Senior Training, London Marathon Update.

Senior training: Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15 pm and head towards ONE meeting at the bus stop near Stannah lifts: Session: 2 x 6 min then 2 x 5 min with 1 min recovery.

Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15 pm and head towards Warburton’s Ind. Est. Session:  4 x 2 min / 4 x short hills on 25 secs, jog recovery back down / then 4 x 1 min with 1 min recovery to finish.

London Marathon 2018 Update: The club now has one place left in which club members – who have their proof of rejection notice – can pass onto any one of the committee members. The draw for the last place will take place on Monday 4th December, during the monthly committee meeting. If you are in – Good Luck!

A race report will follow by Andrea on the Kirkley 10 miler.


Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relays. Saturday 25th November 2017.

Dwindling participation in recent years (and a cancellation or two) resulted in a reboot of the event to a three person team relay for 2017.

Cold, dry, blustery conditions did not deter 80 teams and 240 odd runners taking part. An excellent turnout by local North East clubs to this historical event.

The race: From the whistle start, it was Morpeth’s Ross Floyd,who in spite of his appointment with Newcastle United F.C. at 3 pm – took off on the 1.66 mile lap and posted the fastest time of the day, recording a time of 8 mins 06 seconds.

At the front: Morpeth’s Ross Floyd (team 38). Fastest time of the day. 8.06

The fastest female was North Shields Poly’s Charlotte Penfold (Commonwealth Games athlete) who posted a superb 8 mins 57 seconds. The first four positions: In 1st place and winning the inaugural Norman Woodcock Team Relay Event for 2017: NSP in a time of 26.25. In 2nd place, Gosforth Harriers in a time of 27.19 (with a young team of Zack Wylie, Rhian Purves & Helen Warburton. Very well done Gosforth’s ‘A’ Team). In 3rd place, Morpeth Harriers in 27.31. In 4th place, Tyne Bridge Harriers in a time of 27.44. A sincere thank you to our club and race sponsors, Lookers Kia, Scotswood Road, Newcastle (our appreciation to Steven Robertson – Kia Senior Sales Executive).

NSP’s winning team. Congratulations to (L to R:) Graeme Cook, Charlotte Penfold & Guy Bracken. Team Time: 26.25
Fastest Lady of the day: NSP’s Charlotte Penfold in 8.57

Very well done to every competitor and every spectator on Saturday your ‘being there‘ made for a successful event. A special appreciation to Tom Hanson, Derek Nelson and Keith Batey for their extra support in the days leading up to and on the day of the event. Below are some photos of the day. Also enclosed are the results here > Norman Woodcock 2017 Results. (they will also be published via the sport soft website, late Monday 27th November). Bill McGuirk will be scribing a report on the event. We believe it will be published in Thursday’s (30th Nov) Chronicle / Journal newspaper. Cheers, GB.

Hello! from the tent 🙂
2nd placed Gosforth Harriers
3rd placed Morpeth Harriers
4th place: Tyne Bridge Harriers. Well done!



This weeks Senior Training

Tuesday. Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up by heading towards the Wallbottle bank. 23 minutes of  continuous running ‘the loop’. Warm down, jog back to the centre. Thursday. As organised by the coaching team: jog warm ups & circuit training inside the centre’s sports hall. Durham XC report on its way soon!

Club News Thursday 16th November.

Hello Team Elswick.

(1). An update has been added to Akyley Heads XC note below this post from Elvet Striders. 

(2). Thank you to all the helpers who have signed up to the clubs forthcoming Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relay Event. I believe we have cover across all areas. Please find enclosed a provisional list of helpers and roles  > NOTICE BOARD HELP LIST. Some people may have more than one role. 

If all helpers could be at Gosforth High Park Race Course for 11.45 pm, that would be grand. A briefing will follow at 11.50 am.

If you are ‘just running help only’ please be at the registration building for 1 pm. Depending on the number of ‘on the day / un-attached teams‘ the club will place you into a team (if required). So far, the event has around 50 teams entered.

(3). Some updates will be placed onto the website this afternoon pertaining to the tab headings ‘Welfare & Accidents’. Please read at your convenience. 


Senior Training: w/c 13th November.

Tuesday: Leave the centre at 7.15pm and warm up heading to ONE. Please all meet at the bus stop.

Session: ’25 minutes’. Starting with Ian at the bus stop run one mile, heading towards Tom stationed at ‘B&Q’ by running out of the estate, over the bridge, down the ramp towards B&Q. One minute recovery and run back towards Ian & the bus stop. One min recovery. Repeat for 25 minutes. Warm down by jogging back to the centre.

Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15pm and warm up around the Mill Vale loop & head back to the playing field. Session: Pyramid: 2 x 1 min / 2 x 2 min / 2 x 3 min / 2 x 2 min / 2 x 1 min. Each rep has 1 min recovery. Warm down by jogging around playing field perimeter. 

Colin Bolton and Ian Leighton at Tuesday nights session Down at One North East  😀


Senior Training

Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15pm and head towards ONE, meeting at the bus stop, just beyond Stannah Lifts. Session: 2 x 5 mins / 2 x 4 mins / 2 x 3 mins. All with one min recovery. Warm down, jogging back to the centre.

Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15pm and warm up around ‘Mill Vale Loop’ returning to Grange Road and the hill adjacent to the allotments. 10 x ‘the hill’ with a jog recovery back down. Warm down & head back to the centre.

Elswick Harriers all set for another session down at One NE

Sherman & Davsion XC competitions. Hexham 10km & Jedburgh Half Marathon. Senior Training. Xmas Party Update.

A busy weekend for many club athletes: We start with the Sherman Cup & Davison Shield Cross Country Competitions held at Temple Park, South Shields. A true team club competition and Elswick Club really did compete superbly well across all age group categories.

