Fancy a Ten Mile Run or Race? Then you have come to the right place!

Hello Team Elswick. For those club members looking to run a ‘long event’ or aiming for a PB or in preparation for the Great North Run, why not try one or two of the following 10 mile runs events coming round in the next few weeks. First up on Sunday 19th August, Club Senior Coach Tom Hanson will be putting on a 10 mile handicap run. Names please to FB or speak to Tom on a training evening. Starting from the Keelman the course runs out towards Wylam, Ovingham and finishing at the Keelman. (The start time is to be confirmed, provisionally though 10am).

On Sunday 26th August if would like to race, then sign up to the Tynedale 10 mile ‘Jelly Tea’ Road Race. Two weeks out from the Great North Run, it is an ideal preparation run. The run also incorporates NECAA & NEMAA 10 mile championships, so for the V35 & V40’s age group and over, there are championship medals to be won. Starting and finishing at Ovingham Middle School this is a fast 10 mile road race on an out and back course, using the last five miles of the old Hexham to Ovingham Jelly Tea route. It is two weeks before the GNR so is an ideal tester for those of you aiming for the half marathon distance. Please note the different race HQ for number collection, refreshments and prize presentation – details can be found here> tynedaleharriers /our-races

    • Numbers and timing chips will need to be collected on the day from the Old School, Ovingham, NE42 6BS, 500 metres east of the Middle School, which will be open from 8:15am. Please allow sufficient time to do this and get to the start of the race at the Middle School.
    • After the race there will be sandwiches and jellies in the Old School (included in the entry fee) followed by the prize presentation.
    • Entry £15 attached, £17 unattached.
    • Please read carefully all race information which can be found on the Tynedale Harriers’ website. Parking for this race will be on the south side of Ovingham Bridge (Prudhoe side of the river) postcode NE42 6UP. Parking at Low Prudhoe is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Old School in Ovingham. Please allow plenty of time to walk from the parking areas to the Old School to collect your number and chip and then to get to the start of the race (see details above).PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN OVINGHAM VILLAGE. Inconsiderate parking could jeopardise the future running of this race. The Race is kindly sponsored by

2018 Coastal Run

Sunday gone saw Alnwick Harriers host one of Britain’s most scenic run routes: The Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal run. With all the superb weather of late, runners and spectators were probably expecting a scorcher of a day…….As far as the weather was concerned it was rather a dull one. Nonetheless it certainly did not stop hundreds taking part. TBH’s Tom Charlton won the event in 1.21 (and winner of the 2018 Newburn River Run). Jane Hodgson (also winner of the ladies title at this years Newburn River Run) of Morpeth AC took the ladies title in 1.29.

Not to be outdone, In the women’s race, Elswick’s Jude Nutt had a superb race and finished 3rd overall and was 1st V40. Congratulations to Jude. Elswick’s Joanne Brown was 3rd V45. Many a fine result with some notable age group podium positions.

For the gents it was Scott Brady who was first across the finish line in a fine 1.32 and Jason Old both running into the top 30 finishers. Well done to Mark McNally who finished the run after taking a bad fall during the race. For all results please click on > Results 2018 

Very well done to all that ran on Sunday…….An undeniably beautifully tough course, but well worth the effort, I’m sure you will agree. Thanks must go to Alnwick Harriers for staging such a good day for all. Cheers, GB.

