Aykley Heads, Durham NEHL Cross Country (It’s a bit of a ‘toughie!’)

Report & Photos from Jan, Ken & Claire. North East Harrier league Aykley Heads 17/11/18. Another good turn out for the juniors. This course is the one most runners think is the most challenging XC of the series. The weather was quite pleasant for November as it can be a very chilly venue. This was the Fourth race in the series and was well organised with the help of Elvet Striders,Durham City Harriers and Derwentside  AC.Results as follows- Under 11 Girls  1st Poppy Wilde 5.02 – 19th Evie Reed 6.02 – 20th Zoe Fielding 6.03 – 29th Jessica Robinson 6.28 – 35th Hannah Waterhouse 6.38 – 49th Keira Bairstow 7.14. 

Under 13 Girls 16th Poppy Old 15.01(fast pack)20th Caitlin Flanagan 15.12 (fast pack)48th Lucy Milburn 16.30 (fast pack)50th Sophie Henderson 16.41(fast pack) 63rd Jayden Morton 22.10 7th team place. Under 13 Boys 29th William Butterworth 14.11(fast pack) 55th Charles Mason 15.11(fast pack) 67th Bailey Shore 17.16 – 71st Adam Robinson 15.45(fast pack) 73rd Henry Young 15.51(fast pack) 15th team place. 

Under 15 Girls 40th Grace Ogilvie 17.31 – 42nd Aimee Bairstow 17.43 – 43rd Charley Lee 16.04(fast pack) 54th Lucy Dickson 19.49 10th team place. Under 15 Boys 27th Kieran Dixon 14.57 – 60th Connor Shore 19.26. Under 17/20 Girls 6th Hannah Tumia 23.24(medium pack) 18th Suzannah Fielding 22.42 (fast pack) 20th Kerry-Anne Simpson 25.41 – 35th Marissa O’Rourke 30.46. 4th team place. Thanks to Rob Wilson for bringing the club tent. 

For all juniors who have asked to be entered in the Harrier League and Sherman Cup / Davison Shield and have not run yet there are still 3 races left to compete for the club championships .Please see any of the junior coaches if you require any further info. 

Club Championship & Club Communication

Hello Team Elswick. Please find enclosed the results of the last road race > Race Results The Heaton Memorial 10 km Road Race. So for this part of the championship – that is it! Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to all of the participants who took the time and effort to compete. Just the Cross Country Championship to be decided….. 🙂

The club is extending the way it communicates club related information to people and organisations – inside and outside of the club. To contact the club, simply choose the email by which you need to contact us. From here, someone who is best suited to answer your query will reply in due course. These contact emails are to be found on the club’s website: main page / tab heading titled / GET IN TOUCH.

In addition to the club’s website, Face Book Pages, noticeboards, internal & external correspondence communication:

NEW for club members, we openly encourage you to make good use of the ‘my events’ provision. It will enable club members to share our much varied race day experiences. Ideally a word document format with good, bad, indifferent race day experiences, photos, links to results: Make that event report your own and share it with us all.

To all of our members: You are now officially – all roving reporters 🙂 

       Email Address                                            Enquiry /description / guidance
Info@elswickharriers.org.uk Event & race results.Any general club enquiry.
Welfare@elswickharriers.org.uk Any welfare or safeguarding issue pertaining to Elswick Harrier Members.Incidents or Accidents related to Elswick harrier Members
Junior@elswickharriers.org.uk All junior enquiries (juniors aged between 10 to 17).









Team Elswick Members! If you have a running or similar sporting event you have competed in – Then we would like to share your event experience and place it on the club’s website. Just send us your event report in ‘word format’ along with, a website link for results & photos of the event (preferably in jpeg format & a file size ideally less than 5mb per photo). We would love to hear from YOU!!


Congratulations to Simon Lynch & Dean Pepperell who were the lucky recipients of the clubs guaranteed 2019 London Marathon entries. Thank you to everyone put their names into the hat. We wish Simon & Dean well in their winter & spring training for the 2019 VLM. 

The Norman Woodcock Relays (High Gosforth Race Course & Park) are almost upon us and the event needs volunteers to make the day a successful one.

As a guide as to when event helpers need to be at the race venue (Parklands Golf Course Club House) folks need to be there for:

Car Park Marshals. Be ready with ‘bib on’ and in the car park for 11.10 am until 12.45 pm.

Course set-up: To signpost the course, assemble tent, flags & cones etc. Ready to ‘go’ from the club house at 11 am until all complete (around an hour). 

Course Marshals. Be at HQ for a briefing at 12.15 pm. Race starts at 1 pm. Last runners through just before 2 pm.

We would politely ask you to help dismantle club equipment and take back to HQ (From 1.50 pm to 2.15 pm. More hands make light work – You can never have enough helpers 🙂  )

Enclosed is a GUIDE as to what help is required > HELP LIST.Names please to the notice board help list or the club’s FB page. Thank you in advance of your help.

Mallorca Long Course Weekend

Race report by Elswick’s Iain Hardy. Enjoy the 3 day read. What is it? A 3 day full distance triathlon. 3.8 km swim. 172 km bike. 42.2 km run. I flew out on Wednesday 24th October for a week. Graham (GB) was forced to withdraw with a persistent back issue, as he put it: ‘Not fit or healthy enough to take part in a big distance event’. Thankfully he came out still, to support and have a bit of a holiday. Seven days to prepare, compete and relax, post-race. Arriving in Pollenca, we soaked up the 27’C sunshine. Thursday. Bike shake down. Hired bikes were tested around Alcudia and the 1500 feet climb towards the monastery at Lluc (part of the Ironman 70.3 bike route). Temperatures were the same as Wednesday. A few miles on a steep climb too many? (45 ish) Enjoyable, apart from GB insisting on stopping on the descent for a back drop photo!

Friday. Wet Suit test swim in the bay of Alcudia. Calm salty water, sunny conditions again. I was pleased to get the test in (good to have GB alongside) as it really settled the nerves (GB needs a new wet suit?). Afterwards, a walk to collect my race event package, no’s, chip, rules & regs. I also received the full distance Athlete t-Shirt. I buy a few other things (and a t-shirt for chef GB). A lazy day follows, ready for the race day swim.

Saturday. Race Day. 3.8 km swim. The weather has turned. Cool and overcast for the start. 400 athletes on the start line. Two laps with an Australian swim exit onto the beach for lap one and then into the sea again to start lap two. Fanfare. Music. Tension. Countdown……………………….

Gold Caps are the Full distance triathletes.

Hooter! My swim is a GO, and I’m off. A steady start for me finding my own space and try to settle down, get the breathing right. After 35 mins I’m out and into the beach funnel lane. I stop for a swig off water (provided by Domestique GB) and then I’m off again on the second lap. 35 mins later I return and run off the beach for a 50 m sprint for the finish line. Swim done in 70 mins. The first of the medals is awarded. A bronze medal that will interlock with (hopefully) the other disciplines that follow. I’m very pleased with that. The weather worsens and starts to rain as we enjoy a post-race coffee, beach-side.The rest of the day is spent relaxing in prep for the bike ride. More rain deluges follow……..

50 m to go and a 70 min swim time.
Swim medal. Medal number 1. One down. 3 to go…………


Sunday. The Bike Leg. All 172 km of it. The weather is cool at 11’C, blustery and showery for the 8 am start. Continue reading Mallorca Long Course Weekend