Research Study Program Invitation

The club has been contacted by Dr. Dan Peart, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Program Leader Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at Northumbria University. 

They are running a research study investigating the effects of training and diet on the types of bacteria living in the gut, and the impact this has on nutrients released into the blood. For this we are looking to recruit twenty regular marathon runners. The purpose of this message is to ask the club’s permission to advertise the study to your members. There is a more detailed participant information sheet that we can forward on, but in brief, each participant will be asked to complete a 5-day food diary and provide a blood, urine and stool sample. We would be able to offer a laboratory fitness test free of charge to compensate for each volunteer’s time.

If your are interested in taking part then please get in touch with Dan: Tel: 0191 227 3712 or email:

Junior competition round up / Senior training / Triathlon X

Monday 18th June 2018: Several Elswick Harriers had fine performances representing their schools at the ESAA regional track and field cup in Middlesbrough today. Strong runs by Zak Old, pictured below in the 1500m, Zach Ikwue (300m) William Butterworth (1500m) Zara Naughton (1500m – running with girls a year older) and Jessica Moorland ran the 300m and Emily Allison also represented her school this week and ran the 800m in Middlesborough.

At the weekend, two of our junior athletes represented Northumberland at the schools inter county track and field event at Gateshead stadium this weekend. Suzannah Fielding and Hannah Tumia we’re selected and took part in the inter-girls (years 10/11) 3000 m event. Neither girls had run this distance on the track before and ran impressive times in their first attempt, finishing 2nd and 4th respectively (1st and 3rd in final results as front runner was a senior girl). Well done girls! Representing Ponteland High School, Elswick Harriers and Northumberland. Keep up the good work!


















Over in the Lake District, Ambleside, Elswick’s Mark Turnbull produced a superb performance at the full distance triathlon (Triathlon X) on Saturday. Notoriously and deliberately difficult. Recognised as the world’s toughest Full Ironman Distance. The 140.6 mile event welcomed the triathletes with an apocalyptic deluge of cold, horizontal rain on the 112 mile bike ride. Mark (and probably a few others?) was so cold he had to back to his lodgings, have a hot bath and then start his Helvellyn Marathon leg to complete the race. It was either that, or retire. Mark choose the hot bath! Mark crossed the finish line in 23rd place overall and was 3rd placed V50. A superb finishing place for Mark. Very well done and congratulations. Mark’s next full distance triathlon is Ironman Barcelona in October, which should prove to be a tad warmer!


Senior Training sessions this week: Tuesday. Leave centre at 7.15 pm warm up & head towards Station Bank: 3 x Station Bank (or 5 shorter reps if preferred).

Thursday. Leave centre at 7.15pm. Blayney Row warm up loop. Then on the playing field with short reps: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 3 – 2 -1 min(s) all with 1 min recovery.