember to wear light or reflective clothing as the evenings darken.

Farringdon Cross Country  Races

Excellent turnout and performances at Farringdon, Saturday 5th September.  Results are now available at  http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2015/farringdon.pdf


Special shout-outs for Rhian Purves (1st U15 girl), Patrick Donald (2nd U15 boy), Rachael Lundgren (2nd senior lady), Will Buswell (5th senior man) and the Senior men's A team who were 6th.

Club veteran records

Gosforth Harriers is looking to establish club veteran records on the track and road. If you know of stellar performances by men over 40 or women over 35 please let Colin or Sasha know.

''Club Records go''!

Rhian Purves and Kieran Mutch both improved on long standing records, Kieran running as a  U13boy ran 5.14.5 for the mile and Rhian  running as a U/15 Girl ran 5.2.9 for the mile, Rhian followed this up by improving the U/15 and U/17 1500m best down to 4.36.2. winning by 35sec.

Club Mile Championships under 'Results'

English Schools AA

This weekend saw the English Schools Athletics Association championships come to Gateshead.


Gosforth runner Rhian Purves competed for Northumberland in the 1500m Junior Girls. Rhian went through the heats on Friday and came 8th of 12 in Saturday's final with a new pb .of 4:42.61

Fantastic running Rhian!

Annual General Meeting- important information

The AGM will be held on 12th October 2015 at 8pm at Bohemians

Due to substantially increased costs of UK Athletics registration, rental of Bohemians and the track as well as increased race entry fees, it will be proposed at the AGM that subs will rise as follows:

Family (currently £60)             £90 (2 )  + £25 for each additional person

Senior (currently £45)             £60

OAP/student (currently £35)   £50

Junior (currently £30)              £45  


If you wish to comment on this proposal in advance of the meeting or wish to raise any other points for the agenda please contact the committee on committee@gosforth-harriers.org

Note that the committee is elected at the AGM.  Current members wishing to stay on the committee as well as new members must be proposed and seconded,  and voted in at the meeting.  This year the post of treasurer will become vacant- any member wishing to stand for this post or for other committee positions should seek a proposer and a seconder.  Committee members are expected to attend monthly meetings and to take an active role in the administration of the club and its events.

All members are encouraged to attend the AGM

NEGP Gateshead stadium 1st July

Great results from the juniors on Wednesday night.  PBs in the  800m from Rhian Purves 2:17, Patrick Donald 2:12 ,  Jack Anderson 2:38.0 and Joseph Anderson 2:40.2.

Carys Purves 200m U13G 34.1

Rachel Rees 800m U15G 2:36.9

Stephen Bennison 800m U15B 2:36.8

Mark Thomas 200m JM 26.3

well done to all.  full results are here

 Anita Nott Women Only Run

Well done to those who ran the Anita Nott memorial race in Jesmond Dene, Monday 29th June

1st Gosforth lady home was Lucy Gwilym in 21:51 (23rd place).  Congratulations to Sarah Rees who was first in her category, and Fiona Waugh who was third in hers.  The Gosforth team was 10th with Lucy, Susan Croney Driscoll and Sarah Seymour the counters.

full results are available here

Thanks to Louise, Vicky Rachel and the lads who supported and thanks to Heaton harriers for organization

Hadrian's Wall half Marathon

Congratulations to our four runners who tackled the Hadrian's Wall Half Marathon Sunday 28th June.  Some pretty tidy performances doing the club proud...

22nd Kevin Thomas        1:38:13 1st MV55 and a new category course record

83th Louise Watson        1:48:57 1st LV40

91st Ruth Oldham           1:50:23 2nd LV40

118th Richard McQuade  1:54:18

Weetslade relays

Great turnout at Weetslade Wednesday 24th.  Photos in the twitter feed

Provisional results are here

Thanks to captain Steve for all the (bloody) organization

North Eastern Counties Track & Field Championships 2015
Sat 23rd May
U/13 Girls 800m
Ht 1 4th Rebecca Wren      2.40.06 pb
Final 7th                               2.42.89
U/13 Boys 1500M  Final
5th Kieran Mutch                5.03.9 pb

U/15 Girls 3000m Final
1st Rhian Purves                10.47.84 pb and NEW CLUB RECORD
3rd Sophie Mutch               12.02.70 pb
Sun 24th May
U/13 Boys 800m
Ht1 4th Kieran Mutch        2.32.27 pb
Final 7th                               2.42.84

U/15 Girls 1500m Final
1st Rhian Purves                 4.56.84
13th Sophie Mutch             5.43.67

U/15 Boys 3000m Final
2nd Patrick Donald             10.04.67 pb

Senior Men 800m Final
3rd Jack Reed                      2.00.99

Thanks to those who represented the club in the championships,  out of 7 competitors we came away with 2 firsts 1 second and 2 third placings .   We need to encourage more members to participate in these championships as there were medals to be won in the middle distance events.     

