Holmfirth Junior Duathlon 23rd August 2020 – Elswick Juniors in action!

George and Bella Russell were super excited to compete again at last and to put their recent Elswick training to good use. In his debut, George finished 11th in his TriStar 1 category and Bella finished 3rd in TriStar 3 against some stiff competition – most of the girls were members of Triathlon clubs. Great to see some fellow North Easterners from North Shields Poly also competing.
This event would not have usually taken place during the school holidays but due to the recent absence of competitive events Holmfirth Tri Club decided to host this race for the benefit of young athletes. Very well organised and friendly. All competitors went off at 30 second intervals in mixed gender races. And an ice cream for all finishers- lots of happy kids.

Thanks Andrea Banner for the Report, great to see George and Bella putting their training into action, doing so well and having such an enjoyable experience too – Junior Coaches.

Well done George and Bella!

Momentous and Inspirational Return to Competition – Elswick Juniors Back on Track!

‘It was great to be back competing again after such a long break.

Three Elswick junior girls competed in the 800m track event at the NECCA open meeting at King Edward VI school, Morpeth this afternoon.

All three u15 girls had fantastic runs in mixed gender/age group heats, competing against clubs from across the North East and Cumbria.

Poppy Old was 1st U15 girl in 2:23.47 (pb) coming 3rd in her mixed gender/age group heat.

Lucy Milburn was 3rd U15 girl in 2:27.97 (pb) winning her heat in a very strong finish.

Imogen Bungay was 5th U15 girl in 2:30.94 (pb) 2nd in her heat, with a fantastic strong finish over the line.

Poppy Old was the 3rd fastest female overall.

The girls as a team stood out as a very strong force amongst the other North East and Cumbrian clubs.

There was a great atmosphere at the event with all officials encouraging all the athletes on the day and athletes congratulating one another, clearly glad to be back competing.

NECAA have another event in 2 weeks time at Kin Edward School, Morpeth and would encourage anyone interested, both Juniors and Seniors to sign up (necaa.weebly.com)
Today’s event was very well organised and felt safe considering the current situation.

The Elswick girls as a team stood out as a very strong force amongst the other north east and Cumbrian clubs. 

There was a great atmosphere with all officials encouraging all the athletes on the day and athletes congratulating one another, clearly glad to be back competing. 

Congratulations on today’s performances 🏃‍♀️🤩

Thanks to Kerrie and Susanne for the report.

Well done again girls and this is so inspirational for all our Juniors who are all doing so well through these times and improving with their own running. This will hopefully be the start of more to come for our Juniors so that they can put their fantastic training to good effect for their own personal achievement. Please see link to the next NECAA event above when it would be great to see others signing up. Junior Coaches.

Good running form!

Covid Info.

Hello Team Elswick. An update from Covid Co-ordinators, Michelle Coleman & Harry Matthews. 

England Athletics has published updated guidance on a restricted return to training (https://clicktime.symantec.com/3BtFfkPLS3rfxiX6ssRu8Zh7Vc?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.englandathletics.org%2Fathletics-and-running%2Fnews%2Fguidance-update-for-restricted-return-to-activity-for-coaches-leaders-athletes-runners-and-facilities-step-3%2F). 

With thanks to the coaches and LiRFs from all club groups, Harry Matthews and I have updated our club policy and action plan accordingly – please take a few minutes to read the procedure, as there are some things which you must be aware of before joining a session or steady / social run.  Please note that by attending club sessions and runs, all members are deemed to have read and accepted the members’ statement contained in the updated policy and action plan available below.  

In particular, the club is now required to maintain a ‘track and trace’ record of the names and contact details of everyone attending sessions and runs.  Everyone who intends to attend a session or run must email their name and phone number to Harry Matthews by 31 July (Harry’s email address is on the Facebook posts).  Parents and carers of juniors must email their name and phone number, plus the name(s) of the junior(s) they are responsible for.  If you have any queries, please contact Michelle Coleman or Harry Matthews.  Thank you. Please note that : 

  • the current group size is eight (to include the coach or LiRF where the coach or LiRF is running with the group); and
  • the current social distancing measure is 2m. 

