Club Championship standings after race two

club champs 2018 race 2 Enclosed are the standings after race two. Well done everyone. Keep it going. You are a small but determined bunch of athletes representing your club in the North East & supporting locally run clubs. Come on Team ELswick, lets have more entries to the club championship. It easy to do, to enter, to compete and give it your best. More information is on the club’s website, tab heading, under 208 club championship. Remember Team Elswick, your next championship race is on Wednesday 23rd May, Whitley Bay at the popular Clive Cookson 10 km road race. £13 to enter. Fast & Flat. you can post a quick time. Click here > for information.

Elswick Harriers, Mike Avery.

It is with a sad heart we announce the death of Mike Avery. An Elswick Harrier.  The athlete, a former club president and coach.

Mike passed away on Saturday 21st April. Mike was 79. Mike will be dearly missed by his wife Mary (also a club legend who amongst many personal achievements, won the 25 km Veteran Commonwealth games in 1986).

Mike and Mary were married for 58 years. They have three daughters Yvonne , Barbara and Elaine. The family have seven grandchildren.

Mike goes a long way back in the history of Elswick Harriers. His father Clem, was also a club member before the war.

Over previous years, a ladies section had tried to form. It was not until 1979 that the ladies section really took off.

Mike will be remembered for his coaching ability, training boys and girls of the junior section of the club, with considerable achievement.

Mike developed the athletes, which resulted in many successes in school competitions, Inter County & National titles.

Mike’s athletes are still running today and  some of their children, are members of the club. 

All of the above, is a testament and lasting legacy from Mike: and the ‘belonging’ to the Elswick Harrier family . Mike was indeed – an Elswick Harrier legend.

You will be sadly missed by those who knew you. May you rest in peace.

Ken & Jan Heslop.

(On behalf of Elswick Harriers).

Club Championship Event 2: The Terry O Gara 5km. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Congratulations to the 19 Elswick athletes who competed in the second round of this year’s club championship. Some really good performances in there, with age group wins. Well done to you all. The next race is the popular Clive Cookson 10 km road race, hosted by North Shields Poly running club. £13 to enter via the Run Britain website (or visit The race will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.15 pm. Get those entries in Team Elswick! Championship points table update will follow………..

Chip time Participant Category Pace
17:05 Rowan Bennett (M) Junior 3:25 min/km
17:50 Scott Brady MS 3:34 min/km
18:07 Lee Bennett MV40 3:37 min/km
18:07 Robyn Bennett FS 3:37 min/km
18:50 Dean Pepperell MS 3:46 min/km
20:35 Catherine Lee FS 4:07 min/km
20:44 Mark Mcnally MV70 4:09 min/km
20:46 Peter Sloan MV60 4:10 min/km
20:58 Lee Coulson MV40 4:12 min/km
21:07 Daniel Nettle MV40 4:14 min/km
21:09 Joanne Brown FV45 4:14 min/km
21:13 Jennifer Scarlett FS 4:15 min/km
21:25 Lindsey Grant FV45 4:17 min/km
22:05 Vicki Mcphee FV45 4:25 min/km
22:40 Harry Matthews MV70 4:32 min/km
23:18 Robert Wilson MV50 4:41 min/km
23:59 Kim Matthews FV55 4:48 min/km
24:45 Melissa Bateson FV45 4:57 min/km
23.47 Steve Curry MV50 4.46min/km

Virgin London Marathon. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

What a marathon the capital city had yesterday. 40,000 runners on the start line, 24’C temperatures, nine Elswick Harriers 🙂 and probably the best collective, female & male professional marathon athletes on the start line (890 million pounds raised since the first race). To the races. Starting with the wheelchair athletes: Britain’s Dave Weir won in a thrilling fast 200 m sprint to the line in 1.31.15. Australian’s Madison De Rozario took the ladies title in an equally thrilling finish. In the ladies race it was a perfectly paced run by Vivian Cheruiyot who took the win in a superb 2.18.31. The favourite going into the race, Mary Keitany started to fade after 15 miles, couldn’t take the win (and an anticipated) world record time (right –  the leading female athletes gathered pre-race). In the men’s race it was Eliud Kipchoge (pictured left) who produced a superb 2.04.17 to take the men’s race. He controlled the race from start to finish. He asked the pace makers to go through half way in 61 minutes……and they did. Stone dead in 61 minutes. Mo Farah on his change from ‘track to marathon’ aspirations, broke the British record finishing in 3rd place with 2.06.21. 