Club Pos. Bib no. Finish time Participant Category Speed Pace
1 286 01:32:55 Scott Brady MSEN 9.04 mph 6:38 min/mile
2 309 01:33:01 Jason Old MV45 9.03 mph 6:38 min/mile
3 313 01:33:51 Steven Robertson MV40 8.95 mph 6:42 min/mile
4 308 01:37:14 Judith Nutt FV40 8.64 mph 6:56 min/mile
5 298 01:39:42 Richard Houghton MSEN 8.42 mph 7:07 min/mile
6 303 01:47:45 Simon McGeary MV45 7.79 mph 7:41 min/mile
7 292 01:48:57 Lee Coulson MV40 7.71 mph 7:46 min/mile
8 305 01:50:25 Mark McNally MV70 7.61 mph 7:53 min/mile
9 280 01:50:37 David Armstrong MV40 7.59 mph 7:54 min/mile
10 288 01:52:27 Joanne Brown FV45 7.47 mph 8:01 min/mile
11 306 01:53:11 Andy Middleton MV40 7.42 mph 8:05 min/mile
12 314 01:55:44 Jennifer Scarlett FSEN 7.26 mph 8:16 min/mile
13 307 01:58:09 Daniel Nettle MV45 7.11 mph 8:26 min/mile
14 283 02:03:30 Charlotte Baston FSEN 6.80 mph 8:49 min/mile
15 293 02:04:56 Martin Cowell MV45 6.72 mph 8:55 min/mile
16 315 02:05:34 Brian Stonehouse MV65 6.69 mph 8:58 min/mile
17 284 02:12:13 Phil Baston MV50 6.35 mph 9:26 min/mile
18 302 02:12:25 Simon Lynch MV40 6.34 mph 9:27 min/mile
19 287 02:12:27 Amy Brown FSEN 6.34 mph 9:27 min/mile
20 282 02:13:55 Jennifer Barnes FSEN 6.27 mph 9:33 min/mile
21 285 02:15:55 Melissa Bateson FV50 6.18 mph 9:42 min/mile
22 311 02:24:46 Mel Reed MV60 5.80 mph 10:20 min/mile
23 294 02:25:34 Jeffrey Emmerson MV65 5.77 mph 10:23 min/mile
24 301 02:27:54 Ross Kyle MSEN 5.68 mph 10:33 min/mile
25 299 02:29:28 Christiane James FV60 5.62 mph 10:40 min/mile
26 281 02:34:04 Jackie Avery FV55 5.45 mph 11:00 min/mile
27 297 02:34:08 Elaine Henderson FV45 5.45 mph 11:00 min/mile
28 312 02:34:13 Eve Robertson FV35 5.45 mph 11:00 min/mile
29 304 02:34:32 Tina Mciver FV60 5.44 mph 11:02 min/mile
30 290 02:49:28 Laura Clegg FV35 4.96 mph 12:06 min/mile
31 296 02:49:29 Lucienne Gage FV50 4.96 mph 12:06 min/mile
32 300 03:08:29 Amanda Kennon FV35 4.46 mph 13:27 min/mile
33 310 03:27:17 Tracey Redhead FV50 4.05 mph 14:48 min/mile


Club Championship Standings Update

Hello team Elswick. Please find enclosed the standings after race 4 > results which was the Sunderland 5km race. Only two races are left in this years calendar: Late August and the Watergate 5km (the course is behind Emmanuel School, Lobley Hill – An undulating course of trail paths – which makes for a popular event for local club runners). The last race is the very popular 10km Heaton Memorial, held at Exhibition Park on Sunday 11th November. Get those entries in Team Elswick!

A request for help on Sunday 15th July 2018

The club is politely asking for one (or two volunteers) to help compile results for the junior NEYDL competition at Whitley Bay (Churchill Playing Fields) on Sunday 15th July from 11am until around 3pm. This is a joint partnership with Elswick & South Shields hosting this competition day. A club member, parent or guardian would be very welcome, or if you know of someone who may be able to help, then please get in touch with the club and speak to Judith Flanagan on a training evening or contact Judith via the club’s Junior FB Page. Thank you in advance for your support, it will be greatly appreciated.

Mid-week news!

Congratulations to Elswick’s Gillian Allen who has been selected to represent England in the masters marathon event on 7th October in Chester. Gillain’s competition will be against a Celtic nations combined team.


Gillian has already started well in her preparations, finishing 1st female at last night’s Kirkley 10 km road race with a 40.30 finishing time. Elswick’s ever improving Andrew Ball was placed second overall in the race in 37.32, so a fine team collective medal haul. Dean Pepperell placed 11th in 40.29. David Jardin placed 24th in 43.37 and Brian Stonehouse placed 51st in 50.09. Congratulations and well done to all of our runners last night. All of last nights results can be found here > Kirkley 10km results

A second consecutive week of success for Elswick at a Run Nation event.  At Stamfordham 10k on 20 June, Gina Howorth was the first lady in a course record time of 40.44.  Andrea Banner was second lady in 42.18, closely followed by Peter Sloan in 42.45, who took the V60 prize.  A clean sweep for Elswick in the team prizes with both the male and female team claiming first prize.  The men’s team consisted of Peter Sloan (15th), David Jardin (44.39, 23rd)  and Brian Stonehouse (50.34, 58th); the women’s team Gina Howorth  (9th), Andrea Banner (15th) and Lindsey Grant (47.02, 32nd).  Father and daughter duo Phil and Charlotte Baston completed the Elswick line-up finishing in 51.44 (38th) and 47.36 (63rd) respectively.

