Sunderland 5k report 110719

The Sunderland 5k always attracts a very strong field of runners across the 2 races and it certainly did again on a hot, humid Thursday 11th July.

I certainly think that first mile can be the maker or breaker of your race, go off to fast you then find it difficult to get into a rhythm for the remainder of the run, especially with that slight head wind going out towards the lake. However putting that aside it’s a super-fast course with good support around the finishing area which you can hear on your approach to that area of the course which certainly encourages everyone to go that little bit faster.

Yes it’s a club championship event for us but it’s superb to see so many Elswick Harriers attend this event which could potentially put some off due to the strength of runners around them. Credit to everyone who turned up and had ago, races need runners!

The V50 men head of first with the ladies in which saw Guy Bracken of North Shields Poly cruise to victory in 16.18. Our own Mark Turnbull run 18:10 finishing 8th. This was an amazing time after completing the TriX on June 29th 2019 which incorporated a swim of 4,121yd followed by sitting on the saddle for 115.78 miles and then just a mere marathon to finish. Mike Russell 21st 19:14. Mark Mcnally finished in 35th with a time of 21:06, this is incredible for a guy that’s in his 70s, if I’m running times like that when I’m his age I will be more than happy. To see him and Club Chairman Harry Matthews who is also V70 whom finished 48th crossing the line in 23:25 is very inspiring for us younger ones. Robert Lambert who flew in especially from Spain ran 21:31 finishing just behind Mark in 37th. 40th Richard Hudson 21.57. Our little legs Stevie Curry came 50th in 24:02 with Aiden Cairns on his Birthday ran a respectable 26:27 crossing the line in 60th position.

The Ladies race was won by Charlotte Penfold of North Shields Poly in 17:40. Amy Fuller was the first Elswick Harrier home in 19:05, 24th Catherine Lowes 20:39, Robyn Naylor who bagged a 21:14 pb came 30th, 35th Arabella Pearce 21:44, 38th Suzanne Stephenson 22:03, 56th Melissa Bateson 24:08, 79th Claire Gilfillan 26:26, 83rd Deborah Wilmot 27:18, 94th Laura Clegg who has been struggling with plantar fasciitis recently 28:55,

Looking at the men’s race which was won by Sam Hancox of Morpeth Harriers in 15:02. Elswicks Andrew Ball was gutted on the night not to break 17 mins as he finished 55th with a time of 17:15, however he had just been on holiday and still managed to knock a huge chunk off last years’ time, I’m sure he won’t have to wait for too long. Scott Brady was returning to his normal strength over 5k as he ran 17:57 finishing 71st. The ever consistent Steve Robertson came in 74th narrowly missing out on sub 18 as he ran 18:05. Richard Houghton 85th 18:19. Crossing the line in 102nd was Jonathan Rewcastle who ran a pb of 18:54, stunning run Jonathan well done you must have been those new trainers. Ben Hall is certainly becoming stronger week by week as he finished in 126th with a time of 20:16 in which he was aiming for around 20mins. 111th Chris Pearce 19:16 strong run, 119th Carl Marshall 19:30, 124th Lee Coulson 19:54, 135th Daniel Nettle 20:49, 138th Michael Clegg 21.07, 155th John Ryan 24:15.

The run of the night for the Elswick men came from Andrew Bell who rarely runs with a watch decided to wear one that particular evening, much to his delight he ran a pb of 16.43 coming in 42nd that just shows you the strength of the field.

Challenge Roth. Sunday 7th July 2019.

After 4 years away from full distance Triathlon Iain and I were tentatively ready for another go at a full distance event:

2019 Challenge Roth. The Challenge word is the brand that is similar to the well-known Ironman brand BUT Challenge Roth has its own entity within the Challenge group. It is a family run organisation. Say hello the the family pooch Hugo!

Roth is a village in South West Germany. The word Roth can also be pronounced ‘wrote’. Time once again to: swim 3.8km bike 180km run 42.2km = 226kms or 140.6 miles. The event was not without controversy. Want to know more? Then read on: My report does contain unpleasant words!

Thursday 4th July: Leaving the North East a short hop down to Heathrow T5 and a connecting flight to Munich. We were greeted by a friendly bunch of reps from Tri Travel Australia, who asked us if we wouldn’t mind slumming it for 150km in a Mercedes transporter van to take us the Ramada Hotel in Nuremberg: Of course not, not a bother. The crack was good with Aussie Adam! A check in and a nice meal at Va Bene’s Italian (it is alcohol free beer!) just a stroll away rounded off the travel day. Continue reading Challenge Roth. Sunday 7th July 2019.

