Jesmond Joggers pushing for promotion

With half of the winter season races remaining, the Jesmond Joggers currently lie nine points clear of third place in the third division of the North East Harriers League.

Image courtesy of Jesmond joggersAfter affiliating with England Athletics in 2008, Jesmond Joggers now has nearly 50 members of all ages and running abilities – and the club has developed a taste for success in the local Harriers league.

It could be the dedication of club chairman Scott Armstrong and secretary Paul Ryder to sustaining a fun training programme that has seen the club achieve success in the third division. Jesmond Joggers’ winter schedule is comprised of twice weekly hill, strength and stamina sessions, which are tailored to beginners, intermediates and advanced level runners. Starting at 7pm at Jesmond Pool, the Joggers can be seen winding their way through Jesmond Dene and tackling Matthew Bank every Monday and Wednesday.

“The club has one of the cheapest yearly fees of any affiliated running club because we want people of all abilities to come and enjoy training with Jesmond Joggers,” Armstrong told JesmondLocal.

“For £20 per year – and a hugely discounted £10 for students – members receive a club top, money off race fees including the Great North Run, and a discount with certain sportswear retailers.”

At the most recent meet Harriers meet, which took place on Sunday 6th February at the Town Moor, Ian McDonald captained the men’s team to a second-place finish in their division, and women’s captain Una McNelis helped her team secure thirteenth spot in their league. The next race takes place in Wrekenton on 26th February.

For more information email Scott Armstrong at jesmondjoggers2006@hotmail.co.uk or visit the Jesmond Joggers’ facebook page.

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