Thanks, Harry Matthews and Michelle Coleman (club Covid-19 co-ordinators)

Mens Captain Report 2019/20

Men’s Captain Report 2019-2020

It was ideal timing to be asked to captain the men of Elswick Harriers along with Scott Brady after we had both taken part in the Tokyo Marathon in March. This was Scotts 4th world major marathon and for me it was my 6th for which I earnt the six star finishers medal. We are both honoured and proud to find ourselves in this role, especially at a club that has been running since 1889 which is steeped in history and has seen some great runners wear the Elswick vest over the years.

It has been a fantastic year to become captains, in which we have both learnt a great deal about the role, arranging teams for relays that all have different rules and regulations has been an interesting learning curve but one we have dealt with on a race by race basis, whilst liaising with ladies captain Andrea Banner along the way. I don’t think we have ever been on Run Britain and strava as much  as we have been in the last year to find out what our male teammates have clocked in races and training etc. Thanks to ladies captain Andrea Banner for her support and guidance along the way.

One area that has been special to see is the commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated throughout the year from whether its training or racing distances from 100m to ultra-marathons or simply to run for pure enjoyment the dedication shown is inspirational.

It’s been a pleasure to watch the development over the past year of Jamie Styles and Christopher who have made the step up to the senior set up as well Tom Milburn who has ran some 10ks as well as being included in senior relay teams. From parkruns to running the Blaydon race these boys have shown they have an ample of aerobic fitness enabling them to run fast times, we are looking forward to watching them progress even further this coming year.

It has been a pleasure to see so many of our runners supporting locally ran relays over the past year which have included our own Good Friday relays, Gordan Smith relays, Weetslade relays, Gosforth Summer Relays and the Signals relays, Farringdon XC relays and again our own Norman Woodcock relays as well as masters relays. These are a fantastic way to team up fellow runners in a fun relaxed atmosphere in which we have seen some fine individual performances which has fuelled finishing high up in the rankings.

The new scoring system within the club championships has encouraged more runners to engage within the championships which has given runners a fair chance of gaining points from just attending as well as racking up points for running short, medium and long races. It was astonishing to see 50 of our club runners at the first club championship event of the campaign at Newcastle parkrun on Saturday 30th March 2019, this im sure was the real reason that Newcastle parkrun set a new record of 842 participants for its event, we as a club had 6 first timers with 11 runners achieving parkrun pbs. Throughout the course of the year we had strong fields out at the Terry O’Gara 5k, Clive Cookson 10k and the Sunderland 5k.

The Sunderland 5k on Thursday 11th July attracted a very strong field of runners across the 2 races. The V50 men head of first with the ladies in which saw Mark Turnbull run 18:10 and finishing 8th. This was an amazing time after completing the TriX on June 29th 2019 which incorporated a swim of 4,121 yd followed by sitting on the saddle for 115.78 miles and then just a mere marathon to finish. Mark Mcnally finished in 35th with a time of 21:06, this is incredible for a guy that’s in his 70s, if I’m running times like that when I’m his age I will be more than happy. To see him and Club Chairman Harry Matthews who is also V70 whom finished 48th crossing the line in 23:25 is very inspiring for us younger ones.

Looking at the mens race Andrew Ball was gutted on the night not to break 17 mins as he finished 55th with a time of 17:15, however he had just been on holiday and still managed to knock a huge chunk off last year’s time. Scott Brady was returning to his normal strength over 5k as he ran 17:57. Crossing the line in 102nd was Jonathan Rewcastle who ran a pb of 18:54, stunning run from Jonathan on that night who was wearing new trainers for the first time.  The run of the night for the Elswick men came from Andrew Bell who rarely runs with a watch decided to wear one that particular evening, much to his delight he ran a pb of 16.43 coming in 42nd that just shows you the strength of the field.