Gordon Smith (Wallsend) relays

Stunning results at the Wallsend relays...

8 teams out and 3rd place for the ladies A team (Beth, Ruth and Helen). Upwards and onwards....



3   Beth Larby          13:29    Ruth Oldham       13:53      Helen Warburton  13:20         40:42

17 Susan Croney    14:22    Lucy Gwilym         14:26      Louise Watson     15:01         43:49

35 Vicky McIntyre    15:40    Sarah Seymour    15:58     Sarah Rees          16:34         48:12

54 Elizabeth Evans  17:15    Sue Guy               17:56     Sarah Gartside     17:09         52:20


22 Matt Gwilym     11:56        Zack Wylie           12:12      Phil Guy                 12:54       37:02

26 Tom Coates     11:52       Kevin Thomas       13:36      Daniel Cartwright   12:14      37:42

40 Gareth Driscoll 11:37      Richard McQuade  13:46      Steve Bond           13:58       39:21

66 Mark Thomas   14:18      John Berry             14:21     Marc Oldham          14:46      43:25

North East Masters Road Relays Wed 6th May

Ladies A Team
Leg 1  6th Lucy Gwilym        13.08
Leg 2  8th  Louise Watson    13.06
Leg 3  5th Ruth Oldham        12.29
5th Team 38-48 
Ladies B Team

Leg 1 27th Sara Rees           14.55
Leg 2 32nd Irene Ewart       16.53
Leg 3 29th Fiona Waugh      15.23
29th Team  47-11
Mens A Team

Leg 1 16th Dave Bell            11.09
Leg 2 15th Marc Oldham      11.23
Leg 3 12th Matt Gwilym       10.54
12th Team 33-26.

Saturday Training Sessions

Juniors / Seniors,
Anyone who is a regular at Sat morning training and is unable to make the session could they please notify myself Colin H. on 07861315748 or 0191-2372288.  I would appreciate the consideration.

First aid and safeguarding children

TyneWear Sport are running first aid and safeguarding children courses over the next few months as follows. 

First Aid (3 hr) 

                      Thurs 16/07/2015 6-9 pm Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead, NE10 0EF

                      Wed 30/09/2015 6-9 pm Kenton School, Newcastle, NE3 3RU

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

                      Wed 19/08/2015 6-9 pm Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead, NE10 0EF

                      Wed 14/10/2015 6-9 pm Kenton School, Newcastle, NE3 3RU

the costs are £35 and £28 and these can be reimbursed by the club

If you coach or volunteer with the club and/or would like to do so, please consider signing up for these courses. To sign up on line go to http://www.necoursefinder.org/

Start fitness Northeast Grand Prix (NEGP)

The next Start fitness track and field grand prix meet is on  1 July (Gateshead Stadium)

Other meets are   22 July (Monkton stadium)  and 12 August (Gateshead Stadium).  Race distances from 100m upwards. Field events as well. U13, U15, U17 and senior categories.

Time to dust off your spikes and put your winter training to the test.  All runners are encouraged to compete.  This is what it's all about!

Entry is £3.00 per event.  see here for full programme

Thursday night training

With the lighter nights upon us Thursday night training will continue from Gosforth Park  opp Border Minstrel Hotel for 6-45.  Juniors and Seniors.

Grand Prix - the final results

With the final events in the Winter Grand Prix over and done, the numbers have been crunched and... (drum roll)

The runaway (!) winners are Helen Warburton and David Bell

both scored over 900 points through a combination of consistent participation (turning out for the club come rain or shine)  and excellent performance.

Rosettes for 2nd and 3rd places go to Susan Croney and Vicky McIntyre and Matt Gwilym and Kevin Thomas. Well done to all who took part.


Full final results for the ladies are here and for the men are here. To see details of the competition see here

12/6 stage road relays

Fantastic day out in Liverpool for the Northern 12/6 stage road relays.  Well done to all who ran- a full family affair for the Buswells.  A particular shout out to those who ran through twinges and runny noses didn't let the side down and to Steve and James for heroics!  Thanks also to HH for the coach share.

results available here http://www.race-results.co.uk

Harrier league- the final analysis

Congratulations to all who took part in the Start fitness NE harrier league this season.

