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.


This Weeks Training

This week the plan is to do 3×1 mile, these will be handicapped, with recovery dependent on group completion time. This is the Long Tuesday session.

Thursday is Long Hills, the full length up station Bank. For those that wish to run shorter, there will be a group who can run about 3 mins, which is up to the grate on the bend.
The first group will go on the left of the road and then the second group using the right side of the road. Please keep to the designated side of the road as per your group.

Elswick Storm the Capital

The sun shone and the crowds were out in force as 11 members made their way to the start line for the London Marathon with more of team Elswick providing excellent support and encouragement on the course. It represented a great end to months of hard work and tough training plans that often get you questioning “why am I doing this?.” My personal highlights of which were the horrible treadmill runs on a work trip to Denmark to avoid the snow and ice, a 20 mile run with Rich & Ben with a park run chucked in just for fun which killed me and a 20×1 mile loop race to test the mental preparation!


> The marathon is a real weekend event as you have to make your way to the Excel arena on the Saturday to collect your race number and pack (so much for resting your legs!) where it is a runners dream with stalls selling everything running related you could possibly imagine. There was also a treadmill set up to see how long you could last at world record pace which I thought was best to avoid. It was then back to the hotel to scoff down a large pizza and find out my wife had made a little Elswick vest for my 18 month old daughter to wear ☺

> Wide awake at 2am I tried to rest till 6. It was then time for some porridge and a short walk to London bridge train station to get the train to Blackheath where amongst the crowds I managed to bump into Jason, Andrea, Mike and Elspeth before quickly losing them again in the melee that is trying to squeeze as many runners as possible into a packed train. At the blue start I met Ben and Rich and also bumped into Dom so it was great to see some friendly faces before the start. Continue reading Elswick Storm the Capital

Upcoming BMAF Events

Information on two upcoming BMAF events below :

The BMAF Open Cross Country Championship for 2017 will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017 at Wavertree Playground, Wellington Road, Liverpool.

The first race is for all women and M65+, is over a 6k course and starts at 12:00hrs. The second race is for M35 – 64, is over an 8k course and starts at 13:00hrs.

More details and race entries taken online BMAF OpenTrack system. Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 5 March 2017.


The BMAF 10 Mile Road Race for the 2017 Championship is once again part of the Netherhall 10 mile road race organised by Cumberland Athletic Club. It is at 11:00hrs on Sunday 26 Feb 2017.

This event is a single lap course in anticlockwise direction on mainly undulating country roads through the villages of Dearham, Bulgill and Crosby on the West Cumbrian coast.

All details and race entries taken online via the BMAF OpenTrack system Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 12 Feb 2017.