It was very competitive across all the championship rankings after the tough Jelly Tea 10 mile race on a warm and windy Sunday in August. To finish a very close and enjoyable club championship were the Heaton Memorial 10k and the Brampton to Carlisle 10m road race both held in November. Here are the final standings of the club championships and a huge well done to everyone who pulled up their socks and had a go.

Senior men gold – Andrew Bell

Senior men silver – Richard Houghton

Senior men bronze – Stephen Addison

Men V40 gold – Andrew Ball

Men V40 silver – Chris Pearce

Men v40 bronze – Lee Coulson

Men V50 gold – Mark Turnbull

Men V50 silver – Mike Russell

Men V50 bronze – Rob Lambert

Men V60 gold – Peter Sloan

Men V60 silver – Rob Wilson

Men V60 bronze – Tom Hanson

Men V70 gold – Harry Matthews

Men V70 silver – Mark McNally

The summer track and field league in which sees Elswick join forces with Blaydon Harriers has seen many athletes take on events from 100m to shot put. Catherine Lowes does a fantastic job in pulling it all together but we do know that it would be great to see more athletes from our ever expanding club support these events that are fun and friendly. From our point of view maybe the opportunity to practice some of the events may lead to greater numbers showing an interest to participate. The club would like to thank the male and females that have supported these events across the area however during this season. I will never forget that photo of Ben Hall and a fellow runner in the 400m hurdles, Ben has a gift with photos but that one was an absolute classic. The team finished in a promotion position which is absolutely fantastic news. Huge credit to Catherine Lowes.

Our club delivered a very popular event in the Newburn River Run which took place on Wednesday 12th June 2019 just 3 days after the Blaydon Races. The club had a packed roster of volunteers wanting to support the event who all had a hand in delivering an incredible event. We received many positive comments following the event especially saying how friendly our volunteers were on that soggy wet evening. Looking the results it was evident to see just how many unattached runners ran on the night which was amazing to see, this demonstrates that people view this and our club as being friendly and welcoming. I have been an unattached runner so I am aware that how off putting it can be to attend races with fast runners. Elswick harriers were well amongst the prize list that evening with prizes for the men going to 3rd v40 Andrew Ball, 3rd v50 Mike Russell, we also scooped the team prize consisting of Andrew Ball, Luke Hilliard and Jason Old.

Over to the mud and hills of the beloved XC. Having been at another club in Lincolnshire whom also attended the local XC series I was unsure of my interest in XC. However the events in the North East are something to treasure, the numbers coming together from clubs across the area to attend each race are exceptional, there is a real community here for cross country and long may it continue. It’s been my first experience in registering athletes from the club whom with to run in XC series this season, it’s been an absolute honour to register 69 male runners with 14 being new runners to field of XC.  

The 1st race of the campaign began at Wrekenton on Saturday 28th September following heavy rain fall this proved to be a proper XC. Unfortunately due to a clash of races I was unable to attend but it was great to see on the results that we had 4 complete teams of 6 runners and a further incomplete team of 2 runners so all in all 26 male runners from the club endured the hills and mud in which 8 were also debutants whilst Mark Turnbull was promoted to the medium pack after finishing 55th. After this round team Elswick were 10th in Div 2.

Round 2 which should have been at the stunning Druridge Bay on Sunday 6th October was cancelled due to a waterlogged car park.

In my time I have not known of 2 consecutive XC’S being cancelled however the rain fall caused a waterlogged car park at the Lambton Estates meaning that another XC was postponed.

They asked for mud they got mud and plenty of it at Aykley Heads on very wet and muddy Saturday 23rd November 2019. Some managed to stay on their feet others fell and some fell more than others on that very slippy ankle deep in mud afternoon. This was a proper XC experience which was endured by 12 Elswick Harriers in which Simon Allen made his xc debut for the club, what an event for your debut. There were promotions to the medium pack for Adam Bell whom finished in an awesome 4th position and then Steve Robertson who finished in 31st.

