The Newburn River Run. Wed 12th June 2019.

A hardy, determined gathering of Club & Unattached athletes to took the start line (in atrocious conditions) for the 6 mile 2019 Newburn River Run (I’m sure we organised it for June, not January!).

Given the event was only 3 days after the Blaydon Road Race, it was very pleasing to see athletes take to our start line in this anniversary year.

At 7.15 pm the race was underway. Athletes made their way around the course, the outward leg of the course gave some shelter from the weather, the return leg and the last 3 miles gave runners an ideal opportunity to practice their Cross Country skills! Thankfully the paths just about held out for the athletes as they made speed towards the finish line by the Newcastle University Rowing Club.

Blackhill Bounder Jordan Bell on his way to victory

Taking the 2019 title and the Colin Bolton Trophy was Blackhill Bounders Jordan Bell in 31.54 (pictured above). First female athlete and the winner of the Hazel Simpson trophy was Un-attached athlete Maria Caterall with a time of 40.16 (pictured below).

Congratulations to both winners. The team prizes both went to Elswick Harriers. Congratulations to both teams.

Above Jordan Bell with the Colin Bolton Trophy. There were 1st 2nd & 3rd prizes for all age group athlete categories V35 / V40 / V50 and V60. Darren Purvis retained the Jimmy Bell trophy.

Team Winners Elswick’s Jason Old and Andrew Ball

Team winners Cath Lowes and Andrea Banner (Centre Frank Watson).

Ladies team winners Cath Lowes and Andrea Banner, with our very own Frank Watson.

Very well to done all athletes.

Also at the finish line there were several spot prizes given out. Supper packs and a free 130 year anniversary finishers t-shirt completed the package of event prizes and awards.

Time to say THANK YOU! First to the participants: You were all superb competitors, given the terrible weather encountered.

Next, all of the Club volunteers and marshals who helped on the day. Again, given the weather, Elwsick’s running club and its team of dedicated individuals once again proved how well, the Club of Elswick Harriers hosts an event. Thank you to all of the event officials, the Leisure Centre Staff and to the Newcastle University Rowing Club for their help. All Magnificent. 

An extra special thank you to the team of Harry, Michelle, Noel, Laura, Tom, Derek, Val, Frank, Keith, Iain and Les. Without question you made the difference and you made it happen.

A full listing of the Results can be found here > NRR 2019 results

Results as a pdf here > NRR 2019 results

The list of prizes and awards can be here > NRR 2019 prizes 

Blaydon Race 9th June 2019

Twas on the ninth Joon, that’s my effort at Geordie dialect!!!

1981 saw the first running of this now huge event that follows the route that horse goers originally undertook to Blaydon Island dating back to 9th June 1862.

The 2019 edition saw 4169 runners finish the event on a warm Sunday evening. From waking up on Sunday morning it seemed a long wait to start time of 1915hrs. As in recent tradition Elswick Harriers congregated outside the Union Rooms from 18:00hrs in anticipation for a great night of running/racing. As you can see from the group photo the club had a great turnout with 65 runners finishing the race in the car park at Morrisons Blaydon. It’s quite a spectacle to see so many folks wearing the club vest whilst creating a great atmosphere by chatting and having fun, I was amazed to see how many runners were representing the Bunny group.

Looking at Strava and the official results there were some fine performances from across the club.

Firstly though, 12 seconds separated 1st to 3rd with the overall race winner being Graham Rush in a time of 25.33 in which he represented Leeds City AC. 2nd place was North East runner Carl Avery from Morpeth Harriers who ran 25.37 whilst 3rd place Charlie Hulson from Liverpool Harriers ran 25.45.

The 1st female athlete home was Sunderland stroller Alyson Dixon in 28.24, 2nd female across the line was Claire Duck of Leeds City AC with 3rd place going to Wallsend Harrier Danielle Hodgkinson in 29.30.

