About us - North East

About us - North East

In this section you can find out about England Athletics in the North East of England.

North East contacts

England Athletics’ Club Support Managers work to support the invaluable work of clubs and volunteers. To find out more about our work and priorities please click here.

North East Regional Council

To find out more about the Council Portfolio system please see www.englandathletics.org/council-portfolios.

Christopher Betts (Chair) Christopher.Betts@btinternet.com
Chris Betts has been active in the North East for many years and is a life member of Gateshead Harriers. He is currently secretary of the North East Counties' Track and Field subcommittee and also membership secretary of the North East officials' group for whom he is a Level 2C field judge. He organises the North East Grand Prix meetings and founded the successful minors meetings hosted at Gateshead stadium on Sunday mornings. Out of the region he has been, among other duties,  a member of the executive committees of the National Junior league and the North of England Senior Track and Field league, and was involved in the creation of the current joint-scoring men’s and women’s leagues. This expertise he has used in another of his duties as secretary of the North East Youth Development league.

Chris feels that the present governance of athletics in England is often confusing and not well understood, and hopes that the various regional Councils can act as a group to get more democracy and sensibility into the way the sport is run in the present-day era.

Hemant Desai hemant800@hotmail.com
Hemant is currently an Athletics Officer for the Northumberland Athletics Network and Sports Coach for Active Northumberland.  He coaches for Morpeth Harriers & AC and is a Management Committee member.  He is keen to develop young athletes from grassroots.  He holds various positions within NE Athletics including ESAA Champs Organising Committee and Morpeth Multi Sport Management Board.

Rick Betts rickman_1966@hotmail.co.uk
Rick is an active coach on the National Coach Development Programme having been involved in the combined events, jumps and now speed & hurdles NCDP. Rick is a former winner of the North East regional awards for Development Coach of the Year, Services to Coaching and Coach of the Year Awards.  He has also managed teams for his club at under 20 and senior level for many years and has also managed teams for UKA in the Super 8 and Indoor City Challenge events. At school level Rick has acted as team manager for the Cleveland Schools team and the North East UK school Games teams.

Rick is also a qualified field official and has acted as official at the North East Championships and Northern Championships as well as acting as a volunteer field official at the 2012 Olympic Games. Rick was local organiser for the 2015 Northern Under 17 championships held at Middlesbrough and will be fulfilling the same role for the 2016 Championships at the same venue next August.  Rick is coach to around 20 athletes both mainstream and disabled who compete for local clubs Middlesbrough (AC), Gateshead, Darlington and City of York at local, regional, national and international level. 

Rick has taken on the disability portfolio in the Regional Council and said "I hope that through building an active network of parents, coaches and athletes in the North East we can provide more competition and training opportunities for young disabled athletes in the North East" he added "I also hope that during my time on the Regional Council I can help to  foster improved relationships and lines of communication between EA, UKA and ourselves in the North East "

Janice Kaufman
Janice is a life member and past Chairman of Gateshead Harriers.  She is a Level 3, speed, hurdles and high jump coach and also has qualifications in S&C.  As a coach she has worked with athletes from grassroots level up to Paralympic medallists such as Hazel Robson.  Janice organises the Indoor meetings at Gateshead and the Tartan Games.  She also works closely with England Athletics on coach mentoring and development in the North East and believes that is the key to improving athlete performance in the region.

Russell Deane russman@blueyonder.co.uk
Russell believes he epitomises a new wave in running, having come to the sport in his mid-30s rather than in my youth, being a Run Director at a parkrun, and a member of a young, relatively small club with an unusual demographic – supporting LGBT runners and their friends.  Russell has introduced Strength & Conditioning sessions at his club, which older runners still can see as a novelty, and he is Run Director of a 600-participant runbritain-licensed 5k race.  Russell is also a regular on the north-east road-racing and now cross-country running scene and an Event Group Endurance coach. 

Michael Baker

Tim Dredge