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Houghton Harriers & Athletics Club is a long established athletics club in the North East of England.  The club was originally formed in 1958 and has played a key role in developing people throughout the region.

The club merged with Peterlee for a period in recent years and gave the two, already well established but relatively small, clubs a greater competitive edge against larger clubs in the region.  Today, Houghton Harriers & Athletics Club is focused on the Houghton area and draws its membership mainly from the region around Houghton-le-Spring and from within the City of Sunderland.

The club encourages the inclusion of all age groups and abilities and is structured to participate in all track & field, road and cross-country events.  We continue to grow as a club and are actively involved in all aspects of athletics competition in the region, as well as County and National levels.

The club operates a positive youth development policy, where the needs of the athlete come first and foremost.  We offer a safe and enjoyable athletic experience to all children aged 8 years upwards. Children are encouraged to try the whole range of athletic activities without specialising in any particular field too early in their development.

Whilst it is nice to win and success within the club is recognised, we do not seek only the best performers. We believe a young athlete's greatest competitor is his or her self, in constantly trying to better previous performances and develop and improve as a person. To this end the club welcomes anyone with an interest in athletics, regardless of ability.

New members are always welcome. If you are between 8 and 99 and interested in joining or would like to simply try athletics to see if you like it, come along to one of our training sessions or see the ‘Contact Us’ page for details of how to contact the club.


All our coaches are United Kingdom Athletics qualified and are constantly updating their techniques through the Local Coach Development and Athletics Network Programme.


Collectively we can offer skills in a wide range of athletics events including:


Sprints - up to 400 metres, hurdles and relays  

Endurance - from 800 metres,  steeplechase, road and cross country running

Jumps - High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump  and Pole Vault

Throws - Shot Putt, Discus, Hammer and Javelin


The management of the club is vested in an Executive Committee consisting of:


Mick Dickinson (Chair); Steve Pearson (Vice Chair); Linda Welch (Secretary); Chris Brown (Treasurer); Lisa Clennell (Membership Secretary); Peter Dodsworth; Gillian Oliver; Simon Leonard; and Steve Scott.


Senior Mens Captain:  Lee Dover


Senior Womens Captain:  Gillian Tomlinson