About Us

Welcome to Thirsk & Sowerby Harriers

The Harriers were formed in October 1977 by the late Norman Smith who was a keen runner and very well know as an official in Athletics circles and officiated at events all over the country and overseas. At the first meeting in Sowerby Hall there were 7 adults and 7 youngsters, it was decided that the youngsters should be involved in selecting the now familiar Club strip. As today, at that time football was the predominant sport so it came as no surprise that the colours chosen would be that worn by Leeds United FC. A £50.00 donation to help purchase some vests resulted in the now distinctive yellow and blue becoming the Club’s official strip.

The Club soon became involved in local Athletics and the small group of members participated in events around the region. In order to raise funds the first Thirsk 10 was run in 1979, this race was run from Northallerton to Thirsk on the main roads. The Club soon got involved in hosting a number of Cross Country Races including the Yorkshire Veteran Championships on a number of occasions.

On a bi-annual basis the Club hosts the Yorkshire Veteran 10 mile road race Championships and on other occasions the North of England 10 mile road race. Championship that attracts many of the sports top athletes, the winner completing the race in about 48 minutes.

As the membership increased the Club became involved in a number of local race series and continues to do so, these are NYSD Cross Country League, The Harrogate and District Summer League, Yorkshire Dales Series (Formerly Black Sheep Series) Esk Valley Summer and Winter Fell Race Series, Three Peaks Fell Race, London Marathon and numerous other events including testing runs on the Lake land Fells.

The Club holds a Christmas and Summer Handicap Race in order to give every member a chance to win via the Handicap system.

Over the years the Club has developed into having over 120 members and has a junior section to enable younger members to get a taster for the sport. Membership is open to all sections of the community and is an equal opportunities organisation.

The Club is a member of the North Yorkshire Athletics Network whose purpose is to promote and develop athletics across North Yorkshire.