Save the Dates

Ok folks here’s a couple of dates for your diaries …
Saturday 5 November – 2pm remember remember the 5th November for Elswicks Norman Woodcock Race for all marshalls and runners 😊
Friday 25 November -7.30pm AGM

Mary x


Inaugural Gosforth Summer Relays / Club Championship Standings / Training Sessions / Gateshead 10K Trail / South Shields 10 / Durham Relay Team Sheet

Please find enclosed the club championship standings so farclub champs_Sland The next race is on Thursday 25th August at Watergate, Lobley Hill. CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR 2016

Note from Frank Watson: The Durham Summer Relays Durham-Team-Sheet-2016  The sheet is not a finalised running order, it is just a list. The gents require one more runner. If you would like to run contact Steve Robertson (via FB) or Frank Watson. Thank you.

5c9c5b_5d1ff9a9463c4013a2fa872cceae566bWell done to all 22 Team Elswick Runners On Saturday who competed at the Gateshead 10km trail run. Over 1500 competitors took to the trails by the river, results can be found here:!results-2015/erxnr  .If any club members did run the new South Shields 10, organised by ‘run eat sleep events’ congratulations! For event info (results not available as of Monday 11am: 

This weeks training sessions: Tuesday: Top of Wall Bottle Bank 23 mins continuous running loop. Thursday: Centre Field 10 x 1 min with a minutes recovery.

GOSFORTH SUMMER RELAYS. Thank you to Ben Hall for the words & pics: Team Elswick somewhat depleted due to holidays, injuries and other commitments still managed to field 2mens & 2 womens teams. Below Team Elswick From The Gosforth Summer Relays. To start the day, there was a junior one mile run. Caitlin Flanagan was the only junior runner from the club taking part, but she did not disappoint: Caitlin finished a very impressive 2nd place in her age group. Well ran Caitlin! 🙂


A new fixture which was well organised and marshalled, big thanks to Gosforth Harriers and their team… Let’s hope you managed to raise plenty funds for your chosen charity Pop-up Gym. If anyone would like to donate please go to A BIG SHOUT! to the tremendous 12 that ran today. Steve Robertson leading the men out who handed over to me in 5th place…..great run for an owld chap :)For me I was unable to keep that pace and lost a place, but handing over to Dave Armstrong who ran an excellent anchor leg especially after doing Gateshead Trail Run.

Next up was Sara Blight, able to squeeze in a run between her holidays (Judith Charmers doesn’t have the number of hols you Blights do!) Angela Richardson stormed round the course to hand over to Catherine Lee whose back to her best and looked strong. Steady Stevie ‘smiler’ Curry 🙂  back in the habit of running into form. Mel Reid looking remarkably fresh after a cracking run at the Gateshead Trail Run who then handed over to Andy Middleton who was supposed to be running a fell race but was drafted in at last minute! Below, Steve Curry giving his best…….



Charlotte Baston was back in the Elswick vest after a post 18th birthday holiday to Disneyland handing over to newbie Jennifer Barnes who ran an excellent leg (hope you’re down for the Durham Relays…) then over to newly wed Amy Lauren who picked up a few places with a strong run. Well done and well competed everyone! Sorry about the other action photos…some heads were “not present!”


Above: Speedy Sara Blight, post run efforts! Next up are the Durham and Farringdon Relays in September. Get your names down Team Elswick, your club will need you for the forthcoming season! It would be great to see as many runners, adults and juniors running at all of the cross country venues. Brush the caked mud off your XC trainers…. the season is about start! (The ladies were promoted last year, the gents will need a huge push to gain promotion, difficult but not impossible). The Juniors had some excellent individual placing’s, I’m confident the juniors will strive to improve!


Would you like to run in a team? Get your skates on and sign up now!

A couple of team relays are ‘just around the corner’. If you would like to participate then please contact Frank Watson (for the gents) and Lalage Brown or Gina Howarth (for the ladies).

The first team relay is this Sunday 14th August The Gosforth relays. Teams are entered, but the gents require TWO more team members. Use this link for all you need to know…. Race starts at 10.30AM at Great Park Newcastle. HQ & Registration at Great Park Country Centre NE13 9BD.

