The Alnmouth to Beadnell class of 1992

Derek Nelson found a results sheet from the 1992 Alnmouth to Beadnell race. At the top of the field placed 2nd and 3rd I. Ellis and C Lees from Elswick Harriers. The 3rd counter in 10th place was N. Barnes…..impressive finishing times. The finishing places allowed Elswick Harriers to WIN the team prize. A TOP result indeed 🙂 20 Elswick runners took their place amongst the 1085 participants on Sunday 19th July 1992. Enjoy your weekend wherever you are running this weekend. Thanks to Derek for the results page.




Fambridge Yacht Haven ‘Half Iron’ Distance Triathlon

Elswick’s Holly Kelleher’s words & photos. Enjoy the read. Eight months of training, nearly 6 days a week saw me in Essex this weekend for my first ‘half Iron’ distance Triathlon. A mere 363 days after I acquired my first bike as a grown up, and just over a year since I agreed to join Castle Tri just to look after their money! This was only my fourth Tri, having a Go Tri, Sprint and Standard under my belt. I had an 8 hour time limit but the cut offs for the swim and run were a mere 10 minutes under my training performance so the pressure was on.

(Above: the calm before the storm!) My race prep had a few blips…………. Continue reading Fambridge Yacht Haven ‘Half Iron’ Distance Triathlon

Alnwick Harriers Coastal Race

For all members heading up for the Coastal on Sunday, either running or supporting don’t forget the annual beach BBQ after the race 😎. As in previous years, bring your picnic, BBQ bits and beach towel and we all set up camp on Alnmouth beach and enjoy the rest of the day, post race dip in the sea and a good old social , see you there Mary xx



You want pain in your legs? Try this: The Chevy Chase.

Words and photos from Ben Hall. Enjoy the read.

1st February 2016 and its decision time do I or don’t I enter this years race or not, well it’s a no brainer really of course I’m going to enter but whose going to join me… It’s the 60th year running of the event so the kind son I am I sign my Dad (John Hall) up as part of his 65th birthday, what a present eh? Now the owld (or is it spelt auld) man is on board Jonny, Patrick, Mary and Cath take no convincing…A brief summary of the race: Organised by the Wooler Running Club, the route takes on two of the highest peaks in Northumberland (Cheviot and Hedgehope). The circular route was introduced in 1990 where you need to hit 8 checkpoints within a specific time, competitors can choose to complete in the walking or running categories. For more info: So the prep work starts in mid-April…………….. Continue reading You want pain in your legs? Try this: The Chevy Chase.

Sunderland 5km race (& a club championship race for Elswick)

(Results: ). The staging of the popular Sunderland 5km Race held on a traffic -free route around Silksworth Sports Complex took place last night. A warm evening with a ‘nuisance breeze’ on the far side of the course awaited all athletes. The event is now divided into two races, to avoid congestion. First the women’s race combined with the O/50 men. A good competitive race ensued, with TBH’s Keith Smith winning the men’s race and Morpeth’s Emma Holt taking the women’s title. Team Elswick were in pursuit with several of our athletes no doubt making a PB. Next followed the senior & V40 men. A race won by Gateshead’s Chris Parr who stuck with the leading group on the first lap, putting his effort in shortly after to gain an impressive lead to take the win. Again in pursuit of fast times were Team Elswick, some fine running from the lads. Congratulations to EVERY TEAM ELSWICK COMPETITOR! it was a competitive running spectacle with vocal support from the crowd! Click the continue reading icon for more photos of our athletes in action. We’ll publish the championship table when it is updated.  Thanks to Sunderland Harriers for a well organised race.

Time to Go….Start of the Men’s Race…..just missed the lead pack…meter’s in front


Gateshead’s Chris Parr, Right, Eventual WINNER.


The ever improving Robyn Bennett…. GO ON!!










Jason battling for position





Mary leading out Harry and Cath, First Lap……

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From Injury to Ironman.

Mark Turnbull’s account of his first triathlon: Ironman Austria 2016. Enjoy the read! (Enjoy the Hi-Res photos, they’re superb!)imagesCAKZSXQB

June 2015 I went under the knife for a groin strain and whilst recovering decided to set Ironman Austria in June 2016 as a recovery target. I’d missed the 2015 trip with Ian and Graham but was still keen to give it a go. So along with pal Geoff Turner the plan was hatched and we signed up. There were a couple of hurdles though: firstly, I’d never swum more than a length of front crawl and secondly don’t you need loads of time to devote to training? So I had a swim lesson with Woody from the Barn which was great and set me on the right swim track from day one, and thirdly I read a few coaching articles on 10 hour Ironmans on 10 hours per week of training (about the maximum time I reckoned I could spare). Basically it would be just like marathon training but substituting cycling and swimming sessions for running.

Aerial view of Lake Worthesee
Aerial view of Lake Worthesee…….A nice place to swim 3800 metres.

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My first 10km race as an Elswick Harrier

Words by Eve Robertson: I started training with The Elswick Harriers ‘Bunny Counters’ group in April this year, (after originally being part of Holly Kelleher’s beginners group based in Prudhoe…… I’m the second runner to transfer across from Holly’s group to Elswick Harriers). My intention was to train to increase my pace & distance……..and looked forward to meeting new people.

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New Elswick Harrier, Eve Robertson.

I had absolutely no intention of entering any races….but a couple of months later and little bit of gentle persuasion, I entered the Tynedale 10km race. I was so pleased that I did. It was a great race, flat (ish) with some lovely scenery and completing it gave me a real confidence boost. It was made easier with a fellow “Bunny Counter” Sophie who kept me going all the way round! I’ll be doing it again next year, and hopefully a few more in between.

(Well done Eve, the first of many more races I’m sure. Keep up the good work!)

Any new members who have a story or report to share, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Kindly contact, Les Williamson, Graham Bell, or Andy Middleton at the club. Thank you.

3km run challenge for Team Elswick: THURSDAY 28TH JULY. Register at the centre @ 7pm. A bit of fun, something different & free! Are you up for it?

Seniors & Juniors! This is your personal invitation to your clubs 3km “age-graded run challenge”. Athletes will run up to the top of Blaney Row, then turn left & down the footpath alongside the river & finish at the centre. Times are converted to a % against your peer age group so its a level playing field for all

Many prizes will be awarded in the centres function room or the Keelman (TBC). Participate & do your best 🙂 

If you don’t fancy running, we just need few people to marshal. Names please to Frank Watson or place your name on the club’s Facebook page.