Founded in 2005, Sedgefield Harriers is a local community-based athletics club based in Sedgefield, County Durham with around 130 senior members.
A junior section was formed in 2006, and, prior to the introduction of Covid-19 restrictions, had around 200 members. While based in Sedgefield, there are also many Harriers who are based along the East Durham Rural Corridor, including Fishburn and the Trimdons, and as far afield as Wheatley Hill and Wingate.
Members compete in many athletics disciplines all over the North East and further afield and the club also hosts its own events and an annual programme of races, including The Sedgefield Serpentine Trail Race, The Neptune Relays and the Gerry Kearsley Winter and Summer Handicaps.
Through its short history, the club has won numerous prestigious awards. These include:
UK Athletics Club of the Year 2011
England Athletics Development Club of the Year 2011
County Durham Sports Club of the Year 2012
To date, the club has been based at Sedgefield Community College, initially because it was a specialist sports college with a modern sports hall. However, since 2010, there has been an aspiration to develop a new athletics facility which would enable the club to both better meet the needs of its current membership and support sports development across the wider local sports community and across South East Durham.
To this end, planning permission was granted for the development of a track facility at Sedgefield Community College in 2013. However, due to land availability constraints, this permission was never implemented and while other sites have been considered over a number of years, all other opportunities have fallen away due to environmental or other planning constraints.
However, through ongoing discussions with Durham County Council, a potential site has been identified at NETPark in Sedgefield.
The site was previously owned by NHS Estates, but was recently acquired by Durham County Council as part of their acquisition of land to facilitate the development of further land as an extension to NETPark.
Given the scale of the land allocation, the entirety of NETPark is unlikely to be fully developed for many years, and Durham County Council has agreed, in principle, to lease the site to a track management group for 30 years in order to allow the site to be used as a community athletics facility.