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”.

Race Reports – Dalton Park 10k and Derwent Reservoir 10k, 5k

Race Reports by Carl Smith, JHAC Senior Men’s Captain

Dalton Park 10k – Sunday 23 August

Three men ran the Dalton Park 10km: Andrew Laidler, Darren Parks and Garry Reay. This was the first race for all of the lads since everything has been cancelled due to this nasty virus. The start was staggered 5 mins apart in groups of 6. The weather was spot on for racing and it was a wind free dry and warm day, if only the same could said about the new route, which wasn’t the easiest of 10kms and definitely not a PB course. Andrew was first of the Jarra lads to be sent away and was the first home also in a impressive time of 35:45. Garry and Darren also had fantastic races with Garry winning his age category in a fantastic time of 38:34 and Darren running 39:39 which is also a remarkable time. Well done lads! It just goes to show that our coaches hard work and dedication and all the sweat you have been putting in is starting to pay off.

Derwent Reservoir Trail 5k and 10k – Sunday 6 September

Nine Jarrow runners traveled to Derwent for this Wild Deer event on what can only be described as a horrendous day, but a lot better the the 10 mile race held earlier in the year. The first race was the family 2.5km, which set off 9am, shortly followed by the first wave of the 5km in which we had Garry Reay, Andrew Thornton, Paul Emmerson and myself (Carl Smith) taking part. Our wave set away first at 09:10 then each wave every 3 minutes after. There were 2 Morpeth lads in the first wave of 6 and we knew it was going to be a little bit of a test. Me and Garry had already spoke and had an idea of a race plan but that seemed to go out of the window within the first mile. Everyone seemed to have the same idea to go out hard, hanging on to the lead Morpeth lad’s heels. I decided to go with him and before the first mile it seemed to pay off and I passed him and just hung on for dear life and put a bit of air between us. The first time I actually looked over my shoulder was the last 300m from the finish line and I was more relieved to know the end was near. Garry was hot on the Morpeth lad’s heels. It was the first time I have finished first in anything, so I was extremely happy and to my delight also seeing my training partner Garry finishing third (1st in his age category) added to the celebrations.

The 10km was also a really well organised event and was set away in waves. We had new member Rachel Breheny running, as well as Paddy Mcshane, Darren Parks, Brian Hurst and Richard Scott. We didn’t see the start as we were at the other end of the course, but at the half way point we got to see every one run and everyone looked really strong, Darren was somehow last to be set away by nearly a hour but gave a huge performance on the day. The final results for the 10km were also extremely good, with Rachael being first lady home and Darren and Paddy finishing second and third in their age categories. The day was a great success and the team ran amazing, so a huge well done to each and every one of you.

5km results

1st Carl Smith 19:04

3rd Garry Reay 19:25 (1st age cat)

5th Paul Emmerson (1st age cat)

7th Andrew Thornton

10km results

7th Darren Parks 39:21 (2nd age cat)

11th Paddy Mcshane 40:53 (3rd age cat)

13th Rachael Breheny 41:39 ( 1st female and 1st age cat)

15th Brian Hurst 42:47

40th Richard Scott 47:45

Race photos

Pitstop 5k / 10k at Croft Circuit

If you haven’t entered this race yet, we have a high number of entries into Croft 5k on Saturday 28 November. There are around 20 JHAC athletes entered as of the beginning of September, so don’t leave it late! There are outline plans for a Club social event after the race, following the cancellation of the Club annual awards evening – more info to follow soon.


Jarrow and Hebburn AC – Notice of AGM 2020

The Jarrow and Hebburn Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 7 September 2020 at 6.30pm virtually via a link on Microsoft Teams. The event is open to all current and honorary members, as well as parents and carers of junior members.

This is also our company AGM so the agenda includes the appointment of director(s) and presentation of company accounts, in accordance with our articles of association. Here is the AGM Agenda and here are the minutes from the previous AGM on 7 May 2019.