Club championship table

Please find enclosed the updated standings on the 2016 club championship. club-champs_gibside

The last race to obtain points the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile road race on Sunday 20th November. Here is the entry form > b2c-2016-entry-form Good luck!

Thank you to Val for all her help in keeping the tables updated throughout the year. The latest cross country races and last weekend’s Gibside race are included.

A copy of this table can be found under the website’s tab heading of ‘club championship 2016’.

The 2017 championship (format/races) is dare I say, almost complete. We will share the 2017 calendar with you all soon 🙂

Cross country champs & Gibside trail run (club championship race)

Words by Dave Jardin – men’s XC Captain: Now that the first couple of Harrier League fixtures are done the club is looking for names  of anyone who wants to run in: NORTH EASTERNS ‘ Aykley Heads (Durham) 10 December. NORTHERNS Knowsley Safari Park, Liverpool  28 January. NATIONALS  Woolaton Park, 25 February 2017. Aykley Heads has been a popular course in the Harrier League the past 2 years. For Knowsley there will be some of us making a weekend of it staying over in Liverpool but also we will be putting on a minibus for those who want to go there and back on the day  (numbers permitting). Hopefully we can get teams out for Nottingham as well. The club pays the individual entries for these events so we will need to know definitely who is running. Any questions give Dave Jardin a shout (07495418515 or email Anybody wanting to run just let me know (or Frank Watson).  Lalage Brown is taking the names for the ladies.

On Sunday 16th October, Blackhill Bounders hosted the popular Gibside Trail Run from the National Trust property. 7 (ish!) miles of a testing, undulating course sees competitors run a scenic, traffic-free route. Blackhill’s Gary Wallace won the race in 40.12 and Morpeth’s Emma Holt won the women’s race in 45.00. Very well done to all of our athletes competing in this club championship run. We will update the scores and the league table will be published soon. In the meantime the results from Sunday’s run and the 19 strong team of  Lee, Alan, Ben, Richard H, Susanne, Mary, Debbie, Richard R, Felicity, Charlotte, Mel, Jeffery, Melissa, Jennifer, Elaine, Michelle, Lucie, Kay and Emma can be found here > or visit black hill bounders website and you will be re-directed. Congratulations to you all.




Druridge Bay Cross Country & A ‘Run / Talk’ Initiative in association with MIND

On Sunday, the NEHL band waggon rolled onto Druridge Bay. In almost summer type conditions, the league saw a record turnout by athletes from around the region. In summary: the U11’s Boy’s and Girl’s races were individual ones: well done to the ‘young contingency’. The U13’s Boys and Girls were placed 9th and 5th respectively. The U15’s Boys and Girls were placed 5th and 9th respectively. In the U17 Girls race, the young ladies were placed 8th overall. In the Senior & Vet Women’s race (405 finishers & combined with the O/60 vet men (n/c)) the ladies were placed 10th overall, a great effort as they are now in the first division. The Senior men & Vet men’s race (with 584 finishers) saw the gents placed 8th overall in Division 2, again a great effort. Well done to ALL the juniors and seniors at the club yesterday, a good day at Druridge Bay! Next up the Sherman Cup & Davison Shield at Temple Park on the 19th November, a week later the NEHL goes to a new venue at Thornley Farm, near Peterlee, County Durham on the 26th November….get those spikes cleared of mud! Results: 

Hello Team Elswick. With club member Emma Simblett, England Athletics & MIND health charity, the club will be hosting a “RUN / TALK initiative” & everyone from the club, together with, friends, family & colleagues are invited 🙂  The idea is for people from all walks of life to join a group of like-minded people and enjoy a run / walk together (As a guide, you can Run / Talk between 1 & 5 miles at a pace you feel entirely comfortable with). It will take place this Thursday on October 13th from the Activity Centre. We will meet in the usual way, gathering in the sports hall from 7.15pm. We will leave the sports hall at 7.30pm to warm up. Run / Talk Info Poster 20160726_194320_resized

We will meet up on the playing field at around 7.45 to 7.50pm. The club will ‘manage’ the Run / Talk by allowing the juniors to run their session, the senior group to run theirs & the beginners & intermediate running groups run their mile/s around the playing field, this way we can keep everyone off the roads, safely all together. A warm down will finish the Run / Talk. To round off the evening we would encourage everyone to join us in the function room of the activity centre for a well-deserved glass of cordial!


To help raise funds for the evening a collection box will placed inside the sports hall. ALL proceeds will be donated to MIND. Please do spread the word amongst your, friends, work colleagues and family to join us this Thursday. The club supports MIND and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. ([18124]_210_140_0_0



5km Run at TBH & This weekends Tent duties at Druridge Bay

Three Elswick Harriers took part in a 5km run hosted by TBH last night. In spite of the easterly breeze around the course, Peter Sloan (V55) took more seconds off his PB to run a 19.54. Since Peter’s serious biking accident (which required hospitalisation & rehabilitation) coupled with a “minor repair” to his heart recently, it just shows what consistent running & hard work can achieve. Rob Wilson (V55) ran well with a  21.30 and Tom Hanson (V60) ran a 22.08.

