Good Friday Relays 2018. Report, photos, results.

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The annual Elswick Harriers Good Friday relays took place on the 30th of March on a breezy and showery morning down on the Riverside Park at Newburn. The entrants in both the junior and senior races were in record numbers (Results are also under the tab heading: Event Results). Bill McGuirk has a race report in Monday’s Evening Chronicle.

The senior mens race with 118 teams was easily won by a youthful Morpeth Harriers squad consisting of Kieron Hedley, Dan Dixon, Sam Hancox and James Young in a winning time of 42:53. Tyne Bridge Harriers finished second in 44:07 and a young Houghton Harriers team finished third in a time of 44:52.

First to finish for Elswick in 29th place were the vets A team Jason Old, Andrew Ball, Iain Hardy and Lee Bennett. The team completed the race in 49:37 and were a creditable 4th vets team overall. Elswicks senior mens A team were 35th overall in a time of 50:24, with Adam Hands, youngsters Jamie Styles and Chris Mason and Scott Brady. The senior mens B team finished in 61st place in a time of 54:41, the team consisted of Ben Hall, Micky Shore, Dean Pepperell and Steve Addison. Finally Elswicks vet B team finishes 83rd in 58:18, well done to Dave Armstrong, Mike Russell, Aidain Cairns and Robert Lambert.

The womens race with 114 teams competing was won by Gateshead Harriers senior team. Stacey Smith led from leg one and with Mary Ferrier and Michelle Nolan-Hood finishing in 37:23. Morpeth Harriers were 2nd in 37:58 and Darlington 3rd in 39:05.

Elswick womens senior A team finished in an excellent 6th place overall with a team consisting of Robyn Bennett, Sam Crowe and Judith Nutt finishing in 40:13. Elswicks Vet A team were 16th overall and 5th vets team in 43:49, well done to Joanne Brown, Arabelle Pearce and Andrea Banner.

  • Note from Graham: A personal thank you to all the helpers on Friday.
  • Thank you to Denise & Adele from First Contact at Gateway House, the club’s HQ for the day.
  • A special note of appreciation & thank you to Jonny Lowes.
  • Thank you to early morning helpers to set the run course & car parking: Martin, Simon, Jonny, Derek, Tom, Ian, Les, Steve and ‘the team’.
  • Thank you to the registration & canteen teams. You were ALL excellent…….Proud to be an Elswick Harrier on a record turnout day for the Good Friday Event.
  • A final thank you to all the athletes who represented their clubs and to the spectators who cheered everyone on.
Vet Womens A Team Joanne, Arabella and Andrea

The senior womens B team consisting of Cath Lee, Amy Hepinstall and Jennifer Scarlett finished 21st overall in 44:37. Lindsey Grant, Vicki Mcphee, and Marie Drozdowicz were 47th overall in 47:56. Elswick vets C team finished the race in 90th place in 55:17 were led off by Yvonne Swinhope and followed by Elaine Henderson and Mandy Kennon who enjoyed their first Good Friday Relay.

Please see below a link to the results for the senior relays. Please leave queries in the comments section below. Thank you.

The junior race results have now been fully updated and can be found at the link below. Junior team results can also be found below. Thank you for your patience. Also note from Ken Heslop:

Well done to the 38 Elswick juniors who turned out on Good Friday Fantastic efforts from everyone with quite a few making their debut in their Elswick vests.The weather was not kind but it did not put them off.There were three races with mixed boys and girls.

Under 11 Boys 1.16 Mile

30th Adam Robinson7.05- 36th  Bailey Shore 7.14 Under 11 Girls 2nd Poppy Old 6.32-11th Erin Blight 7.20-12th Charlotte Naughton 7.28 -16th Louisa Hamilton 7.55-19th Zoe Fielding 8.11-28th Kiera Bairstow 8.35-32nd Jayden Morton 8.56.

Under 13 Boys 1.6 Mile

2nd Zak Old 8.39-15th William Butterworth 9.49-21st Jake Robertson 10.00-28th Charles Mason 10.37-34th Joseph Carruthers 11.09-37th Matthew Todd 11.14.

