Thornley Farm NEHL. Saturday 10th February 2018. Also: this weeks Senior Training & your personal 8 week training plan.

Junior report by Ken & Jan Heslop. The NEHL Train moved to Thornley Hall Farm where the temperatures were not too bad, but loads of mud for athletes to run through. To the results: U/11 Boys Adam Robinson 10th 7.16. U/11 Girls. Lucy Milburn 15th 7.46. U/13 Boys. William Butterworth 5th 14.24 Zac Old (fast pack)6th 12.55 Charles Mason 15th 15.38 Jake Robertson 46th 18.14 First Team. 

U/13 Girls. Abigail Leiper (fast pack) 3rd 14.10. U/15 Girls. Hannah Tumia (fast pack) 10th 14.32 Suzannah (fast pack) 11th 14.33 Charley Lee 22nd 16.53 Kerry-Ann Simpson 29th 17.56 well done to Kerry-Ann who finished the race minus one shoe! 

Third Team. U/15 Boys. Rowan Bennett (fast pack)3rd 12.10. U/17 Boys. Chris Mason(fast pack) 16th 30.28. U/17/20 Girls. Robyn Bennett (fast pack)1st 18.09 Marissa O’rourke 12th 25.24 Sydney Martin 13th 26.03. First Team. Well done to everyone who ran ,the official photographer for the Harrier League commented that it’s nice to see Elswick juniors competing and doing so well.

The last Harrier League is at Alnwick on the 3rd of March it would be nice to see a good turnout for the last cross country of this season. Cheers Jan& Ken.


Senior Training Plan. Something ‘new’ and available for all the club’s

senior runners to use (or as the athlete sees fit).

An 8 week ‘meso-cycle’ training plan, devised by the coaches that will take athletes right up to the first Club Championship Race on Sunday 8th April 2018 and the Blyth 10 km – Hosted by Blyth Harriers. To enter your first 2018 club championship race, download an entry form > Blyth 10km Entry Form & Info

Download your personal copy here in pdf format Mesocycle Plan Within the plan are the clubs Tuesday’s & Thursday sessions for the next 8 weeks. W/C 12th February: Tuesday’s session is at Wallbottle Bank & Thursday’s session is on the activity centre’s playing field. Any questions just ask Tom Hanson, senior coach. Thank you.

Elswick Harriers all set for another session down at One NE. Everyone is welcome.

Dalton 10km & Masters XC Championship Success

Two races of note for Elswick Athletes over the weekend. Several members took part in the Dalton 10 km race. Their results can be found here >  race results Also at the weekend the Masters XC Champs took place. Representing the club in the V 70 category were Mark Mc Nally & Harry Matthews. Mark won the gold medal & the V 70 category in 26.05 and Harry won silver in 29.29. The XC results can be found here > masters results 2018Well done & congratulations to all the athletes who competed at the weekend. 





This week’s Senior Training

Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15 pm. Warm up, heading towards ONE by the bus stop at Stannah Lifts. Session: 6 x 3 mins with 1 min recovery. Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15 pm. Warm up, heading towards Warburton’s Ind. Est: Session: 4 x 1 min, 6 x short hills (jog recovery), 4 x 1 min. Minute efforts with recovery.

FYI: Steve Robertson & Tom Hanson have most recently completed their Level 2 coaching courses (as set out by UK Athletics).

They are now both ‘LIRF & CIRF’ accredited coaches. Congratulations to both Steve & Tom. The club now has a further two ‘fully qualified‘ coaches.

A polite request from Newburn Activity Centre

Reception staff have noticed that some runners form small groups, just before 7 pm, in the reception area, who have a chat……. Whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong in doing so: The background noise generated, the reception staff cannot sometimes hear other activity centre members enquiries, whether that is a conversation at the desk or a telephone enquiry (the acoustics of the reception area – does amplify sound and does become echo like). With this in mind: The reception staff politely request that our club runners gather in the sports hall area from 7 pm onwards. Your cooperation on this matter would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Senior Training (& Northern XC Champs – Saturday 27th January 2018)