Gina back in winning form – 1st lady at Stamfordham 10K

On the same night was the popular Weetslade Relays.  The event was won by Morpeth Harriers in 41.46 with Tyne Bridge in second place in 45.21.  There was a spectacularly close finish with Tyne Bridge Harrier’s third leg runner James Dunce just pipping Elswick’s Justina Heslop to the post, putting Elswick into third place.  It was a fine performance by the trio of Andrew Bell, Jason Old and Justina.   Andrew gave the team a great start by finishing in fifth place, with Jason taking the team into second place.  Justina was up against predominantly male competitors in the final leg and she did so well to bring the team home in 45.26, just 5 seconds behind Tyne Bridge.  It was great to see Justina back in action after the birth of her second daughter.

We had a further five teams out in force, as follows:

19th Martin Connelly, Cath Lee, Andrew Ball 48.35

45th Richard Houghton, Melissa Bateson, Shaun Connelly 53.35

51st Mike Russell, Amy Brown, Mark McNally 53.53

62nd Daniel Nettle, Marie Drozdovich, Andy Middleton 56.04

85th Steve Curry, Lalage Brown, Tom Hanson 1.0045

Well done to everyone who took part ensuring that we had six complete teams, being the maximum number permitted per club.  And thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in taking a place in the team.  There will be further relays coming up, so hopefully many more can have a go.

Anita Nott – Women’s only 5k race – Jesmond Dene  – Monday 25 June

This continues to be a popular race in June with 457 women turning out to compete on the steeply undulating Jesmond Dene/Heaton Park course.  In memory of Heaton Harrier’s Anita Nott deceased, the race this year was aptly won by Danielle Smythe of Heaton in a time of 18.37.  Four ladies of Elswick took part and were rewarded with impressive times in spite of the warm climes and sharp inclines.  First home was Amy Heptinstall in 22.58 (50th), Mary Lisle in 24.23 (76th), Donna Stokes in 28.12 (183rd) and Irene Henderson in 31.41 (286th and 5th in the V65 category).

Lots more mid-week racing to look forward to.  Next week is the Tynedale 10K with its pie and pea supper, this year hosted at the Adam and Eve pub.  Entries can be submitted on-line and all numbers are to be collected on the night.  For details go to






NEYDL at Hexham. Junior Track & Field Competition.

Hexham report by Ken & Jan Heslop. The penultimate track & field meeting was held at Wentworth stadium Hexham. Mediterranean temperatures awaited all comeptitors. Elswick Harrier juniors teamed up with South Shields. So many athletes to mention individually: please view the provisional results > results 

Some fantastic performances, with some athletes making their debut. There was some interesting styles in the long jump, but the girls really enjoyed it. A brilliant turnout of supporters parents and grandparents, great to see they all enjoyed it ,the beautiful weather did help….. photos from the day: Some of junior Team Elswick & The ‘Home Stretch‘ . Zac Old was 1st in 800m under 15 and Poppy Old was 1st under 13 800m. Zara Naughton was 3rd under 13 1500m and Caitlin Flanagan was 5th under 13 1500m.

The next and final track meeting of the NEYDL is on Sunday 15th July at Churchill playing fields Whitley Bay. Elswick and South Shields will be the hosting clubs for this event.We will need as many athletes & parents as possible to get involved to help out and  make this last event as successful as possible. A special mention to Judith and Kerrie for their driving determination to make sure these track events go ahead. Again a big well done to the juniors who all did their best with determination and all had big smiles they were all brilliant.  Jan & Ken.



Tuesday leave the centre at 7.15 pm for a warm up. Tom Hanson to advise. Session is the 5 mile handicap run.

Thursday leave the centre at 7.15 pm for a Blayney Row warm up. Then 1,2,3,5 mins on playing field / then short hill reps /  Then 1,2,3 mins with recovery recovery on the field. Then everyone off to watch England v Belgium!

Research Study Program Invitation

The club has been contacted by Dr. Dan Peart, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Program Leader Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at Northumbria University. 

They are running a research study investigating the effects of training and diet on the types of bacteria living in the gut, and the impact this has on nutrients released into the blood. For this we are looking to recruit twenty regular marathon runners. The purpose of this message is to ask the club’s permission to advertise the study to your members. There is a more detailed participant information sheet that we can forward on, but in brief, each participant will be asked to complete a 5-day food diary and provide a blood, urine and stool sample. We would be able to offer a laboratory fitness test free of charge to compensate for each volunteer’s time.

