A successful weekend for Team Elswick (& Cross-Country Info).

Quite a busy weekend for some of Team Elswick Athletes: Their training has certainly paid dividends: Some excellent results and top prizes to go with their efforts: Thank you to Frank and Steve for collating the notes below: We start with:

A superb first placed finish in the ladies race for Elswick’s Jude Nutt in the Thirsk half marathon on Sunday. Jude had a finishing time of 1.25, Richard Houghton in his New York Marathon build up ran 1.27 and placed 42nd and in 88th place, Jonny Lowes bringing the trio home with a very good 1.32: fine performances indeed by Team Elswick. https://runsignup.com/race/results/?raceId=24100#resultSetId-42483

Andrea and Mike Banner competed in the Berlin Marathon, a flat course noted for personal bests: In spite of the tropical weather Andrea and Mike ran excellent times of 3.12 and 3.30 respectively. I hope they celebrated with a stein each of Bavaria’s finest! http://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=181247

At the North East Masters Championships: Mark McNally once again took first place and gold along with Kim Matthews, who also struck gold in the ladies 5000 metres competition. Harry Matthews won a Bronze medal and Graham Leslie made a welcome return from injury to grab a well-deserved 4th place. An excellent set of placing’s indeed by the team.

Over in Haltwhistle, a testing 13 mile 192 yard race took place. Mark Turnbull 1.22 (podium V45) Steven Robertson 1.22 (1st V40 + course record in age group), Iain Hardy PB 1.23. Suzanne Stephenson (3rd lady), Dom Phipps, Charlotte Baston, Andy Middleton and Steve Curry all ran superbly on the single track course that intersects someone’s back garden! To round off the day the lads who finished inside the top ten: 6th 7th and 10th claimed the first team position. Well done to all at Team Elswick, great running. http://born4running.co.uk/ESW/Files/HLT16Results.pdf

Also on Sunday and just down the road, the popular Prudhoe Miners 10km took place. No results from the ‘run nation’ website: We do know that Paul Jones ran, but were unsure of other Team Elswick Athletes. As soon as the results are available we’ll publish the results. Photos are on the club’s Facebook page. Well done everyone….Keep it going 🙂

Finally a reminder from Frank Watson regarding the forthcoming NEHL cross Country season opener at Wrekenton on Saturday 1st October:

NUMBERS TO BE COLLECTED AT THE CLUB TENT ON THE DAY. NUMBERS TO BE RETAINED FOR THE REMAINING NEHL FIXTURES. UNDER 11 RACE 12.15PM. SENIOR WOMEN-1.10P.M SENIOR MEN-2.10.P.M. Please take a few minutes to read the information on the website’s tab heading CROSS COUNTRY 2016 – 2017. Lots of useful information in there on all things cross country. The club needs volunteers to assist with tent duties. If you can help, please do write your name against the venue that you can help with. The sheet is available to view on the club’s noticeboard: your help would be much appreciated, thank you. tent-rota-2016-17-ver-2 club-championship-remaining-races-2016 




Club Championship Update: Still time to obtain points!

As well as the Gibside trail race and the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile run, three NEHL cross country runs are also available. They are: Wrekenton, Saturday 1st October. Druridge Bay, SUNDAY 9th October and finally Thornley Hall Farm Peterlee, Saturday 26th November club-championship-remaining-races-2016

The club will require support with the CLUB TENT. ANYONE CAN HELP. If you can help by taking the tent to a venue / assembly & dis-assembly / take the tent back to the leisure centre: Kindly put your name against a venue on the tent rota sheet on the club’s noticeboard, in the sports hall. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated by the club and the runners who will use it! Don’t assume the tent will ‘just appear’ at a venue! If no one volunteers then no tent!  The venues can be viewed here > tent-rota-2016-17-ver-2

Great North Run 2016

Yesterday a world-wide audience viewed the North East spectacle that was the 35th staging of the GREAT NORTH RUN 2016. Almost 40,000 finishers, Olympians, club runners, fun & charity runners, disabled athletes, completed the 13 miles 192 yards that make up the famous route from Newcastle to South Shields. Personal bests, fundraising, from first timers, to regular participants, the GNR had it all 🙂 For the professionals two great races: The women’s race was won by Vivian Cheruiyot in 1.07.54. The men’s race was won by Mo Farah in 1.00.04. Locally, Alyson Dixon from Sunderland Strollers finished in 12th position in 1.16.31. Morpeths Ian Hudspith (V45) ran a superb 1.06.52 finishing in 15th place. And so to Team Elswick: It spite of the deceptively warm conditions there were several excellent times posted by our club runners. All 53 Elswick Harriers no doubt gave their best and that’s what matters. Congratulations to you all. Below are some photos: right up until Ben Hall ran past and the battery went ‘goodnight!’………But Thank you to Mary Lisle’s Dad for the extra photos! All of Elswick’s runners results can be found here > gnr-2016


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Elswicks GNR Chaperone’s

Another great event for Elswicks chaperone’s at the Great North Run. Kim and Harry supporting Charmaine with Tania Farah, and helping Tania achieve a personal best this year. Harry and Kim helped Tania take nearly two minutes off her previous best time, so job done once again.


Elswick’s latest England vest recipient.

Robyn Bennett has successfully gained selection to run in the England U20 team at the forthcoming Junior Home Countries International Mountain Running Championships taking place on the slopes of Skiddaw in Keswick on September 17th 2016. This follows a strong performance where Robyn finished in 3rd place in the trial race at the end of August on Skiddaw against a stacked field of the best junior hill runners in the country.

During a holiday in the Lakes Robyn enjoyed running on the mountains  and tried her hand at the British Athletics World Mountain Running Championship trials in Keswick whilst over there, finishing 6th. She was then able to attend a junior mountain running camp organised by the Fell Runners Association and British Athletics which included some tough training and useful talks from experienced athletes. Full details of the Junior team can be found here: Home Countries International development opportunity brings mountain running season to a close – England Athletics

Below: Robyn in action on the fells……..