Club Championship Standings & Junior NEYDL: 1st meet of the 2019 season.

Thank you to Noel for updating the championship standings after round 2 from The Terry O’Gara 5 km on Sunday: Results after race 2

Report from Jan & ken: Now that we have put our wellies away and with summer on  the horizon the first NEYDL was held at Whitley Bay. It was a lovely day with a breeze coming off the North Sea ideal for all the athletes.

We are in partnership with South Shields competing against Tynedale, Blyth/Alnwick, Wallsend/Gosforth and Jarrow/Phoenix Flyers. It was a tremendous turnout for the girls trying different events in track and field sadly none of our junior boys turned out.

The next meeting in this series is on Saturday 18th May at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Well done to Judith for all her hard work to make sure these events happen so please juniors support your club: it’s great fun and no pressure . Hopefully see as many junior runners at the next meeting at Jarrow. Provisional Results here > Results


Juniors Report – North East Youth Development League 2019

Now that we have put our wellies away and with summer on the horizon the first NEYDL was held at Whitley Bay .It was a lovely day with a breeze coming off the North Sea ideal for all the athletes.
We are in partnership with South Shields competing against Tynedale, Blyth/Alnwick, Wallsend/Gosforth and Jarrow/Phoenix Flyers. It was a tremendous turnout for the girls trying different events in track and field sadly none of our junior boys turned out.
The next meeting in this series is on Saturday 18th May at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Please see link with all provisional results on or go to NEYDL website .Well done to Judith for all her hard work to make sure these events happen so please juniors support your club it’s great fun no pressure . Hopefully see as many of you as possible at Jarrow. Cheers Jan&Ken

Well Done to all: The 2019 London Marathon & The TOG 5km (Club Championship Race). This weeks senior training.

Another grand TV running spectacle yesterday, as the 2019 Virgin London Marathon took to the capital’s streets. 40,000 participants, millions raised for charities, personal bests to aim for and among the professional elite athletes, some truly world class marathon running.

First though: TEAM ELSWICK! – (positions in category):

Richard Houghton 2.59.16 (1153rd). Mark Turnbull 3.04.07 (165th). Jason Old 3.19.06 (660th). Robert Emson 3.22.24 (443rd). Dean Pepperell 3.28.46 (2532nd). Simon Lynch 3.34.11 (1195th). Debra Spoor 3.45.06 (364th). Joanne Brown 4.14.02 (801st). Elspeth Aspinall 4.14.02 (981st). Kay Thompson 5.03.41(1895th). Well done everyone and congratulations!

You have to have to admire Eliud Kipchoge’s world class time of 2.02.37. Simply brilliant. Callum Hawkins from Scotland had a fine return back to the event with a superb 2.08.14. Mo Farah was 5th in a time of 2.05.39. Englands Jonny Mellor ran a fine 2.13.25. In the women’s race another world class performance from Keyna’s Brigid Kosgei: After a slow first half she blew the field away with a second half split of 66 minutes, a finishing time of 2.18.20, saw her take the ladies title. A superb run by England’s Charlotte Purdue in 2.25.38 an a 10th place secures a world championship place and an Olympic slot for Tokyo. Tish Jones ‘famously’ crawled over the fish line to claim a world championship qualifying time of 2.31.00. GB’s Lily Partridge, Hayley Carruthers, Tracy Barlow, Sonia Samuels, Natasha Cockram, finished in 17, 18, 19, 20th positions respectively. Superb running from GB’s women elite athletes. 

The same day saw Team Elswick athletes take to he start line on race number two for the club championship: The Terry O’Gara 5 km road race, hosted by Wallsend Harriers at Cobalt Business Park. results here.

Well done everyone, some good times there! Keep it going!

This weeks senior training:

Tuesday: 23 min loop at Walbottle Bank.

Thursday: Indoor circuits followed by 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1 pyramid on the field.





Hello Team Elswick. On Wednesday evening (24th April) Catherine Lowes (and fellow Elswick Athletes) were competing at the NECCA 10,000 m track championships, also incorporating Northern 10,000 m track championships. The weather at Jarrow stadium were over cast and cool, with the usaul head wind in the home straight. A great night for Cath who has been in excellent form: This turned into a GOLD MEDAL winning performance! Catherine was the winner of the women’s race. 

Catherine Lowes (32) in the mix and on her way to GOLD!

Silver went to Heather Robinson (Jarrow). Bronze went to Vicky Thompson (Jarrow).

She’s now Northern as well as North Eastern 10,000 m champion as both competitions were in the same race. Winners of the men’s race: Gold – Gregory Jayasuriya (Middlesbrough and Cleveland) Silver – Jordan Bell (Blackhill Bounders) Bronze – Thomas Straughan (Morpeth).