Well done and congratulations to the athletes who represented the club, traveled down to Harewood House, Leeds and raced in the 2018 Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Morpeth athletes took both the senior women’s & Men’s titles with Mhairi McIennan & Carl Avery taking the winners tape in their respective races. Probably the best performance by our club athletes was from Rowan Bennett, who ran a fine race, finishing in 15 mins 20 secs in the U15’s race (which may have him selected for the inter counties). Well ran Rowan. All of the results from all the race categories can be found here:

Senior Training: Tuesday – Leave the centre at 7.15 pm & head out towards Wall Bottle Bank. Session: 23 mins of continuous running. Thursday: Circuit Training. GB

Rowan in the U15 Boys Race

Juniors perform well at the Schools Northumberland Cross Country Championships

Thank you to Jan & Ken Heslop for the write. Well done to all the Elswick Juniors who turned out to represent their schools for Northumberland Cross Country Championship at Temple Park on 16th January. It was quite bleak and muddy. Results as follows. Minor Girls: 3rd Zara Naughton Tynedale 6th Caitlin Flanagan Newcastle 20th Lauren Stroud Tynedale. Junior Girls. 10th Abi Leiper Tynedale 18th Olivia Carruthers Tynedale  20th Emily Allison Newcastle 25th Charley Lee Tynedale 54th Freya Guadagno Tynedale. Intermediate Girls. 2nd Suzannnah Fielding tynedale 3rd Hannah Tumia tynedale 9th Anna Styles. Senior Girls. 1st Robyn Bennett Tynedale. Minor Boys. 26th William Butterfield Newcastle. Junior Boys. 13th Zak Old Tynedale. Intermediate Boys. 9th Rowan Bennett Tynedale 12th Jamie Styles Tynedale 19th Chris Mason Tynedale Congratulations to all who ran.  Great ambassadors for not only Elswick juniors but their schools. Sorry if we missed anyone out. The top 16 in every race represents Northumberland on the 2nd February at the schools Inter counties at Barnard Castle. Cheers Jan& Ken



Senior Training This Week

Tuesday. Leave the centre at 7.15 pm and head to ONE and the bus stop by Stannah Lifts. Session: 2 x 6 & 2 x 4 mins with 1 min recovery. Thursday. Leave the centre at 7.15 pm warm up and meet at the bottom of the first hill on Grange Road. Session (all secs) 20 30 40 50 60 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 With a jog back down the hill as recovery.

Don’t forget Team Elswick, the first club championship race is the ever popular Blyth 10 km On Sunday 8th April. Just click on the links provided to visit Blyth’s website for details or the Run Britain website to download an entry form. Support local running clubs. This year the Blyth club offer, chip timing, extensive prize list, T-Shirt & goody bag. With a flat course it is possible to run a good time…..lets see if your winter training is starting to pay off! 

Don’t forget next Thursday (1st February) will see the club host it’s second Run / Talk initiative in partnership with England Athletics. If you know of someone who would like to take part in an informal run and to talk about anything they wish to, a warm welcome will await your running friend. See Keith Batey for more information on the evening. Thank you.


NE Counties Road Relay Championships @Hetton. A Call for runners, young and old!

The North East Counties Road Relay Championships take place in Hetton Lyons Country Park near Houghton le spring on Saturday 17th February.
Senior Women, Vet Women (over35) and Veteran Men (over 50) a 4 leg race starts at 12:00.
Senior Men and Vet Men (over 40) a 6 leg race starts at 1:15pm.
If you would like to be considered for any of the above teams please contact the team Captains. Andrea Dawn Banner will be taking care of the veteran womens A team and Catherine Lee the Senior Womens A and B team ( numbers allowing). Runners need to be 15 years of age on the day,so I hope we might have some interest from our speedy junior men and women. You can see all the details here:


Also yesterday, the 40 minute sell out of the 2018 Knavesmire Harriers Brass Monkey Half Marathon took place. Fine performances once again by all Elswick Harrier athletes. Well done to each and every one of you. A very good represenation from the club out of 1750 runners that took to the start line at York: Jude ran a fine race coming 5th in the ladies race and winning the V40 category. Well done Jude. Just missing out on a podium, Joanne Brown was 4th V45, another fine performance. 8th and 22nd in the V50 category for the gents today, brothers Martin & Shaun Connelly. 35th in the V35 category was marathon training guru, Richard Houghton with a fine 1.21.30. Jamie Parkinson from Thames Hare & Hounds won the race in 1.07.12 & the winner of the ladies race was Tracey Millmore from Birthley AC in 1.19.06. Full results service can be found the results base website ( GB


Will take place on Sat 24th February, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start in Newburn Activity Centre. Ticket reserved on receipt of payment (£5 in advance). The grand evening includes club presentation, cold buffet, ice cream, raffle, Frank’s famous quiz.  If you would like a ticket, please contact Michelle on 0787 400 3410 or add your name to the club’s list on FB (please state whether you would like a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free option). Michelle will be at the club on training evenings to collect monies.

Pos. Finish time Participant Club
1 1:21:30 Richard Houghton ELSWICK HARRIERS
2 1:23:04 Judith Nutt ELSWICK HARRIERS
3 1:24:57 Martin Connelly ELSWICK HARRIERS
4 1:31:20 Shaun Connelly ELSWICK HARRIERS
5 1:31:50 Joanne Brown ELSWICK HARRIERS
6 1:37:01 Dominic Phipps ELSWICK HARRIERS
7 1:41:24 Lindsey Grant ELSWICK HARRIERS
8 1:45:36 Charlotte Baston ELSWICK HARRIERS
9 1:56:22 Emma Fraser ELSWICK HARRIERS
10 2:04:17 Phil Baston ELSWICK HARRIERS
11 2:07:34 Jennifer Barnes ELSWICK HARRIERS
12 2:19:51 Simon Lynch ELSWICK HARRIERS

Elswick’s Squad Have A Very Sucessful Day At The Durham Relays 14th January 2018

Thanks to Harry Matthews for this report on todays action at Durham:
15 Elswick women and 12 men turned out for the popular annual Durham Cathedral relays. The event was once again held at the Durham University Maiden Castle sports centre and the fast flat course provided Elswick athletes with the opportunity to excel l in the cold breezy conditions. The event incorporated the North East England Masters cross country relay championships.
The teams collected no less than 4 team championship medals.

The women’s race from the gun start

Perhaps the best Elswick team performance went to the women’s 55 plus team of Marie Louise Droz 14.02, Kim Matthews 13.43 (2nd fastest W55 leg), Yvonne Swinhoe 14.22 who collected gold medals. The W45 team of Susanne Stephenson 13.17, Tracey Sturrock 13.33 and Val Wilson 13.51 brought home silver medals.
The two senior women’s teams finished 7th and 8th respectively with Catherine Lee having another excellent race in 12.02, Joanne Rea 12.35 and Jennifer Scarlett 12.39. Then we had Felicity Smith running a solid first leg in 12.58, Jill Bennett another fine run in 13.11 and Amy Brown 15.19. Our other women’s team placed a creditable 4th team in the W45 championship with Vicki McPhee 14.48, Lalage Brown 15.40 and an improving Melissa Bateson 14.25. 

In the men’s championship, the Elswick teams also performed well winning the silver medal with the M45 team comprising of Iain Hardy (recovering from injury) in 10.40, Jason Old 10.22 and our speedy Lee Bennett in a very respectable 10.05 (2nd fastest M45 leg). 

Master’s race start (Hello Dave A!)
The start of the seniors race

The M55 bronze medals went to Elswick with John Bell (this week getting the better of Dave Armstrong by a mere 1 second) in 10.52, Rob Wilson 13.12 and our Treasurer Peter Sloan in 12.26. Our M35 team finished 5th with Dave Armstrong 10.53, Ben Hall 11.16 and Dave Jardin (after running in the Prudhoe Parkrun yesterday completing the 3000m course in 12.24. Our other men’s team finished 7th in the M55 category with Harry Matthews (also returning from a long spell out) in 14.13, Graham Lesley 15.21 and our little star Steve Curry competing in his first race back after his enforced layoff in an excellent time of 14.36. 
Just click on the continue reading for photos of the races, GB.

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