Under 13 Girls

4th Abigail Leiper 9.54-5th Zara Naughton 10.01-16th Caitlin Flanagan 10.39-17th Lucy Milburn 10.40-19th Olivia Carruthers 10.46-27th Isabella Russell 11.10-28th Freya Guadagno 11.11-35th Olivia Ogilvie 11.34- 41st Ellen Hardy 12.12 – 46th Lucy Dixon 12.59-47th Olivia Emson 13.10-49th Maelona Redhead 14.04.Under 13 Girls joint second team.

Under 15 Boys 1.6 Mile

3rd Rowan Bennett 8.09-25th Jack Naughton 9.32-31st Kieran Dixon 9.51-34th Connor Shore 11.36.

Under 15 Girls 

11th Hannah Tumia 9.44-12th Suzannah Fielding 9.45-20th Charley Lee 10.53-22nd Kerry-Ann Simpson 11.16-25th Aimee Bairstow 12.12-26th Rebecca Todd 12.23 -29th Hannah Moncur 13.16.(Hannah is an under 13 but missed the start of her race but did well to compose herself and ran her first Elswick race in the under 15 age group).

The cross country is now behind us for this season it would be great to see this sort of turnout in the forthcoming track season.

Well done to all the Elswick Harriers who worked tirelessly to put this event on.

Cheers Jan & Ken

U13 boys
1st Blackhill Bounders counters 3, 14, 16 = 33
1st Gateshead Harriers 6, 8, 19 = 33
3rd Morpeth Harriers 12, 13, 17 = 42
U13 girls
1st NSP 2, 6, 12 = 20
2nd Gateshead Harriers 3, 8, 14 = 25
2nd Elswick Harriers 4, 5, 16 = 25
U15 boys
1st Morpeth Harriers 4, 9, 11 = 24
2nd Gosforth Harriers 8, 15, 18 = 41
U15 girls
1st Houghton Harriers 2, 4, 10 = 16
2nd Gosforth 6, 7, 14 = 27


Hello Team Elswick Volunteers. Thank you all in advance for your anticipated help on Good Friday.

A note to say also that the helpers briefing will take place at 8.15 am prompt at event HQ.

The club has hired office space for event HQ at Gateway House, Newburn Riverside Business Estate. Post Code NE15 8NX.

Please meet in the room signposted ‘OFFICIALS’. New bib vests, event info & the briefing will take place here.

Thank you. Graham.


Hello Team Elswick: The Good Friday Relays is almost upon us and the event needs that people ‘Team Elswick’ support to enable the club to successfully host this event. If you can spare Friday morning to help the event – then please add your name to:

A Face Book event list / a list placed on the club’s noticeboard or speak to Tom Hanson or Graham Bell on Tuesday evening.

The event will need course helpers / HQ & registration / Car Park / Canteen.

The HQ is now back at ‘ONE North East’. The club has secured hired office space at BSS Gateway House on the business park. New premises & facilities,  a superb canteen, office spaces & general areas, on-site parking & 200 m from event site.

Ask not what the club can do for you, but what can you do for your club 🙂

C’mon Team Elswick – you can do this!


Senior Training & Alnwick NEHL XC & Club Championship Reminder

Thanks to Ken & Jan for all of the junior reports over the 2017 / 2018 NEHL XC Season. Here is the last report from Alnwick. The rearranged Harrier League took place on Saturday in bleak conditions well done to all who turned out.Thanks to Tom and helpers for bringing the tent as it would have been freezing without a place to shelter, also a thanks to Alnwick Harriers and all officials who for fitting in this fixture at short notice. This final Harrier League was depleted due  to clashing with the  English schools XC which was held at Leeds and atrocious weather put off a few but this did not put off our hardy juniors. 

