Heaton Harriers & AC - Road & Endurance
The clubs membership is over 250 and rising and includes a thriving junior section which was re-established in 2008 and who have competed at under 11, 13, 15 & 17 level this year in the NEHL- thanks to the sterling effort and hard work by Ted Baty and James Buis. Athletes have also competed in the indoor standards meetings at Gateshead. This hard work was recently rewarded when the club received the England Athletics North East Development Club of the Year award.
The club has also had a recent influx of many new excellent senior runners - not least Lorna Young and Jamie Barber - who are sure to continue the success of Heaton Harriers. It's fair to say that the administration of the club is just as important as the athletes and in this respect Heaton, like many other clubs, has had many dedicated officials who deserve special mention. From the early days of the first secretary F.J Hutchings, founder member W.T.Rainbow A.W.Turner to Bill Dewing, Jock Old and Sam Smith, more recently it's the likes of Les Venmore Dick Balding, Norman Hall, Norman Anderson, Peter Clark, Reg Checkley, Albert Gallon ,Chris Marshall, Steve Padden, Bill Allen, Kevin Bray ,Ted Baty, George Routledge, Allen Mulliss and Paul Inskip who should get all the plaudits and who have contributed hugely to the tradition of friendship and efficiency that has been the hallmark of Heaton Harriers over the years.
New members are always made welcome. Seniors train at Whitley Park Sports Ground, Whitley Road, Benton Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7pm and Juniors train at Heaton Manor School on Wednesdays between 5 - 6 pm. Further details can be found on their website - heatonharriers.org.uk and on facebook.