Junior Training Sessions Next Week & Club Information

A note to the junior athletes: (parents and guardians of) There will be a junior training session for all junior groups on Tuesday 24th October BUT:

NO Junior training session on THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER. This applies to ALL Junior groups. Thank you.

The committee wishes to thank Mr. Keith Batey for his endeavours in the role of Club Welfare Officer. Yesterday, Keith resigned from his role with immediate effect.

Finally, the clubs Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 20th October. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm prompt. You are all cordially invited. The agenda: A presentation from the secretary and treasurer, the re-election of officers will take place and a general question & answer session will finish the meeting.

Senior Training and Club Information

Something New! Tuesday. Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up and head toward the top of Wallbottle bank. Session: 23 mins Wallbottle Bank loop in a ‘reverse direction’.
Something New! Thursday. Leave centre for a 15 min warm up. Run back to the centre for Strength & Conditioning Circuits. Warm down by jogging outside for a steady 10 to 15 minutes.

Please find enclosed the championship table after 10 events. club champs 2017 race 10. Only 2 races remain: In November, the very popular Heaton Memorial 10km and in December the North Eastern XC Championships. Points and positions are still very much up for grabs, so please do try to enter the last 2 competitions and give the championship your best.

Don’t forget that this Friday is your club’s AGM. Proceedings start promptly at 7.30pm, Ground Floor meeting room. Members are cordially invited.

The next Cross Country event is on Saturday October 28th at Temple Park South Shields: The Sherman Cup and Davison Shield events. Races are scratch competitions with no pack starts. A team event, across all age groups. A full turnout better’s the club chances are a good finishing points & place tally. Use your NEHL number if you are going to participate. A name list is on the club’s Facebook page & also on the clubs sports hall notice board.

Congratulations to Elswick’s Mark McNally who has yet again, qualified for the forthcoming England International Cross-Country meet in November.

FOR YOUR XMAS DIARY: Next week, Michelle Coleman will be publicising and co-ordinating this years Xmas party for the senior members.
In the meantime, please put this date in your diary: SATURDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2017. Where? South Northumberland Cricket Club, Gosforth. 3 course meal (with options) generous raffle & music (but no muddy trail shoes!)

Be Safe, Be Seen This Winter!

With winter approaching you should make yourself BE SEEN. Consider the use of brightly coloured, fluorescent running jerseys & jackets, running tights, gloves & hats, preferably with additional reflective trim. Consider a head torch or hand held torch. Wearing predominately black apparel for winter club training sessions is not recommended. You may not be seen by fellow runners or on-coming traffic.

(1). Running from home or a workplace: On your own or as a small group: Tell someone you are going out for a run. Tell them where you are going & around what time you will return. Consider taking a mobile phone with you.

(2). Running in a club training session: The club encourages all runners to consider the following: Run in bright, reflective clothing, preferably with a type of torch. Do try & run as a group & not alone.

If you have to run alone: Please DO tell the run leader or coach. Inform the coach the route you will take. Make every effort to run on public footpaths with street lighting. Avoid wherever possible, un-lit areas & footpaths. Consider asking a fellow runner(s) to join you, thereby run as a pairing or as a group.

(3). If at a running location & you need to return back to the centre: You could politely ask around if anyone has driven down and ask if you can have a lift back to the leisure centre.

(4). If you run from the centre on a training evening alone: Be responsible by considering the following: Tell someone that you are going out for a run alone and what time you will be back to the centre. Take a mobile phone. Wear appropriate clothing. Plan a route that keeps you on lit public paths.

(5). The club does not advocate the wearing of headphones. You are less-aware of your surroundings, potentially more so, in night time conditions.

(6). Running in a club training session & you are involved in an incident or accident: It is the runners responsibility to directly contact the club’s Welfare Officer, Keith Batey.

In Keith’s absence please contact the club’s Secretary, Tom Hanson. Their contact details are on the front page of the club’s website.

If the club ‘does not know’ about an incident or accident, then the club cannot attempt to put things right.

The club encourages all club members to read the website’s tab heading information page: ‘Run Safely & Code of Conduct’ & ‘Welfare & Well Being’. Thank you.

Druridge Bay NEHL XC Sunday 8th October & The 50 mile Lakes Ultra Race & Elswick’s Kielder Runners!