Also at the same event and in the NEGP, Junior  athlete Caitlin Flanagan ran a PB in the  800 m, clocking 2.35. Well done.

Daniel and Melissa also competed admirably as part of the Team Elswick contingency too. Well done to both athletes. Full official results are still pending…….Unofficially the results were: Catherine 42.04 / Daniel 43.47 / Melissa 49.21. Catherine incidenally PB’d for both 10 km (quicker than her road time) and 10,000 m track (which was her second outing on the track).


Well Done Catherine – Keep it going.

Cheers, GB



2019 Good Friday Relays

Please find below and updated Version 2.0 of the Good Friday Relay Results. Thank you.

2019 GFR VER 2.0

A record turnout for competitors at our Good Friday Relays earlier today. After an early misty start, the fine morning sunshine added to the spectacle:  lots of spectators were treated to fine racing from the Under 11’s, U13’s U15’s The Womens and Mens Relays made for a great morning of competition.

A special thank you from Safety Officer Derek Nelson who had Club athlete Alex Harman in attendance at the sub-station marshal point. Alex was superb in marshaling the runners! 

To all of the event day help team, you were superb throughout, your a credit to your club.

Thank you to the officials team and to Denise and Adele at Gateway House. Thank you to all participants and spectators……we hope you enjoyed your racing: cheering on your teams and runners. 


It was great to see a record turnout for our Good Friday Races in this our 130th year. The weather first thing was a bit misty and chilly for the first Races but when the sun came out it was glorious for the many spectators but a bit warm for the athletes.

The results are as follows  for the Elswick juniors  U/11 Girls 1st Poppy Wilde 6.36- 15th Jessica  Robinson 9.02- 19th Hannah Waterhouse 9.24 U/11 Boys 5th Liam Coulson 6.38- 10th Jake Stroud 6.56. U/13 Girls 5th Poppy Old 9.45- 10th Lucy Milburn 9.54- 11th Imogen Bungay 9.54-16th Caitlin Flanagan 10.28- 22nd Lauren Stroud 10.37- 41st Sophie Henderson 11.43- 46th  Louisa Hamilton 12.09- 48th Olivia Emson 13.30- 50th Keira Bairstow 13.42- 52nd Evie Reed 13.51- 53rd Lucy Eldridge 15.07

U/13 Boys 28th Jake Robertson 10.07- 37th Callum Eldridge 10.31 38th Harvey Taylor 10.34- 40th Elliot Kelso 10.48- 48th Adam Robinson 11.25- 51st William Butterworth 11.30- 56th Tristan Davidson 12.26- 57th William Scougall 12.31- 60th Bailey Shore 14.32. U/15 Girls 25th Grace Ogilvie 11.26- 26th Aimee Bairstow 11.44- 31st Maelona Redhead 13.57. U/15 Boys 20th Will Brown 11.22. 

Well done to our juniors who ran in the senior races Suzy Fielding Hannah Tumia, Chris Mason and Jamie Styles.

Also out of interest the following senior athletes who ran in the senior race came through our junior ranks are Amy Fuller, Judith Nutt Justina Heslop, Steven Horn, Steve Robertson and Andrew Bell: An inspiration to our junior section. 

Well done everybody for turning up so early to represent your club. 

A big thank you to all the behind the scenes helpers and marshals and officials who give their own time to make these events happen and also a special mention to Graham Bell who has worked tirelessly to make sure this event happens. Cheers Jan & Ken.

Junior Athletes in action here > Click Continue reading: Continue reading 2019 Good Friday Relays


  • Event HQ is at Gateway House,  Newburn Riverside Business Estate.
  • Post Code NE15 8NX. EVENT HQ OPENS AT 8.20 AM. 
  • Follow Event Stewards directions for parking.
  • Declare team sheets and collect bib no.s in good time!
  • Canteen at HQ with Drinks and Cake. All items 50 p each.
  • TIMINGS: U11s 9.15 am. U13s 9.25 am. U15s 9.35 am.
  • Womens race 9.45 am. Mens race 10.55 am.
  • All Junior awards at HQ from 10.30 am.
  • All Senior & Vet awards at HQ from 12.30 pm. 
  • More info can be found under the tab heading of this event on the front page of our website. Thank you.

Vale of York 10 mile. 14.04.19

Yet again, another 5:30 alarm on a Sunday morning and trying to eat porridge before heading out the door to meet Yam and travel down the A1!  This time to a race I have never done, but being unable to do Thirsk 10 mile or Blyth 10k, due to rugby and swimming activities, I was in need of a longer race.  With a tempting 9:30 start, meaning I would be back earlier, the Vale of York 10mile seemed like the perfect choice!  We watched the temperature drop as we drove down the A1 and the wind slowly pick up. 

