TADELE GEREMEW continued his fine form throughout the country by easily winning the BOGNOR REGIS 10k Road race in a time of 30:31. This broke his course record of 2012 and Tadele finished nearly two minutes ahead of the second placed James Baker of Chichester.The event attracted a huge field of 1531 finishers.This was his third win in the space of a month ,having previously been successful at the Plymouth and Kings Lynn events.FW
Elswick was represented by three stalwarts in the M65+ category at the 26th staging of the National Open Masters Road Relay Championships held in Sutton Park near Birmingham on Saturday 18th May.
The trio of Mark McNally, Steve White and Harry Matthews took on the cream of the country over a testing 3 mile course in the scenic, picturesque park.
Due to the fact that the M65+ and women’s championships race was the firstrace of the day, the boys in red, accompanied by team supporter Kim, decided to give themselves the best chance of success by travelling down on Friday 17th May and staying overnight at Donnington Park Travelodge.
Following an earlier trip north 3 Elswick “masters” decided to travel to the most northerly 10k in the UK. Naively Joanne and Mary didn’t realise what this entailed but local Thurso lassie Lalage needed to do this trip justice by travelling north for a 6 day road trip and what a trip this was. Continue reading
After a less than promising day of heavy rain and freezing temperatures, the Goddess of running parted the clouds and blue skies and sunshine reigned on Wallsend. The ever popular event began with a kids 1km race. Elswick was represented by the gutsy Marrissa O’Rourke, neice to Justina Heslop and granddaughter of Jan and Ken Heslop. Marissa stormed round finishing first girl and 6th place overall in the race.
It was my privilege as women’s captain to put together no less than 5 female teams for the evening. The ‘A’ team held the lead in the womens race for most of the race, after the fastest WV time of the race by Alison Dargie, who also had the joint second fastest womens time of the night in 11:24. Sam Crowe stepped up to the mark with her fast second leg and Yam Thiru brought the team home in a superb second place, behind Wallsend and ahead of Jarrow and Hebburn in the 4th fastest WV time of the race. A very credible result with some top performances in what was a highly competitive relay.
Our other four womens teams all enjoyed an evening of good running, strong team spirit and there were many positives to draw upon. A great effort by all concerned. See table below for Elswick teams and times. (JB)
The men of team Elswick turned up in good time, numbers and positions were allocated. There was good camaraderie amongst the troops. The lads warmed up and were ready to race. Leading out the first legs were debutant Adam Hands, Paul Jones, Tom Hanson and Mel Reed. Each runner gave it their all from the congested start, right through to the handover.
Next up and taking over for leg two was Lee Bennett taking over from Adam, Rambo Thompson taking over from Paul and Rob Wilson taking the baton from wor Tommy Hanson. Mel bravely flew the flag as an incomplete team (Sterling work Mel!) With the weather holding out, the lads were right in amongst their peer groups of fellow harriers. Lee running strong, Rambo running back into some great form and Rob steadying the ship for his team. Time to bring home the bacon!
Team one, now in a strong position, new recruit Lee “with the swagger” Agger! Took over from the lean and lithe Lee…..Rambo rocketed through and handed over to Jay “the cool” Clark…..Rob handed over leg three to another new recruit, wor Rob “the gorilla” Emson!
Now the lads were at the business end of the race….the shakedown continued and battling for their teams overall placing…..It was all hard fought out there….tussle’s with fellow harriers ensued!
Lee touched down in 5th place overall and the fastest Elswick leg time….great result team one! Jay galloped through for team two in a very creditable 22nd position. A determined run by Rob saw team three come home in a respectable 61st position (these three lads were all Vets). A great effort! Lots of talking points amongst the lads followed, their own two miles of guts and determination, saw them through. You were all credit to the club. Job Done! (GB)
Thanks to our friends at Wallsend Harriers for hosting such a successful night.
Club results below, full results available at: http://www.wallsendharriers.com/index.html Photos by Brian Waites, more on Elswick Facebook . click on image below to enlarge results.
The minutes of the last committee meeting are now available from the ‘Committee & Minutes’ link above.
In the second NE track league meeting of the season, three Elswick athletes excelled themselves at Monkton Stadium yesterday evening. Running in the Jimmy Hedley Cup 800m race, Phil Hurst was the run away winner in a time of 1:53. Joe Walker also enjoyed a superb race with a new pb time of 2:07 in the 800m. Elswick sprinter, Andy Greenwell proved to be in great shape with a win and a pb of 52:3 in the 400m. A promising start to the track season by all concerned. Congratulations lads.
It was a bright but breezy morning on the beach at South Shields pier last Sunday. No fewer than 17 Elswick runners lined up for the popular race along the cliff tops and the beach to Roker Pier in Sunderland.
Phil Sanderson and Lee Bennett both ran strongly to finish in the top ten and as the leading vets. Harry Matthews also received a prize in the V60 category. Club results were as follows:
6 0:39:19 SANDERSON, Philip Elswick Harriers MV 40-49 492 MV 40-49 1 7 0:39:20 BENNETT, Lee Elswick Harriers MV 40-49 636 126 0:48:38 BEYNON, Antony Elswick Harriers Snr M 543 154 0:49:40 MATTHEWS, Harry Elswick Harriers MV 60-69 622 182 0:50:51 JARDIN, David Elswick Harriers MV 40-49 956 215 0:51:55 COULSON, Lee Elswick Harriers Snr M 450 221 0:52:01 STEPHENSON, Susanne Elswick Harriers LV 45-54 321 225 0:52:08 MATTHEWS, Kim Elswick Harriers LV 45-54 162 261 0:53:06 RICHARDSON, Angela Elswick Harriers Snr L 216 277 0:53:33 RICHARDSON, James Elswick Harriers MV 50-59 706 285 0:53:54 CORKHILL, Gary Elswick Harriers Snr M 707 303 0:54:39 DROZDOWICZ, Marie Elswick Harriers LV 45-54 301 377 0:57:06 DIXON, Stephen Elswick Harriers Snr M 437 418 0:58:09 REED, Mel Elswick Harriers MV 50-59 729 419 0:58:10 HUDDLESTON, Denise Elswick Harriers LV 35-44 201 542 1:02:35 WILSON, Susan Elswick Harriers LV 45-54 53 575 1:03:33 LEE, Christine Elswick Harriers LV 65+
More Photos by Brian Waites and others are available to view on the Elswick Facebook page. Full results on the Sunderland Strollers website.
Looks like a great evening instore for Elswick runners at next weeks Wallsend relays. With 3 runners per team and each leg over 2 miles over a flat fast course it looks like we’ll have record breaking turnout. Keep an eye on the yahoo group email in the next few days for team news. The race headquarters has changed to Wallsend Peoples Centre, 60 metres east of the previous headquarters, St Columbus Church. Please see the following Documents. There is also going to be a childrens race before the relays.
Gordon Smith Relays Prospectus 2013 info for relays
WALLSEND HARRIERS 1K FUN RUN for juniors.
This evening the Les Allcorn MT 10km hosted by Alnwick Harriers took place. Three Elswick representatives journeyed northwards, his third race in as many days, Stevie Curry said “me, Marie Louise Drozdowicz and Andy Middleton set off up to Alnwick it was a very hot and hilly course as usual. Andy did 44+ Marie 48+ I strolled in at 50+. Well organised as usual and good support and banter.”
Full results now up at: www.alnwickharriers.co.uk