Elswick’s Junior Track Athlete – Alex Goodhall – PB’s & Gold!

Words by Alex’s mum, Susan: An update on how Alex is doing. It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for him here representing White Star. On Saturday May 20th Alex ran the 800m final in the all age group championships for the French-speaking half of Belgium at Nivelles, just south of Brussels.  It was a very slow, tactical race and Alex was fourth overall. However, he was the first Junior athlete to finish and took home the gold medal in that age group (Alex pictured centre, with Gold & 1st placed Junior).

Gold for AlexThis last Saturday May 27th Alex ran an 800m at the International Flanders Athletics Meeting at Oordegem-Lede, near Ghent.  With lovely hot weather and an excellent track in his favour, he ran an excellent race and was able to break his PB with a 1:51.76 (Alex pictured below – bib no.64).

4th place assured

Alex was hoping to run in the England U20 championships for Elswick in June but due to other commitments on the same weekend, it is unlikely this will happen. On a positive note, we will see if Alex can get a chance to run for Elswick over the summer.  For now, he’s looking to improve his PBs at 400m, 1500m and maybe even 800m again – and to try for a medal at the Belgian Junior championships in September. (Appreciation and photos by Maximedelobel & Jean Luc Lemaire).

GB Note: Congratulations to Alex on two exceptional track performances – keep up the good work and we hope to see you in the Elswick vest in the summer.

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.


2017 Ironman Mallorca 70.3

Here we are again. For Iain, a good two years of fine running & cycling form & fitness only to be scuppered this year with news that at some point he will need a hip replacement. For myself, 23 months of no competition, almost zero training except for a concerted 20 weeks of ‘Tri training’. So that’s two 40 somethings in their twilight years? Well, not on your Nellie Father time! Not just yet: Bienvenido! IM Mallorca 70.3: officially the world’s largest Half Ironman, here in Alcudia. The full distances sibling. 3600 individual entrants (and team relays) ready to Swim 1.9km. Bike 90km. Run 21.1km. Let the tale begin: Wednesday 10th May: Goodbye Newcastle – Hello Mike McLeod! – Elswick’s Club president & Olympic Silver medallist on the same flight Continue reading 2017 Ironman Mallorca 70.3

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.

Senior Training / T&F season gets underway & Sunderland 10km & Half Marathon, Kentmere & Les Allcorn 10km

  • UPDATE as of Tuesday 9th May 2017:
  • The committee have agreed to continue with the 7.15pm start time over the summer months.
  • The club will review timings at Septembers committee meeting.
  • Kindly note: that for responsible guardians & parents of junior athletes, running in the senior sessions:
  • Please ensure you return to the centre for 8.20pm at the very latest.  Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

From Tom Hanson: Tuesday 9th May: Leave the centre at 7.15pm & Warm up to One North East & meet at Feel Good Cafe: 4 x 6mins with 2 min recovery. Thursday 11th May: Leave centre at 7.15pm. A NEW START location: The warm up will take runners through the ‘Warburton’s Industrial Estate’ BUT AT THE END OF THE ROAD (where it usually floods) TURN RIGHT. Follow the path round for 100 m. The coach will be waiting there for you. Session: 10 minute of strides, followed by 2 x 1km. These will be handicapped & timed. IF time allows then 10 minutes of strides, then a warm down back to the centre. Weekend Competition: Elswick Harriers alongside Blaydon Harriers took to the Track & Field meet – the first in the calendar year – and also in their newly promoted division. There were several ‘new athletes’ taking part, which was pleasing to see. The combined team of Elswick & Blaydon meant that they were placed 2nd on the day, only 19 points behind the winners, a fine team performance indeed. Thank you to Cath Lee from the club for organising on our behalf and to the officials, who selflessly once again gave their time to help stage the track meeting.


On Sunday Elswick Harrier Athletes took to the streets of Sunderland, competing in both the 10km and half marathon road races (The Connelly brothers, Martin & Shaun right at the front of the 13.1 mile race start 🙂  ) Congratulations to you all. Quite a tough day, given the blustery conditions. For all results go to the home page – right hand tab headings: http://www.sunderlandcity10k.com/

Pos. Bib No. Name Gender Cat. Club Gun Time Chip Time Gender Pos. Cat. Pos. Chip Pos.
94 4290 Martin CONNELLY Male HM-M50 Elswick Harriers 01:30:47 01:30:47 85 7 97
95 4289 Shaun CONNELLY Male HM-M50 Elswick Harriers 01:30:47 01:30:47 86 8 99
143 5187 Martin CAYGILL Male HM-MS Elswick Harriers 01:34:32 01:34:20 132 68 145
211 5472 Simon LYNCH Male HM-MS Elswick Harriers 01:39:04 01:38:42 195 105 216
309 5154 Lee SMITH Male HM-MS Elswick Harriers 01:42:41 01:42:15 284 157 313
609 5410 David HODGSON Male HM-M50 Elswick Harriers 01:53:32 01:53:14 519 65 624
771 4603 Jennifer BARNES Female HM-FS Elswick Harriers 01:59:32 01:58:58 145 80 785
Pos. Bib No. Name Gender Cat. Club Gun Time Chip Time Gender Pos. Cat. Pos. Chip Pos.
37 2423 Richard HOUGHTON Male 10K-MS Elswick Harriers 00:38:53 00:38:52 36 26 39
98 2997 Julian MACBRIDE Male 10K-MS Elswick Harriers 00:42:35 00:42:23 92 60 103
133 2999 Joanne REA Female 10K-FS Elswick Harriers 00:43:54 00:43:42 11 9 139
213 2789 Robert LAMBERT Male 10K-M50 Elswick Harriers 00:46:31 00:46:18 193 29 226

And that’s not all Team Elswick. Please find enclosed (Thanks Steve Robertson) the results of the Kentmere and Les Allcorn Races:

Kentmere 10km: http://www.lakelandtrails.org/download/Results/Staveley17/KentmereTrailRun10km.pdf & Les Allcorn results

Once again well done Team Elswick, fly the vest wherever you go!


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