Senior Training & Alnwick NEHL XC & Club Championship Reminder

Thanks to Ken & Jan for all of the junior reports over the 2017 / 2018 NEHL XC Season. Here is the last report from Alnwick. The rearranged Harrier League took place on Saturday in bleak conditions well done to all who turned out.Thanks to Tom and helpers for bringing the tent as it would have been freezing without a place to shelter, also a thanks to Alnwick Harriers and all officials who for fitting in this fixture at short notice. This final Harrier League was depleted due  to clashing with the  English schools XC which was held at Leeds and atrocious weather put off a few but this did not put off our hardy juniors. 

Under 11 Girls-3rd Lucy Milburn 4.57. 15th Erin Blight 5.25. Under 11 Boys-24th Bailey Shore 5.22. Under13 Girls-3rd Lauren Stroud 16.40 -14th Caitlin Flanagan (fast pack) 16.02 -23rd Grace Ogilvie 18.46 33 rd Maelona Redhead 22.57 Third Team.Final league placing 6th team. Under 13 Boys-4th Zac Old(fast pack) 13.26.Final League placing 11th Team. Under 15 Girls-3rd. Charley Lee 16.21 5th Kerry-Ann Simpson16.51 both running from the slow pack.Final League placing 3rd. Under 15 Boys-Final League placing 11th. Under 17/20 Girls-9th Sydney Martin 21.41 13th Marissa O’rourke 22.45.Final League placing 5th. Under 17 Boys-12th Jamie Styles (fast pack) 29.20. Final League placing 5th. Well done to all our juniors who raced this season with lots of successful results representing not only the club but their school and county…….Looking forward to the coming track season. Cheers Jan & Ken. 

Thank you to all the senior runners who competed on Saturday: The senior Women: Cath Lee 32.11 Andrea Banner 32.21 Vicki McPhee 36.49 Arabella Pearce 35.12, Marie Drozdowicz 37.01, Sara Blight 34.51 and Amy Heptinstall 34.58 were collectively 3rd placed team on the day and finished in 3rd placed overall in Division 2 with 25 points. Congratulations. The senior men of Mark Turnbull 42.24 Steve Addison 46.21 Chris Pearce 47.25 Dave Jardin 48.43 Peter Sloan 48.44 Mile Russell 50.23 Jeff Emmerson 58.49 and Aidan Cairns 58.51 were collectively placed 9th on the day and were 4th overall in Division 2. Congratulations. 

Don’t forget Team Elswick the first Club Championship will be here soon:  Just over 4 weeks time sees the popular Blyth 10km take place. Visit their site to download a copy of the entry form here> . Senior Training this week on the Meso-Cycle Plan: > Plan

The Border Run Series: Ingram to Wooler & Junior Birtley XC Relays

Event report by Jennifer Scarlett. Ten miles of hills, snow, mud and tracks. Ingram to Wooler: at this time of the year and with the recent terrible weather conditions, it wouldn’t have been anything other than. It was hard going from start to finish, particularly in the snow, but as a competitor, you just get on with it and battle – It was on the whole, an enjoyable battle. I was in a fortunate position to be vying for a top finish in the ladies competition – we took it in turns with the lead – it ebbed and flowed between us. She pipped me to the finishers tape, but I coundn’t be happier to take a second place finish, my first on a podium.

It is something I was really happy with. So second in the ladies competition, 16th overall out of 112 runners with a finishing time of 1.24.50. To round off the day, I won a prize too (Chocolate, biscuits and wine!)  I loved representing Elswick Harriers on Sunday at this event and I would to like to take this opportunity to thank the club for their support. Thank you team. Well done and congratulations to must also go to Elaine Henderson & Colette Kirk from Elswick Harriers who also ran the race. They both competed really well out there today. Results & video clip can be viewed here > Thank you. Jen 🙂 

Video: facebook / Results: facebook


Well done to all the juniors yesterday who took part in the 3 stage cross country relays, hosted by Birtley Harriers at Lord Lawson Academy, Birtley, Gateshead. Under 11’s teams, Under 13’s and combined Under 15’s & 17’s Boys and girls races were available for competition. Elswick made a very very good account of themselves: Under 11 girls were second placed team:  Charlotte Naughton Erin Blight and Grace Leiper in a team time of 17.24. Well done silver medalists. Under 13 boys were 5th placed: William Butterworth Charles Mason and Jake Robertson had a time time of 18.53. Well ran! Under 13 girls were placed 2nd: Another excellent team finish: Abi Leiper Zara Naughton and Caitlan Flanagan finished in 18.25. Superb! In a combined team: Elswicks Under 15’s placed 6th with Jack Naughton Connor Shaw and Will Richards giving their best to record a team time of 36.23. In the under 13 girls’ race, another silver medal position was achieved, this time by Suzy Fielding, Charley Lee and Hannah Tumia. Well done! Cheers, GB. All the results can be found on this link here > Birtley-Relay-Results-2018

Under 11 girls Charlotte Naughton, Erin Blight and Grace Leiper – silver medallists


Caitlin Flanagan, Zara Naughton and Abi Leiper – second place in the under 13 race

Suzy Fielding – fastest first leg in the under 13 girls race, holding her own against the boys.