Thank you to Jan & Ken for the Junior report: On a very warm Sunday the second turn out for our juniors at Druridge Bay. Junior Team Elswick set about the days competition: The first race got off to a excellent start with an Elswick 1st place Under 11 girls 1st Poppy Old 5.51 – 8th Jemima Aspinall 6.11 – 21st Lucy Milburn. 6.39 – 29th Isabella Russell 6.52 – 53rd Erin Blight 7.28.
Under 13 girls: 14th Abigail Leiper 13.31 (fast pack) 30th Lauren Stroud 15.49 33rd Freya Guadagno 15.53 – 38th Caitlin Flanagan 14.19(fast pack) 62nd Emma Robinson 17.07 – 69th Emma Hardy 17.57 – 78th Maelona Redhead 19.37. Excellent team work 6th and 14th team positions well done girls. U/13 boys: 16th Zac Old 12.29 (fast pack). U/15 girls: 5th Emily Allison 14.17 – 19th Kerry-Anne Simpson 15.12 – 24th Charley Lee 15.23 – 26th Hannah Tumia 13.49(fast pack) – 27th Suzannah Fielding 13.51 (fast pack) Fantastic 2nd placed team. U/15 boys: 14th Rowan Bennett 11.37 (fast pack) – 55th Will Richards 16.36. U/17/20 girls: 5th Robyn Bennett 18.38(fast pack) – 33rd Charlotte Baston 24.11. U/17 boys: 5th Chris Mason 19.49 – 20th Jamie Styles 22.22 Well done to everyone who turned out. The next race is the Sherman cup/Davison shield 28th October we would like a big turn out as every place counts. No packs in this race please remember your Harrier League number . Cheers Jan and Ken.
So to the senior racing: For the ladies and men’s results please pop this address into your web browser: www.harrierleague.com/results/2017-18/Druridge/ . Well done to the counting team of: Elspeth, Catherine, Jill & Sara who brought the ladies team home in 3rd place (and with 74 pts). Great result & support from all of the ladies running.

The men equitted themselves with a fine fifth place (and 179 pts.) on the day. Thanks to: Ian, Lee, John, Mark, Kevin and David for their counting contribution, supported by the gents running and ably support by fellow Elswick runners. All in all a successful day for the club (and half it’s tent!). Thank you all for participation and help on the day.
A special note of congratulations must go to Elswick’s Dave Hodgson who completed The Day in the Lakes Ultra yesterday. This 50 mile race runs from Caldbeck to Cartmel, via Helvellyn Ridge and Lake Windermere and takes in 4000m of ascent. The adverse weather conditions made this a brutal race this year and a third of the competitors dropped out. Dave completed it in 22 hours and anyone running for this length of time deserves a huge well done! and congratulations! on your achievement. Dave’s achievement is also on the club’s FB page. Full results can be found here: http://www.lakesinaday.co.uk/results/2017.php. Below is Dave (first left) with fellow running colleagues and ‘in action’ atop of a rather steep ascent!



Also over this busy weekend, Les Williamson and Tina McIver’s running group took to the trail series of running events in Kielder. Another fine team collective shown here below, here at Kielder, Well done to Elswicks runners “out there” in the wilds of Northumberland. For results over the full weekend go to: http://kieldermarathon.com/10k/ Keep it going!

Senior Training & Info.

Sessions by Steve Robertson: Tuesday. Leave the centre at 7.15pm. Warm up & head towards One North East & the Bus Stop around by the NHS building. Session: 5 x 4 mins with 1 min recovery. Warm down back to the centre.

Thursday. Leave centre at 7.15pm and warm up around the Mill Vale loop. As per last week head, towards the public footpath on the opposite side of the road to Warburton’s Ind Estate. All meet just beyond the bridge. Thursday New Location
Session: 10 x 90 secs with one min recovery. Warm down back to the centre.

Kindly note: There may be a change to the Senior Xmas Party proceedings. As soon as the club has the information, we will notify you all via the club’s website & FaceBook pages. Sunday’s XC report and photos will follow in due course. Thank you.

Important information for club members

Hello Team Elswick:
The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Ladies Captain Lalage Brown, Gina Cappocci Ladies Vice Captain and Men’s Cross Country Captain David Jardin for all their hard work, endeavour and selfless volunteering in their respective roles and responsibilities on the club’s committee.
With the Annual General Meeting on the horizon and as Lalage, Gina & David stand down from their positions, it means that the committee would now like to take this opportunity to ask our club members if ‘you’ would consider stepping into one of these positions which have been vacated. A further explanation is citied below.

