Letter to Members

Dear Tynedale Harrier,

As you will be aware, the Club is fortunate to have many volunteers who give freely of their time and talents to make sure the Club runs smoothly.

These include Coaches, Group Leaders, Team Captains as well as the Race Committee and the Management Committee.

Earlier this year, we had a ‘volunteer’ evening which encouraged a few members to get more involved in the activities of the Club, but unfortunately not enough members came forward to fill all the current vacancies.

We therefore still have a number of key positions which urgently need to be filled to ensure the Club is fully resourced:

  • Membership Secretary
  • Website Coordinators
  • Junior Secretary
  • Kit Manager
  • Committee Members x 3

These positions can be flexible to suit the needs of the individual and attendance at committee meetings each month is not always required.

Please give serious consideration to volunteering for one of these positions as the committee is already at minimum numbers and urgently need support. Failure to recruit more committee members may result in the Club being unable to continue in accordance with the Club Constitution.

Please express your interest in the first instance by emailing Kim Firstbrook at info@tynedaleharriers.com or speak to any committee member.

Many Thanks

Ian Brown


By |October 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

British & Irish Masters International 2016

Congratulations to Tynedale Harrier, Steph White, who was selected to represent England at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country at Glasgow on 12th November. Steph was the 4th member of the team so did not count towards the points total on the day. The 3 ‘counters’ were Sue Becconstall (Bingley), Monica Williamson (Leamington) and Carole Page (Alnwick) who held off a strong challange from the Scottish Team to take first place in the V55 category.

Nevertheless, Steph thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was very grateful to Tynedale coaches Doug Maxwell and Peter Venus for their advice and encouragement.



By |November 19th, 2016|featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cragside 10 Mile and Memorial 10Km

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By |November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross-country season begins at Wrekenton – Saturday 1st October

The weather on Saturday was uncharacteristically good for a north-east cross-country fixture and probably for the first time ever, there was not a single bit of mud to be seen anywhere on the Wrekenton course.  Shoes came back cleaner than when they went out. A massive field of almost 1400 runners from across the north-east turned out to race in the first event of the season, including more than 500 junior athletes.  49 members of Tynedale Harriers raced, including numerous new faces.  We were represented across all the age categories, from U11s to seniors and vets.

Tynedale’s largest team of the day was in the senior women’s race, where 12 club members competed in a field of just over 350.  The promise of cake is obviously a strong incentive!  The ladies had a great start to the season and finished 5th in Division One thanks to storming runs by their 4 counters.  Karen Robertson, running from the medium pack, finished in 13th place overall with one of the fastest times of the day.  She will be promoted back up to the fast pack from now on.  After an absence of a few years to concentrate on her young family, we’re delighted that Rachel Vincent is back on the team – she was second counter, finishing in 28th place, earning herself immediate promotion up to the medium pack.  The team’s final 2 counters both ran from the medium pack: Kirstie Anderson will be relieved to have avoided promotion by ONE PLACE by finishing in 36th place, followed by Charlie Pinkney in 107th. 

Other returners to the women’s team after a break from cross-country were Lizzie Earle and Steph White, with Julie Pearson having a great race in her first ever senior cross-country fixture.  After hours and hours spent supporting Max in all weathers, it was great to see Max at Wrekenton in a support role, cheering on his mum!  Lucy Courtney, Louise Griffin, Kim Firstbrook, Gillian Bell and Kim Bluck completed the women’s team.


The U11 boys’ race was first to go, with an enormous field of 99 runners.  Nathaniel Henderson was first back for Tynedale in 7th place, followed by Hugo McNicol, Ciaran Lally and Jem Henderson.  Rebecca Green was the only runner wearing the Tynedale vest in the U11 girls’ race, finishing 48th out of 66.  It is worth pointing out that some of these young club members were the most vocal and enthusiastic supporters for the senior runners later in the day, and their support was really appreciated by everyone!

Next up was the U13 boys’ race.  With one 2-mile lap to complete, Charlie Daley ran a very strong race from the slow pack to finish just outside the medals in 4th place in a field of 78 runners.  Harry Courtney, also from the slow pack, finished in 12th place, with Archie Marston in 38th place, from the fast pack. Strong performances from all 3 boys meant the team finished in 5th place on the day, giving them a good start to the season.  Under the new promotion rules introduced this season, runners finishing in the top 20% of a junior field will be promoted, meaning that both Charlie and Harry will move up to the fast pack from the next fixture.

Tynedale was well represented in the U13 girls’ category, with 6 runners in the 65-strong field.  Ciara Thornley (30th), Faith Robson (39th) and Zoe French (40th) were all running from the slow pack and were the 3 counters for the team, finishing overall in 12th place.  Olivia Milburn, Lucy Thorpe and Ruby Watts completed the team.

In the U15 boys’ race, we were unable to field a full team, which made for a disappointing start to the season for the team.  In a field of 57, Aiden Pinkney, running from the fast pack, was our first finisher in 30th place, followed by Joe Green in 49th from the slow pack.

The U15 girls had more luck, with 4 Tynedale runners turning out.  The team finished the day in 7th place after solid runs from their 3 counters: Olivia Stewart who finished in 12th from the slow pack, and fast packers Keeley French (32nd) and Jasmine Couchman (34th).  Freya Barr, who was also running from the fast pack, made up the team.

Unfortunately our U17 boys’ team was also incomplete, with just 2 runners turning out to start the season.  In a very strong field of 40 runners, Cameron Grey had a tremendous race to finish 8th from the slow pack.  He will be promoted to the fast pack from now on.  Patrick Lally was the other Tynedale representative, finishing in 33rd from the slow pack.