Under 11 Girls-3rd Lucy Milburn 4.57. 15th Erin Blight 5.25. Under 11 Boys-24th Bailey Shore 5.22. Under13 Girls-3rd Lauren Stroud 16.40 -14th Caitlin Flanagan (fast pack) 16.02 -23rd Grace Ogilvie 18.46 33 rd Maelona Redhead 22.57 Third Team.Final league placing 6th team. Under 13 Boys-4th Zac Old(fast pack) 13.26.Final League placing 11th Team. Under 15 Girls-3rd. Charley Lee 16.21 5th Kerry-Ann Simpson16.51 both running from the slow pack.Final League placing 3rd. Under 15 Boys-Final League placing 11th. Under 17/20 Girls-9th Sydney Martin 21.41 13th Marissa O’rourke 22.45.Final League placing 5th. Under 17 Boys-12th Jamie Styles (fast pack) 29.20. Final League placing 5th. Well done to all our juniors who raced this season with lots of successful results representing not only the club but their school and county…….Looking forward to the coming track season. Cheers Jan & Ken. 

Thank you to all the senior runners who competed on Saturday: The senior Women: Cath Lee 32.11 Andrea Banner 32.21 Vicki McPhee 36.49 Arabella Pearce 35.12, Marie Drozdowicz 37.01, Sara Blight 34.51 and Amy Heptinstall 34.58 were collectively 3rd placed team on the day and finished in 3rd placed overall in Division 2 with 25 points. Congratulations. The senior men of Mark Turnbull 42.24 Steve Addison 46.21 Chris Pearce 47.25 Dave Jardin 48.43 Peter Sloan 48.44 Mile Russell 50.23 Jeff Emmerson 58.49 and Aidan Cairns 58.51 were collectively placed 9th on the day and were 4th overall in Division 2. Congratulations. 

Don’t forget Team Elswick the first Club Championship will be here soon:  Just over 4 weeks time sees the popular Blyth 10km take place. Visit their site to download a copy of the entry form here> . Senior Training this week on the Meso-Cycle Plan: > Plan

The Border Run Series: Ingram to Wooler & Junior Birtley XC Relays

Event report by Jennifer Scarlett. Ten miles of hills, snow, mud and tracks. Ingram to Wooler: at this time of the year and with the recent terrible weather conditions, it wouldn’t have been anything other than. It was hard going from start to finish, particularly in the snow, but as a competitor, you just get on with it and battle – It was on the whole, an enjoyable battle. I was in a fortunate position to be vying for a top finish in the ladies competition – we took it in turns with the lead – it ebbed and flowed between us. She pipped me to the finishers tape, but I coundn’t be happier to take a second place finish, my first on a podium.

It is something I was really happy with. So second in the ladies competition, 16th overall out of 112 runners with a finishing time of 1.24.50. To round off the day, I won a prize too (Chocolate, biscuits and wine!)  I loved representing Elswick Harriers on Sunday at this event and I would to like to take this opportunity to thank the club for their support. Thank you team. Well done and congratulations to must also go to Elaine Henderson & Colette Kirk from Elswick Harriers who also ran the race. They both competed really well out there today. Results & video clip can be viewed here > Thank you. Jen 🙂 

Video: facebook / Results: facebook


Well done to all the juniors yesterday who took part in the 3 stage cross country relays, hosted by Birtley Harriers at Lord Lawson Academy, Birtley, Gateshead. Under 11’s teams, Under 13’s and combined Under 15’s & 17’s Boys and girls races were available for competition. Elswick made a very very good account of themselves: Under 11 girls were second placed team:  Charlotte Naughton Erin Blight and Grace Leiper in a team time of 17.24. Well done silver medalists. Under 13 boys were 5th placed: William Butterworth Charles Mason and Jake Robertson had a time time of 18.53. Well ran! Under 13 girls were placed 2nd: Another excellent team finish: Abi Leiper Zara Naughton and Caitlan Flanagan finished in 18.25. Superb! In a combined team: Elswicks Under 15’s placed 6th with Jack Naughton Connor Shaw and Will Richards giving their best to record a team time of 36.23. In the under 13 girls’ race, another silver medal position was achieved, this time by Suzy Fielding, Charley Lee and Hannah Tumia. Well done! Cheers, GB. All the results can be found on this link here > Birtley-Relay-Results-2018

Under 11 girls Charlotte Naughton, Erin Blight and Grace Leiper – silver medallists


Caitlin Flanagan, Zara Naughton and Abi Leiper – second place in the under 13 race

Suzy Fielding – fastest first leg in the under 13 girls race, holding her own against the boys.


