2017 Newburn River Run – A grand evening for athlete & club!

A warm evening awaited competitors & spectators last night at the club’s river run last night. A record entry saw over 350 runners take to the start line. A course change to avoid runners coming over Newburn bridge, meant a new finish line at the Newcastle University building and the course becoming a 6 mile course length. From the runners comments post race – my understanding is that is was a ‘thoroughly enjoyable’ evening and that the participants enjoyed the 6 mile run (apologies we could not get rid of the humidity!).

Please find the results enclosed: 2017 Newburn River Run Results . The results will be published in due course by ‘Sports Soft’ & on ‘Run Britain ‘. Thank you to all the runners who made it a record breaking evening – You were all superb! Our sincere appreciation to Howden’s Joinery & Newcastle University for supporting our ‘new‘ run event.

Thank you to the club members who gave up their free time to help the club stage this run. From those people in & around event HQ, the leisure centre staff, all the course marshals & officials – The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

Finally as advertised in the leisure last night,  do watch out for news & confirmed details of the club’s 2017 Norman Woodcock Memorial Race. A new format awaits this event! A 3 person team relay event for both club & un-attached runners. When?  Saturday 25th November at 2pm – Gosforth Race Course – on a newly tarmaced flat path 🙂 1.66 miles per lap. Costs: £6 per 3 person team / £2 for un-attached runners. Please join us & sign up – when we go live!

Senior Training w/c 12th June / River Run Helpers Note.

From Tom Hanson: Kindly note: This Tuesday will see the start of extending the sessions (for those who can only get there for 7.30pm). So, leaving the centre at 7.15pm & heading towards the pylon on the river side of the footpath ONE. Pylon Location. Session: 3 x 1 mile, with 2 min recovery. For runners getting there late we will be extending the number of miles up to 5 if required.

Thursday: Station Bank session. Leave the centre at 7.15pm. ‘Blaney Row warm up’ & continue to head out along the cinder path. Turn right at the 1st “farmers gate”. Meet at bottom of the hill – opposite the houses on the left. Session: 3 x long hill (and 5 x 3 mins). The long reps can be extended to 4 to let late arrivals catch up on their training.

RIVER RUN helpers & marshals – unless you have been contacted by the club directly then:

please all meet in the crèche room at the centre for 6.15pm. Thank you.

Blaydon Race 2017 (Photos & results) – A grand evening for the club!

IMG-20170609-WA0000A superb turnout by Team Elswick for the Blaydon Race. 74 members took part. Over 4000 took to the start line on a warm & breezy Friday evening. Photos enclosed along with results and web link from results base. Thank you to Iain Hardy who was the” clubs official Iphone 3 photographer! 🙂 on the evening. Winner of the 2017 race was Peter Newton from Morpeth A&C in 27.47. The winner of the womens race was Sonia Samules from Sale Harriers in 29.46. First home was Elswick Harriers was Tadele Mulugeta in 14th place in 29.32. First home from the ladies contingent was Gina Howorth in 36.47. Well done to everyone competing on Friday evening, keep it going Team Elswick! Many thanks to all the officials and volunteers on the evening. Finally, congratulations to Blaydon Harriers for hosting this sell out historical race. Continue reading Blaydon Race 2017 (Photos & results) – A grand evening for the club!

2017 River Run – Marshal help update.

Hello Team Elswick. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their free time next Wednesday to help the club, put on a great run, for our local running community. If I could kindly ask all of the volunteers to meet in the crèche room, at the front of the centre for 6.15pm for a marshal briefing. Some club members will be there a little earlier,  (they will be contacted separately). Please do bring a mobile phone with you (for contact purposes) as specific contact details will be given out at the briefing. There will be a list of the marshals & responsibility on the club’s FB page for information. We’ll see you all at 6.15pm. Thank you, Graham.

River Run Wed 14th June. Volunteers needed!

Hello Team Elswick. The committee is politely asking for volunteers to help the club, successfully host its annual River Run Race ( a week on Wednesday). Thank you to the dozen or so helpers we have already, but we do need a few more. If you can spare  a couple of hours, then please get in touch via the club’s Facebook page, where you can put your name down. Alternatively, speak to Frank Watson, Tom Hanson, Graham Bell or Steve Robertson and we’ll gladly place your name on the helpers list. Thank you in advance for your help 🙂

Track & Field meet: Monkton Stadium.