The North Eastern Counties Athletic Association held their 114th annual cross country championships at Alnwick on Saturday 14th December 2019. The event itself commemorated 25 years since the 1st European Championships were held in Alnwick. Unfortunately only 5 men out of the 10 entered were able to turn out in windy but pleasant conditions.  Richard Houghton, Simon Allen, Peter Sloan, Robert Lambert, Robb Young were counters for the team however on this particular occasion the Elswick men were classed as an incomplete team as the rules state the men needed 6 finishers. However the guys that travelled to Alnwick worked extremely hard against the wind on a fair course and their efforts were noticed by the club.

Saturday 4th January 2020 saw the running of the Sherman Cup at Temple Park. It was fabulous to see so many Elswick Vests competing in the various age groups that are required for a combined score for the this particular cup. Elswick males from the U13 boys to Veteran men finished a phenomenal 6th.

It was fantastic for the guys to field a complete team at The Northern XC Champs that were held on Saturday 25th January at Bedale.  Despite their efforts the men finished as a team in 37th however there were many incomplete teams participating as 6 counters were needed to score.

Due to the storms that were battering the UK the Harrier league event at Thornley Hall farm was cancelled due to car parking on 2 consecutive weekends. I have never known a XC season to be like this before. I liked a suggestion one of our club members made and that was to “park on the course and run through the car park”

Hooray finally the harrier league resumed normal service on Saturday 29th February (leap year) with the assistance of yet another storm named Jorge. 9 brave Elswick men took to the slightly adjusted course in front of the phenomenal structure of Alnwick castle with Harry Potter waving in his wand to leash magic upon the famous red and white vest. This had an amazing effect on the men as they produced some fine performances from for example Simon Allen, Joe Higgins and Robert Lambert.   Elswick finished 6th in Division 2 on the day and climbed one place into 9th position in the divison league 2 table.

6 Elswick men competed around the stunning estate of Lambton on Saturday 14th March. The guys were greeted by very pleasant conditions which saw Chris Pearce score 1st for the red and white vest. Next across the finish line was Rob Emson with Lee Coulson closely following. Ben Hall and Rob Young had a mad dash to the finish however Ben demonstrated just how quick he can move over a short distance. Bringing the Elswick troop home was Rob Wilson who was the 6th counter meaning we had a complete team out resulting in the team remaining 9th in division 2.

Then we were hit with the outbreak of the coronavirus which called a halt to all proceedings from Tuesday 17th March until ??? well its now the 15th July and we have only really started back training in groups of 6.

The club also runs a cross country championship event for the Start Fitness North East Harrier League

Here is the list of male award winners

Senior men gold – Joe Higgins

Senior men silver – Jonathan Rewcastle

Senior men bronze – Paul Taylor

Men V40 gold – Chris Pearce

Men V40 silver – Lee Coulson

Men v40 bronze – Daniel Nettle

Men V50 gold – Simon Allen

Men V50 silver – Rob Lambert

Men V50 bronze – Mark Turnbull

Men V60 gold – Rob Wilson

Men V60 silver – Peter Jobson

Men V60 bronze – Tom Hanson

Men V70 gold – Harry Matthews

Men V70 silver – Graham Leslie

Casting a huge eye on other events throughout the year we had 60+ plus runners at the hugely popular north east event in the Blaydon Races which are always held on the 9th June. This year 4169 runners crossed the finish line in Morrisons car park for a race that is totally ran by volunteers whom had difficulties of staging the race due to a situation out of their control. However the team work tirelessly in making sure the race went ahead and as they made alterations to the distance of the race meaning it was shorter than usual.

Saturday 15th June saw the running of the Rat Race The Wall, 69 miles from Carlisle to Baltic Square. I had had the pleasure in experiencing this race back in 2015 which was the weekend when my family and I moved to the North East, so that was quite some arrival. With that in mind I knew how extremely challenging this event is, I applaud the efforts of Michael Clegg 16:04:38, Chris Hull 22:33:54 and Ross Kyle 23:55:13 who took on this ultra-marathon which on the day saw competitors run around 70-71 miles, I can guess that those extra 1 or 2 miles were not welcomed!!!

