Opportunity for Age Group Athletes to represent England at Marathon

For those runners who endure the pleasure of the marathon. England Athletics have created the opportunity to represent your country at a Masters Level. Through some pre-selected events beginning in autumn 2016, runners will have the opportunity to achieve the grade and be selected in an event to be held next year. Follow the link and register your interest if this is something that would appeal to you.

England Athletics

Info courtesy of Harry Matthews


On Saturday 18th June, Robyn Bennett competed in the 3000 metres race in the Schools Northern Inter Counties Championships. Robyn’s training has paid dividends: She won the race and took the title in an impressive 11.02.30. Next time you see Robyn on a club training evening, don’t forget to congratulate her! Very well done Robyn, an excellent WIN :)

Robyn Bennett in action at the 2016 Good Friday Relays
Robyn Bennett in action at the 2016 Good Friday Relays

Elswick Harriers Newburn River Run

Click here for >Newburn River Run Results 2016 Over 260 runners lined up at the start line at the club’s popular 6.5 mile River Run last night. 

The start of the 2016 race

Running conditions were ideal. Runners made their way along the Keelman Waggon way, over Wylam Bridge, heading East, back towards Newburn Bridge and finishing at the leisure centre.THANK YOU TO ALL TEAM ELSWICK VOLUNTEERS last night, you were superb :) 

The start of the race.
The start of the race.

The race was won by Durham City’s Matt Hornsby in 36.29. Matt also received the Archbold Trophy. Matt pictured below (At the bottom of this report, click on the continue reading icon for age group winner photos (thanks to Rob Emson for finish photos)).


The women’s race was won by our very own Justina Heslop in 39.05 and received the River Run Trophy. Below: Justina with the trophy.

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The prizes did not stop for Team Elswick: Joanne Brown and Elspeth Aspinall won Individual Age Group prizes. The ladies team award was won by Elswick Harriers! comprising of athletes, Justina, Joanne and Elspeth. Congratulations ladies (apologies for “camera flash eyes” on all the photos!).

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The gents from Elswick were just as successful: Jason Old had a superb run to finish 3rd overall and was the recipient of the Jimmy Bell Trophy. Iain Hardy just missed a top 10 finish, placing 11th overall in spite of pulling his hamstring in the first mile. Iain was second placed V45. Harry Matthews won the O/60 group category. The Elswick men also won the team prize! Jason, Paul and Iain were the winning trio. Well done gents.

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Results can be obtained from the ‘sportsoft’ results service website. Post race, everyone enjoyed the free complimentary supper pack in the centre’s function room. Awards were announced at 9pm. A final thank you! First, to the runners for participating in the club’s race. Thank you to the leisure centre and function room staff and finally a notable thank you Frank Watson, Derek Nelson, Les Williamson and Martin Connelly. I’m certain 2017’s race will be just as successful. Cheers, Graham.

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Gannin’ alang the Scotswood Road: A resplendent race to behold!

Areet bonnie lads and lasses? Well done to ALL 94 :) Team Elswick runners at last neet’s 34th Blaydon Race. Over 4000 runners took to the 5.6 mile course that now makes up this famous Geordie North East race. Thank you to Blaydon Harriers and all the volunteers who make the race happen. Photo below: As the race unfolded, it was Ian Hudspith, wor Tadele, Peter Newton and Ryan McLeod together at Scotswood bridge:

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(Above: Wor Paul Turner & Justina Heslop). In the closing stages it was down to two athletes, Newton and McLeod. A push for the line saw Peter Newton of Morpeth Harriers AC take the win of the 2016 race in 27.11. In 2nd it was Ryan McLeod, in 3rd it was 45 year old Ian Hudspith and just missing a podium, wor Tadele. Congratulations to Peter Newton on his victory.

The ladies race was also competitive. Defending her title from 2015, it was Sunderland Stroller & Rio bound Alyson Dixon who won on the evening in 29.48 (pictured below), with Rosie Smith 2nd, our very own Justina Heslop 3rd and Emma Holt in 4th place. Congratulations to all 4 athletes. Seven of our own were in the top 100 places: Tadele, Justina, Paul , Jason, Lee, Iain & Mark. Great, just great!


