First session of 2019

The first session of the New Year will be on Thursday 3rd January.


It will take place at Warburtons and will be as follows,

4 x 2 mins with 1 min recovery, 5 x short hills with jog back recovery, 4 x 1 min with 1 min recovery


See you there and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Boxing Day Parlaufs – A wee scribe of the day!

Team Elswick could not have asked for a better morning to run in. Cool, still, sunny and bright. Marvellous. 24 runners made up 12 pairs of teamed up runners, ready to do battle (in over expanded xmas day waistlines!) The teams left the Keelman pub (after several flagons of fine micro brewery ale!) and headed towards the the stadium of the ……playing field! The track was marked out to around the 464.83 metres (perfectly trapezoid in appearance!) Eight laps to complete. Master of ceremonies – Mr. Jim Scott announced the GO!!!!!

And they were off! Great running by everyone – some in costume, some in Xmas Day 98% polyester and 2% elastane mix of materials – giving the illusion of Nike / Adidas athlete models, crossed with Santas little helpers! You could hear the heaving lungs breathing out condensed ‘xmas spirit’! There could only be one winning team and for 2018  it was the superlative, Mr. Paul Jones and Mr. Andrew Ball. Well run gents……….It was back to the Keelman where everyone tucked into the free buffet and everyone took home a prize for their efforts, all grand stuff indeed! Ho Ho Ho!

Below are a few snaps for Rudolph’s album! Thank you to Michelle Coleman for organising the day for club members. Thank you to the Keelman Pub for their hospitality. Thank you to the time keepers, Jim, Ken, Micky and Martin. Thank you to the spectators giving support – nice to see a number of juniors taking part 🙂 Thank you to Jonny Lowes – The 477 Mega Pixel Camera aficionado! Keelman photos will follow later, but for now here is Rudoph’s picture show!

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas Team Elswick! Enjoy hogmanay and see you all again in 2019. Cheers, GB

The Boxing Class of 2018. Say Turkey and trimmings everyone!
Just being arty on the field! Nice pylon though!
Athletes! Start your new Xmas day present GPS watches!

Mega Pixel Jonny!!

Micky……..I’m sure we said in the Keelman it’s 20 laps this year!!!!


Saltwell Harriers 10K 22nd December

On what was a fine December morning the Saltwell 10K took place in a traffic free Saltwell Park. The race is also named after the late Ronnie Walker who was a long time member, and was still racing in his later years. With the support of Fentimans Beverages the race has an extensive prize list.
Having her first race since the 9th of June 2016 and finishing 3rd Lady in a time of 38.51 was Justina Heslop followed by Judith Nutt 6th Lady in a time of 40.06.
Just to mention for any of the current juniors reading this, both Judith and Justina were minor girls competing for the club nearly 30 years ago. As well as competing for Gosforth High school. Next Elswick athlete was Robert Lambert in 222nd in a time of 48.37, followed by club coach Tom Hanson in 290th in a time of 51.20. Jason Meecham made up the Elswick contingent in 419th in a time of 1.00.59.
Well done all, on a course that is advertised as “undulating”.Which really means very hilly.

Boxing Day Parlauf Team Relays.

Hello Team Elswick! The club will be holding the 2018 parlauf run on boxing day on the centres playing field. Its all free! For those unfamiliar with this club run, here is what its all aboot! Arrive in xmas attire if you wish!


We all meet in the Keelman pub from 9.45am. All runners names will be placed into a hat and pairings of two runners per team takes place shortly after 10am. Be there in good time please. Ta  🙂

We all go to the centres playing field and all the paired up runners take to their starting positions. In a tag relay format, the 1st pairing to complete 8, full 400m laps is the winner! A great way to get rid of all those Xmas day calories! It’s back to the Keelman as each & every runner receives a prize. Frank’s famous quiz ( with a table team prize too!) & a free buffet, rounds off a morning of run – fun! C’ mon on down and have a go….. if nowt else folks… will have a laugh :)

Malaga Marathon – 9th December 2018

Rob Lambert’s Event Report

Hello there having been fried at the London marathon,  i got my eye on the Malaga marathon Dec 9th.  I decided to give the marathon distance 1 last bash after the heat of Brighton and London.

Entry paid €40 which at the time was £34 Very cheap for a city centre race .

Easyjet flights £40 each , accommodation booked in torremolinos cheap as out of season. 5 nights £200 worked out as about £65 per person.

Thursday evening flight no problems at all .

Friday awake to cloudy cool day marathon registration starts 3pm Sun breaks through 12 pm pleasantly warm .

Registration takes place in a building similar to metro arena Newcastle. Very easy show your passport your then given a goody bag Tec shirt inside and bizarrely a carton of chicken soup .

Saturday awake to cloudless blue sky 21° lay around on the beach !!! Totally unexpected elected to have beech massage as been having problems last 3 weeks of training,  Michael Clegg has now arrived in Malaga,  he is having a knee problem .

