Fundraising for a bench in memory of three Club legends

Jarrow and Hebburn AC are raising funds for a bench in memory of John Keefe and fellow founding club members Tommy Power and Bob Charlton. John was a much-loved and respected figure on the North East running scene, a long-serving Club Committee member, race official and Secretary for the Harrier League, who sadly passed away in November last year. The memorial bench will take pride of place trackside at Monkton Stadium, for the benefit future generations of North East athletes, volunteers and officials. If you would like to make a donation to our fundraising efforts, please visit our JustGIving page here and read our tribute to John, Tommy and Bob. All donations will be gratefully received.

Return to training update

Return to training

From Monday 29 March, COVID-19 restrictions will be eased again, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people, or two households, will be permitted to take place outside. Outdoors sports facilities will also be allowed to open and organised outdoor sports will be permitted to resume. The ‘stay at home’ rule will end, although people are encouraged to minimise journeys and stay local. This means that Jarrow and Hebburn AC training sessions will resume, with no restrictions on numbers, as we are an affiliated club and therefore an organised sport (coaching ratios of 1:12 still apply). Social runs which do not form part of a club training session can take place, but only up to a limit of 6 people. Members can also travel to and from training, club activities and races.

Jarrow and Hebburn AC are also delighted to confirm that Monkton Stadium will reopen for outdoor sports and track use only from 29 March. Indoor sessions and gym will resume later, starting week beginning 12 April. Members should have received an email and/or communcations from their coach to confirm this. The charge per track session is £2, which reflects increased track charges, now that we are hiring the track, rather than people paying individually at reception. Several coaching groups have payment systems in place already. Some coaches will be selling batches of tokens (valued £2 each), which can then be exchanged for sessions, whilst others will take cash (please bring exact change). There is also the option to pay in blocks via BACS. For the purposes of Covid safety, the Club need to minimise the amount of cash handling that goes on, so your help with this will be appreciated. Solo track use on non-club nights can also be booked by phoning Monkton Stadium on 0191 489 1283. Please do not turn up at reception or try to book solo sessions through the Club.

Registers will once again be completed for every club session, to support NHS test and trace. Some groups are already using the Spond app to record attendances. Please DO NOT attend a club session if you feel unwell, even if you think it is just a cold. Everyone should make themselves aware of the main symptoms of COVID-19 (Dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste). Self-isolate and get a test if you experience any of these. Members should continue to social distance and wash/sanitise hands before and after sessions.

And continuing the good news, the Monkton track surface has been cleaned, so should be in good shape for our return. Further improvements to the Stadium and grounds will happen over the coming months. Big thanks to South Tyneside Council for continuing to support athletics and for facilitating our swift return.

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.