Senior training for the weeks ahead. Important.

Note from the coaching team: please read and take note team Elswick. Thank you. Tom Hanson is taking names now for the scheduled 5 km handicap. If you place your name on Facebook, still inform Tom.

9 July Tuesday  30 mins of mile reps based from the seat at the start of the track.

11 July Thursday is circuits followed by 400/800/1200/800/400 on the field.

16/July  5 km Handicap starting at the crescent.

18 July  Two sets of 4 x 800 m: With 1 min rest between 400’s and 4 min recovery between sets.

23 July   3 x station bank or 6 x Half way.

25 July  Circuits  followed by 5 x 3 mins with 1 min recovery on field.

30th Club 5 km based at the centre: ( Runners can try on new shoes! (adidas have been invited down to the club and members can look to try out new trainers).


Senior Training This week

Tuesday: Walbottle Bank 23 min loop. Coaches Steve R & Tom H won’t be in attendance: Elswick’s Lee Ager will be deputising.

Thursday: By the leisure centre: Warm up around Blayney Row.

Then: 4 x 2 min, 5 x short hills, 1 x 1 mile on the grass track.

Junior Athletes at the NEYDL Track meet

Thank you to Claire for the report and photos.

26 of our junior athletes were competing in the NEYDL on Sunday 23rd June in Hexham. Elswick were in a combined team with South Shields and this was the third meeting of the season. The sun was out and it was a glorious day not only for taking part, but spectating and enjoying watching our fantastic juniors putting all their hard training to the test.

For the first time this year, we had some boys competing and it was brilliant to see some of our newest male athletes taking part. Both Charlie Jackson and Ben Patrick put in very admirable performances in the 800m and 300m respectively. Charlie also competed in the 100m, whilst Ben took part in the discus and even formed a relay team with 3 South Shields boys at short notice and scored some valuable points for the team.

We also had some first time 800m competitors including Tristan Davidson with a very strong 800m, and some cracking times from Omar Tumia, Will Brown, Max Young and Kieran Dixon. We had a debut performance from Aaron Ikwue in the 200m securing 4th place out of 14 boys (some twice his height!) and a strong run by Jake Stroud in the 1500m (having completed a triathlon shortly before!)

The junior coaching team would like to thank all the boys for taking part, and hope that they are proud of their performances. Their times reflect their hard work and consistency in training. It’s not always about winning the race, but improving on your own previous ability, and this was evident in the results.

The girls were out in force in all the age groups, including our U17’s who’ve emerged from the fog of GCSE’s. The team spirit in the U13 girls has hopefully encouraged others to compete and see how much fun the day can be.

On the back of an intercounties win the day before, Poppy Wilde was back in fine form and won her 800m with an amazing sprint finish securing  a new PB. Our other 800m runners included Suzy Fielding, Emily Allison, Aimee Bairstow, Elaine Hutton, Grace Ogilvie, Sophie Henderson, Kiera Bairstow, Lola Wood and Bella Russell. Proving to be the most popular event, I think the girls can be very proud of their efforts.

We then saw Hannah Tumia, Charley Lee and Lauren Stroud (who’d also done a triathlon!) Evie Reed and Zoe Fielding take on the 1500m, whilst Bella (who’d already run an 800m) also deciding at short notice to join in! And why not? This is what it’s all about. Well done Bella.

The other events covered by our girls included the 100m where we saw Jessica Robinson and Poppy Wilde, and the 200m where we saw Jessica and Bella again, and also Lola Wood taking party and all running well. The final race saw Suzy run a hard 300m.

The field events saw a popular uptake in the long jump (Suzy, Poppy, Louisa Hamilton, Lola and Zoe) whilst Hannah and Emily gave Javelin a shot to score some extra points. Finally, Evie also did the shot put.

To finish the day off we watched the U13 girls, U15 boys and U17 girls compete in the 4 x 100 m relays.

It really was a fantastic day. Elswick / South Shields finished in 4th place overall which has never happened before. Thank you to all the juniors who took part, and for the support from their parents. We really do hope you all come back for more on the last meeting of the season –

20th July – SAVE THE DATE! Results can be found here > Results


Elswick Harriers Christmas do:

When? Saturday 30 November 2019.