Chris Hull doesn’t seem to shy away from huge challenges and he also completed the Dark Skies triple 14m, 26m and 10m races over a weekend in March 2019. Each of these races alone are challenging around the area of Kielder Water so to complete the set is again amazing.

Way back in April 2019 Scott went into the Boston marathon with an I.T band injury, this was his 5th world major marathon out of 6. With Only New York to go in November 2020 and with all the money spent on accommodation and flights Scott decided to take on the challenge which must have been incredibly hard mentally going into. However he showed great strength mentally and physically in completing this historic race starting from Hopkinton and finishing on Bolyston Street in Boston. Another step closer in achieving that six star medal, congratulations Scott.

There are many males athletes within the club that somehow find the time to train for 3 disciplines, huge credit to these fine specimens to name a few, Robert Lambert, Mark Turnbull, Graham Bell, Iain Hardy, Johnny Lowes, Stephen Addison, Chris Pearce, Mike Russell, Adam Bell and I know of a few that are thinking of taking the challenge of Ironman in the future. It was great to hear the Robert Lambert and Mike Russell had both qualified to ride and run for Great Britain in the veterans race at the 2020 ETU sprint distance duathlon European championships in Spain. Both secured a new pb with Mike finishing 16th and Rob 23rd in their respective age categories.

Sunday 7th July 2019 saw Graham Bell and Iain Hardy took on the full iron man distance of Challenge Roth in Germany. The Challenge word is the brand that is similar to the well-known Ironman brand BUT Challenge Roth has its own entity within the Challenge group. Time once again to: swim 3.8km bike 180km run 42.2km = 226kms or 140.6 miles. Reading their report on the challenges and experiences they both had just filled me with so much delight for the pair who overcame all that was thrown their way. I just don’t know how these boys do it, from fitting in all the training over 3 disciplines, lugging all their luggage across to Germany and then to complete the distances required, again im overwhelmed by just how well they both did, especially Iain who is awaiting a hip replacement and struggles with a calf injury. Simply awesome gents. Im not going to list times as just completing that challenge is enough in its self but there wasn’t much between them at all.

To mention Mark Turnbull who successfully completed the TriX for the 3rd consecutive year which I’m told is the toughest full distance triathlon in the world. Picking some piece out of Marks report, TriX is an extreme iron distance event with numbers limited where you get to see the whole Lake District in a day – it’s a proper adventure! 2.4 mile swim in Windermere, 112 mile cycle following the infamous Fred Whitton route with a couple of even harder bits and then a 27 mile ‘run’ to the top of Scafell Pike and back, easy. Part of the challenge is to actually finish within the 20 hour cut off and many don’t – out of 150 entrants, 80 started and only 50 finished. Mark finished 7th overall and 2nd V50 in 15 hours 12 minutes in which during this he endured 13000 feet of climbing on the bike and 5000 feet during the run. Imagine waking at 3am for breakfast and then starting the event at 4:30 am that gives everyone the best chance of finishing in daylight. Massive Kudos.

Stephen Addison and Adam Bell on the 14th July completed the UK Ironman in the glorious region of Bolton, Lancashire. Stephen finished in a time of 11:33:38 in position 99th whilst Adam came in at 13:54:36 in position 597th. I know Adam had been struggling with injuries which had prevented him of running months prior, so with that in mind that demonstrates huge mental strength.

The weekend of the Great North Run is always a brilliant weekend for runners young and older and one I always look forward to, now with the weekend’s events reaching over to Stockton on Tees the event really does embrace the North East giving many people to engage through spectating, volunteering and running. As always at this event it was a fantastic turn out from across the groups at Elswick Harriers on a warm Sunday 8th September 2019. Having ran at many big events across the world this race this race is always high up on my personal races to run each year, it certainly lives up to the title it has as being the biggest half marathon in the world. Speaking to fellow runners and looking at strava afterwards it was great to hear and see each person’s journey from Grandstand Road to South Shields, some of which made huge leaps forward by running pb’s on a challenging course. No better way to spend a Sunday morning than hearing spectators shout your name and club!

