Presentation Evening. Saturday 24th February 2018

The 2018 presentation evening

The club held its presentation evening on Saturday. A grand evening indeed. Thank you to everyone who  attended. The evening started ‘in reverse’ with the quiz & raffle starting the evening. Congratulations to Mr. Robertsons table & their M&S goodie bag win & to the wooden spoon ‘winners’ of another M&S goodie bag  😉 Nine winners of Intu & Cowell garden centre vouchers for the raffle draw…..A few oohs & aahs as folk had realised they had just missed out by the odd number! 🙂 

The new banner

A new, 10ft x 8ft ‘podium banner’ was proudly on display for the first time. This will form a backdrop for future presentation evenings & also for  the clubs races that it hosts. 

A little after 8pm the awards evening started with the junior awards. A speech by Ken and co-hosted alongside Jan & the junior coaches.

Next a speech by Graham, thanking the clubs coaching team, club members, the ladies group of representatives, Tom Hanson & Steve Robertson. Graham touched upon the 2018 club championship (including a new NEHL category) senior membership & finished with some news! Two new replacement club trophies. 

A Newburn River Run trophy, re-named the Colin Bolton Trophy & a new Alec Burns trophy for the fastest lap of the day for the Good Friday Relays. Alec Burns memorabilia was also on display from the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. 

Then it was time for the award winners for the seniors & vets, which also included a ‘surprise’ 2017 Elswick Harriers NEHL award for all age group winners. Next the recipients of the clubs special awards. The most improved athletes were Robyn Bennett & Rob Lambert. The Quantum awards, for people who go that extra mile to help the club. For the ladies Quantum award, it was Valerie Wilson for her work in club results provision & the mens award went to Keith Batey for his work on Welfare, Run / Talk Initiatives, & junior committee assistance. All awards on Saturday evening were ALL well -deserving. The evening finished with buffet, drinks & chat. Finally, my thanks to Michelle, Frank, Rob, Martin, Sharon, Kirsty & Mark.  The club can look forward to 2019’s presentation evening, when the club will be 130 years young. See you all there next year (with a special guest? Possibly…..) Below are a selection of the awards recipients. Cheers, GB.

Melissa Bateson: 1st V40
Keith Batey: Quantum Award Recipient
1st U17 Christopher Mason with coach Rob Emson
1st U20: Robyn Bennett
3rd U13: Charles Mason with coach Claire Tumia
2017 NEHL Silver Medalists: Richard, Jude & Jennifer
Senior Mens winner Richard Houghton
Gold Medalists: 2017 NEHL winners. L to R: Graham Leslie, Michelle Coleman, Lee Bennett, Jill Bennett.
Coach Micky Shore with joint U15 winners Suzannah Fielding & Hannah Tumia
1st V50 Rob Lambert
Most Improved Female Athlete: Robyn Bennett
1st Under 15: Rowan Bennett


The 2018 Speyside Single Malt Marathon: Dinnae Bottle It!

Hello Team Elswick. We have received a notification of a different kind of marathon and one which may appeal to runners of the club….So if you fancy doing something just a little different then what about the Dramathon? Last year the event had 800 runners with the finishers almost equally split between ladies and gents. The run links up a number of distilleries and runners collect the corresponding malt miniatures at the end. Event organisers, Jon, Ian & Paul have forwarded on to the club some information >  Over to you Team Elswick!………. Dinnae Bottle It!

A last reminder to presentation evening guests: Doors open at 7 pm. Quiz & Raffle first. Results of the quiz & raffle winners at 8 pm ish! Next the presentations. Junior coach speech & awards first up. Next: Time to say thank you. Then the senior & vet awards. To finish: buffet, ice cream & drinks. See you all there 🙂

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.