Where? 7 pm til 1 am at St James’ Park, Newcastle (no Rafa 🙁 )

Glass of fizz on arrival – Disco & Compere – 3 Course Hot buffet (with vegetarian option).

Tickets £19.50 (non refundable) MUST BE PAID FOR BY 22nd August.

Please add your name to the Facebook list or see Michelle Coleman or Derek Nelson on a training evening. Thank you.

How to pay:

Bank transfer – email for details

Cheque payable to Elswick Harriers – in an envelope with ‘Christmas – [your name] – [number of tickets]’ on the front please, to Derek Nelson or Michelle Coleman.

Cash – in an envelope with ‘Christmas – [your name] – [number of tickets]’ on the front please, to Derek Nelson or Michelle Coleman.

Beginners groups 5 km Handicap & THE WALL!

Thank you to Les for the forwarding on both race reports. Thanks to Ross Kyle for the Wall race report.Well done to all that took part in both events. Keep it going Team Elwsick!

The Wall” 2019: “Do it, wing it, don’t die”…………

(L to R) Michael Clegg, Chris Hull and Ross Kyle. Who’s ready for a long winded and self-centred post? OK: The dust has settled, the blisters have been dealt with, had some sleep and food, so ready to post some insight and some do’s/ don’ts…….. Where to begin?

4th year at “The Wall” , I’m known to do little training and to just “wing” events but never on this scale! A few 10kms and a half marathon is not enough! But through stubbornness and FOMO I dived in again with both feet! Set off with Stu and Chris at the planned pace, we were at the very back but through experience I knew we’d move through the pack. We plodded on ticking of the miles, where from checkpoint 2(25miles) we decided to split go off at our own speed!

Getting into the pit stop i felt ok, tired but ok, but a huge boost came I heard the shout of Matthew and Katie, a little tear, a big hug from Laura, Andrea and Lesley some food, more water and a Red Bull and away I went solo for a few miles and i started to pick up the pace, probably too much and I think this was my downfall! I pushed through to the pit stop at 33mile where i caught up to Chris, Michelle and Jason, I wanted to keep the momentum going so didn’t hang around, water food and off out again, Gravel paths and unavoidable puddles meant the next 7mile are what gave me the blisters and one that is the size of tangerine/ clementine! Just before the halfway sign at a farmers gate was a silhouette and I could hear the familiar voice of Jill who had waited around to cheer me on, we walked a little, had few jelly babies and she sent me on (massive boost seeing you just at the right time so thanks). 

Got onto tarmac and ran well for a little more, then just before 40miles, I hit my limit, I got too cocky, running faster than planned and it bit me in the arse! Some amazing running by Michelle, Chris and Jason who caught up with me then powered on through! 

The dreaded newbrough checkpoint (the point I dropped out in 2017) came and I want to stop as it was raining, wet feet, tired legs etc, if I had a slight blip it would’ve been here and I had to get past! 

Eventually hit Hexham saw Mandy and got some food, changed into dry cloths, taped feet, new socks, new shoes and reapplied Vaseline (you can never had too much) Gareth rocked up with walking poles which came in invaluable in the later stages of the run! Hugs and kisses from Laura and the kids which was a massive boost mentally! 

From Hexham onwards was purgatory, it was dark, everything hurt and what seemed like short roads while driving in the car, seemed to never end. Taking it in turns, we had ups and downs, when I was flagging, Jason rallied and vice versa! Long dark stretches where I was physically asleep while walking, eyes shut and everything! Using the noise of the sticks to keep me on the paths. 

The last stop at Newburn was a blur, had some soup, quick sit down, some words of motivation and hugs and out we set on the last stretch! Sun was coming up but didn’t help the tiredness, people had caught up and started overtaking again but i didn’t care, it was me Vs the challenge! 

Hit the quayside. Saw the 1 mile to go sign and saw we had been going for 23 hours 40 mins! We knew we had to push and get under 24 hours.

One last push and we were done, even managed a run into the finish! I’ve done these events before but nothing has felt or hurt like this!