Dave Jardin is kindly requesting for someone to return the tent from the Cross Country at Druridge Bay on SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER. Steve Robertson will be there early to assemble the tent for the Juniors to use but the tent needs to be taken down & returned after the last race. If you can help, please inform Frank Watson before Saturday evening or place a note on the club’s FB page. Thank you.

Elswick Harriers Christmas Party

It’s that time of year to announce the Elswick Harriers Christmas Party will be held on Friday 16 December 2016 at Blucher Social Club for ALL members, juniors included so pop the date in your diary and your names below so I can get a rough idea for food 😊 final price to be advised but it will be along the lines of presentation night prices 👍 can’t wait to see you all there xx Mary


Weekend Round up Sat 1st & Sun 2nd October 2016

A busy weekend yet again for Team Elswick: Over in Carlisle, Richard Houghton continues his New York Marathon preparation with another good performance in the Cumbrian Half Marathon, certainly not flat, Richard ran a fine 1.26, finishing 42nd out of a thousand runners. Thank you to Mary for the Kielder photos.

At Kielder, the popular run series weekend took place: The ‘Run (10km) Bike (25km) Run (6km)’ saw Elswick’s and Castle Tri’s Micky Shore deliver a 2hr 50mins and 52 seconds time. Well done Micky. The 10km run saw 18 Elswick Athletes take to the start line. Ben Hall was first home and taking 6th place overall in 39.04. Well done to Paul, Colette, Joanne, Elaine, Les, Michelle, Tina, Lucie, Hilary, Emma, Rachel, Leanne, Karen, Samantha, Emma, Tracey and Catherine for their efforts.


The half marathon saw 10 Elswick Athletes take on the 13 miles 192 yards through Kielder. First home was Lee Llewellyn in 1.33.14 and 35th position. First home for the ladies an impressive 1.42.54 from Angela Richardson. Congratulations to Mel, Joanne, Melissa, Lalage, Kirsty, Michael, Christiane and Helen for their efforts.

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The marathon saw 5 Elswick Athletes take on the Marathon Course. Congratulations to Elswick’s first runner home, Martin Caygill in 3.40.37 and 69th place. First lady home was Katy Goulding in 4.23.36 and 272nd position. Very well done to Daniel, Susan and Denise making up the quintet of the club runners in this race. For the Kielder results go to: or The club’s very own roving European Running Ambassador, Dave Jardin was “up North” in Glasgow taking on the Great Scottish Run 10km running a 41.13 ( a hilly course, made more taxing having the day before ran the Wrekenton NEHL!). Well done Dave. Enjoy your up & coming races on Spanish Terracotta! Finally, a rather cheeky six and three quarter mile wine-athon….Yes….Really 🙂 From Durham’s Oval Park in Spennymoor, Claire, Lindsey, Kerrie and Andrea, quite probably had a very nice run, perhaps, not quite in straight line, as it was interspersed with 3 wine stations: Sounds like a canny venue for one of the club championship races next year! Well done TEAM ELSWICK, KEEP IT GOING!

NEHL Cross Country Season Opener: Venue Wrekenton.


Thank you to Dave Jardin for the report & photos. This weekend was the first of the Start Fitness Harrier League Cross Country season at Wrekenton. This fixture has been held in the past in all sorts of conditions (mud, hail, rain and snow)  This year with the sun shining and the ground rock hard and bone dry it felt so alien I thought NASA was going to land a space probe. It was a good question of what to wear, some spikes, some trailshoes even a few got away with road shoes (Michelle suggested roller blades). As always the event started with the under 11s working the way up the age groups and every junior in the red Elswick vest ran their heart’s out. It was then the turn of the senior women and all 4 of our runners Marie, Bella, Jill and Michelle (pictured above) were “counters” for the team and “put a shift in”. The final race of the day was the men’s race.  3 laps around and over the hill with the stonework on the top that is the remnants of the Old Blaydon Bridge.  The long grass that made Wrekenton resemble a jungle had been flattened by the previous races. A full list of results is available at .Thanks to Rob & Claire for the photos on the club’s Facebook page. With races happening all over the place last weekend at Keilder, Glasgow, Silverstone, Carlisle, Coniston, “wine-athon” and the impending taper for the York Marathon, the club appreciates the efforts of those who turned out to field full teams in all categories. Thanks to Dave Jill and Lee for the tent duties. Below: Elswick ladies: Michelle Coleman and Robyn Bennett.