2018 VLM winners: Cheruiyot & Kipchoge


Team Elswick were superb. All nine athletes without doubt, gave their best. For all runners, those searing temperatures, put paid to any chance of a marathon pb – but there will be a next time 🙂 The next time you see your fellow 2018 London marathon finisher Harrier, please do give them a ‘well done & congratulations’. They deserve it. Below are there times & finishing positions. If I may say so, a superb run by Andrea Banner. A great marathon run. 

For all results please visit: london marathon results

Place overall Place gender Place cat. Name Runner no Category Half Finish
8924 1957 404 » Aspinall, Elspeth (GBR) 28760 40-44 01:48:18 03:56:34
2882 225 19 » Banner, Andrea (GBR) 880 45-49 01:33:54 03:19:24
6014 5080 517 » Emson, Robert (GBR) 20288 50-54 01:46:47 03:40:56
3127 2855 1503 » Houghton, Richard (GBR) 32219 18-39 01:32:36 03:21:26
6361 5306 872 » Jardin, David (GBR) 27284 45-49 01:48:53 03:43:01
16527 11897 1262 » Lambert, Robert (GBR) 20289 50-54 01:58:16 04:32:44
1706 1623 205 » Old, Jason (GBR) 31585 45-49 01:23:59 03:07:52
9253 2072 300 » Spoor, Debra (GBR) 28400 45-49 01:49:18 03:58:04
2127 2005 118 » Turnbull, Mark (GBR) 33176 50-54 01:30:12 03:12:24

Results from the weekend & Senior Sessions this week.

Congratulations to Elswicks Steve Curry (pictured left ) who is back to running road races…..and a successful return at that: Stevie ran the Hartlepool Marina 5 mile road race yesterday and won a bronze medal in the V55 category. Well done Steve on your Bronze medal achievement. Here’s to another medal soon!  Results can be found here > race results  (unfortunately the site does not allow a club filter, so that a consolidated table can be produced). If any of Team Elswick did run……Well Done! Don’t forget everyone, the next Club Championship Race is the popular Wallsend Terry O Gara Road Race on Sunday 22nd April.


SESSIONS: Tuesday. Leave centre at 7.15 pm and warm up heading towards One North East. Session: 5 x 4 mins with recovery. Thursday. Leave centre at 7.15 pm. Warm up around Blayney Row. Session: Centre Field: 3 x 2 mins then 5 x repeat hill opposite centre then 3 x 2 mins to finish (all with recovery).

Well done to Elswick’s Richard Houghton who ran in awful cold, wet, rainy conditions at the Boston Marathon yesterday morning. Richard crossed the line in 3.o6: a fine, determined run in less than ideal conditions. Time to rest up for a few days, as he’s doubling up to take to the start line in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday. Best of running luck Richard!

Elswick runners were on their travels all over the UK & Scotland! over the weekend at Hawkeshead, Cragside, Arran (Ultra!!) and the Brighton Marathon too: Follow the links to the results of the runners: Brighton results 10km results . Hawkshead Trail Challenge 17 km  results  Cragside 10 km result

Well done to Gillian (4th V40 at the Brighton Marathon) Dave, Ross, Michelle, Ranjit, Vicki, Felicity, Debs & Harry (1st V70) for competing in these events.

Points Tables after race 1 in the 2018 club championship

Hello Team Elswick. Please find enclosed the points tables after last Sundays Club Championship Race at the Blyth 10 km. Thank you and well done to all who ran. 

Points Tables after Race 1 > club champs 2018 race 1

The next race is just weeks away (22nd April) in Wallsend at the Terry O Gara 5km road race. Support the club championship and a local club race.

Get those entries in Team Elswick: Points & prizes are to be contested and won!

Howay the Juniors & Parents! Time to track run with fun! Don’t let that winter training be for nothing! (also: senior training this week)

A note on behalf of the Junior coaching team: A note to Juniors and their parents. The forthcoming Junior Track & Field events in conjunction with NEYDL (North East Youth Development League).

The first track and field meeting in the League is this month, on the Sunday 29th April 2018. This will take place at the excellent venue at Whitley Bay. There are a number of good events for our juniors to take part in. Further details are on the Elswick Junior Facebook pages.

Please contact Judith Flanagan  or one of our other junior coaching team to express an interest in what promises to be, a great chance to gain track experience and have fun! (visit the for youth development league info).


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Senior Training: Tuesday. Warm up towards One North East ‘by the pylon’ – 6 x 3 mins with recovery.