Poppy Wilde in the under 11 race.  Poppy, like other under 11 girls in the squad, has yet to start training with the club – can’t wait to see how they progress once they do start training!



An excellent Team Effort of running at the Inter Counteies XC,

the Birtley Relays & ‘In the Borders’ Keep it going Team Elswick!

Senior Training & Guide Running Workshop.

A reminder of the seniors training group, meso cycle training plan, is here for your information: Mesocycle Plan.

Below is some information if you would like to become a guide runner. Simon Lynch (Intermediate Run Group Leader) has been in contact with England Athletics about a forthcoming course, which is to be held in Durham. Simon has been in contact with England Athletics regarding the Sight Loss Awareness & Guide Running Workshop. They have confirmed a date of Monday 18th June 2018 for the course to be ran in the North East. We believe the booking & registering of the course goes live on 1st April 2018. The course costs £20.00. The club will pay for your course (just ensure you have a receipt of your payment to England Athletics). The DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checks that requires completion is  free of charge , assuming the person undertaking the course doesn’t go on to make money out it. Simon is available to have an informal chat about the course on training evenings. Cheers, GB.

Course Code                      NSA024

Course Title                        Sight Loss Awareness & Guide Running Workshop

Date                                   Monday 18th June 2018

Time                                   18:30 – 21:00

Location                              Shildon Sunnydale leisure Centre, Middridge Lane Shildon County Durham DL4 2EP


The Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop enables Leaders, Coaches and Volunteers to attract and support more visually impaired (VI) people to athletics and running. It includes information on: Types of visual impairment and common eye conditions, appropriate behaviour and terminology, making sessions VI friendly, guide running top tips and safety, guide running practical sessions and further support and resources. Eligibility: Must be 18 years or over. Course Duration: 2 hours. Assessment: None.

For More info Our thanks to Simon for taking a lead in this worthwhile cause.



Last NEHL Cross Country is now back on!

Hello Team Elswick. The last NEHL Cross Country fixture which was cancelled last weekend at Alnwick – Is now back on. When? Saturday 17th March 2018.

Lets have one last push for the season finale. All together – Juniors, Seniors and Vets. A last chance to consolidate another solid season for the club in the NEHL division. Usual times apply to each event. Allow plenty of time to arrive at Alnwick, park up and walk to the venue. Pictures below taken from 2014’s season finale at Alnwick: Below: Andy Middleton & Steve Curry, Juniors leading & a group photo of some of the ladies running that day.

Andy & Steve all smiles after receiving 8 out of 10 on qu’s on Alnwick Castle!
Junior Team Elswick leading a pack!

Kim, Michelle, Marie, Janice and Jill - Before MUD!!!

Elswick’s Alex Goodhall at the EA Indoor AG Championships, Sheffield.

After winter training Elswick’s Alex Goodhall was back in the UK, competing in the Under 20’s 800m at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield on February 24th & 25th 2018: Words by his mum Susan:

Four heats took place on Saturday 24th  with heat winners and the two fastest losers to qualify for the final, and Alex was in the last of them. He had the fastest PB of the six starters but two of the other competitors had run faster than him in 2018, as had all the qualifiers in the previous three heats. Alex decided to lead the race out to improve his chances of winning or getting a fast enough time to qualify.

Alex led pretty much from gun to tape to win the heat in 1:54.82, just outside his 2018 best of 1:54.71. The final on Sunday 25th was a tactical affair with the first two laps run in a modest 1 minute. With two laps to go the eventual winner upped the pace. Alex went after him and was in second place at the bell. However, he couldn’t hold his position and was overtaken on the back straight of the final lap.

Though fourth is kind of the worst place to finish, he took a lot of confidence and motivation from the weekend and will be training hard for the start of the outdoor season in April. Below is a photo of Alex, (leading in the heat). Thank you to for the photograph. 

Presentation Evening. Saturday 24th February 2018

The 2018 presentation evening

The club held its presentation evening on Saturday. A grand evening indeed. Thank you to everyone who  attended. The evening started ‘in reverse’ with the quiz & raffle starting the evening. Congratulations to Mr. Robertsons table & their M&S goodie bag win & to the wooden spoon ‘winners’ of another M&S goodie bag  😉 Nine winners of Intu & Cowell garden centre vouchers for the raffle draw…..A few oohs & aahs as folk had realised they had just missed out by the odd number! 🙂 

The new banner

A new, 10ft x 8ft ‘podium banner’ was proudly on display for the first time. This will form a backdrop for future presentation evenings & also for  the clubs races that it hosts. 

