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.