The Newstead Harrier Club, based in Launceston, is northern Tasmania's longest running athletics club, having been established in 1933. It is also the second oldest in the state with Hobart's Sandy Bay club starting up 6 years earlier.
The club conducts its own cross country programme between April and September in and around the Launceston area, catering for all ages.
There are generally three race distances to choose from each week and many are conducted on a handicap basis to give all the opportunity to win. Lucky draw prizes are available weekly and numerous awards are presented at the end of season dinner. Club cross country events are held on Saturday afternoons.
The club also conducts a thriving schools series, which in 2006 won the Launceston City Council's Children's Week award for services to children in the area of sport and recreation.
Club members also support Athletics Tasmania cross country and road titles.
From October to March the club participates in the local track and field competition at the St Leonards track. Competition is held at various times, but primarily Sunday afternoons from 4 pm or Tuesday twilight competitions from 6:30 pm. Competition is conducted in heats according to performances except for championships which are conducted in age groups from Under 14 to Open.
Coaching is available from the club and potential athletes of all ages, regardless of experience and ability, are welcome to come along to training or competition.
PO Box 1594
Launceston Tasmania 7250
Phone: 0407 319 861