WELCOME TO THE BECCLES & BUNGAY HARRIERS
Welcome to our running and junior athletics club which is based in Beccles and Bungay, Suffolk.
We are a family friendly club with over 50 adult members and 40 juniors.
We welcome new members of all abilities, from beginners to experienced runners.
Members are welcome to join in either or both of our running training evenings.
On Tuesday evenings we train at Bungay High School during the Summer months and at Earsham Playing Field, Earsham during the Winter. Session Time - 6.45pm to 8.00pm
On Thursday evenings we train at Sir John Leman High School Track. Session Time - 6.45pm to 8.00pm
Head Coach, Lynn Emmett organised track sessions whilst Coach Sam O'Hara provides an alternative to track including efforts and long runs. Adults are able to select the session most suited to their individual needs.
The juniors train at the same time as the adults, coached in separate sessions.
The more experienced and competitive ‘Endurance’ juniors train with Head Coach, Lynn Emmett whilst younger Juniors (7-12 years) are coached by Gary Howe, including athletics activities such as throwing and long jump.
On Monday and Friday evenings in the winter months the club provides indoor 'Sportshall' Athletics for 8-15year olds. Monday evenings are at Bungay High School (6-7pm) and Friday evening is at Sir John Leman High School (5-6pm). Both sessions are competitive and fun.
All new members will be made very welcome.
First session is free, then £1.50 per session.
Summer of '18 - Eikden Relays & Races, Half Marathons & Triathlons, Battles & Athletics, Parkruns & Duck Races......phew!!!
Sunday 5th August Run Norwich & 50 Mile Sportive
Fabulous Firsts all round today - fist 10k's for several Harriers and 50 Mile Sportive for a couple of the gang trying something a bit different.
An excellent turnout of Harriers at the huge run Norwich, music fills the air at this exciting event at the guys returned again this year - just a few more of us....
Huge thanks to those whom ran with and supported the first time 10k'ers and well done to all !!
Fancying an alternative two Harriers decided on wheels for the day as they completed a hot and hilly Sportive in Norfolk - again, super organised event with was very much enjoyed... the medals were pretty neat too which is always a bonus..
The mornings activities were wound up by a lovely lunch on the way home at Green Pastures. Perfect way to spend a lovely Summer Sunday
Sunday 29th July
Beccles Duck Race
Flying the flag and getting our fabulous club out there in the local community is important to the Harriers - reaching people to promote our message of family friendly all inclusive fun results in some great days out, including the Beccles Duck Race!!
Braving the horrendous rain a determined little gang of Harries battled with the wind to erect our tent and carry on regardless, arranging games and activities for visitors to participate in.
Great effort gang and well done for hanging on to the that tent....
Sunday 22nd July
Battle of the Knights
Supporting St Nicholas Hospice a crew of Harriers gathered at The Playground in Bury to tackle the 5k race and obstacle course challenge!!! All the Bootcamping clearly paid off as both the adults and the juniors got stuck in and threw themselves up, in and over the obstacles - definitely one for next year.....
Sunday 15th July
Ipswich Jaffa Ekiden Relays
The Beccles and Bungay Harriers had a fabulous and very rewarding day out at this fantastic event
With some 220 Senior Team and 73 Junior Team it was so exciting to see our runners of all abilities joining forces and working in teams, with some brilliant results. Both our Junior and Adult teams ran really well in spite of the heat!!
30th June 2018
Hot and Hilly North Norfolk for a the guys as they races the Holkham 10k. Bit of a change of temperature from the previous race 'up North' .... the chilly Honey Bell Cross Country. Super effort gang and those beers look well deserved..
Sunday 27th May 2018
Edinburgh Half Marathon
A little gang of Harriers spread their wings and flew up to the lovely City of Edinburgh for the spectacular and typically scenic Half Marathon.
In true Scottish fashion the weather was slightly against us with a chilly start and we didn't quite get to see the sights, more the mist.... however our Harrier spirits were not dampened and awesome run was had by all.
We all paired up or run in little gangs, with a few giggles were had on route with the 'toileting' situation....
Its wonderful at the end of a race to find our fellow Harriers waiting with a smile and a cuppa and as always, we all stayed to make sure we were all safely back before heading for the buses, tired and cheery!
The "Big Night Out' planned for Sunday night was a blast with a lovely dinner and a few drinks before flying back to sunny Suffolk on Monday with our hard earnt race goodies... A fabulous weekend with a fabulous gang..
Triathlons for the Ladies..
Linda, Sue, Tina and Sam took part in both pool and open water based Triathlons this Summer. Covering Super Sprint and Sprint distances, the Ladies gave it their all and for most this was their first event.
The training sessions were as much fun as as taking part in these brilliant events.
