Our club endeavour’s to help build a strong, healthy community brought together by a love of the outdoors and physical activity. We promote health, fitness and wellbeing, in a safe manner, through organised running and walking events, providing both a social and a competitive atmosphere in which members can choose to participate.
A Short History
The Geraldton Harriers Athletic Club was originally formed in 1969 with Brother Tom Pickett acting as the first club President with Ross Williams as Secretary and Publicity Officer. The first official race was held on Saturday the 27th of April 1969, over a course starting on the bitumen road at the Greenough River Mouth.
Concentrating on cross country events over winter, in the early years the club was affiliated with the Western Australian Amateur Athletics Association and junior members were successful in State School boys’ cross country championships. In 1981 and 1983 the club successfully conducted the State cross-country championship event in Geraldton.
The club’s membership and event structure began to broaden with the introduction of the first Women’s races in 1975.
Early History Slide Show
Photos Courtesy of Ross and Helen Williams
Next Photo: Senior 3-Mile Cross Country Club Championship, 1970
Left to Right: Geraldton Mayor Vic Askew, Geoff Bovell (Sealed Handicap),
Bro. Tom Pickett (3rd), Tony Horn (1st) and Ross Williams (2nd)
Next Photo: 1972 – Under-14 2-Mile Cross Country Championship
Group photo of field before the race
Next Photo: 1971 – Club President Bro. Tom Pickett
and Geraldton Harriers Race Officials
L to R: Bro T. Pickett, Eus Ahearn, Col Allen, Ted Lock,
Jack Taylor, Bill Connolly and Frank Hatch
Next Photo: 1970 – Under-13 2-mile Club Championship
Phillip Wright leads the field
Next Photo: 15th June 1975 Women 3500m Cross Country
Gillian Hadley leads Teresa Gallichan
at Ken Allen Property, Moonyoonoka
Next Photo: 15th of June 1975, Under 14 3500m
Ken Allen Property, Moonyoonoka
A trend which has continued over the recent years with a mixture of short and long course events including an annual marathon, well attended by walkers, new parents pushing prams, eager juniors, and less serious joggers amongst the steady number of more competitive runners.
May the 9th 1971 Under 16, King of Mountains Club Championship. Thanks to Life Member Ross Williams. 'Held in paddocks at the southern end of the 90km/hr bendy stretch of Brand Hwy which starts at the Greenough River turnoff Rd....read more
1970 Under 13, 2-mile Club Championship Reckon we've got hard around the Greenough River Mouth? Check out the young fellas down at Greenough in 1970, a year into the Geraldton Harriers club history. Click on the photo to enlarge....read more
Brother T Picket (1972)
Ross Williams (1979)
Gary Clarke (1984)
Norma Linturn (1987)
Wendy Sekuloff (2003)
Peter Karczub (2004)