If your are interested in taking part then please get in touch with Dan: Tel: 0191 227 3712 or email:

Junior competition round up / Senior training / Triathlon X

Monday 18th June 2018: Several Elswick Harriers had fine performances representing their schools at the ESAA regional track and field cup in Middlesbrough today. Strong runs by Zak Old, pictured below in the 1500m, Zach Ikwue (300m) William Butterworth (1500m) Zara Naughton (1500m – running with girls a year older) and Jessica Moorland ran the 300m and Emily Allison also represented her school this week and ran the 800m in Middlesborough.

At the weekend, two of our junior athletes represented Northumberland at the schools inter county track and field event at Gateshead stadium this weekend. Suzannah Fielding and Hannah Tumia we’re selected and took part in the inter-girls (years 10/11) 3000 m event. Neither girls had run this distance on the track before and ran impressive times in their first attempt, finishing 2nd and 4th respectively (1st and 3rd in final results as front runner was a senior girl). Well done girls! Representing Ponteland High School, Elswick Harriers and Northumberland. Keep up the good work!


















Over in the Lake District, Ambleside, Elswick’s Mark Turnbull produced a superb performance at the full distance triathlon (Triathlon X) on Saturday. Notoriously and deliberately difficult. Recognised as the world’s toughest Full Ironman Distance. The 140.6 mile event welcomed the triathletes with an apocalyptic deluge of cold, horizontal rain on the 112 mile bike ride. Mark (and probably a few others?) was so cold he had to back to his lodgings, have a hot bath and then start his Helvellyn Marathon leg to complete the race. It was either that, or retire. Mark choose the hot bath! Mark crossed the finish line in 23rd place overall and was 3rd placed V50. A superb finishing place for Mark. Very well done and congratulations. Mark’s next full distance triathlon is Ironman Barcelona in October, which should prove to be a tad warmer!


Senior Training sessions this week: Tuesday. Leave centre at 7.15 pm warm up & head towards Station Bank: 3 x Station Bank (or 5 shorter reps if preferred).

Thursday. Leave centre at 7.15pm. Blayney Row warm up loop. Then on the playing field with short reps: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 3 – 2 -1 min(s) all with 1 min recovery.

Newburn River Run. Event report & results.

A warm, overcast evening awaited 292 runners for the 2018 Newburn River Run. A new start line for competitors. Runners make their way on the footpath adjacent to the river, towards Wylam and finishing on the grounds of the Newcastle University Rowing Club (thankfully the Hurricane Hector held off!). Post run, runners enjoyed a complimentary supper pack and the age group awards took place in a packed out function room. Congratulations to all the runners taking part, we sincerely hope you enjoyed your 6 mile run. Taking the two main prizes: Morpeth’s Jane Hodgson won the women’s race in 35.37 and retained the Hazel Simpson Trophy. Tyne Bridge Harriers Tom Charlton, won the men’s race in 30.30 and received the new Colin Bolton Trophy. This new trophy is in recognition for the club’s standout servant to the club: A 60 year club member, the coach, the athlete, the treasurer, a true gentlemen.

Well done to both winning athletes. Enclosed below, are the results your your perusal. These should be uploaded to Sportsoft’s data base by Friday.

2018-River-Run(word)  2018 River Run (pdf). Thank you all for your support. Thank you to the 40 marshals who were out on the course, you were all superb. 

A special note of appreciation to Tom Hanson, Val Wilson, Michelle Coleman, Derek Nelson, Keith Batey, Frank Watson and Martin Connelly.

Please do join us in 2019 for the Newburn River Run, where the club will be celebrating its 130 year anniversary.

The Newburn River Run. Wednesday 13th June 2018. Are you ready?

In advance of the club’s event tomorrow: Thank you to all the participants & helpers, for what we hope will be a grand event and a grand run! Please be mindful that Newburn Bridge is closed to vehicles (but open to pedestrians). Please allow extra time for your car journey if you were intending to use the bridge. An alternative,could be Scotswood Bridge and drive along Lemington Road to arrive at Newburn Activity Centre (Post Code NE15 8ND).

Late entries can be purchased in the activity centres sports hall from 6 pm to 7 pm. Event start time is 7.15 pm. A new start line for 2018: Which is on the foot path & open grass area (adjacent to the river & the children’s play area, just beyond the Keelman pub). Please follow the signposts from the sports hall. After your run, please follow the sign posts back to the activity centre, where the results will be announced around 9 pm (with a broad range of age group,club team, and spot prizes). All finishers will receive a complimentary supper pack. Best of luck and thank you for supporting our event.