Throughout the Spring and Summer the ladies arranged cycle sessions complete with 'run of the bike', meetings at Fritton Lake for open water practice and sessions at Stradbroke Leisure Centre- pretty much all followed by coffee!!
Tonnes of support on race day with the superb Harriers Support Crew turning out to cheer our guys on throughout their event and over the line..
Training for Autumn Tri's is still in progress and we wish our Triathletes in Training the very best !!
...and on to Parkrun
Saturday mornings = Parkrun Fun!!
Typical conversations start during the week, do we have a birthday or a 50th Parkrun or something else to celebrate?? We gather and decide where are are off to and rock up 'en mass' to join forces followed by cake an coffee. A wonderful way to kick off the weekend with everyone welcome, and as you can see - great fun is always had...
Kev's 50th Parkrun saw the gang making a splash at Lowestoft Parkrun .After a Damp start the sun came out in time for the post race cake and coffee - almost the 'best bit' following the mornings exertions....
Celebrations at Gorleston resulted in a dip!! Fritton saw an over excited Simon playing 'Billy Elliot' half way round - we still have no idea what that was all about..
may 2018 - gyrr 5 mile series, each bubble rush, rotary heritage coastal run / walk, Brekland 10k, Athletics Championships & Cross Country Awards.......
Friday 18th May
Saw Harriers taking home the trophies at the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country Presentation evening, across the generations.
Amelia Webber was presented with the Under 13's Girls winners trophy joined by fellow Junior member Izzy Last attending as part of the Girls team who came a fabulous third overall. Brooke Oram was won the Girls under 15's Trophy. Lauren Howe was awarded the winners trophy in the Junior Women's category closed followed by colleague Lucy Emmett, with Lucy's grandmother Judy Potter winning the 70+ Women's category. An amazng result once again for the Harriers. Well done to the coaches and families for their ongoing support and commitment.
Matt with daughter Amelia, Brooke, Izzy and Lauren at the Suffolk Winter League Cross Country Awards - May 2018
Sunday 20th may
Personel Bests for two of our Endurance Squad as they represent City of Norwich Athletics Club in the Southern Athletics League at the Sportspark, UEA. Lucy Emmett competed in the 800m and 1500m events whilst Lauren Howe competed in the 5k - some excellent results for these two hardworking athletes.
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May
A busy weekend for our some of our Juniors at the Norfolk County Athletics Track and Field Championships, supported by parents and coach our gang flew the flag for the Harriers competing in a range of event - Well Done guys !!
Wednesday 9th May
Race 2 of the Great Yarmouth Road Runners 3 race 5 mile series. A great series of races offering runners the opportunity to improve on there 5 mile times over the weeks. For many Harriers these races have been 'firsts' with some fantastic results - not to mention lovely medals.
Race 3 is fast approaching and I anticipate some super speedy times too.. Here's looking forward to race 3 on the 23rd May. Good luck everyone!!
Monday 7th May
Breckland 10k @ Thetford for Sue following taking part in the Coastal 10k on the Sunday - Well done Sue!!
Sunday 6th May
In 2017 4 Harriers took part in the the Rotary Heritage Costal Run / Walk, 2018 saw over 25 Harriers, both adults and juniors run in the 10k and runners and walkers in Half Marathon. An incredible turn out & a fantastic team spirit with many 'firsts' for the gang and so much support for our fellow Club Members. Organised by Saxmundham and Framlingham Rotary, this event supports two Charities with proceeds going to Riding for the Disabled at Woodbridge and SERV Suffolk & Cambridge.
Taking in Heathland, Forest trails, open pasture, quiet lanes and little shingle, all races left Thorpness and set off along a sandy trail towards Sizewell were the 10k turned through Leiston returning in a loop to the start. The Half picked up the Suffolk Coastal Path past Minsmere and on towards the stunning Dunwich Heath turning inland on trails via Eastbridge back via Leiston. The full Marathon carried on along the coast turning at Walberswick skirting Dunwich Forest before turning inland towards Darsham, back into Westleton and home.
Returning to the start to enjoy a fabulous atmosphere, Adnams Bitter, some rather lovely cake and the all important coffee the Harriers enjoyed a picnic as we waited for our gang of walkers to finish their race and of course welcome home the marathon runners. A wonderful race and a super day out over all.
Saturday 5th May
saw an early morning at Earlham Park, Norwich for a gang of Harriers as we set out in support of East Anglia Children's Hospice. Fun for adults and juniors as we got rather wet and 'bubbly' running a 5k loop around the Park via coloured bubble stations.
Lots of rolling each other around in the bubbles and general bad behaviour took place - good job Anna worn her goggles an snorkel set!! A river presented the opportunity to make sure anyone whom had stayed remotely dry. - didn't!!
We rounded off our activities with a trip to Green Pastures Cafe for post event lunch.
Great to raise money for such an incredible charity.