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.



Club Memberships 2020-21

Jarrow and Hebburn AC are delighted to announce that memberships for 2020-21 are now open.

Current members will be sent an email on 1 August 2020 with a link to pay their membership fees online.

New members need to complete a membership form return it by email to Secretary@jhac.org.uk and pay fees by bank transfer.

Returning members who have been away from the Club for over a year need to follow the same process as new members.

More information, including forms and fees, can be found on our membership page here.

Please note that the track at Monkton Stadium remains closed,. The Club is busy planning the safe resumption of athletics sessions at the Stadium and is in dialogue with South Tyneside Council, but this may be several weeks away. Training sessions are currently being delivered by Club coaches under Covid-safe conditions in local parks and public spaces. If you are a current member, please contact your coach for information on these. If you are a new member, or are interested in joining, please email Secretary@jhac.org.uk for information on coaching groups.

Club training and activity – Covid-19 update (01/06/20)

England Athletics have updated their guidance documents to reflect the new Government rules allowing groups of up to six people from different households to meet outside.  This means that groups of up to six athletes can meet for training runs and that coaching can take place in-person with one coach and up to five athletes. Social distancing rules still apply, so people need to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from others at all times before, during and after the activity.

Monkton Stadium and other South Tyneside leisure facilities remain closed to the public, with no date set for reopening, so no track or field training is currently taking place. Information will be shared with members and on the Club website as soon as we receive an update from South Tyneside Council.

No formal Club sessions will take place until further notice, but individual coaches may be able to set session plans for their group or coach small groups with fewer than five athletes at a time. This is entirely at their own discretion and members should not put pressure on coaches to do this. The Club Committee plan to meet early next week to discuss next steps, but in the meantime, we ask all our members to train safe and in accordance with the new rules.

Read the guidance on the England Athletics website here.

Club Memberships 2020-21 – Update

Club memberships are normally due for renewal from 1 April each year. Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus pandemic and the suspension of all training, activities and competition until the end of April at the earliest, these arrangements are likely to change.

England Athletics are reviewing their position on the payment schedule and pricing structure and will communicate their decision with clubs next week (Week beginning 30 March). Until we know what their position is, we will not be able to confirm what our membership arrangements and prices will be for 2020-21. The Club Committee recognises that with competition and training sessions suspended, and the closure of Monkton Stadium, that members will not receive the full benefits of their memberships this year, so a reduction in price is one option being considered. It’s important to note however that our costs remain the same, so we have to balance the needs of members and the Club. Our priority will be to protect members who are struggling financially in the current circumstances and we will try to be as fair and flexible as possible. Jarrow and Hebburn AC have also been in contact with England Athletics to share our concerns about the impact of Coronavirus on our Club and to suggest ways that EA might be able to support us. Their latest FAQ here provides more detail.

Jarrow and Hebburn AC will therefore await EA’s update and will contact all our members to set out the new membership arrangements and pricing. Please do not make any payments or send membership enquiries to the Club until we have been in touch. This communication may not come until after 1 April, but please do not worry, no one will miss out. Details will also be posted on the website and Facebook.

One thing that all renewing members can do in the meantime is to log into their My Athletics Portal and make sure that all their details are correct and up to date, including emergency contacts and correct email address. If your email address is incorrect in this portal, you will not receive emails from the Club, including any relating to memberships.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Important update for all members – Suspension of Club training and activity – Covid-19

Please note that this advice is now out of date – Please refer to the most recent post above for the current information

The UK Government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid all ‘non-essential’ contact, which includes going to sporting events and social venues. England Athletics have updated their guidance to clubs and recommend that all face-to-face activity, including training sessions, be suspended until at least the end of April. Please read the statement in full here.

The Committee of Jarrow and Hebburn AC have therefore taken the difficult decision to cancel all Club training sessions, meetings and face-to-face activity until further notice. This decision has not been taken lightly and is being done in the interests of our members and the wider public.

Please note that the EA statement says: ‘Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.’ The Club therefore recommends that individual members continue to exercise and maintain their fitness levels whilst training sessions are suspended. I’m sure coaches will be able to advise on training plans during this time, particularly for athletes who are training towards a future race or competition.

In light of the announcement from EA, the Club expects all remaining races in March and April to be cancelled, including the Good Friday Relays, North Tyneside 10k and all track and field meetings, but we will keep our members posted.

Thanks to everyone for your patience and cooperation at this testing time. Please stay safe.

Jarrow and Hebburn AC Presentation Evening 2019

Jarrow and Hebburn AC invites our members and guests to the annual Club Presentation Evening, which takes place on Saturday 9 November 2019 at Hedworth Hall in South Shields.

The evening is to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our athletes, and show appreciation to our dedicated coaches and volunteers. It is also a rare opportunity for club members of all ages and from all training groups to meet, catch up and socialise, including many of our new members who have joined this year.

Tickets are priced £9 per person for full members and £5.50 for mini athletics, and can be bought in person at the clubhouse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Members can also pay by bank transfer and can either arrange to collect their prepaid tickets from the clubhouse, or on the evening. Buffet dinner will be provided. Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis, so please don’t leave it until the last minute to get yours.

Award nominations are now open online and will close on Sunday 3 November. Please follow this link to the nomination form and read the instructions at the top of the nominations page.

Please can all winners from last year’s awards kindly return trophies to the club as soon as possible to allow us to get them engraved.

It promises to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you all there!