From Elswick Harriers Andrew Ball continues to develop and impress as he crossed the line in 75th in a time of 30.37, 2nd male was Jason old who again proved his consistency finishing 108th in 31.33. In a joint time of 32.21 was Richard Houghton and Steve Addison, Rich and Steve stuck together for the whole run in which motivated each of them, this was a fantastic strong run from Steve.

It was awesome to see 2 young athletes compete in this race for the first time, Jamie Styles 161st 32.32 and Christopher Mason 225th 33.37, solid attempts which will hopefully inspire further junior athlete’s at the club to make the step up from shorter distances.

Over to the females we had Gina Capocci finish in 213th in 33.37, 2nd Elswick lady over the line was Judith Nutt 235th in 34.02 and 3rd across the line was the ever improving Catherine Lowes 327th 35.23

Again looking at Strava and reading her race title it appears that Hannah Marshall has had the race of her life. Knocking 40s of her pace per mile and taking 5mins off her overall time from last year. This demonstrates that being with a club can develop and strengthen each individual.

A full list of results can be found by clicking on the link below, again well done to all competing in the Elswick vest.

Wynyard 10k Race Report 29/05/2019 by Andrew Ball

I arrived early to take in the grounds at Wynyard Hall and do a decent warm up.  I ran this race 2 years ago and remember it being a tough course through the forest, by the lake, some path, lots of mud and a few decent hills for good measure!  The course was 2 x 2 mile loops and then an extra 2 miles stuck on at the end.  The race started well with a decent pace but the leading group soon pulled away and I was in a mini group battling for 5th place.  Miles 4-6 was where those around me gradually dropped off the pace and I pulled out a 10 second gap to take 5th place and the V40 prize in a time of 36:08 which is an improvement of over 4 minutes from 2 years ago!  This was a tough but enjoyable trail race for those that enjoy being off road and highly recommended!

Calling all Juniors – exciting message to join our next NEYDL track and field event – Sunday 23rd June.

Northeast Youth Development League (NEYDL) next event – SUNDAY 23rd JUNE – Wentworth Sports Centre, Hexham.

Elswick are a combined team with South Shields and are in Division 2.
The main aim of these events is to introduce young people to athletics in a friendly, fun, team based environment….so perfect for all our juniors.


Please see a copy of the timetable of events with this message from our coach Claire on our Elswick Juniors Facebook page.

Any juniors wishing to run (jump or throw) please reply to our Facebook message with name, date of birth and your English Athletics number. If you are not on Facebook, please speak with any of the Junior Coaches.

We needs as many juniors taking part as possible, and as many parent helpers as possible too.

It’s a great Summers day out, a fabulous opportunity for all of you and why not get your parents to bring a little picnic along too!

Junior Coaches.

Club Notice.

Hello Team Elswick. A timely reminder regarding event bib numbers: At the recently held North Tyneside 10 km, the male athlete who won the race was later disqualified as he had competed with a bib number that was registered as a female athlete.

In the interest of integrity and safety: 

Do not ‘simply hand over’ your race number to someone else.

If you have signed up and paid for your event number and you then cannot participate, please contact the event organisers and take their advice. Event organisers are usually very helpful in resolving these matters to hand. Thank you.

Track & Field Seniors at York University.

Thank you to Cath Lowes for the report (and tired legs!)

The first fixture of the season  took place at University of York on Sunday 19th May.

The composite team was a bit light to say the least but with eight competitors we gave it a good go and tried to get as many events covered as possible.

Over the past 4 years have enjoyed competing and co- ordinating the Track and Field season, this has given me the opportunity to have a go at most events. I admit I’m not the best at the field events or the shorter track races. The first fixture and a full on day in the sun I managed to take part in 6 events – 800m, 400m, shot putt, discus, 1500m and the javelin.

The first 800m and 400m weren’t my best and legs felt heavy. Luckily I had a break in the timetable before my next race so managed to have some Jaffa cakes for some energy. I put on my spikes and off I went to the 1500m the sugar kicked in and off I went. Running strong from the front and gaining a lead I won the race with our fellow Blaydon teammates cheering me on from around the track. Just shows you can’t be good at everything but I won’t let that put me off. Just put it down to a good bit of training!