Report & photos by Mary Lisle: Team Elswick took to the track in the latest round at Monkton Stadium (round 2). Although some of our regular track athletes were unavailable it was pleasing to see other fellow club members, step up and take to the track…..brothers Martin & Shaun Connelly had a great race in the 5km. Sarah Stokoe made her track debut in the 400m…..Fellow Team Elswick Athlete, Julian McBride also debuted. The star of Team Elswick was in my opinion, Robyn Bennett, who won the 3000m by a huge margin against her competitors. Overall, the combined team of Elswick / Blaydon finished 3rd on the day.


An excellent achievement by the combined team. A special ‘thank you’ to Yvette Wilkins who after competing in a triathlon, took the time to then drive to Monkton to then compete in the discuss competition…..An Elswick athlete, who I believed show true team spirit 🙂 Our thanks to all the volunteers, officials and helpers on the day, who make the competition happen. Come and join us at the next meeting on Sunday 9th July, a great day of friendly competition on the track & in the field events. Have a informal talk with Cath Lee, Mary Lisle or Ben Hall for more information. Below are a few photos of competition day. IMG-20170604-WA0000 IMG-20170604-WA0004

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Senior Training & Club Championship Race Update

Sessions by Tom Hanson. Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up & head towards One North East (keeping on the footpath nearest the river-side).

The starting point is a different location: Please all meet at the ‘large pylon’: ONE. Pylon Location. Session is 4 x 5 mins, with recovery.

Note: For those runners who wish to have a shorter warm up. Drive to the Feel Good Café car park & then jog down towards the pylon location on the estate. Should only take  3 or 4 mins. Warm up in this area.

Thursday: For non- Blaydon Race runners: From the centre at 7.15pm: A warm up around the centre & Blaney Row. Then: 1.1 miles: then 5 short hills: then 1.1 miles. All timed but no recovery.

Please find enclosed the latest club championship standings (after races 5 & 6).  Copy of club champs 2017 races 5 & 6

The next race to look forward towards is  a club championship ‘first’. The Newton Aycliffe 10km on Sunday 18th June. To sign up, go here > https://www.entrycentral.com/form/106372 . A completely closed circuit with km markers, chip timing, & technical t-shirt. Attractive individual & Team (4 to count) cash prizes awarded. There is also a 3km fun run – an opportunity for our Junior athletes to compete?


Elswick’s Junior Track Athlete – Alex Goodhall – PB’s & Gold!

Words by Alex’s mum, Susan: An update on how Alex is doing. It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for him here representing White Star. On Saturday May 20th Alex ran the 800m final in the all age group championships for the French-speaking half of Belgium at Nivelles, just south of Brussels.  It was a very slow, tactical race and Alex was fourth overall. However, he was the first Junior athlete to finish and took home the gold medal in that age group (Alex pictured centre, with Gold & 1st placed Junior).

Gold for AlexThis last Saturday May 27th Alex ran an 800m at the International Flanders Athletics Meeting at Oordegem-Lede, near Ghent.  With lovely hot weather and an excellent track in his favour, he ran an excellent race and was able to break his PB with a 1:51.76 (Alex pictured below – bib no.64).

4th place assured

Alex was hoping to run in the England U20 championships for Elswick in June but due to other commitments on the same weekend, it is unlikely this will happen. On a positive note, we will see if Alex can get a chance to run for Elswick over the summer.  For now, he’s looking to improve his PBs at 400m, 1500m and maybe even 800m again – and to try for a medal at the Belgian Junior championships in September. (Appreciation and photos by Maximedelobel & Jean Luc Lemaire).

GB Note: Congratulations to Alex on two exceptional track performances – keep up the good work and we hope to see you in the Elswick vest in the summer.

Senior Training Sessions

So it is the 5K handicap on Tuesday 30th May, runners to meet at the centre and then to run to start, the start is at the crescent next to the Tyne, so it is right at the old Ross’s pickle factory. We started there for the warm up for the 2x1k, helpers welcome on the night for marshalling. The handicap basis will be 10 slots at 1 min apart, so the slow runners go off first and Mark will be last.

Thursday 1st June, we are back on the short hill 10x 1min 15 sec beside the club.