Cross Country – North East Harrier League:

1a. A reminder that the club tent and trolley are both available for club members, parents & guardians to take to and return from a venue. A table is available on the club’s noticeboard to which you can assign your name to a venue for collection and return of the tent. The new tent is ‘double telescopic and will fit into almost all cars. Don’t forget the bags containing the sides & roof!

1b. Don’t forget to keep your number for the entire NEHL season. If you lose or forget your number the replacement cost (£3) is down to the individual and not the club.

Dates for your diary:

2a. This Sunday, October 8th – Druridge Bay NEHL Cross Country – Your club needs your support & participation. If you have not registered your intent to run – please contact Steve Robertson via the club’s Facebook page or alternatively, contact Tom Hanson this Thursday at the clubs training evening.
Further to this, if anyone can help Michelle Coleman & Rob Wilson help distribute flyers for the Norman Woodcock Event that would be appreciated by the club. Thank you.

2b. The club’s AGM will take place on FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2017 at Newburn Leisure Centre Ground floor meeting room – proceedings start at 7.30pm prompt. Your attendance will be welcome.

There are vacancies on the committee working group. If you feel you can support the club in this way then please do take the time to have a look at the Committee Re-Election Table which will be placed on the club’s noticeboard. If you feel you could help your club, the committee encourages you to stand for election.

2c. The 2018 LONDON MARATHON CLUB PLACE(S) ALLOCATION: A slight change to the way the places are awarded for 2018. A ‘free – non proof of rejection required’. All you have to do is to attend your AGM – place your name into the hat and one lucky athlete will be drawn out at the end of the evening and have a guaranteed 2018 place.

The remaining place(s) will require proof of rejection notification from the London Marathon organisers. To express your interest – please give your rejection slip to Tom Hanson. Your name will be placed into the draw. The draw will take place at a time TBC. The lucky recipients will be then be notified in due course.

2d. Sherman Cup & Davison Shield XC Championships are on Saturday 28th October 2017. A cross country team & individual scratch race program (no packs!). Venue: Temple Park, South Shields.

2e. The club’s Norman Woodcock Event on Saturday 25th November 2017 at Gosforth Race Course. The club needs volunteer’s marshals, time recording assistance and a pool of club runners willing to make up Un-attached teams. If you can help and give up a couple of hours the names please to Tom Hanson, Graham Bell, and Steve Robertson. There will be a list on the club’s noticeboard or contact using the clubs Facebook page.

2f. The clubs junior xmas party has been organised the junior coaches. Details will follow in due course.

Wrekenton Harrier League Season Opener & This weeks senior training

Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15pm and warm up, heading towards Mill Vale Loop and meet on the bridge (2017’s Thursday’s session location – On the opposite side to Warburtons’ Ind. Est.) Photo enclosed here > Thursday New Location Session: Run for 30 mins: each interval will be half a mile. Tom and Ian will be at each end of path to call out times. Warm down – back to the centre.

Thursday: Weather and lights permitting on the playing field: 2×1 min / 2×2 min / 2×3 min / 2×2 min / 2×1 min all with 1 min recovery. Please note this session is subject to change. Please ALL meet in the centre for 7.15pm.

On Saturday it was the NEHL Cross Country opening race at the ever popular Wrekenton Course. First off, the Junior age group races. Thank you to Ken Heslop for the junior report.

Well done to all the junior athletes who turned out on Saturday at the first Harrier League. The weather was kind and we had no rain. A special mention to Sara Blight for bringing the club tent. Under 11 boys: Bailey Shore 53rd 7.27. Under 11 girls: Lucy Milburn 14th 7.04- Erin Blight 36th 7.44 – Olivia Emson 57th 8.32. Under 13 boys: Charles Mason 64th 11.59. Under 13 girls: Caitlin Flanagan 4th 10.41 – Lauren Stroud 16th 11.19 – Abigail Leiper (fast pack) 43rd 10.39 – Emma Robinson 60th 12.48 -Maelona Redhead 73rd 14.44. 4th team Under 15 boys Kieron Dixon 25th 10.03 – Rowan Bennett 29th (fast pack) 8.42 Will Richards 53rd 11.25. 7th team. Under 15 girls: Emily Allison 14th 10.37- Charley Lee 30th 11.38 -Hannah Tumia 32nd (fast pack) 10.12 -Suzannah Fielding 34th (fast pack) 10.13 Kerry-Anne Simpson 40th 12.09. 7th team Apologies to Charley who due to a number mix up was missed out of the official results. Under 17 boys: Jamie Styles 10th 23.35 – Chris Mason 13th 23.59. under 17/20 girls: Robyn Bennett (fast pack) 4th 24.16 – Marissa O’Rourke 28th 32.09- Alex Hare 33rd 34.47. 4th team. Well done to all those who ran. It would be nice to have full teams in all age categories for the rest of the season. Keep it going Juniors – were off to a good start! Cheers Jan & Ken.