We begin with Ken & Jan’s report on the juniors: Well done to all the juniors who turned out on a very windy Saturday afternoon. Results: Under 11 Girls Poppy Old 2nd 4-23 Lucy Milburn 11th 4-42 Isabella Russell 27th 5-03 Under 11 Boys Aaron Ikwue 23rd 4-46 Under 13 Girls Caitlin Flanagan 16th 13-46 Laura Stroud 34th 14-43 Emma Robinson 67th 16-54 Maelona Redhead 72nd 18-53 7th team. Under 13 Boys. Zak Old 7th 11-45 William Butterfield 38th 13-22 Zach Ikwue 44th 13-54 Hugh Twelves 53rd 14-20 Charles Mason 55th 14-35 8th team.

Under 15 Girls. Suzanne Fielding 12th 13-06 Hannah Tumia 13th 13-06 Emily Allison 17th 13-41 Charley Lee 28th 14-20 Kerry-Anne Simpson 37rd 14-47 4th team Under 15 Boys Rowan Bennett 4th 10-46 Keiron Dixon 34th 12-49 Under 17 Boys Chris Mason 24th 26-43 Under 17/20 Girls Robyn Bennett 1st 20-59 Marissa O’rourke 37th 29-50 Sydney Martin 38th 30-33. Some fantastic performances and a number one for Robyn Bennett.

There are still four races in the Harrier League left to run. These all count towards the club championship! Next race is Saturday, 18th November at Aykley Heads, Durham (If you can help with club tent collection from the centre, any help would be appreciated, Thank you).

We will see you all back in the harrier league at Durham! Cheers Jan & Ken.

Below are a couple of photos: The U/15  & U/17-20 teams and in full flight & on her way to an emphatic victory, Robyn Bennett 🙂

Now a wee scribe by Michelle for the ladies: Well done to all of the Elswick women on Saturday (and also the the girls) for their performances on Saturday yesterday in challenging conditions. The U17/20 girls came in in 7th place, the senior women in 12th place and the vet women in 3rd place.  A special mention goes to Robyn Bennett who won the U17/U20 race. Well done all!

The gents from the club competed admirably well and again, congratulations to each and every runner who competed. As Michelle said, it was certainly challenging conditions for everyone. The Vets team of Lee, Paul & Jason all finished between 30th & 70th places, combining to take the Vets title and the win! Congratulations gents.

The Vets and the remaining boys and senior men’s results, combined to give a very respectable overall placing of 14th place out of 56 teams. A fine overall result indeed.   for all of Saturday’s Results.

On Sunday a number of Elswick Athletes journeyed west to compete in the popular Hexham 10km. Below is a photo from Sundays run & some of Elswicks runners. Well done to all of you that ran! For all of the results, go to:

Team Elswick at Hexham!

And some of Elswicks intrepid Half Marathon Runners were in the the borders, running the Jedburgh Half Marathon on Sunday. Once again fine running and another ‘very well done!’ to everyone that ran. Results can be found here:

Senior Sessions: Tuesday. Leave the centre at 7.15pm and warm up , heading towards ONE, meeting at the bus stop beyond Stannah Lifts: Session: 4 x 5 mins with 1 min recovery.

Thursday: Leave the centre at 7.15pm and warm up around Newburn – Return to the playing field at the centre: Pryamid session: 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 min sessions each interval having a minutes recovery.

Finally, a note to say that due to a lack of ticket sales, the club regretfully informs its members that the Xmas Party at South Northumberland Cricket Club, has been cancelled.

The club will now focus its resources on staging the popular Boxing Day Parlaufs and the 2018 presentation evening. Thank you.


Senior Training – AGM – Weekend Round up.

Senior Training: Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up & head towards ONE and please meet at the bus stop beyond Stannah Lifts. Session: 3 x 6 mins 30 secs with recovery.
Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up and head towards Warburton’s Industrial Estate. Meet opposite Warburton’s factory Gates. Session: 4 x 2mins (1 min rec) / 4 x short hills (jog back rec) then 4 x 1min (1 min rec). JUNIOR SESSIONS: Tuesday. Sessions are ALL ON. Thursday. ALL JUNIOR SESSIONS ARE CANCELLED.

On Sunday, Team Elswick were out in Northumberland by the coast and the ever increasingly popular Bamburgh Run series of races (half and full distance marathons). Jude Nutt it has to be said, running into form again with a fine WIN in the ladies half marathon race, finishing in 1hr 28 mins. Congratulations Jude. Tom Hanson was 2nd O/60 with a creditable 1hr 45mins. Elswick’s Michael Clegg finished with a fine 1hr 43mins. Tina McIver’s group of runners finished in fine style and completing this beautiful, but tough and undulating course.

David Hodgson ran the Hardmoors Osmotherly trail marathon on 22 October. Although billed as a marathon, the Hardmoors organisers happily admit that the race distance is actually ’26.2 miles … ish’. Dave ended up running 30 miles, covering over 4,000 feet of ascent. Well done Dave!

Thank you to all of the attendees who came along to the club’s AGM last Friday. The committee would like to thank you all for listening, giving opinion and solutions to issues.

Christmas Party: Saturday 2nd December 2017 at South Northumberland Cricket Club (just off Gosforth High Street) Food, Disco, Raffles and a grand evening await.
Your names please as quickly as you can to Michelle Coleman, via Face Book or Notice Board list.

Finally, an offer for Elswick Club members (your family & friends) From Newburn Leisure Centre: Unlimited use of the fitness suite with Gym equipment, all fitness classes for £20 per month. No Contract. Offer is from October 2017 to March 2018 inclusive. Contact the centre on 0191 264 0014. Alternatively email Aaron Hunter (Duty Manager):