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.