South Shields Landmark Challenge – Champions!

Race report by Carl Mowatt

South Shields Landmark Challenge – Sunday 27 December 2020

This years race was a little different than usual with COVID procedures in place, although the organisation from Luke Adams’ Run Eat Sleep was fantastic. Under normal circumstances, everyone starts together, but this year we had to pick our own start point and landmark. Jay and I (Carl), team BoMo (Bowley and Mowatt), planned our route strategically, looking for the quickest direction to hit the 14 named landmarks. We started and finished at the newest; the obelisk on the Lawe Top, then motored down the rocky steps to the Groyne and beyond to Marsden, before returning down the coast road via Westoe Colliery. We then went through both Marine Parks, and back up the bank to the finish at Lawe Top obelisk. Covering 9.23 miles in 1 hour 9 minutes, stopping for 14 photographs along the way and contending with Marsden old wooden steps, both up and down, we glided to our 3rd victory in the past 3 years. Team BoMo reclaimed the Run Eat Sleep Landmark Challenge – Champions 2020!

Remembering John Keefe

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club wish to announce the very sad passing of one of its oldest and dearest members, John Keefe.

John was a member of the club from 1945 when he lived in Shakespeare Avenue in Hebburn. He joined the club from the Army Cadets, and the town’s Youth Organisation Committee’s works, instituted by the club’s founder Sir John Jarvis. John became an integral part of the club’s success in those early years, together with training friends like Tommy Power.

John (Left) training with Tommy Power

John raced for the club for decades and was Club Captain in the 1950s. He was incredibly a club member over nine decades! He was a key part of the club’s relay squads over all sprint distances and the mile. John was a multiple individual winner at a host of events both locally and on our travels.

Winning in Berwick

Most importantly is the life John breathed into the club. Those nine decades were notable for consistent club support. He attended all club events, supporting us at races and at formal functions. He was one of those people whose camaraderie was so important to club life.

John, bottom right, amongst other legends like Bob Charlton, Tommy Power, and Jimmy Hedley.

He was also a prominent, regular, and popular part of the regional athletics scene, with involvement as an official at that level.

John on the right as Steve Cram wins his warm-up race at Gateshead for the 1983 World Championship win.

Steve Cram, as Club President, sums up John perfectly in his own words, “John was an immense presence in the club and the wider athletics community, somewhat belying his quiet, gentle manner. He continually gave up his time and energy to help others enjoy our great sport and never sought thanks or reward. As a youngster I first thought he exuded authority and stature, but I grew to appreciate his calming approach and his natural wisdom and intelligence. John commanded enormous respect from all those around him for many reasons but perhaps because he was incredibly reliable and always fair and polite. Just a really nice person.  He was forever encouraging to me and I will always remember his warm smile and kindly words.” Steve Cram CBE

When the club celebrated its 80th anniversary, John was one of the few members awarded a prestigious Jarvis Award. We will greatly miss him.

John Keefe

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletic Club – 1945 to 2020

Run Northumberland Bamburgh 10k

Race Report by Carl Smith

On Sunday 1 November a few of the Jarra gang headed up the Northumberland Coast for the Run Northumberland Bamburgh 10km. The weather was dry but very windy and a real challenge of a course.  First home for the gang was Andrew Laidler in 36:59 13th overall, next was Garry Reay in 37:54 16th overall and 1st in V50 category, Carl Smith was next home 39:21 and in 20th place. Alexis Dodd was next home and was first placed female in a time of 39:49 21st overall. Darren Parks finished in 25th place in 40:34 and was 2nd in the V45 category then we had Peter Dodd 30th in 42:10. Paul Simpson also had a fantastic race running 42:51 winning the V55 category finishing 34th overall. There was also a team prize for both male and female teams, with Jarrow men’s team seemingly finishing first, although this had not been confirmed at the time of writing this report. Well done everyone on a day full of prizes!

Results are now available here.

Mowza’s 100 mile Heritage Challenge

Congratulations to Jarrow and Hebburn AC legend Carl ‘Mowza’ Mowatt, who ran an astonishing 101.4 miles in 23 hours 6 minutes, to raise money for Guide Dogs. His epic challenge started in the early hours of Saturday 24 October, taking in the entirety of the Tyne and Wear Heritage Way, and finished on South Shields seafront early on Sunday 25 October. Carl smashed his fundraising target of £5000, raising enough money to provide a canine companion to someone who is blind. You can still donate via his JustGiving page. Thank you to everyone who supported him before, during and after his challenge, including members from both Jarrow and Hebburn AC and South Shields Harriers. You can watch highlights from this amazing feat on YouTube and here is the write up in the Shields Gazette.

NECAA Open Meeting – Morpeth


Race report by Carl Smith

On Sunday 18 October, Jarrow and Hebburn travelled to Morpeth again for the NECAA open meeting, incorporating the Jimmy Hedley trophy (800m) and the Stan Long trophy (1 mile). The day was dry and wind-free and fantastic day for the athletics.