A little after 8pm the awards evening started with the junior awards. A speech by Ken and co-hosted alongside Jan & the junior coaches.

Next a speech by Graham, thanking the clubs coaching team, club members, the ladies group of representatives, Tom Hanson & Steve Robertson. Graham touched upon the 2018 club championship (including a new NEHL category) senior membership & finished with some news! Two new replacement club trophies. 

A Newburn River Run trophy, re-named the Colin Bolton Trophy & a new Alec Burns trophy for the fastest lap of the day for the Good Friday Relays. Alec Burns memorabilia was also on display from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. 

Then it was time for the award winners for the seniors & vets, which also included a ‘surprise’ 2017 Elswick Harriers NEHL award for all age group winners. Next the recipients of the clubs special awards. The most improved athletes were Robyn Bennett & Rob Lambert. The Quantum awards, for people who go that extra mile to help the club. For the ladies Quantum award, it was Valerie Wilson for her work in club results provision & the mens award went to Keith Batey for his work on Welfare, Run / Talk Initiatives, & junior committee assistance. All awards on Saturday evening were ALL well -deserving. The evening finished with buffet, drinks & chat. Finally, my thanks to Michelle, Frank, Rob, Martin, Sharon, Kirsty & Mark.  The club can look forward to 2019’s presentation evening, when the club will be 130 years young. See you all there next year (with a special guest? Possibly…..) Below are a selection of the awards recipients. Cheers, GB.

Melissa Bateson: 1st V40
Keith Batey: Quantum Award Recipient
1st U17 Christopher Mason with coach Rob Emson
1st U20: Robyn Bennett
3rd U13: Charles Mason with coach Claire Tumia
2017 NEHL Silver Medalists: Richard, Jude & Jennifer
Senior Mens winner Richard Houghton
Gold Medalists: 2017 NEHL winners. L to R: Graham Leslie, Michelle Coleman, Lee Bennett, Jill Bennett.
Coach Micky Shore with joint U15 winners Suzannah Fielding & Hannah Tumia
1st V50 Rob Lambert
Most Improved Female Athlete: Robyn Bennett
1st Under 15: Rowan Bennett


The 2018 Speyside Single Malt Marathon: Dinnae Bottle It!

Hello Team Elswick. We have received a notification of a different kind of marathon and one which may appeal to runners of the club….So if you fancy doing something just a little different then what about the Dramathon? Last year the event had 800 runners with the finishers almost equally split between ladies and gents. The run links up a number of distilleries and runners collect the corresponding malt miniatures at the end. Event organisers, Jon, Ian & Paul have forwarded on to the club some information >  Over to you Team Elswick!………. Dinnae Bottle It!

A last reminder to presentation evening guests: Doors open at 7 pm. Quiz & Raffle first. Results of the quiz & raffle winners at 8 pm ish! Next the presentations. Junior coach speech & awards first up. Next: Time to say thank you. Then the senior & vet awards. To finish: buffet, ice cream & drinks. See you all there 🙂

Saturday’s Presentation Evening (& a note on the 2018 NEGP Track & Field Season).

A note for those people who are attending the club’s presentation evening, this Saturday. There is a slightly different order to proceedings: Doors will open at 7 pm. On the tables you will find Franks Quiz to peruse over & complete by around 8 pm. Also during this time, we will be selling raffle tickets. After 8 pm, we will announce the quiz & raffle winners. Then we will commence with all of the awards. To finish, the buffet will be open for business (not forgetting the delicious ice cream!). 

Chris Betts from the Track & Field North East Grand Prix (NEGP) has been in touch with the club.

He is kindly requesting support for the forthcoming NEGP season. He is requesting that all clubs (including Elswick Harriers) and whose members participate in the North East Grand Prix (NEGP) meetings on Wednesday evenings to kindly provide two field helpers on ONE NIGHT ONLY to help with the running of these popular events. So if you can help on a event evening, then just get in touch with anyone of the committee members. Thank you.

Chris goes on to say that: this years NEGP presentation evening (on October 1st) nearly ALL local clubs have at least one representative claiming an award. The NEGP rewards athletes from just about ALL local clubs. Enclosed for your information is a program of events & the rules > NEGP Track Field Programme 2018    Rules of the league 2018 

A note on entry fees: Due to cost increases, the entry fee for the first event is to be being increased to £4 and for all other events an athlete competes in that night the fee remains at £3.