Once again this season, it’s great that we are able to field a large U17/U20 girls’ team, with 6 of the 47 runners wearing Tynedale vests.  Counters for the team were Anya Herdman (23rd) and Bella Chicken (29th) running from the slow pack, as well as Ellie Bluck (32nd, from the medium pack).  The team was completed by Laura Vickers, Millie Robertson and Freya Murphy.

More than 530 athletes ran in the senior men’s race, 9 of whom were representing Tynedale.  As always, Andy Green ran a very strong race from the medium pack, overtaking hundreds in the slow pack, to finish 40th overall. Jaycee Shotton, in his first ever race in the senior field, ran a blinder to finish in

53rd from the slow pack.  Both men will be promoted up a pack from the next fixture.  The final four counters for the team, all running from the slow pack, were Alistair Maxwell (86th), Martin Bluck (195th), Mike Broadhurst (239th) and Mike Little (296th).  Bernard Kivlehan and Michael Fulthorpe joined the team for the first time and Paul Edwin completed the team.

There is little time to recover before the next fixture at Druridge Bay on Sunday.  If last year is anything to go by, it is quite likely that runners will get their feet wet there!











By |October 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

10/15 Mile Telly Tea Race Results, 18th September 2016

Well done to everyone that came out in the sunshine for today’s 10 and 15 mile races.  Congratulations to our winners of the 10 mile, Abraham Tewelde and Gerda Steyn, and for the 15 mile Stefania Williams and Gary Wallace.  Full results, including age category winners are here and here.  Thanks to all the marshals and the organising committee for putting on the event, and also to our sponsor Wylam Garage.

By |September 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

10/15 Mile ‘Jelly Tea’ Road Race Sunday 18th September 2016

Update 26th August: Just to confirm that the Jelly races will be held on Sunday 18th September as advertised, not this weekend as reported in this weeks in the Hexham Courant. So far entries have been steady with good take-up for the 15 mile option! Plenty of spaces left for both events so enter on line at Sports Entry Solutions


By |August 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2016 Tynedale 10k Results

Thanks to everyone that came out tonight for the  2016 Tynedale 10k. Results are online now.

By |July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tynedale 10Km Road Race 7:30 pm 6th July 2016

Update 6th July 2016

Late Entries will be available on the night – £18 UKA affiliated/£20 unattached runners, from race HQ at Ovingham middle school from 6pm.

Allow plenty of time to collect numbers as the start is about 1 mile away from race HQ!

A fast, flat, rural 10k along minor roads and tracks, starting at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 6th July 2016.

The race starts at Ovington and finishes in the Countryside Park at Low Prudhoe and is followed by a pie ‘n pea supper at Ovingham Middle School (included in the entry fee).

Ovingham Bridge remains closed to vehicles.  All parking for this event is on the south side of Ovingham Bridge (ie Prudhoe side) only.  Please do NOT park in Ovingham village.

The race will be a ‘gun’ start with chip timing at the finish until the bridge is re-opened, hopefully next year.

By |July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Minors County Championships 2016

Our younger athletes competed in the Minors County Championships on Saturday 25th June at Wentworth Leisure Centre.  It was a great day, on which, Tyndale Harriers were well represented on Track and Field.

Our new 2016 County Champions are

NameEvent Age Group Result County
Lottie Murphy100mYear 812.9Northumberland
Lottie MurphyLong JumpYear 84.97mNorthumberland
Jaime DykinsHigh JumpYear 61.30mNorthumberland
Toby Ferguson DiscusYear 718.35mNorthumberland

We also had a lot of athletes taking 2nd and 3rd places

NameAge Group EventResultFinishing Position
Kate SmithYear 7Hurdles12.8 secs2nd
Kate SmithYear 7Long Jump4.08m3rd
Olivia StewartYear 81500m5.:10.6 mins2nd
Harry Courtney Year 6800m2:34.0 mins3rd
Harry CaldwellYear 7200m27.4 secs2nd
Archie MarstonYear 7800m2:27.0 mins2nd
Sam BellYear 7Discus17.093rd

Well done to all those who took part.




By |June 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dan and Tom shine over 800m in BMC Series

British Milers Club 800 series

Chester-le Street

Monady 20th June, 2016


The British Milers Club series of middle distance races continued with a top quality turnout at Chester-le-Street for the latest round of 800m races on Monday 20th June.

Tynedale featured strongly in the A race with Lea Stephenson taking on pace-making duties for Greg Urwin and Tom Joyce. Tom was rewarded for his commitment with a new pb of 1m 56.2 in 3rd place. Sadly for Greg he was unable to match his recent good form and missed out on another opportunity to make the qualifying time for entry into this weekend’s Olympic trials. Jonny Currie also missed out in his quest for the qualifying time with a 1m 53.07s clocking last weekend in the Netherlands and was an interested spectator at Chester-le-Street.

The E race featured not only Olympian Laura Weightman (a late entry as part of her preparations for Rio) but also Tynedale’s emerging talent Dan Joyce. Dan has been in sparkling form recently and ran a well-judged race against experienced opposition to finish strongly and snatch second place with Laura just behind in 4th.   His superb new pb of 2m 04.7s. moves him up to 23rd in the national u15 rankings and he is currently the UK’s fastest 13-year-old.

Tynedale 800m looks as strong as it’s ever been with a remarkable 5 athletes ranked in the top 25 regionally and Dan Joyce topping the regional rankings from the bottom half of the u15 age group. The future looks bright indeed for Tynedale’s middle distance talent.

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By |June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments