Good news story during these times from the Juniors

Charlie Jackson is an Elswick Junior and competes in our Under 13 section. This year, he came third in our Under 13 Championship. His brother Logan is due to join our Juniors Under 11 section once we get back to training. All our Juniors are incredible and an inspiration to all us “oldies.” Here’s a heart warming story of what these two have been doing with their daily exercise during the lockdown, courtesy of their proud Mum, Wendy:

“Charlie (11) and Logan (9) wanted to do something positive during lockdown. On 28 March 2020, they started their running challenge to raise money for Chloe and Liam Together forever Trust a charity very close to their hearts.

They have ran 22 laps of the garden everyday, come rain, wind or shine. Each session is 0.88 miles a massive 49.28 in total which they completed today (22nd May 2020) at 10.31am on the 3rd anniversary of the Manchester attack dedicating each lap to every person who lost their lives.

They hoped to raise £220 and as of now their current total is £1878.

The money raised will allow other children and young people to reach their dreams. “

Rob Emson – Junior Coaches.

Charlie – flying the vest
Charlie and Logan – all done.

2020 River Run Cancelled

The Club’s committee have taken the decision to cancel the 39th running of the Newburn River Run. The club has followed the advice from the UK government and our affiliating body England Athletics.

We can look forward to 2021 when the club will host the 40 year anniversary race of the Newburn River Run.

In these difficult times, stay safe and look after one another.

We will meet again 🙂 

Virtual VE Day 3km Run

Elswick Harriers were due to hold an in house VE Day 3km run at the club training night on Thursday 7th May. As this event cannot go ahead as originally planned, we as a club would like to give you the opportunity to still take part in this run via a virtual method.

Over the weekend of Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May all you have to do is run 3km that’s 1.864 miles and name it Virtual VE Day 3km Run. Once complete submit a screenshot of your time from your Garmin, Strava or via any other tracker by midnight on Sunday 10th May to the clubs Facebook page post regarding this event. Michelle Coleman has kindly offered to collate the information and then will publish the results.

The route is your choice however to keep it fair let’s keep it relatively flat and not all 3km downhill! As with all running now please adhere to the government guidelines on social distancing, in doing this it will hopefully bring us together sooner rather than later.

There may be other possible virtual events coming up that we as club can take part in to keep us motivated.

Stay tuned for further info.

Happy running and look forward to seeing your efforts.

Hello Team Elswick:

To help athletes, England Athletics have championed Virtual Club Nights. Stephanie Cameron  (club support manager for the west midlands region)  She has been tasked on behalf of England Athletics to develop ‘Virtual Club Nights’ as a way to further engage with our members during this incredibly difficult time. 

C’mon Team Elswick, join in and have a try 🙂 Click on the links to find out a whole lot more!

What are Virtual Club Nights?

Virtual club nights are a series of events hosted through the webinar platform or our Facebook live. They work on a four week rotation and combine, Quizzes, Q&As with professional athletes and junior club nights. Each event takes place on a Tuesday evening between 7pm and 8pm.

What’s the schedule?

The first four weeks with links to book on are as follows:

21st April – The BIG EA Quiz –

28th April – Q&A with Jenny Meadows –

05th May – Q&A with Donna Fraser –

12th May – The BIG EA Quiz – Through the EA Facebook page on Facebook live –

Where can I get any additional Info?

You can find more information on our website here –

Feel free to circulate this information to your respective, members, coaches and volunteers. Kindest Regards and Stay Safe.

Stephanie Cameron
Club Support Manager

Outstanding Subscriptions.

Hello Team Elswick. A message from Membership Secretary Derek Nelson.

A reminder to Club members who have paid their annual subscription, should have received confirmation of their renewal via an England Athletics Email notification.

There are still a number of athletes who have not paid their subscription for 2020. If you have NOT received this Email then kindly contact myself or Daniel Nettle (Club Treasurer) to make payment regarding your renewal subscriptions. More information can be found on the club websites tab heading of ‘2020 subs’.

Thank you,

Derek Nelson.



Hello Team Elswick Members. The club has received an update notice from England Athletics. We must support the measures that are being put forward today from our governing body England Athletics.

To that end, the Club’s event organiser (Graham Bell) has cancelled the Club’s VE day 3 km handicap club run. 

To re-affirm: The Club will have no group training sessions until at least the 31st May 2020. As you may know (or not know) our ‘club home’ Newburn Leisure Centre is closed until further notice.

Keep well and safe Team Elswick. Thank you (GB).

England Athletics Statement Below:

Coronavirus Statement

Athletics in England suspension

Extended until 31st May 2020.

Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:

  1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).
  2. Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.

These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in England continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.

In addition to providing clarity to clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and officials, we are acutely aware that a number of competition providers have already made the bold decision to postpone their events in recognition that they stand to incur additional contractual costs on facilities that they have booked should they not make that decision now. We will continue to review this decision as the government guidance evolves, but one thing is clear – and that is that athletics, running and sport in general is special and is an important contributor to our way of life, but it is very much secondary to protecting and saving lives at this current time.

In its latest measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Government has announced that everyone must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances.

From last night (Monday 23 March), the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
  • To take exercise once a day – but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people
  • For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
  • To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.

While athletics is predominantly an outdoor sport that allows athletes to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear, we must play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19. We urge our members to utilise the opportunity to exercise as laid out by both governments, but as such, any informal small group training sessions of athletes or face-to-face coached sessions must now cease (*unless they are with your own household members as above).

We have witnessed some very creative home and/or garden-based training sessions (safely of course) during the last week, and we would urge clubs and coaches to continue to be innovative during this period. A number of schools have also been task setting for their pupils and it would be of immense value to continue to engage athletes and your members in similar style tasks for athletics.

There are numerous ways in which people can remain active whether that be core strength training at home, HIIT, Circuits, running and so on (whilst adhering to the government guidance) so we will be actively promoting these. We will of course be pushing out digital content relating to exercising at home during this week thanks to the work of our respective coaching and athlete development team members.

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones comments: “We all have a responsibility to play our part in mitigating risk and in reducing the spread of this virus. It will be deflating to many but if we do pull together and adhere to the guidance issued then we will come through this period. In the meantime we will be working tirelessly as partners to provide value to our member clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and volunteers and will be organising activities and providing resources utilising a range of methods such as online forums, webinars and podcasts that will help people prepare for a time when we can all look forward with renewed optimism as an Athletics & Running family.”

These decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we all get back to competing in the sport we love so much sooner.

Good luck and stay safe!


Good News Everyone! Our Fabulous Juniors’ Cross Country Season final report!

Well what a season that was, from floods, storms and now the corona virus we still managed to get 66 runners out over the course of the season ,some only did one but there were a hardy bunch who did them all .Well done you know who you are.
As the last rescheduled race (Druridge Bay) was cancelled that meant the points were based on the best of four for the league and best of three for individual Grand Prix. The under 11s are classed as non competitive !!!!! so no Grand Prix until they are in the under 13.
These are the final standings for Elswick Juniors best ever for years. These results are out of potentially 52 NE clubs a few don’t have a junior section.

Under 13 Boys 1st North Shields 2nd Morpeth 3rd Birtley 8th Elswick

Under 13 Girls 1st Elswick. 2nd Gosforth 3rd Gateshead.

Under 15 Boys 1st Morpeth 2nd Durham 3rd Gosforth. 11th Elswick

Under 15 Girls 1st Gosforth 2nd Blackhill 3rd North Shields 6th Elswick

Under 17 Boys 1st Houghton 2nd Morpeth 3rd Durham 7th Elswick

Under17/20 Girls 1st Elswick 2nd Birtley 3rd Morpeth.

This is the team standings but there were some brilliant individual performances. For full coverage and all results go to Start Fitness North East Harrier League website to see where you all came in the Grand Prix. Well done juniors we are looking for even better next year . Keep fit and healthy hope to see you soon as we can.
Cheers Jan&Ken


Dear Team Elswick Members, parents and guardians. Due to the unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, the club has received notification from England Athletics (the Club is affiliated to England Athletics). Today, the Club’s committee have decided to implement their advice.

