History of the Harriers
Up and until 1976 Newcastle runners had to enter under the banner of LAC (Ladysmith Athletic Club), the only affiliated club in the vicinity. The Newcastle Harriers club was formed in 1977, and on 27th March of the same year the Newcastle Harriers Club presented their first road race. The race was named Tigers Kloof Race after a well-known hill outside town.
Later this race was renamed the “Dave Hawthorne Marathon” in honor of the “father “of the Newcastle Harriers. Dave was one of our founding Members and our first Chairman. At the age of 40, in 1969 he was the sole entrant from Newcastle to enter the Comrades Marathon and finished in a time of 9hrs 28 minutes.
Today's stars for the Harriers
Our club colours are dark blue, orange and navy blue. The running vests are dark blue with orange or yellow bands on the sides and navy blue running shorts, with the emblem in the front and wording “Newcastle Harriers" on the front and back
On the first Wednesday of the month the club hosts a monthly braai where the club provides fire, pap and sheba. You only have to bring cutlery, meat and your family or friends. Everybody is welcome. Time trails are run as usual, but we try to have the fire going by the time runners have completed their runs ( well, the slower runners anyway)
There is 1 official time trial during the week: every Wednesday at 17:30
Distances are 4km, 8km and 10km