Nicola Caygill ran in the 200m in a time of 25.61 and Rebecca Harrison ran in the 800m in a time of 2:31:25.

In the Stan Long mile, Helen Johnson ran 6:38, Jenna Killock 5:45, Alexis Dodds 5:23, Darcey Tullis 5:42, Garry Reay 5:11 and Carl Smith 5:14.

In the long jump Lexi Brown jumped 4.62m, Tom Paterson jumped 5.82m and Ruby Atkinson jumped 3.76m.

In the shot Ruby Atkinson threw 8.04m, Rebecca Harrison 8.35m, Ellie O`halloran 6.77m and Poppy Doherty 6.53m.

Ellie O`halloran also threw 15.90m in the discus.

Well done to all the athletes in todays event, everyone has done so well.

Beamish Trail 10k – 11th October 2020

Race report by Andrew Laidler

Another race weekend, and another group of Jarrow and Hebburn AC runners turned out for the Wild Deer event on the trails surrounding Beamish Hall. A very well organised and socially distanced event, with runners starting in small waves of 6 at regular intervals. The tea/coffee/bacon sarnies waiting at the finish line was a nice touch.

The course was as challenging as we expected with a lot of climbing, about as much mud and probably more swearing as runners made their way around the route.


Tyne Ultra 55k and Darlington Harriers Back to Track III

Race reports by Carl Smith

Hello lads and lasses, here are some results from recent races. First of all, we have Carl Mowatt who ran the Tyne Ultra 55K on the 3rd of October, finishing 1st in his age category and 17th overall. Carl is also doing a 100 mile run all in one go on 24th October, to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind and would appreciate any donations on his Just Giving page. If anyone would like to support him on his epic journey it would be mostly appreciated.

The next race was held by Darlington Harriers at the Eastbourne Sports Complex on Saturday 10th October, with Hazelle Webster-Costella running a fantastic time of 5:55 in the 1 mile event. A huge well done to both members.

North Eastern Counties and NEMAA 3000m Championships

Race day report by Carl Smith

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. Sunday  saw several Jarra Lads and Lasses travel to Morpeth for the North Eastern Counties and the NEMAA 3000m Championships on the track. I must apologise in advance, as there was several events I was unable to watch due to the restrictions.

First up we had all our junior athletes: Rebecca Harrison ran 13:18 in the 75m hurdles and also took part in the long jump, jumping 4.17m, Lexi Brown ran 14:03 in the 80m hurdles in the U17 cat. We had 2 Juniors in the 800m: Darcey Tullis who ran a 2:36 in the FU13, winning gold in her category, with a new PB. Owen Hedley also got a PB, with a fantastic time of 2:16.

In the long jump and triple jump Tom Paterson won gold in both with jumps of 6.21m long jump (New PB) and 11.95m in the triple jump. Grace Arthur also competed in the long jump, jumping 4.12m and the shot put, coming third in her age category with a throw of 8.90m, Poppy Doherty also got a bronze in the shot put in her age group with a throw of 7.94m and also threw 23.01 in the Javelin. A huge well done to all our junior athletes for turning up and giving it your all. Every one of you have worked your socks off.

The NEMAA (Masters) 3000m Championship also took place at the same venue. First up we had ladies captain Alexis Dodd. This was her first event back after injury, but she ran a nicely timed race, then with the last 800m started to gain a good lead, winning with a time of 10:58. Garry Reay finished 3rd overall in his race and took gold in the men’s over 50 category, in a superb time of 10:21 (New PB). Carl Smith ran 10:33 in the last event. Huge well done every one of you and a big shout out to JHAC members Marsha Jobling and Conal Tufnell for helping marshal the events.

And also racing Sunday were Michael Mcnally, Carl Mowatt and Jay Bowley, who took part in the Falls and Castle trail race in North Yorkshire. Jay finished 3rd, which is amazing considering the ground and the weather during the week. Carl Mowatt is raising money for a 100 mile run hes doing at the end of the month, so it would be fantastic if all club members could all donate a little something, as Carl is exceptional person and always a great host when we go to The Lakeside Inn for drinks and food. Here is a link to Carl’s JustGiving fundraising page.

Photos courtesy of Stuary Whitman Photographer

NECAA 2020 Cross Country Championships – CANCELLED

The NECAA 2020 Cross Country Championships at Sedgefield on 12 December 2020 have unfortunately been cancelled.

Here is a statement from the NECAA:

“It is with regret and reluctancy the NECAA have decided to cancel the 2020 cross country championships in their established form to be hosted by Sedgefield Harriers. The publication of the England Athletics `Return to Cross Country Competition` makes planning a championship with a big entry difficult plus the ongoing uncertainty during the pandemic and specifically procedures to keep everyone safe.

The NECAA are looking into possible alternatives including split championships. Dates and venues will be advertised when known.

In the meantime, the NECAA encourage clubs to stage small local inter club events under the EA guidelines to keep athletes competitively fit and motivated. The sport evolved from local inter club competitions”.