This means Elswick Harriers Club Training Sessions are cancelled from and including Thursday 19th March until at least the end of April.

The Club’s committee is firmly of the opinion that this is the right thing to do.

In addition: The Club’s committee held a meeting last night.

The club has decided to cancel this months presentation evening.

The Cub has cancelled the Good Friday Relays. 

The Club’s committee meeting for April has been cancelled.

To keep up to date with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please visit the UK Governments website here >UK.GOV

Being positive. You can keep up your fitness. One suggested way is to follow the ‘Social Distance Advice’ from England Athletics. Visit their website by clicking the link here >Social Distancing

Further information can be found at the NHS website here > NHS

The Club will inform its club members of any updates throughout this difficult time. Be safe, keep well. Follow official advice.

If your are well and you can: Take care of your family, friends and neighbours. We are all in this together.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.


Juniors Report – Lambton Cross Country and English Schools Champs – 14th March 2020.

The penultimate cross country nearly turned into a no show for quite a few people as directions were incorrect due to wrong post code which was later updated but by then most of the juniors were looking for the entrance to the park in convoy.
Numbers were down due to a clash with English Schools due to this event being rescheduled. Luckily they held back the first races so people could get parked . There were a few flustered children on the line .We were helping other clubs to pin numbers on the under 11s.
The weather was fine but it was a challenging course with a mixture of concrete paths grass, mud and hills. This was the first running on this course. Results as follows.
Under 11 girls 14th Ava Jones 8.30- 18th Evie Elliott 8.37- 24th Hope Henderson 9.07- 28th Sienna Keogan 9.22- 32nd Emily Allinson 9.32- 33rd Zara Bungay 9.42 -35th Eve Dickinson 9.53. under 11 boys 13th Liam Coulson. We had no u/13 boys representing Elswick in this race.
Under 13 girls 11th Lucy Milburn(FP) 17.18- 17th Erin Blight(FP) 17.35- 28th Ruby Russell 20.43- 30th Sydney Bungay(FP) 19.07- 32nd Hannah Waterhouse 21.00- 33rd Bryony Wilkinson 21.42- 38th Keira Bairstow 25.28- 39th Ciara Telford 25.42. 5th and 7th teams.
Under 15 boys 15th Jake Robertson 16.32 looking a bit lonely on the start line.
Under 15 girls 11th Lauren Stroud 19.07- 17th Isla Cardno 20.11- 18th Grace Ogilvie 20.24. 3rd team.
Under 17 boys 2nd Keiran Dixon 22.28 7th Tom Milburn 24.43. Silver medal for Keiran well done.
Under 17/20 girls 5th Charley Lee 27.50- 9th Marissa O’Rourke 29.33.
Well done everyone who turned our to represent our club. Our league positions are as follows at this point are Under 13 boys 8th . Under 13 girls 1st . Under 15 boys 11th. Under 15 girls 6th . Under 17 boys 7th . Under17/20 girls 1st.
The next race is on Sunday 29th March circumstances permitting at Druridge Bay this is another rescheduled event.
Well done to Hannah Tumia, Suzy Fielding, Imogen Bungay and Poppy Old who were selected for Northumberland to run at English schools at Liverpool on the same day.
Cheers Jan&Ken

Club notice regarding Coronavirus as of 13th March 2020

Notice to all club members and parents of junior athletes.

Be responsible. If you become un-well with cold, Flu-like symptoms AND symptoms which may indicate Coronavirus (COVID-19), call the NHS on 111. Information can also be found on-line. Click the link to visit the NHS website: Follow their advice.

If you are un-well: In the interest of public health we politely ask you NOT to come to club training sessions until you return to health.

In addition, we advise members who are un-well not to participate in any race(s) until you return to health.

If the Coronavirus situation improves (or deteriorates) the club’s committee will appropriately employ official advice and duly inform members using it’s media platforms.

After speaking to the Leisure Centre staff, the Club can confirm that the centre is, at this moment in time, open for business with normal opening times. 

Thank you for your co-operation & understanding.