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.



THE 2018 NECAA ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS. Saturday 17th February.

The popular staging of the Signals Road Relay Championships rolled into the village of Hetton-Le-Hole. Great conditions for running in. Temperatures un-seasonally warm. Five teams from the club took part. There was plenty of support in and around the venue and out on the course. Every athlete completes the 2.2 mile, two lap course. The first race was a combined senior & vets womens race and the mens V50 race. The starting pistol was fired at noon and 75 teams were off & racing.

Elswick Harriers senior womens team came home in 8th place in 58.39. A fine result indeed. The ladies vet team had a fine run, finishing with a time of 63.14, finishing in 12th place. The gents V50 team had a fine collective team run finishing in 6th place with a combined time of 56.36. Congratulations to NSP, winner of the V50 mens race and to Jarrow & Hebburn senior womens team for taking the womens title. The ladies vet title went to Gateshead Harriers in 55.50. 

Sam Crowe: ‘Steady Away’ – Then: “T-U-R-B-O!”

Above: The 1st race: Senior & Vet ladies race and the mens Vet 50 race. From top to bottom: John Bell, Sam Crowe, Sara Blight, Martin Connelly & Arabella Arnott.

The shortly after 1 pm it was the turn of the senior men and V40 gents. 74 teams took part. As ever competitive at the front with the lead switching between Morpeth, Sunderland, New Marske, Birtley AC & Tyne Bridge in the early legs. It was however the strength and speed of Morpeths A senior team that took the 2018 title. Congratulations to them. The composite senior mens team gave their best and finished with a team time of 91.36, finishing in 66th place. My personal thanks to Mel Reed who came into the team at the last minute – with Mel’s contribution allowing the team to have a ‘complete team and a recognised time & finishing place. Thank you Mel. A special mention to new senior member Simon McEnaney who had a fine first run for the club on leg 6 of the senior mens team. Well ran Simon.

The mens v40 team finished in 24th place overall but a superb collective team effort pushed anchor man Lee within earshot of 3rd place Crook……..and with Lee having yet another superb last leg run, brought the team home is a superb (and hard fought 3rd place).

Three seconds separated Elswick & Crook – It was that close over 77 minutes of competition running.

Below is OUR winning team. Congratulations to a ‘new‘ team of Jason Old, Iain Hardy, Chris Pearce (1st championship medal), Andrew Ball (new member and 1st championship road race!), Mark Turnbull and Lee Bennett. Team time 77.07. May I say a remarkable achievement as Iain, Jason and Mark were all carrying injuries. 

2018 Bronze medallists of the 2018 Signal Road Relay Championships: L to R: Andrew Ball – Mark Turnbull – Jason Old – Lee Bennett – Chris Pearce – Iain Hardy

2018’s race was another example of a well supported race day for local athletics. Well done team Team Elswick, keep it going!  All the results can be found here >  necaa

Lots of  photos of the day and of Elswick athletes in action on page 2 > 

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.



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