Michael Clegg cracking effort mate you had a plan and it paid off massively in suprised how disciplined you were! And thanks for the lifts: Michelle Louise Castro, Chris Hull, amazing achievement and welcome to the “Ive done the wall you know” club, you bossed it, and probably learned a lot! Half I could be part of the experience with you. Stuart G Wheeler, you are genuine bloke, the first stint went so fast because of you, I hadn’t belly laughed so much! You did amazingly and hope you had fun! Keep smiling mate 🙂 Jason Crosby year number 4 buddy, we only see each other once a year but we’ve been through some tough times! Lesley Falkous Andrea Wilson, the angels of the wall! Your support was immense, wether it be a hug, some drugs, a pep talk or a rolling stick, there at points where we needed you! Much love to you both and I’ll be there to support you both next year 🙂 Wendy Kyle, Geoffrey Kyle! Thanks for the support as always, for watching the Kids when we need it and for dropping me on the head as a child (got to be reason why I’ve done it 4 times). Biggest thanks to Laura!

I know you hate when I do things like this but your unwavering support is there! When others ask if I’m Ok and I say yes, you know with a look whether I’m telling the truth or not and you know how to deal with me (x). One last nod to a some other people who helped with the experience! whether it was a hug you gave or a message you sent. It honestly helped! Laura Clegg, Graham Cooper Rachel Flentje, David Lathan, Deb Kelly, Paul Johnston, Sarah Lofthouse, Mandy Kennon, Robert Fox, Rachel Moran, Simon Lynch, Kathryn Gillie, David Falkous….. if I’ve missed anyone it’s not on purpose, I’m blaming my sleep deprivation! Ross Kyle (“I know Steve Cram”). 

Next: The beginners group 5 km Handicap.

Beginners groups combine for round 2 , following a varied multi terrain course from Butterlaw farm around a cycleway and bridle paths. Unfortunately the surface has been improved considerably since our last visit so no clarts this time.

Top –  Donna Stokes (centre) wins “Most improved” medal

Bottom – Keith Batey leads his Team K into the final 200.


The Newburn River Run. Wed 12th June 2019.

A hardy, determined gathering of Club & Unattached athletes to took the start line (in atrocious conditions) for the 6 mile 2019 Newburn River Run (I’m sure we organised it for June, not January!).

Given the event was only 3 days after the Blaydon Road Race, it was very pleasing to see athletes take to our start line in this anniversary year.

At 7.15 pm the race was underway. Athletes made their way around the course, the outward leg of the course gave some shelter from the weather, the return leg and the last 3 miles gave runners an ideal opportunity to practice their Cross Country skills! Thankfully the paths just about held out for the athletes as they made speed towards the finish line by the Newcastle University Rowing Club.

Blackhill Bounder Jordan Bell on his way to victory

Taking the 2019 title and the Colin Bolton Trophy was Blackhill Bounders Jordan Bell in 31.54 (pictured above). First female athlete and the winner of the Hazel Simpson trophy was Un-attached athlete Maria Caterall with a time of 40.16 (pictured below).

Congratulations to both winners. The team prizes both went to Elswick Harriers. Congratulations to both teams.

Above Jordan Bell with the Colin Bolton Trophy. There were 1st 2nd & 3rd prizes for all age group athlete categories V35 / V40 / V50 and V60. Darren Purvis retained the Jimmy Bell trophy.

Team Winners Elswick’s Jason Old and Andrew Ball

Team winners Cath Lowes and Andrea Banner (Centre Frank Watson).

Ladies team winners Cath Lowes and Andrea Banner, with our very own Frank Watson.

Very well to done all athletes.

Also at the finish line there were several spot prizes given out. Supper packs and a free 130 year anniversary finishers t-shirt completed the package of event prizes and awards.

Time to say THANK YOU! First to the participants: You were all superb competitors, given the terrible weather encountered.

Next, all of the Club volunteers and marshals who helped on the day. Again, given the weather, Elwsick’s running club and its team of dedicated individuals once again proved how well, the Club of Elswick Harriers hosts an event. Thank you to all of the event officials, the Leisure Centre Staff and to the Newcastle University Rowing Club for their help. All Magnificent. 

An extra special thank you to the team of Harry, Michelle, Noel, Laura, Tom, Derek, Val, Frank, Keith, Iain and Les. Without question you made the difference and you made it happen.

A full listing of the Results can be found here > NRR 2019 results

Results as a pdf here > NRR 2019 results

The list of prizes and awards can be here > NRR 2019 prizes