The rain on the morning of the cleared as runners gathered at the start of the 2020 Brass Monkey which gave new half marathon pbs to Andrew Bell 1:15:41, Andrew Ball 1:17:56 and myself Richard Houghton sneaking in under the 80 minute mark with 1:19:39. A mention here to Martin Connelly who finished 5th in the V50 category in 1:23:11.

A special mention to the 4 vet 50 runners of Martin Connelly, Mark Turnbull, Jason Old and Iain Hardy whose team were promoted 2nd place in their age group at the fast, popular and very wet Royal Signals relays at Hetton Lyons Country park on Saturday 15th February 2020.

It takes runners of all abilities to create a great club and we have that especially when we have bunnies making the transition to the senior group for example Michael Clegg and Simon Allen. Andrew Bell and Andrew Ball have both had a superb year, whilst Andrew Bell has faced some injuries he has clearly been head and shoulders above us all when fit. He certainly has a gift which he demonstrates in a training run on his own or at the club or within a race situation, long may his personal development continue at this club where he ran as a junior. Please please stay with us to give us slower ones someone to chase, joking aside you are a real asset to this club as we all are.

I remember lining up alongside Andrew Ball at the Redcar half marathon in 2016 in my training for the New York marathon. We had a chat in which he was unattached at the time, following that he soon joined us at Elswick. From that he has developed into a very powerful strong runner over various distances in a short space of time. Looking forward to seeing what the next year holds for him and his progression.

I would like to make a special mention to Ben Hall. Ben was running very well up to the 2017 London marathon since then he has encountered a few health issues and injury’s which has affected his running. I have always been an admirer of Ben because of his work rate, this has really shown in the last year when times have been really tough for him both personally and running wise, he has simply just stuck at it during a time where he could have made an easy decision to quit. He has been committed to attending club sessions and as well as running on his own and adding in a long run over the weekends sometimes alone or with fellow runners. This determination along with not being work shy has proved its worth and it gives me great pleasure to see him performing well again. Huge pat on the back Ben your journey will certainly inspire others when times are tough.

Scott and I are looking forward to what the 2020/21 season brings of course if there is one!!! 

Weetslade Virtual Relay Results

Relays come fast and quick at this time of year and it was then the turn of the virtual Weetslade Relays hosted by Claremont Runners.

This 4k event could be run from Sat 20th June to Wed 24th June starting and finishing in roughly the same place. The rules stated that each team of 3 must contain at least 1 lady and 1 veteran 35+ (can be the same person). Thanks to Scott Brady for arranging the teams that had to be submitted prior to the event starting.

In total 186 complete teams took part and Elswick (who normally have a pretty good outing at the relays!) came second (40.16) but only by 13s to a Morpeth team (40.03). The Elswick team consisted of Amy Fuller 13.58 who was the quickest lady overall, Andrew Ball 12.56 who was overall the quickest veteran and Steven Robertson 13.22. Mike Russell 13.48, Andrea Banner 15.51, and Scott Brady 12.59 who ran for the B team finished 4th. In 20th position were the C team of Jonathan Rewcastle 15.12, Robyn Naylor 17.30, and Richard Houghton 13.48. Robert Emson 16.06, Robb Young 16.06 and Lindsay Grant 16.48 finished in 40th position, followed closely in 42nd by Felicity Smith 17.06, Simon Allen 16.14, and Paul Jones 15.43. Our team in 47th position consisted of Paul Taylor 16.41, Robert Lambert 16.47, and Joanne Brown 16.12. Our next team of Steven Naylor 19.29, Stephen Curry 20.01 and Nichola Conlon 16.30 ran home in 91st position. Louise Allen 19.19, Amy Brown 20.29 and Debbs Wilmot 21.11 were next in at 129th. Peter Sloan 15.51 ran a solo effort in our incomplete team.

