NECAA Royal Signals Road Relay Championships, senior training, Good Friday relays help & March presentation evening.

A busy note Team Elswick! So let’s get started. Success at the Signals NECAA championships held at Hetton-le-Hole, Durham. Several teams from the club, were out in force and a hard fought silver medal came the way of the vet 40 men’s team of Paul, Jason, Martin, Mark, Steven and Lee in 75.42. Well done gents. Congratulations to every Elswick competitor on Saturday, grand stuff indeed! The over 50’s men’s team were a commendable 8th place in their category in 58.42 John, Mark, Harry & Steve made up the quartet. The senior womens team were also 8th in a packed field, once again a fine collective team run by Robyn, Gina Sarah & Samantha with a combined time of 56.52. The vet womens team also finished in the top ten, with Lindsey, Jill, Melissa and Arabella making up the foursome with a combined finishing time of 65.49.  Amy, Joanne and Lalage ran as a team of three (a runner short) but nevertheless, they ran competitively in 54.08 as a 3 member team. Thank you to Dave Jardin for the photos. Results pages here >5309 5312 . Below the photos is information on the club’s presentation evening, the Good Friday relays and this week’s senior training sessions.

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The clubs very popular Good Friday Relays are on Friday 14th April this year. The club needs it’s members once again to rally round and assist the club to put on this event for nearly 800 runners! We can’t do it without you: So if you help your club & can spare a few hours at registration, car parking, marshalling people en-route or on the course itself, then please submit your name to, Frank Watson, Graham Bell, Lalage Brown or Tom Hanson before Friday 7th April. Thank you. We recognise that some athletes will want to compete and that’s absolutely fine too!

The club’s annual presentation evening date has been set for SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2017. We will once again use the leisure centre as a venue, with awards, speeches, Frank’s famous quiz! quality raffle prizes and scrumptious food to keep us all going! You have all been hugely supportive in recent years and the committee are confident 2017 will be no different, a grand night & packed venue awaits us all! The venue is limited to 100 places, so it will be first come first served. We don’t have a social secretary to co-ordinate the presentation evening, so ticket sales we envisage will be done on “trust”. Numbers will be collected informally on the club’s Facebook page & using a hand-written list located on the club’s noticeboard. Payment of tickets will be collected on the evening & on the door. Confirmation of final details will follow asap. Place that 25th March in your calendar! Thank you 🙂

Senior Club Training sessions: Tuesday 21st February. Leave centre at 7.30pm. One North East. Repeat “paced incline session” with recovery. Coaches will explain the detail on the evening at the meeting point.

Thursday 23rd February. Leave centre at 7.30pm. New location (Footpath on the opposite side of the road to Warburton’s Estate). Warm up is the “Mill Vale round the houses loop”: Then on to the ‘new session’ start location view here >  Thursday’s Session Location 2 x 2 mins 2 x 1.5 mins 4 x 45 secs all with recovery.















Peterlee NEHL XC, Senior Training, New Kit Form.

For the second time, the Harrier League Cross Country rolled into Peterlee and what a grim day it was for all athletes, officials and spectators. Despite the poor weather another large turnout by the clubs in the North East and Team Elswick Athletes, juniors & seniors performed admirable well in extremely muddy conditions – If only a shoe manufacturer could invent a 4-wheel drive trainer! To the results. The Juniors. A superb first place for Caitlin in the U/11’s with a very fine 6.28 from the fast pack. Congratulations! In the U/13’s Emily ran a fine 18.40 from the fast pack. The U/15’s Rowan & Chris ran competitive races in 14.54 & 16 mins respectively. The U/15 girls Marissa & Kerrie Ann ran fine times of 22.27 & 20.37 respectively. Very Well done! And Robyn in the U/17’s girls ran yet another exceptional race, 2nd overall, fastest from the fast pack to run an impressive 20.05. The Senior Ladies consolidated with a very creditable 7th place overall in their division & the Gents also consolidated a solid 10th place in their division. Many thanks to team Elswick on Saturday, you did that muddy Elswick Vest Proud. Well Ran & Supported. Thank you. Go to for all the results.