Thursday. Warm up around Blaney Row: Short intervals with recovery plus:

5 x the ‘footpath effort’ opposite the activity centre.

1st club championship race of the 2018 season: The Blyth 10km

Hello Team Elswick. The first club championship race took place on Sunday at the popular Port of Blyth 10km road race. Conditions were quite canny and a good turnout by club members. Some notable times and age group podium winners. First home for the club, Scott Brady in 37th placed in 37.10. Well done Scott.

Congratulations to 1st placed age group winners, (V70) Irene Henderson, (V45) Debbie Spoor, (V40) Jude Nutt and (V50) Mark Turnbull.

Well done to 2nd & 3rd placed placed age group winners: (V50) Val Wilson & (V55) Kim Matthews.

Full results can be found here: Blyth 10km 2018 Results . Well done to everyone who ran.

The next club championship race is the Terry O Gara 5km race on the 22nd April – hosted by Wallsend Harriers.

Get those entries in Team Elswick & download an entry form here >  Wallsend Harriers.

Lets have an even larger turnout for the club championship: One race done: 5 now to choose from:

Your 4 best times will count towards your championship score. In it to win it!

Elswick Harrier’s athletes – Port of Blyth 10 km 2018 Race Results below:

Pos Name Time Net Time Category Cat Pos Gen Pos
37 Scott Brady 37:13:00 37:10:00 SEN 23 35
39 Mark Turnbull 37:20:00 37:17:00 V50 1 37
41 Richard Houghton 37:29:00 37:26:00 SEN 26 39
66 Judith Nutt 38:53:00 38:48:00 V40 1 4
79 Stephen Addison 39:30:00 39:22:00 SEN 44 74
89 Dean Pepperell 39:47:00 39:38:00 SEN 50 84
114 Ben Hall 41:23:00 41:15:00 SEN 58 104
136 Catherine Lee 42:38:00 42:32:00 SEN 4 11
158 Debbie Spoor 43:45:00 43:39:00 V45 1 19
164 Peter Sloan 43:53:00 43:45:00 V60 4 144
175 Lindsey Grant 44:27:00 44:19:00 V40 5 23
181 Lee Coulson 44:33:00 44:20:00 V40 29 157
182 Daniel Nettle 44:46:00 44:30:00 V45 28 158
189 Robert Lambert 44:59:00 44:37:00 V50 18 164
204 Valerie Wilson 45:48:00 45:31:00 V50 2 29
212 Amy Heptinstall 46:09:00 46:02:00 SEN 9 34
217 Vicki Mcphee 46:30:00 46:22:00 V45 5 36
250 Robert Wilson 48:30:00 48:07:00 V55 10 204
298 Kim Matthews 50:33:00 50:19:00 V55 3 68
362 Tom Hanson 53:41:00 53:16:00 V60 10 268
367 Melissa Bateson 54:01:00 53:46:00 V50 13 97
369 Jeffrey Emmerson 54:04:00 53:24:00 V65 10 272
411 Mel Reed 57:12:00 56:50:00 V60 13 289
487 Irene Henderson 01:02:00 01:01:41 V70 1 175

Congratulations! & The Gordon Smith Relays – 9th May.

Congratulations to the club’s Cross Country award winners (Rowan, Robyn and Lee Bennett) at the forthcoming Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League presentation, which takes place at Start Fitness in Newcastle on Thursday 12th April. A prompt 6 pm start to proceedings. There are trophies for 1st placed team in each age group. For the seniors, it’s first team in each of the 3 divisions. For individuals, there are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each Grand Prix category. Full results can be found on the website: harrier league results 2017-18

Congratulations to V 70 category athlete Mark McNally (pictured left) who has been selected to run for England Masters.

A rather nice 71st birthday ‘present!’

The forthcoming sponsored Simply Health 10 km race will be held in Birmingham.

Very best of luck to you Mark. Hopefully, a full race report will follow in due course.



Team Elswick – the Gordon Smith Relays are just over a month away on WEDNESDAY 9th MAY 2018. Joint race start time is 7.45 pm.

Names please to Facebook and the clubs noticeboard please.

Last day for individual names on a team sheet is THURSDAY 3rd MAY.  Three runners in each team.

At least one of the athletes must be a vet 40 or older for the men and for the women at least one of the athletes must be 35 or older.

Minimum age for both events is 16 years of age. 3 x 2 miles per lap. Fast flat course at Cobalt Business Park, The Silver Link North.