After the Junior races it was the turn of the seniors to run. Well ran to those who donned the vest, spikes and trail shoes in this opening race.

The ladies & gents results can be found here > http://www.harrierleague.com/results/2017-18/. Collectively the women’s team were placed 7th (Great to see Judith Nutt back running after a significant injury lay-off). The gents were placed 9th.The next NEHL XC is THIS SUNDAY at Druridge Bay (Kindly note, please keep your race number for the entire NEHL season!).

Alex Goodhall: Elswick’s Athlete in Belgium. A summer update.

Words and photo by Alex’s mum: Alex’s outdoor season has now come to a close. Alex did get the chance to run in the Elswick vest this summer.

While he was at an athletics camp at Loughborough University, he had the chance to run in the Charnwood A.C. Open on the Loughborough track on August 9th. He ran the 800m and won quite comfortably in 1:58.27. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo to share!

Over here in Belgium, he set a new 400m PB of 50.14 on June 4th at Braine l’Alleud just south of Brussels.

Since then he’s been struggling a bit for form. He did, however, run the Belgian Senior 4 x 800m championships at Lier, near Antwerp, with some of his older club mates on September 3rd and the White Star team took home the bronze medal with a time of 7:49.01 (photo below – Alex is wearing number 64).

Bronze team medallists. Well done Alex and to the team!

Since then, unfortunately, a muscle tear sustained in training put paid to his participation in the Belgian Junior Championships and ended his outdoor season. So we’re now trying to get him fit for the school XC season and next year. Alex plans to keep running for Elswick next year and has his sights sets on representing the club at the U20 age group championships both indoor and out in 2018 (while also passing his A levels!).

Editors Note: Congratulations on a successful season Alex, managing top athletic performances with school work is no mean feat. We look forward to your Elswick & White Star endeavours in 2018.

North Eastern Cross Country Championships 2017

Note from Club Secretary Tom Hanson. When? Saturday 9th December 2017 Where? Redcar Race Course, West Dyke Road. TS10 1HT. Races start from 10.35am onwards.
To enter: Juniors. Names please to your junior coach.
All Senior runners. Names please via the clubs FB page or your name placed on the club’s notice board entry sheet. Full prospectus can be found here > NE XC info
Closing date to enter, Tuesday 7th November 2017. Queries? please contact Tom Hanson (Remember this is a club championship race: The last chance to gain championship points!).

For your diaries: Looking ahead towards 2018 and the Northern Cross Country Championships: Saturday 27th January, Harewood House, Leeds (One of your club championship venues this year!) Also: The Inter County Cross Country Championships: Saturday 10th March, Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. Details on both of these events will follow in due course. Thank you.

Double Gold! for Elswick’s Robyn Bennett

Thank you to Jill for the photos & words:
Sunday 24th September saw the running of the 10th English Schools Fell Running Championships on the hills above Settle North Yorkshire. Elswicks Robyn Bennett, representing Prudhoe High School claimed victory in the senior girls year 12/13 race. The race, over 8km was a tough test of fell running skills and Robyn led the race pretty much from the off. She received her medal from Fell running super star Victoria Wilkinson.

Gold for Elswick’s Robyn Bennett

Victorious Robyn – post race!

This follows on a week after Robyn represented England in the Junior Home International race, incorporating the British Junior Fell Running Champs, in Peebles where she finished 8th and was part of the gold medal winning U20 women’s team.
Robyn – Part of the Gold medal winning team.

Robyn’s brother Rowan finished an excellent 11th place in the year 10/11 6km boys race.
Top team: Elswick’s Rowan & Robyn Bennett