Parking just off the Great Park Way (half a mile away). Names to Frank for this race by THIS FRIDAY BEFORE 6pm.

There are also junior runs with individual age groups, £2 per junior runner ( just register on the morning). Thank you. Gosforth map (highlighted in blue).

The Durham Summer Relays are on THURSDAY 18th AUGUST. Names please no later than FRIDAY 9AM – AUGUST 12th. Ladies and Gents welcome to sign up, but no late entries taken on the day for this event. We have names already, but please do sign up if you would like to run. University Sports Field, Green Lane DH! 3JU. First race 6.30pm Last race 7.05pm. for all your need to know details. Thank you. Durham course.


Weekend Roundup: Success after success!

A busy weekend for Elswick Athletes: And once again, excellent results by “the team”. Below are the race reports: Thank you to Ben & Mary for their words. Random Photos from athletics & Ponteland Tri: just click on the continue reading icon at the bottom of this report, thanks).

A special thank you to John Lowes for ALL of his endeavours throughout the Track & Field Competition this season.

On Saturday: Congratulations to every Elswick (and Blaydon) Harrier who competed over the  Track & Field season. Final standings have to be checked over, but it is highly likely that the team WILL BE PROMOTED up to the next division. Your hard work and dedication paid a handsome dividend, so on behalf of the club, thank you to you ALL. Report by Ben Hall: Athletics The Final Round  Many athletes later in the day, then enjoyed an evening of ten pin bowling! Final Standings can now be found here by opening & clicking on this link > Direct to results

On Sunday Tadele Muguleta, Mark McNally & Alan Thompson took to the start line of the Darlington 10km Road Race…..In spite of the blustery conditions, Tadele WON in fine style in 31.26. Congratulations Tadele 🙂 Continuing his fine form, Mark WON his Age Group category (o/65) in 41.54. Congratulations Mark! And finishing in a very commendable 6th place in the 50 to 54 Age Group Category Alan ‘rambo’ Thompson finished 6th in 38.26. Well done Alan. (

Also on Sunday, several club members took part in the popular Ponteland Tri competition, with 14 Athletes from Team Elswick taking part, impressive to say the least. Some excellent times and finishing positions. Report by Mary Lisle: PONTELAND TRIATHLON SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2016 .

Heading to Alerthrope, John Lowes competed in the standard distance sprint triathlon (1 mile swim in 23.46 / 40 mile bike in 1.10.47 / 10km run in 49.26. Johnny finished in an impressive 61st place in the men’s competition with a finishing time of 2.26.52. Well done sir! ( for results & for the event info)…….Next time you see your fellow Elswick Harrier who contributed the club’s success over the weekend, please do congratulate them! 🙂 keep it going Team!

Continue reading Weekend Roundup: Success after success!

Tuesday 2nd August: The Morpeth 10km Road Race.

Race report kindly scribed by Frank Watson. On a perfect night for running: slight drizzle and windless conditions were to be had at the popular Morpeth 10km ,which incorporates a two lap undulating circuit around Tranwell Woods, once again produced a fine winner in host clubs Carl Avery who wore down Saltwell’s Abraham Tewelde to come home in 31:16. Our club had 13 vests on show, a good turnout.

MARK McNALLY was Elswick’s only award winner of the evening-72nd-41:45 earning him first 0/65. Congratulations to Mark. 

MARK TURNBULL was the first Elswick home in 31st spot-38:27 followed by PAUL ROBINSON who claimed 51st position in 40:20, closely followed by RICHARD HOUGHTON-53rd in 40:26. Next home for Elswick was our treasurer PETER SLOAN 66th in 41:26. DAVE ARMSTRONG was 70th-41:42. Other Elswick finishers were-HARRY MATTHEWS-89th-43:40, ROB WILSON-97th-44:23, TOM HANSON-106th-44:55, MARK WHITTINGHAM-189th-52:12, PETER CASS-206th-54:16, MICHELLE COLEMAN-217th-56:32 and MARION PEUTHERER-227th-58:54. The evening was finished off with the runners enjoying a well earned drink in the clubhouse of F.A.Vase winners clubhouse-Morpeth Town F.C.

