Thanks to Harry Matthews for the following trip down memory lane. We can only hope to replicate Harrys achievement. Harry writes: The recent North East Counties Cross Country championships staged at Redcar Race Course brought back memories of past successes for some of our current and former Elswick team members. The North East championships were last held at the Race course some 55 years ago in 1962. The senior championship included several Elswick members. First member to cross the finish line was John Ibbotson in 16th place. John was given the same time as Elswick’s second team counter, our Elswick legend, Colin Bolton in 17th place. Next to finish was Bob Fisk followed by Brian Harbottle. Completing the tam counters was John Backley who is the father of the famous Steve Backley a former Great Britain Javelin competitor. The senior team championship was won by Morpeth Harriers and included the great Jim Alder who placed 3rd overall. Our team was placed 4th behind Middlesbrough & Cleveland and Saltwell Harriers.
Elswick’s team in the boys age group championship also finished 4th with Harry Matthews collecting a silver medal finishing just two seconds behind the winner, Lynn Robson of Gateshead Harriers. Ian Davies was Elswick’s second counter in 10th place. Morpeth Harriers collected the top team award in this event also.
This year’s event at Redcar provided Harry with the opportunity to create a little history as he was the only athlete who competed in the 1962 championship to compete in the championship 55 years on.
Harry Matthews back at Redcar Racecourse 55 years on.
Continue reading Northeastern XC Championships Redcar Racecourse December 2017 and 1962
The Northern XC Championships take place on Saturday 27th January at Harewood Leeds and The English National XC Championships take place at Parliament Hill London on Saturday 24th February
The closing date for online entries is 12th January for both events. Please respond to the post on the Elswick Facebook page, DM myself or Robert Lambert on Messenger or text Jill on 07483245396 if you would like to be entered for these exciting events.
Depending on numbers the club may arrange transport or at least car shares. Any juniors who finished in the top ten at the Northeastern XC championship should run at the Northerns if they wish to be considered for the North East intercounties team to run in Loughborough in March. PLEASE RESPOND BEFORE 8TH JANUARY Thank you.
Details for Northerns https://www.northernathletics.org.uk/events/northern-athletics-cross-country-championships/
Details of the Nationals: http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/the-national-cross-country-championships/
A senior session will be held on Thursday 28th. Please meet at the leisure centre for a 7.15 pm departure. The session will be determined on the evening. Please find enclosed the final club championship standings of 2017 club champs 2017 race 12.
Thank You for participating & to those who are ‘on the podium’: CONGRATULATIONS! On the front page of the website, there is a new tab heading titled: ‘2018 Club Championship’. Yes it has arrived! Your championship, a 2 event format.
Your first race is only a few months away: set the Blyth 10 km into your diary & sign up: Lets see the vest of Elswick Harriers out in big numbers at all the races! Train well & the best of good running luck to you all 🙂
BUT BEFORE THEN! WHY NOT RUN OFF
YOUR CHRISTMAS DAY TORKEE TUMMY & CHRISTMAS PUD AND:
JOIN US FOR THE POPTASTIC BOXING DAY PARLAUF’S 🙂
EVERYONE IS INVITED. BRING ALONG FRIENDS & FAMILY TO RUN OR TO CHEER YOU ON!
PLEASE MEET AT THE KEELMAN FROM 9.45 AM.
AT 10.05 AM NAMES WILL BE PLACED INTO A HAT. RUNNERS WILL BE DRAWN & PLACED INTO PAIRS. THIS IS A TEAM RUN 🙂
OVER TO THE CENTRE’S PLAYING FIELD WHERE AT 10.15 AM THE
RUN FUN (AHEM!) BEGINS!
HOW IT WORKS: EACH RUNNER LEGS IT 🙂 AS FAST AS THEY CAN 🙂 FOR AROUND 200 M! HANDING OVER TO THEIR PARTNER TO RUN 200 M. THE FIRST PAIR TO COMPLETE 8 FULL 400 M LAPS WINS! (YOUR LUNGS ONLY HAVE TO WORK FOR 15 MINS – PROMISE!)
THEN IT IS BACK TO THE KEELMAN WHERE EVERY TEAM WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE!
EVERYONE IS WELCOME BACK TO THE PUB FOR A FREE TASTY WELL DESERVED BUFFET! TAKE PART IN FRANKS DEVILISHLY QUIZZICAL QUIZ (WITH A WINNERS PRIZE!)
A GRAND MORNING TO BE HAD BY ALL! GUARANTEED 🙂 SEE YOU ALL THERE! CHEERS!
A note From Ken for the junior squad:
Juniors last training session of 2017 is on the Tuesday 19th of December. For all those who have booked and paid for the Christmas party it is on Thursday 21st of December don’t forget your £2 for trampoline socks. Everyone that we won’t see have a brilliant Christmas. First session of the new year is Thursday 4th January. Don’t forget the next Harrier League is on 6th January at Herrington country park best wishes from all the junior coaches.
A note regarding the Inter County Cross Country Championships From Lynn Cooper: Selection for the North East teams for the 2018 Inter Counties Cross Country Championships which take place on Saturday 10th March at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, will be made on Sunday 28th February – the day after the Northern Cross Country Championships at Leeds. The first three finishers in each age group at the North East Championships have gained automatic selection, leaving five places (seven for seniors) plus reserves still to be decided. Anyone wishing to be considered is advised to run the Northern’s at Leeds: Entries close 12th January. To athletes who are likely to be in contention, we encourage you to enter the Northern’s.
Durham Cathedral Relays take place on Sunday 14th January. We would like to enter Senior men, Senior women, Veteran men (35+) and Veteran Womens teams (35+). This race is the NE Masters XC relays champs so we will be looking to enter our strongest teams in 5 year age brackets in the veteran races. If you would like to run please comment on the FB post, direct message Jill Bennett or Robert Lambert on Face book or text Jill on : 07483245396 You can find more information here: http://www.durhamcityharriers.org.uk/events-fixtures/cathedral-relays/
Elswick Harriers, as part of the England Athletics initiative, is to hold a “RunAndTalk” event on Thursday 1 February 2018.
The run will be the same as we did in September, – Starting at 7:15 p.m. from the club along to Blayney Row, left towards the river, then left through the riverside Park to the Boat House then back to the club via Grange Road. The route may have to change if the weather is inclement.
Hopefully conversations can continue after the run at the Keelman P.H. The 1 February is the key day in the initiative being identified as “Time to Talk day” and is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how Elswick Harriers embraces mental health. Further information can be obtained from the England Athletics Facebook page at #RunAndTalk, from our Mental Health ambassador, Christiane James or from me. Further updates will be posted nearer the date.
Club Welfare Officer.
Please note: Both sessions are subject to weather conditions: Tuesday: Leave the centre at 7.15 pm and head towards ONE: Meeting at the bus stop by stannah lifts. Session: 1 km reps with 1 min recovery. Thursday: leave the centre at 7.15 pm and warm up around Mill Vale Loop. Session on the centre’s playing field: 2 x 1 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 3 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 1 min all with appropriate recovery.