Sunday race day get 6.30 am bus to Malaga as it’s 8.30am start the bus is half full of Saturday night revellers!! .

Bus station is very close to start excellent stuff . Bag drop is a underground car park secure staff watching over bags no problems there .

Race starts bang on 8.30 numbers go up to 5000 .

Crowds at the start then quickly thin out after about 1 mile as it’s 5000 you can quickly get into your rhythm the only problem is some are doing the half marathon so beware who you stick with pace wise , I haven’t managed to locate Michael at start but catch site of him after 10k ahead of me . After about 20k realise I’m now alongside Michael unfortunately he’s struggling with his knee , found out later Michael had to retire out of race a wise decision.

Second half of race sends you out to athletics stadium and your directed in to do 3/4 of a lap a very nice touch then you run to football stadium of Malaga fc and then directed down to city centre last 5k crowds picking up as you approach historic cathedral and Picasso’s museum , then the best bit you have 1 mile to go and your directed down the centre of larios st a major pedestrianised shopping st Spanish shouting venga vamos all of a sudden a guy shouts keep gannin mate gives me my last bit of help to the finish 3Hours and 58 mins 47 secs.

I would recommend the half marathon or marathon to anyone that wants a Dec weekend away .


Loftus Christmas Poultry Run – Race Report

This is the 35th year for the Loftus Christmas poultry race and seems to get more popular each time. It’s a very classy field at the sharp end, but also plenty of runners that just want to have an enjoyable run and soak up the atmosphere.

The race is a very tough and hilly 8 miles of multi terrain, the first half mainly up, then muddy tracks and farmers fields for a bit, then mainly down hill.

Probably the majority of competitors were dressed up in Christmas outfits of various guises, the reason being the mayor hands everyone that does this a bottle of wine as they cross the line. There is a brass band playing Christmas music to get us all in the mood for the race, then again as we finish. There are loads of lovely cakes and goodies laid on for a small donation, all very welcome.

The race is sponsored each year by the local butcher. The prizes are therefor mainly fresh meat. Gooses, turkeys, chickens of various sizes. Also food hampers for the winners and winning team. Three team prizes for men and women and 1st 2nd and 3rd in each ten year age category.
I would highly recommend this race purely for the race atmosphere alone, there’s nothing else like it and hopefully there will be a bigger Elswick contingent next year.
Well done to Harry Matthews and Andrew Ball, both prize winners. Also running was Amy Fuller and myself, Kim Matthews.


Juniors Christmas Party 2018

Our Junior Christmas Party took place on the 18th December 2018 at the Trampoline Sports Centre on the West Road – for the second year on the bounce!
Bringing a whole new meaning to Christmas jumpers, our Juniors had a very energetic time, trampolining for a full hour with exclusive use of the Centre. They were fuelled by pop and crisps provided for them which they did burn off! Afterwards they received goody bags and a selection pack.
Thanks again to Micky Shore for organising a super party and also thanks to the Committee for subsidising the costs.
The Junior Coaches would like to take this opportunity to wish our Juniors and all members of Elswick a truly wonderful Christmas time.

Elswick Harrier Steve Grey

It is with heartfelt sadness that I inform our club members, that one of our own, Steve Grey, died on Tuesday of this week. Our sincere condolences go to the Grey family.

Steve was an accomplished Elswick Harrier runner. Many of today’s members will probably not know of Steve Grey the athlete.

In the time he was with our club, he trained and competed regularly, as an individual and as Team Relay Member, both of which, he competed successfully, with then, team mates, Lee Bennett, Martin Connelly, John Bell, Kevin Stephenson, Myself, Alan ‘Rambo’ Thompson and Paul Dixon. Steve was part of a strong vet team.

Steve was also an accomplished marathon runner: As a V40, Steve ran London a couple of times in under 2.45. To complement the miles of distance training he was a regular member of the track squad who trained every Monday evening with ‘the lads’ along with Jude Nutt, Yam Thiru and Gina Capocci, Alison Dargie, with coaches Colin Bolton and Norman Armstrong. A great squad of Elswick Athletes track training. Happy times. Due to knee problems he had to retire from the sport (and the club) around 7 years ago. He turned his love of sport to cycling and quickly became an accomplished Vet Time Triallist with Derwentside CC. Steve was a lovely gent, quietly spoken, but trained and competed honourably in the spirit of ameatur competition. I think the club’s motto summarises nicely who Steve was when he ran:

Committed, Determined, Passionate. Steve was a gentlemen and proud when he wore the Elswick Vest.

A card will be available to sign next Tuesday evening (18th) in the sports hall.

Sincere Regards,

Graham Bell.

Photos kindly supplied by Lee Bennett.

L to R: Iain Hardy – Kevin Stephenson – Lee Bennett – Steve Grey. The 2010 Good Friday Relays: V40 A Team.
Steve on his way to a medal in 2010 at the Good Friday Relays (on the “old 2.2 mile outside loop of ONE”).