Jarrow and Hebburn Athletics Club to host awards night to honour 80th Anniversary

South Shields Harriers' Paul Stewart, silver in the Bridges of the Tyne Five Mile Road Race.
South Shields Harriers' Paul Stewart, silver in the Bridges of the Tyne Five Mile Road Race.

Jarrow and Hebburn Athletics Club are holding their 80th Anniversary Celebration Awards Night at Monkton Stadium on Monday, July 16.

Tessa Preece, the granddaughter of Sir John Jarvis - the founder of the club – has travelled up from Surrey and will be asked to take on the post of the Honorary Vice President of the club.

In the depression days of the 1930s, Sir John Jarvis, a wealthy Surrey landowner, provided work for the unemployed, building the Metupa Sports Ground adjacent to the current Monkton Stadium and the Jarrow Athletics Club was formed in 1938.

A plaque to Sir John will be installed on the clubhouse wall and the trophies will be known as the Jarvis Awards.

Esteemed members who have sadly passed away will be honoured with the families receiving awards on their behalf.

Diane Hedley will take the trophy for her late father Jim, and Tom junior for Tommy Power.

Alan Robson’s son, Alan, represents him, with Judith Parr there for her father Eric Huskisson.

Jonathan Gilpin collects the awards for former long serving secretary Bob Charlton and Jack Reiber.

A special award will go to John Walker, the international middle distance star, who raced against Steve Cram on numerous occasions and in the mile at the opening of the new track and field facilities at Monkton Stadium in 1983.

Tessa will present the Jarvis Cup to Councillor Fay Cunningham, of South Tyneside MBC.

Former Treasurer of the club, Tom Tweddell, the organiser of the event is also compiling the history of the club for a book.

Steve Cram’s partner Alison Curbishley, an international 400m runner until she retired from competition, is working for the BBC and could obtain televised coverage.

Only two athletes from South Tyneside have managed to reach the strict Entry Standard to represent Durham in the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Birmingham this weekend.

Liam Easthaugh is in the junior boys’ 300m and Thomas Paterson races in the junior 80m hurdles.

A huge programme has the heats starting today, with over a 100 finals tomorrow, starting at 10am.

Paul Stewart, from South Shields Harriers, won the Veterans’ Over-45 silver medal in Tyne Bridge Harriers’ Bridges of the Tyne Five Mile Road Race during the week.

Morpeth’s Sam Hancox was first in 25:21, with Stewart 18th in 28:46.

Jarrow and Hebburn’s Jonathan Gilroy was 30th in 29:51, with Michael Thornton 52nd in 31:31 and second Over-55.

Paddy McShane was 62nd in 32:00, with Shields’ Luke Bidwell 88th in 33:16.

Richard Scrimshaw was 121st in 34:53 and fourth Over-45, with Jarrow’s Malcolm Leece 159th in 36:37.

Marathon international Alyson Dixon, of Sunderland Strollers, finished 10th overall in the mixed field of 368, to win the women’s title in 27:43.

Former Jarrow junior Stephanie McLean-Dann was second for North Shields in 31:13 and first Over-40.

Shields’ Rachel Breheny was 10th in 34:39, with Claire O’Callaghan 12th in 34:49.

Oksana Novokhrost was 28th in 37:56, with Katherine Stewart 31st in 38:35.

South Shields Harriers’ Lee Dickens finished a prominent 15th in a field of 335 for the Tynedale 10km Road Race in midweek.

Tyne Bridge Harriers’ Marc Fenwick crossed the line in first place in 32:44 over the undulating course at Ovingham. Dickens recorded a personal best time of 37:27.

Carl Mowatt was 57th in 41:55 and third Over-55, with Jarrow’s Alan Jobling 163rd in 51:38.

Marsha Jobling was 32nd in the women’s section in 51:38, with Shields’ Rosemary Anthony 48th in 53:38.