25 runners turned out from our club for this virtual event, which is brilliant, well done to each and every one of you.

Full results cane be found at https://www.claremontroadrunners.co.uk/2020/06/25/virtual-weetslade-relay-24th-june-2020/

BMAF 5K Relay Champs

For the first time in quite some time we had runners compete in the BMAF 5k Championships which however was held virtually from 14th to 20th June with runners competing over 6, 4 or 3 stages depending on age. Runners could run loops or an out and back course with the rule to start and finish in roughly the same area.
Over 4000 runners aged 35+ took part in this event which has raised over £12000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Our male vets team 45-54 ran over 4 legs and finished 20th which consisted of Jason Old 17.08, Mike Russell 17.35, Martin Connelly 18.06 and Mark Turnbull 18.19, these were incredible times ran by dedicated and enthusiastic runners as I’m sure you will agree, there is hope for us younger runners yet.
Our younger vets certainly felt the added pressure from the times ran by the 45-54 group on a Tuesday night. However come the Saturday our 35-44 male team produced some atomising times and ran pb’s which lead to that team finishing in 57th which consisted of 6 runners. Steve Robertson 16.48pb, Richard Houghton 17.20pb, Scott Brady 16.32pb, Paul Taylor 20.33, Rob Young 19.59pb and Simon Allen 19.49 who down aged for this event so that we had a complete team. A huge pat on the back to Paul Taylor who is currently on his return from injury.
The ladies 45-54 managed to get a complete team of 3 out who were Andrea Banner 20.27, Lindsey Grant 22.07 and Debbie Spoor 23.05. Well done to the ladies who came home in 33rd position.
This has been a brilliant event to engage with and hopefully we as club could support this event in the future by travelling and running at the 12 stage and 6 stage relays.

Club Training Notice. Updated. Friday 19th June 2020.

 Hello Team Elswick.

19th June: At the bottom of this notice, a visual EA guidance reminder sheet.

Club Statement:

Elswick Harriers has developed a policy, procedure and members’ statement on returning to training sessions and to steady / social runs.  These are intended to ensure a safe return to club activities for coaches, LiRFs and members. Please note that by attending such sessions and runs, all members are deemed to have read and accepted the members’ statement. The document will be kept under review as guidance from England Athletics and the Government changes, and any queries may be directed to Harry Matthews or to Michelle Coleman. 

Furthermore: The clubs documentation will be kept on the club’s website, under the tab heading of ‘Covid Info’. The policy, procedures and associated Risk Assessments can also be viewed below:

Covid Policy & Procedure(s)

RA Senior Training

RA Junior Training

RA Small Group Runs

In advance of Club Training & social runs, we look forward to seeing you 🙂 Keep safe!


200 metres or 200 miles?

Hello Team Elswick. The Club has received a note from runner James Andreson. Here is that note:

Join me on the challenge ‘either 200 meters or 200 miles’.

We might have had a race or event cancelled but NHS and healthcare workers have had their lives cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. Remembering those NHS and healthcare workers who have given their lives for others. I, and hopefully others, am going to run from the Angel of the North ‘Newcastle’ to the Duke of Wellington ‘Edinburgh’ who won a notable victory against napoleon in 1815 at the battle of Waterloo and we will hopefully win our battle against this pandemic in 2020.

The 200 mile self-supported trip is going to be completed over 5 days (average of 40 miles a day) from Monday 20th-Friday 24th July to raise money to help others. These dates may have to change based on lockdown regulations. I am not asking for money (a donation would be great), but your support. I would like as many runners to get involved and join me on the challenge as possible. 

How can you get involved? Tell your friends or club members about the challenge and get others involved. There is still a lot of uncertainty due to the lock down but if you would like to find out more, have a look at the itinerary or donate. Please see the following link: https://runformore.co.uk/ .If you have any questions, advice, or ways to support this challenge, please don’t hesitate to contact me.




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.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wendy-jackson15 “

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 🙂