On Saturday, the club hosted the popular Norman Woodcock Memorial race, the venue, Gosforth Race Course. Although there were a number of other running events this weekend, the club still received a healthy entry list with 129 completing the race. Conditions were almost ideal, with only a slight breeze on the course.
From the start, there was an almost immediate breakaway with Cameron Boyek (Shildon) and Mike Burrett (Leeds) pictured here, both making headway on the first lap. Laps two and three saw Boyek increase his lead on Burrett to win comfortably in a time of 24.41. Burrett was second, crossing the line in 25.38. Graeme Cook of North Shields Poly, took third place with a time of 26.28 Congratulations to these athletes. There were a number of Elswick Harriers taking part and first home for the club was Paul ‘Pele’ Jones, 23rd in 29.21. In 40th position, Mark McNally in a time of 31.27 and 1st O/60. Shaun Connelly crossed the line in 57th place in a time of 33.03. Joe Capocci was next home in 76th place, in a time of 35.44. In 83rd position was Robert Emson, breaking the tape in 36.36 (Pictured below Joe & Rob on the 1st lap)
In the women’s race, 1st place honours went to Durham City’s Chloe Price in a time of 29.03. In 2nd place it was Hannah Oldroyd from Saltaire Striders in a time of 30.51. Completing the podium and in 3rd place, Mariama Dryak from Wisconsin, USA, in a time of 31.22. Congratulations to each and everyone!
In 101st position, always there, always determined, the lovely Christine Lee (pictured left) an excellent 41.26 and 1st in her age group category. Well Done Christine! Emma Fraser was next through in 105th place in a time of 41.58. Running in her first race in an Elswick vest, Helen Young was next home in 118th position in a time of 45.45. Well done Helen, the first of many races,I’m sure. Team prizes went to the following: 1st Team Male prize went to Tyne bridge Harriers. 1st Team Female went to Heaton Harriers. Congratulations to both teams. It was another successful day for the club, in spite of the congested fixture list. Many thanks to everyone from the club, who took the time to help the club, put this race day on, from the people out on the course, the folks ‘behind the scenes’, and not forgetting Team Canteen too!! A most notable ‘thank you’ must go to Frank Watson, the club Secreatry, who done a great deal of work, prior to race day and on the day itself
Results are available from SportSoft
Photos of the event are also available from Si Events Photography
We move onto Sunday and the NEHL XC at Jarrow (Bedewell Park) A bit clarty no doubt with a sprinkle of rain to lift the spirits amongst the brave and dedicated runners of Elswick. First up the U/11s and in 23rd Samuel Edmundson 4.57. Making his debut in the colours of Elswick, George Turnbull was 29th in a time of 5.00. Well run George on your first XC outing! 58th Rowan Bennett 5.22. 63rd Hannah Tumia 5.25 (Factoid: 132 participants in total!) Representing the U13 girls Marrisa O’ Rourke, 47th in 17.09 from the fast pack. In the U15 girls category Robyn Bennett,31st in 17:10, also from the fast pack Well run Juniors! Ask your running Elswick buddies to make the effort and compete at Wallington Hall cross country, this Saturday, 30th November!
From the Womens Race: Topping the Elswick list, Val Wilson in 100th 30.22. 107th Andrea Banner 30.46. 112th Kim Matthews 30.52. 138th Marty Lisle 31.32. 148th Emma Turnbull 31.58. 168th Jill Bennett 32.29. 191st Marie Drozdowicz 33.10. 194th Katy Goulding 33.23. 220th Laura Carrick 34.20. 240th Joanne Lucking 34.58. 277th Jackie Avery 37.06. From Division 2 the women were placed 14th with 164 hard earned points.
Men of Elswick, topping this list was Iain Hardy 24th in 36.55. In 25th Phil Sanderson 36.56. 28th Lee Bennett 37.02. 38th Lee Agger 37.24. 180th Mark Powell 40.02. 233rd Andrew Hartley 40.52. 327th Shaun Connelly 42.42. 336th Harry Matthews 43.00. 355th Mark Hood 43.37. 401st Steve Kyte 45.06. 432nd Lee Coulson 46.16. 466th Steve Curry 47.20. 484th Jeff Emerson 57.58. 492nd Michael Shore 48.58. 535th Mel Reed 54.56. 542nd Les Williamson 58.40. From Division 2 the men were placed 6th on the day with 177 points. Good effort gents! This weekend the NEHL moves onto a new venue, Wallington Hall, Northumberland. Get yersells oot for more mud and tribulations! Let us not forget our world traveller, Dave Jardin who in the past 7 days has ran 26.2 km in the Valencia Marathon (just as a nice warm up!) and to round off his holiday with a Benidorm half marathon. So the next time you see Dave, say “Well done Dave, “where’s my San Miguel?!!”
Finally we round off this weekend report on the Run Northumberland BIG 10….A road race of 10 undulating miles starting and finishing at Kirkley Hall. Proudly representing our club and coming home in an impressive 18th place, Kev “Tri-Iron” Hargreaves in 67.16. Well done sunna! Next Mike Russell home in 46th in 72.31. Michelle Coleman home in 115th in 85.38 and Alison Warnes home in 177th in 1.46.57. great effort by all at Kirkley Hall. If have missed anyone, just let me know and I’ll put it right……Its a long report! Cheers, GB.