This weeks senior training sessions: Tuesday 14th February, One North East: 1 x 5 min 1 x 7 min / 1 x 5 min 1 x 7 min & 1 x 1 min to finish, all with recovery.

Thursday 16th February, New Location: The Public Footpath on the opposite side of the road to Warburton’s Ind. Est. Please view photo enclosed here>Thursday’s Session Location . Session: 4 x 1.5 mins – 4 x 1 mins – 4 x 30secs, all with recovery.

Steven Robertson, Kit Manager has sourced an updated order form from kit suppliers Kit4All. Here is what it looks like>Elswick Harriers_2017 . Should you wish to order kit, just click on the ‘Kit’ Tab Heading and click on the order form icon, to print off a form. Thank you.

Success for Elswick Athletes! This week’s senior training sessions

Club athletes had success over the weekend: First up, at the Northern Schools Inter Counties at Kirby Stephen, where Robyn Bennett in her age group category was “4th counter & 1st Northumberland” athlete. Well done to Robyn and all the athletes competing. Website link here >

At Wallsend, the North East Masters XC Champs took place where the Elswick contingent of Paul Turner won the Silver medal in the M44-49 age group. Mark McNally won Silver in the M65-69,Harry Matthews winning Gold in the 70-74 age group. A fine run too by Kevin Richardson to gain a superb 4th spot in the very competitive 35-39 age group.

Here is the link to the master’s results: 

A reminder to club members that the penultimate Harrier League fixture is at Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee this Saturday. Seniors, Vets, male & female are needed in numbers to consolidate both teams in their respective divisions.

Here is a copy of the club championship standings after the first race of the season, the Northern XC Championships. club champs 2017 race 1

Senior Training Sessions w/c 6th February:

Tuesday 7th Feb: One North East: Pyramid Session: 1×1 1×2 1×4 1×8 1×4 1×2 1×1 mins, all with 1 min recovery.

Thursday 9th February: Warburton’s Ind. Est: 10 x 1 min 30 seconds all ,with 1 min recovery.

Mo Farah runs in the Good Friday Relays!

Back in the year 2000 a certain young and talented runner by the name of Mo Farah was invited to run as part of a team for the good friday relays. On the day Morpeth pipped Elswicks Team to the top spot with only seconds between the two teams. Dave Anderson, Kevin Johnston, Harry Matthews and Welsh international, Ieaun Ellis were the quartet of Elswick athletes. Teenager, Mo had the 3rd fastest run of the day…..frustratingly the incomplete team from Hounslow were d’qd. Below is the list of results, a photo of elswick’s team with Frank Watson (no Mr. Ellis) and a race report. This was the last time the race was run up down and around the West Denton course. Reading the names there were some class runners around…..some of which you may still recognise. Memories indeed.

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Northern Cross Country Championships 2017

NAlogo-july2014Gruelling tough, muddy Northern conditions awaited thousands of athletes at this years Northern Cross Country Championships which were held once again at Knowsley Safari Park, Liverpool way. A small but determined, dedicated team of club members took on the conditions, that makes the Northern’s such a superb cross country event. Those who wore the vest on Saturday did themselves and the club proud….they absolutely gave their best in all competitions offered on Saturday. Congratulations to you ALL 🙂 So to the results:

37th Placed team in the men’s Senior Race: (2198 combined placings total) First home for the club in the senior’s men’s competition, Mark McLeod: 168th 235 0:51:02 Mark McLeod. 171st 229 0:51:06 Lee Bennett. 410th 232 0:59:52 David Jardin. 449th 237 1:01:33 Peter Sloan. 474th 236 1:02:32 Christopher Pearce. 526th 231 1:05:24 Thomas Hanson. 602nd 1:10:24 233 Robert Lambert. 624th 1:12:40 238 Robert Wilson. In the senior Women’s Race with a time of 0:42:08 & 112th placing, Catherine Lee. In the Under 17’s race & 16th place and a time of 21:41 for the flying Robyn Bennett, who will be going to try out for the Nationals. In the under 15’s boys race, 115th place for Rowan Bennett with a finishing time of 17:09. Here is the link to the championship report: Once again, very well ran Team Elswick and competed: The first points are now on the board for this year’s club championship, so some early points bagged for those competing…. a few photos below…hopefully a few more on their way……..