Unfortunately we lost points in the relays as we had incomplete teams.Results will follow as the results have not been processed yet due to technical difficulties within the new portal.

If anyone is interested please let me know and dates for the following fixture –

Sunday 16th June @ Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham

Sunday 14th July @ Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay

Sunday 10th August @ Monkton Stadium, Jarrow

You don’t need to be there all day, just an hour or two. To help take the pressure off my tired legs!

Weekend of 18/19 May – racing update

A busy weekend of racing for the adults as well as the juniors of Elswick.

On Sunday was the Sunderland Strollers’ Pier to Pier race; a scenic coastal race of seven miles starting on the beach at South Shields Pier along the cliff paths past Marsden Rock and Souter Lighthouse finishing at Roker Pier in Sunderland.

An impressive turnout again from Elswick Harriers with some runners having raced the previous Wednesday at the Clive Cookson 10K. The Pier to Pier was blessed with blue skies and sunshine, so relatively hot conditions for the runners, but they were rewarded with great race times and a super goody bag at the end including a race t-shirt, water bottle and a beer.

Nineteen Elswick Harriers took part with two podium finishes. Club Chairman Harry Matthews finished in second place in the V70 race in a time of 56.38, and Jude Nutt won the V40 race in 45.10, was first female and veteran and came in third place overall in the women’s race.  The Bunny Counters were well represented.  Dionne Milburn comfortably completed the race which was one of her first races for Elswick.  This was a great achievement and another success for coach Les.

The race was won by Liam Taylor who appears from the results to be an unattached runner. He finished in 38.24 followed by Luke Adams of South Shields Harriers in 38.30 and Jack Brown of Jarrow & Hebburn in 38.36. Our first man home was Jason Old in 43.40, 31st overall and 5th in the M40 group. The first two women were from Jesmond Joggers, Molly Pace in 44.37 and Laura Cheetham in 44.49, but not far ahead of our veteran Jude Nutt.

Here are a few snaps taken by Mary Lisle and the list of results for the Elswick competitors.

Jason Old looking fresh legged after the Clive Cookson and clearly having a lovely time on the beach.

Tracey Watson (Redhead) – great running from the Bunny Crew

Jeffery Emmerson – finding time to race in between looking after his grandchildren.  Good to see him in his Elswick vest again.


Ben Hall – getting back to form.  Second race of the week.

Jude Nutt on her way to claiming third place in the women’s race

Elswick results:

31. Jason Old      43.39

50. Jude Nutt      45.10

173. Ben Hall      50.46

202. Andrew Middleton    51.31

242.  Felicity Smith   52.44

405.   Harry Matthews   56.38

489.  Hannah Marshall   58.01

505.  Jeffery Emmerson   58.35

555.   Kim Matthews   1.00.00

604.  Lindsay Aspden

687.  David Hodgson   1.03.33

687.  Chris Hull   1.04.31

763.  Mel Reed  1.05.26

873.  Jason Meecham   1.09.04

890.  Jackie Avery   1.09.32

964   Ranjit O’Mahoney

982.  Donna Stokes

1172.  Diane Milburn

1220.  Tracey Redhead/Watson

Well done to one and all and thanks to Mary Lisle for recording the event on camera.

Track and Field News

On the same day there was also the first fixture of the Track and Field season, held at York University Sports Centre.  A long way to travel and also set amongst a busy period of racing, it was difficult to organise a team from Elswick.  But flying the flag for Elswick was our Track and Field Captain Cath Lowes.  She went along with members of our partner club Blaydon Harriers and competed in several events.  The word is that she performed extremely well in her track events and ran some of her best times – not surprising given her current rate of improvement.  Well done Cath on representing our club at this event and congratulations on pulling off some of your best times.

Look out on Facebook for further posts from Cath regarding the next three fixtures.  Hopefully we can can organise a more extensive team at the further events.