Club 3km Run: The results are in!

Hello Team Elswick. Pleased find enclosed the runners scores for Thursday’s club run. I hope you all enjoyed the evening 🙂 Scores can be viewed here > Club 3km run results 2016 : The results make for some interesting reading! For those who couldn’t make it here’s snippet of how the night un-folded: Runners ran for cover from the rain into the sports hall to collect their numbers! The atmosphere gradually built up: The smell of soggy socks & trainers! A couple of photos (Say Cheese Grommit 🙂 ) Some pre-run instructions and we were all good to go!

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Just after 7.30pm wor Tom set off the first runner, Hilda Frost to a warm applause. The remaining runners were set off in 15 second intervals….one by one off they went to run as best they could. 90 runners later and 24 minutes later, the last runner was off on the glory leg. The weather was kind: it could have been a lot worse…the rain eventually stopped, so the conditions were actually good for running in…, calm and a quiet, traffic and public-free course. Runners came through the finish line to cheers and applause: as they finished Team Elswick stayed back to cheer on their fellow running friends: It was LOUD it was FUN it was JUST GREAT OUT THERE! When the last athlete was through and safely home, the back up team of the Carpenters brought to an end a thoroughly enjoyable run. One last photo, then off upstairs to a packed function room where we relaxed, had a laugh, had a bite to eat and a well deserved drink…Cheers!

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Val compiled all of the runners times and so with almost 90 names on the list it was decided to announce the best 10 percentage scores in reverse order: The athlete with the best score was ZAK OLD with an excellent percentage score of  85.80%. WELL DONE ZAK! & TO ALL OF TEAM ELSWICK RUNNING. YOU MADE THE EVENING! THANK YOU TO ALL THE HELPERS ON THE EVENING, THE CENTRE’S STAFF, THE MARSHALS OUT ON THE COURSE, YOUR STARTERS & TIMEKEEPERS. KEEP IT ALL GOING TEAM ELSWICK! YOU ARE ALL SUPERB!

Position Runner Name Bib Number Runner’s Time Best age group time Athletes % score
1 Zak Old 82 00:31:39 00:09:34 85.80%
2 Susannah Fielding 96 00:34:57 00:09:29 84.67%
3 Harry Matthews 44 00:22:37 00:09:47 82.44%
4 Alan Thompson 60 00:25:24 00:08:41 81.53%
5 Emily Allison 86 00:33:33 00:09:41 80.36%
6 Oliver Edmondson 94 00:35:14 00:09:34 79.83%
7 Imogen Bungay 80 00:32:42 00:10:03 79.13%
8 Maisie Aspinall 84 00:33:30 00:09:41 77.47%
9 Zak Ikwue 90 00:34:56 00:09:34 76.94%
10 Anna Styles 79 00:32:24 00:09:41 76.55%

The club used a system called AGE – GRADING to convert times to a percentage. If you would like to know a little bit more about how we ‘done it’ please click on the link here > Continue reading Club 3km Run: The results are in!


It might rain! So do bring a change of clothing 🙂

Please collect your number from the centre between 6.30 and 7pm ( Don’t forget your safety pins 🙂 )

If anyone would like to bring buffet food for after the run, the function room is open from 7pm. Tables are set aside on which the food can be placed. Thank you.

Have a warm up. 7.20pm group photo. At 7.25pm we will organise athletes at the start area in numerical order.

At 7.30pm we will start the run, with each person setting off in 15 second intervals.

Listen to the starters instructions & any marshals calls on the course. Run as best as you can. Finish & bask in your personal glory!

If runners could then stay & stand alongside the finishing funnel & cheer on your running friends, that would be great!

Afterwards collect your token prize & join us in the function room over a bite to eat & a drink.

If we can print off the scores in the centre we will, if not, we’ll publish on the website asap.

We look forward to seeing almost 100 of Team Elswick Athletes 🙂 Cheers, GB.