It was great to see another superb turnout from the lads and lasses from Elswick Harriers, you again proved you are ALL top class. Thank you for giving it your best. Results can be found on www.resultsbase.net. Click on the continue reading icon for photos (there’s a canny few, I can tell ya!) taken of Elswick Athletes running over Scotswood Bridge. I missed a few runners because you may have been hidden by another runner :(  There is a report by Shaun Ryder in today’s evening chronicle, together with a centre page with pictures from last nights race (Spot the Elswick vest!). Best smile & wave of the night awards go to: Marty Connelly  for the lads! For the ladies it goes to Michelle Coleman :)

Thank you to Jackie Avery’s husband for more photos via this link: http://martinavery.dphoto/#/album/779ffy

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Great Run Series Club Challenge Competition

Hello Team Elswick. The club has been contacted by Andy Nixon, Elite race co-ordinator from the Great Run organisation. The detailed note (click on the continue reading icon) explains a club challenge competition where some excellent prizes and awards can be won for the competing club runners (Do bear in mind that there is a clash of dates on Sunday 3rd July for the T&F track meet). Thankfully there are alternative races in the Great Run Series (e.g. Harrogate 10km on 24th July). Who knows, Team Elswick could be on its way to Ethiopia to meet the GREAT Haile Gebrselassie, take part in the Great Ethiopia 10km or have guaranteed entries to the likes of the Great North Run! So: Please have a read and if you fancy it, sign up and give it a go!    Continue reading Great Run Series Club Challenge Competition

Weekend Race News & ‘Your club needs your help’

In Middlesbrough, over 1100 runners took to the start line of the Alistair Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5km. Tadele Muguleta and Justina Heslop were representing the club and once again they did the vest proud: Justina took the WIN in the women’s race with a fast 16.52 and Tadele was edged out of first place take a very commendable 2nd place in the men’s race with a 15.18. The overall winner of the race was New Marske’s Andy Wiles in 15.07. Congratulations to Justina and Tadele. There is a full report in Monday’s Evening Chronicle by Bill McGuirk on the race.

The club’s Newburn River Run Race is nearly upon us: Wednesday 15th June. The race needs volunteers to safely and successfully host the evening. If you can spare around three hours of your time on Wed 15th, the club would appreciate your help. Names please to Frank Watson, Graham Bell or kindly place your name on Facebook, where the names will also be collated. Thank you.

Another busy weekend for club athletes as Team Elswick were ‘on track’ in round 2 of the Track & Field competition held at Whitely Bay. The combined efforts of Elswick & Blaydon ensured good points scoring: 37 events and 430 points later…….resulted in a team WIN on the day! Click on this link for the results > prov results Northern T&F_2016 Div. 4 (7 teams) – Match 2  

A  message from John Lowes: Thanks everyone for helping out in the T&F, a great result, provisionally in 1st place and sitting at the top of the leagueThanks to the 3 ladies, Mary,  Catherine & especially Felicity who made her track debut. For the lads, dependable Ben & Patrick, wor very own “Crazy Dave”, and “Little Legs Stevie Curry.” Inseparable Richard & Scott 💕 Not forgetting Denise, Jan & Ken for your support. Thanks all. Next fixture, Sunday 03rd July. The nucleus of the team has the small matter of the Chevy Chase (a 20mile fell race) on Saturday 02nd. Save to say, we’ll be looking for others to take up the slack. Can you please check your diaries and see if you’re available? I’ll be pestering you collectively and individually, looking to stack all of the races to continue our good form. We’re looking at being promoted in first place, so if you can put in a shift I’m sure you’ll be rewarded with tea and cake! A special mention to all the marshals and helpers on the day, as without their valuable contribution, competitions like this would never be able to take place.


Championship Standings so far……….

Hello Team Elswick. Please find enclosed the updated spreadsheet which includes the most recent event in the club championship which was the Pier to Pier race. club champs_P2P .  Thank you to Val Wilson for the P2P update. Alternatively here is a different version for viewing > Pier to Pier (Alternative view) 

Here is the club championship calendar with updates > JUNE UPDATE CLUB CHAMPS 2016 .

The next race in the club championship is the Sunderland 5km race at Silksworth Sports Complex, hosted by Sunderland Harriers & AC on Wednesday 13th July.

For info please visit: www.sunderlandharriers.co.uk . On line entries available through www.runbritain.com & sportsoft race results. Entry fee is £6 (£2 extra on the night). Women & Over 50 men start at 6.45pm and the Senior Men & Over 40 Vet Men start at 7.20pm. Note that this race also incorporates the North East and Northern Championships.