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.
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 http://nspoly.co.uk). 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………..
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.
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.