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Senior Training Sessions this week: w/c 30th January

Tuesday 31st Jan: Leave Sports Hall at 7.30pm. Warm up to One North East:

Until further notice we have a ‘new’ meeting point for all senior training sessions here at One North East.

Please meet at Feel Good Café Car Park. Open this link here Feel Good Cafe Car Park.  to view the new meeting point. (It is only 50 yards ’round the corner’ from our ‘usual’ meeting place by the main road).

Tuesday’s Quality Tempo Session: 1 x 5 mins. 1 x 10 mins 1 x 5 mins to finish. All with 2 mins recovery.

Thursday 2nd Feb: Leave Sports Hall at 7.30pm. Warburton’s Ind. Est. 3 x 2 mins. 4 x slip road incline. 5 x 1 min. All with recovery.


Upcoming BMAF Events

Information on two upcoming BMAF events below :

The BMAF Open Cross Country Championship for 2017 will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017 at Wavertree Playground, Wellington Road, Liverpool.

The first race is for all women and M65+, is over a 6k course and starts at 12:00hrs. The second race is for M35 – 64, is over an 8k course and starts at 13:00hrs.

More details and race entries taken online BMAF OpenTrack system. Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 5 March 2017.


The BMAF 10 Mile Road Race for the 2017 Championship is once again part of the Netherhall 10 mile road race organised by Cumberland Athletic Club. It is at 11:00hrs on Sunday 26 Feb 2017.

This event is a single lap course in anticlockwise direction on mainly undulating country roads through the villages of Dearham, Bulgill and Crosby on the West Cumbrian coast.

All details and race entries taken online via the BMAF OpenTrack system Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 12 Feb 2017.

Elswick Junior Athletes Qualify for Inter Counties Competition!

badgeHello Everyone. Some of the club’s junior athletes have competed at a recent Schools Cross Country Competition at Temple Park, South Shields: hosted by the NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS’ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NSAA) & ELSWICK’s JUNIOR CLUB MEMBERS PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY WELL!

Several athletes have secured qualification which guarantees them a place at the INTER COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY MEETING on Saturday 4th February at Kirby Stephen, Cumbria: Once again, very well done to all the competitors and to those who qualified! Keep it going Junior Team Elswick!

For a list of the results, please go to: . The results are at the bottom of the website’s home page. Some of the juniors I saw included in the results are: Rowan, Hanna, Robyn, Jamie, Sam, Bradley, Charley, Maisie, Abigail, Ellie and Suzannah (apologies if I haven’t captured everyone, but you are all in the results pages!). Cheers, GB.

Durham Cathedral Relays & The Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Team Elswick travelled the short journey to Durham to participate in the popular Durham Cathedral Relays. The race incorporated the NEMAA championships. Three in a team. Each leg approx. 3000m. Senior & Vet competitions. A competitive morning for everyone taking part and Team Elswick as always, gave their best. Visit for a full listing of all team results.

Meanwhile, two hours down the road, saw the popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon hosted by York Knavesmire Harriers, take place. A competitive half marathon season opener: A great race in which to lay a foundation for a targeted spring half & full marathon event. On Sunday, over 1500 took to the start line.

Leading the Team Elswick field was Jude Nutt. Jude ran an excellent 1.24.27 (finishing 8th in the ladies race overall, and 2nd V35). Well ran Jude. More fine performances followed: Simon Lynch 1.43, Charlotte Baston 1.46, Phil Baston 1.46, Jeff Emmerson 1.57, Amy Brown 1.57 and Rosie Morrison 2.17. For the full list of results go to: All in all a good weekend everyone….Keep it going!