Poppy Wilde in the under 11 race.  Poppy, like other under 11 girls in the squad, has yet to start training with the club – can’t wait to see how they progress once they do start training!



An excellent Team Effort of running at the Inter Counteies XC,

the Birtley Relays & ‘In the Borders’ Keep it going Team Elswick!

Senior Training & Guide Running Workshop.

A reminder of the seniors training group, meso cycle training plan, is here for your information: Mesocycle Plan.

Below is some information if you would like to become a guide runner. Simon Lynch (Intermediate Run Group Leader) has been in contact with England Athletics about a forthcoming course, which is to be held in Durham. Simon has been in contact with England Athletics regarding the Sight Loss Awareness & Guide Running Workshop. They have confirmed a date of Monday 18th June 2018 for the course to be ran in the North East. We believe the booking & registering of the course goes live on 1st April 2018. The course costs £20.00. The club will pay for your course (just ensure you have a receipt of your payment to England Athletics). The DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checks that requires completion is  free of charge , assuming the person undertaking the course doesn’t go on to make money out it. Simon is available to have an informal chat about the course on training evenings. Cheers, GB.

Course Code                      NSA024

Course Title                        Sight Loss Awareness & Guide Running Workshop

Date                                   Monday 18th June 2018

Time                                   18:30 – 21:00

Location                              Shildon Sunnydale leisure Centre, Middridge Lane Shildon County Durham DL4 2EP


The Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop enables Leaders, Coaches and Volunteers to attract and support more visually impaired (VI) people to athletics and running. It includes information on: Types of visual impairment and common eye conditions, appropriate behaviour and terminology, making sessions VI friendly, guide running top tips and safety, guide running practical sessions and further support and resources. Eligibility: Must be 18 years or over. Course Duration: 2 hours. Assessment: None.

For More info Our thanks to Simon for taking a lead in this worthwhile cause.



Last NEHL Cross Country is now back on!

Hello Team Elswick. The last NEHL Cross Country fixture which was cancelled last weekend at Alnwick – Is now back on. When? Saturday 17th March 2018.

Lets have one last push for the season finale. All together – Juniors, Seniors and Vets. A last chance to consolidate another solid season for the club in the NEHL division. Usual times apply to each event. Allow plenty of time to arrive at Alnwick, park up and walk to the venue. Pictures below taken from 2014’s season finale at Alnwick: Below: Andy Middleton & Steve Curry, Juniors leading & a group photo of some of the ladies running that day.

Andy & Steve all smiles after receiving 8 out of 10 on qu’s on Alnwick Castle!
Junior Team Elswick leading a pack!

Kim, Michelle, Marie, Janice and Jill - Before MUD!!!

Elswick’s Alex Goodhall at the EA Indoor AG Championships, Sheffield.

After winter training Elswick’s Alex Goodhall was back in the UK, competing in the Under 20’s 800m at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield on February 24th & 25th 2018: Words by his mum Susan:

Four heats took place on Saturday 24th  with heat winners and the two fastest losers to qualify for the final, and Alex was in the last of them. He had the fastest PB of the six starters but two of the other competitors had run faster than him in 2018, as had all the qualifiers in the previous three heats. Alex decided to lead the race out to improve his chances of winning or getting a fast enough time to qualify.

Alex led pretty much from gun to tape to win the heat in 1:54.82, just outside his 2018 best of 1:54.71. The final on Sunday 25th was a tactical affair with the first two laps run in a modest 1 minute. With two laps to go the eventual winner upped the pace. Alex went after him and was in second place at the bell. However, he couldn’t hold his position and was overtaken on the back straight of the final lap.

Though fourth is kind of the worst place to finish, he took a lot of confidence and motivation from the weekend and will be training hard for the start of the outdoor season in April. Below is a photo of Alex, (leading in the heat). Thank you to for the photograph.