It was another sell out for this year’s presentation evening. 100 members attended the evening at the function room at Newburn leisure centre (Thanks to Rob for the photos 🙂 ). Below Senior men’s title went to Ben Hall (London marathon bound).
Mark Todd and the junior coaching team started the awards evening, culminating in Rowan Bennett receiving the Kevin Stephenson trophy. A worthy recipient indeed.
Lalage Brown then made a speech on behalf of the ladies section. Club championship awards followed, ending with the ladies Quantum award going to Lindsey Grant (for services to the club) and Elspeth Aspinall receiving the female Fred Stephenson trophy for the most improved athlete. Below: Melissa Bateson with 1st V40 award.
Above: Tom with Senior womens winner, Mary Lisle. Graham Bell then made a speech on behalf of the men section of the club. Club championship awards followed ending with the men’s Quantum award going to Steven Robertson (for services to the club) and Richard Houghton receiving the male Fred Stephenson trophy for the most improved athlete. Below: Richard Houghton with the Fred Stephenson award. Well done Richard (also London marathon bound!).
The awards ended with Robyn Bennett receiving a commemorative engraved glass trophy for Robyn’s exceptional year in the U17 / U20 female athlete category. Robyn’s achievements on the trails, cross-country and schools competitions, saw Robyn gain her first England vest competing on the intimidating trails of Skiddaw! Many congratulations to Robyn, thoroughly well deserved. Pictured below, Robyn and Colin.
The speeches ended with some words on behalf of the Bolton family, in particular to the club’s senior coach, Mr. Colin Bolton (who incidentally, is 76 in just a few days’ time). An all too brief précis of Colin’s dedication to Elswick Harriers:
- Colin Bolton, an Elswick Harrier member for 63 years.
- Colin Bolton, the competitive senior athlete.
- As a Vet aged 40, Colin ran a track 1500m in 4 mins 11 seconds.
- Colin Bolton, the coach, for over three and a half decades.
- Colin Bolton, the club treasurer, for three and a half decades.
- There followed a rousing, standing ovation by the club members to Colin, as a show of support and appreciation for this wonderful gentlemen.
If club members read into the history of Elswick Harriers you would see that before & after two world wars, a gentlemen by the name of Norman Woodcock kept the club going through many difficult times. Club athletes then and now, justifiably recognised that Mr.Woodcock was ‘Mr. Elswick’.
I for one as author of this wee scribe, would defensibly place Mr. Colin Bolton in equal esteem, as our modern day ‘Mr. Elswick’.
And so the evening was rounded off with food, ice cream, a raffle draw and Frank’s famous quiz! Thank you to the bar staff at the centre and especially to Michelle Coleman, the club’s new social secretary for organising the evening on behalf of the club and its members.
A timely reminder that this year’s club championship is underway and that coming up in April are the Blyth 10km & Cragside 10km championship races. C’mon Team Elswick, sign up and get racing!
Senior training: Tuesday. Leave the centre at 7.30pm & warm up to One North East. Meet at Feel Good Café.
One rep of each, progression run: 1 x 3.30 mins 1 x 5.30 mins (both with 90 secs rec) / 1 x 6.30 mins / 1 x 7.30 mins (with 2 mins rec).
Senior training: Thursday. Leave the centre at 7.30pm & warm up to new Warburton’s location > New location Thursday New Location 2 x 2.20 mins / 2 x 1.20 mins (1st 2 sets with 1min rec) / 2 x 40 secs (40 secs rec) / 6 x 20 secs (4 @ 20 secs & 2 @ 10 secs rec).