In the overall team competition U13 girls came 9th, U13 boys 4th. U15 girls 4th. Patrick Donald was 6th U15 boy in the individual Grand Prix.

Senior ladies came 11th in Division 2, and senior men came 3rd in Division 2.

Notably we had a senior ladies team out at every race for the first time (ever!)- good work ladies.

Helen Warburton and Richard McQuade get a tee shirt for competing in the Sherman Cup/Davidson Shield, Northern's, Northeastern's, and at least 4 of the six Harrier Leagues- well done both.

National Cross-country championships

Well done to all who raced through the mud at Parliament Hill Saturday.  

Special congratulations to Rachael Lundgren, 29th in the senior ladies race- go girl!!

And thanks to those who stepped into the breach to ensure the senior men put out a team- you know who you are.

Royal Signals

Well done to all runners at the Royal Signals Saturday 14th.  Full results are now available here

New Winter Season Long Sleeved Tops Now Available



These tops are available for members to buy at a reduced price of £10 for Junior and £12 for Senior. See kit man Kevin Thomas for details.

Race sign up

Please sign up in the clubhouse or text Steve or Sasha if you want to race for the club.

Weetslade relays - June 24th

Durham summer relays - August

Watch the noticeboard, website and facebook page, Follow us on twitter

Coast to coast

Made It! Congratulations to the coast to coast relay team who were successful in their challenge of running from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. A fantastic effort by everybody involved.

Final total money raised was over £3,600.  Many thanks to all who contributed.

See Drew's message of support and thanks

Membership subs- now due

Subs for membership are now due. Despite the rise in UK athletics fees, prices are the same as last year

Family :  £60 for 2 members + £10 for every additional member 
Senior :  £45 inc. 
OAP / Unemployed / Student / Associate :   £35 inc. 
Junior :   £30 inc.

Membership includes UK Athletic registration

Please pay Gordon by check or cash as soon as possible

Club Sparvarger Mile/800m Championships Wed 16th July

U/11's 800m Championships

1st Kieron Mutch    

2nd George Wilson 

3rd Ethan Bond     

4th Joseph Anderson

5th Mark Walker    

6th  Carys Purves        

7th Naimh Bell 

8th Issac Doyle    

9th Max Gwilym 

10th Will McIntyre

11th Cameron Motion












U/13 Girls Mile

1st Grace Quinnin

2nd Eleanor McIntyre

3rd Abigail Bedford




U/13 Boys Mile

1st Stephen Bennison


U/15 Girls Mile

1st Rhian Purves

2nd Holly Willis

3rd Olivia Hanlon

4th Sophie Mutch

5th  Miranda Debski

6th Katija Hunt

7th  Sophie Bedford

8th  Ellie Vitty

9th Lucy Brown

10th Fay Milburn











U/15 Boys Mile

1st Patrick Donald


U/17 Ladies Mile

1st Helen Blades

2nd Mary Doyle



U/17 Men Mile

1st Scott Beatty


Junior Mens Mile

1st Jack Reed

2nd Zack Wylie 

3rd Adam Ewart




Senior Ladies Mile

1st Susan Croney

2nd Sara Seymour

3rd Lucy Gwilym 




Senior Mens Mile

1st Finn Brodie                  

2nd Tom Coates

3rd Gareth Driscoll

4th Matthew Gwilym





Vet Ladies Mile

1st Sasha  Gartside

2nd Irene Ewart



Vet Mens Mile

1st David J Bell

2nd John Musgrove

3rd Martin LLoyd

4th Richard McQuade

5th Steve Bond 

6th Martin Mears







Thanks to all those who supported the club races, and to the ones that stayed at home , you missed a good nights racing.

New membership form and codes of conduct

In line with good practice and the requirements for accreditation under the Clubmark scheme, Gosforth Harriers has launched a new membership form.

We require all current members to complete a new membership form and to sign to indicate that they have read and accept the relevant codes of conduct

Please click here to download a copy of the new membership form and here to view the code of conduct for seniorsjuniors and parents/carers.

Please hand your membership form to a member of the committee a.s.a.p

Keep up to date!

Remember to check this website for information about club events.

Members can join the Gosforth H & AC facebook group- just search for groups and send your request.