Cross Country 2018-19

It’s been a glorious summer of sunny weather, Elswick nuptials, and mid-week races, but the autumn beckons and with it the start of the new cross country season.

The harrier league consists of 6 races plus a “cup” event. Once registered, you will be given a number which you wear at each of the events.

The season commences at Wrekenton on Saturday 29 September. If you wish to take part please let Steven Robertson (male entries) and Andrea Banner (female entries) know either in person or by responding to their posts on the Elswick Facebook page.
If you are brand new to the club, can you also message Steven or Andrea directly with your date of birth.

For full details of the harrier league check out the Start Fitness North East Harrier league website. For reference, the fixture dates, including the North Eastern Championships are looking like this:

29/09/18 Wrekenton
09/10/18 Druridge Bay
27/10/18 Sherman Cup/Davison Shield
17/11/18 Aykley Heads
08/12/18 North Eastern Championships, Wrekenton
Jan 2019 to be confirmed
09/02/19 Thornley Hall Farm
02/03/19 Alnwick Castle

For the early fixtures, you will manage the courses wearing normal trainers or trail shoes. As the weather gets colder and wetter, cross country spikes are recommended.

We already have lots of members who are new to cross country asking to be registered for the new season which is great news. The more runners we have out at any given course, the better the team will perform. There’s always a great team spirit at these events with lots of support and cake at the end. Even if you can only commit to one of the fixtures, it’s worth registering your name. There’s also an internal club championship which will be based on the results recorded at the harrier league events.

Looking forward to seeing lots of red Elswick vests out during the 2018/19 cross country season.

Elswick’s 10 mile handicap run: Sunday 19th August 2018.

Thank you to Rob Emson for the write up. Enjoy the read. 

Elswick Harriers 10 mile handicap race. Sunday 19th August 2018.

There are many moments that epitomise the kindred spirit of Elswick and there was another one this Sunday gone. This event was all down to those organising it giving up their time for the sake of other club members. Staged as a pre Great North Run training run with the added fun of being handicapped, it was perfect timing and distance to help those with places gain that vital bit of confidence ahead of the biggest half marathon in the world. Tom set it up as a 5 mile out from the Centre towards Prudhoe and back again with runners setting off at 5 minute intervals according to pace……….   Continue reading Elswick’s 10 mile handicap run: Sunday 19th August 2018.

A Wedding!

On Saturday August 18th 2018, John Eric Lowes and Catherine Lee were married in the beautiful surroundings of Great Langdale in the heart of the Lake District. 

A gathering of 120 family & friends joined Jonny and Cath for their special day. It was truly a superb day. From the magnificent mountainous backdrop – to the  wonderfully decked out Tipii Tents (with hundreds of race numbers & so many memorable photographs!) housing the ceremony, reception, post wedding buffet & the fantastic live music…..Even the weather did not deter this spirited crowd! You could argue it added to the occasion. All four speeches were heartfelt and at times very funny indeed! Mr & Mrs Lowes are to honeymoon in the Italian towns of Sorrento and Naples. 

On behalf of those Elswick Harriers who were in attendance, a sincere ‘thank you’ to both families for letting us to share your special day.

Congratulations to Jonny and Catherine. Very Best Regards, Graham.


Senior training sessions

Senior sessions for this week are…
Tuesday 21st: 30 mins of 1200m reps with 1 min recovery. Starting from the bench on the riverside footpath. If you’re not sure how to get there then turn right at end of Warburtons road.
Thursday 23rd: 10 x 75 sec hills. The hill between the allotments and houses just past sports centre.

This weeks training and 10 mile handicap

Senior training sessions this week will be………..

Tuesday 14th: 4 x 5 mins with 2 min recovery. After warm up meet at Pylon at One North East

Thursday 16th: 2 x 1 min, 2 x 2 min, 5 x short hills, 2 x 2 min, 2 x 1 min at Warburtons

On Sunday 19th Tom is holding 10 mile handicap from Newburn to Ovingham and back. If you’d like to run, and haven’t already added your name on my previous Facebook post, then please see Tom on either Tuesday or Thursday

Gosforth Summer Relays

It was a successful Sunday morning for team Elswick at the Gosforth Summer Relays!

They day began at 10am with the 1 mile juniors race where we had Poppy Old finishing 1st in the under 12’s category and Bella Russell coming home in 3rd in the same category. Great running girls!

The Senior/Vet event covered 2 miles on each of the 3 legs and we had 3 Elswick teams taking part. Tyne Bridge Harriers were first across the line with Tom Charlton also running the fastest leg of the day. Elswick success came when Jason Old, Steven Robertson and Andrew Ball finished in 3rd place overall and 1st Veteran team. Winning ways continued with Joanne Brown, Kerrie Old and Andrea Banner taking 1st place in the Veteran ladies category. Richard Houghton, Graham Leslie and Steve Curry made up the 3rd Elswick team crossing the line in 21st place. Very well done to everyone on what was a pretty hot Sunday morning!


Fancy a Ten Mile Run or Race? Then you have come to the right place!

Hello Team Elswick. For those club members looking to run a ‘long event’ or aiming for a PB or in preparation for the Great North Run, why not try one or two of the following 10 mile runs events coming round in the next few weeks. First up on Sunday 19th August, Club Senior Coach Tom Hanson will be putting on a 10 mile handicap run. Names please to FB or speak to Tom on a training evening. Starting from the Keelman the course runs out towards Wylam, Ovingham and finishing at the Keelman. (The start time is to be confirmed, provisionally though 10am).

On Sunday 26th August if would like to race, then sign up to the Tynedale 10 mile ‘Jelly Tea’ Road Race. Two weeks out from the Great North Run, it is an ideal preparation run. The run also incorporates NECAA & NEMAA 10 mile championships, so for the V35 & V40’s age group and over, there are championship medals to be won. Starting and finishing at Ovingham Middle School this is a fast 10 mile road race on an out and back course, using the last five miles of the old Hexham to Ovingham Jelly Tea route. It is two weeks before the GNR so is an ideal tester for those of you aiming for the half marathon distance. Please note the different race HQ for number collection, refreshments and prize presentation – details can be found here> tynedaleharriers /our-races

    • Numbers and timing chips will need to be collected on the day from the Old School, Ovingham, NE42 6BS, 500 metres east of the Middle School, which will be open from 8:15am. Please allow sufficient time to do this and get to the start of the race at the Middle School.
    • After the race there will be sandwiches and jellies in the Old School (included in the entry fee) followed by the prize presentation.
    • Entry £15 attached, £17 unattached.
    • Please read carefully all race information which can be found on the Tynedale Harriers’ website. Parking for this race will be on the south side of Ovingham Bridge (Prudhoe side of the river) postcode NE42 6UP. Parking at Low Prudhoe is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Old School in Ovingham. Please allow plenty of time to walk from the parking areas to the Old School to collect your number and chip and then to get to the start of the race (see details above).PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN OVINGHAM VILLAGE. Inconsiderate parking could jeopardise the future running of this race. The Race is kindly sponsored by