Confirmed by the fact that between arriving at the start and actually starting the race, the windsocks on the airfield were certainly more active.  Having decided to race in just a vest (a new one and only my 2nd since joining the club in 1991 – thanks for that Andrea) and gloves, we braved the cold on the start line.  Then we were off. 

Thankfully the dog leg in this race was right at the start, up and down a strip of the airfield.  At least it meant that before we left the airfield we were down to 8 and a bit miles to go.  The rest of the race passed in a blur of breezy sections, and not so breezy sections.  I couldn’t tell you where the race went, just that it went up and down and round and round!  No squashed frogs this time.  Counting the miles down, I realised that the last mile and a bit was coming back along the same road we went out on.  Not that it made the finish come any quicker………..

I had someone shout and tell me I was first woman and just to hold it together – great advice and I did try.  With the airfield in sight, I had someone shout that I was ‘first at the moment’.  That got me thinking – what was I going to do.  My legs were tired and hurting, but I knew (as does anyone else who is near me at the end of a race) I have no sprint finish and if I was caught on the run in I didn’t have a chance.  

I wasn’t prepared to let it go easily so I did try to pick the pace up, but probably just pulled a few more funny faces!  I managed to hold on to the finish, although the 1st 3 women all finished within 30 seconds of each other.  Those finishing 2nd and 3rd achieving massive PBs.  Well done to both of you.  At the finish – no time to hang about as it was so cold.  It was clothes on and try to get warm.  Then the journey back up the A1.

It was nice to do a new race and it is advertised as PB course.  The 1st man finished in 53:47 – he must have thought I stopped for a picnic and cup of tea!  And its one that I would go back and do. 

Next race – Good Friday relays – hmmmmmm, I’m not expecting a fast time from me with Sunday in my legs.  Just getting my excuses in early!!!!

See you all Friday

Jude Nutt

Remember When. 1989!Club Centenary.Metro Radio Saltwell Harriers Road Race. The Co-op! Elswick’s Rippon Hall

Back in 1989: The Club’s centenary year. Elswick Harriers pulled out the stops, as guest of honour was Seb Coe. A multiple, Olympic,world champion and world recorder holder in the middle distance track events. Also guest of honour, Elswick’s Olympian and Silver Medalist Mike McLeod. 

Centenary presentation evening at the union rooms in Newcastle. Now that was a sell out! Frank Watson left, Harry Matthews far right, center, Seb Coe. Right of Seb, Mike McLeod.
The year 1996. Centre, Dave Harrod from Elswick. Right? Guess who: Gothenburg 1995. Triple Jump. World Champion and current world record holder……. A very young Jonathan Edwards.

In 1889 The Metro Radio / Saltwell Harriers 10 km was held. Once again Elswick’s Silver medal Olympian Mike McLeod won the event in 29.43. Look at the top 20 times: 20th would arguable win a local 10 km today? 3rd Senior Team. 1st Men’s Vets Team. 180 senior men took part: 167 vet men, 39 in the boys race, 22 in the youths boys race, and 19 in the senior women and combined vet race.





Mike McLeod

















































































Elwisicks Tom Hanson & Frank Watson, receiving sponsorship from the Co-op, back in the late 90’s

To round things off: A gentlemen and fellow Elswick Harrier Rippon Hall. His name was metioned at the club presentation evening. A life honorary member. Here he is, Rippon Hall (centre in the ‘red vest &  diamond’ of Elswick) the athlete in action.

I hope you have enjoyed a little trip down memory lane. Thanks to Frank Watson for the photos and archived paper work. Cheers, Graham.



Kielder 32 K Trail

Saturday saw the first running of the high Terrain Kielder 32k trail race as an addition to the regular 50k and 100k events. There was a good turnout for Elswick Harriers as Laura Clegg, Mandy Kennon, Tina McIver, Kay Thompson, Christiane James and John Ryan turned up sporting the red and white vest.

On a cool overcast day the race began at Kielder castle at 10am prompt sending the runners up the first challenging climb of the day from the castle up past ‘The Devil’s Lapful’ and on towards ‘Wainhope Bothy’. At this early stage it was John Ryan who held the lead Elswick vest…but would it stay that way?!?

The beautiful scenery didn’t stop and we were soon wading through a small stream (It’s not a trail if you don’t get your feet wet, right?), next came the hardest climb of the day up to the top of ‘Black Belling Fell’ at 323 metres this was no easy ascent but the views were well worth it and this was the highest point of the route for the 20 milers. A nice casual descent though boggy heather and forest trails took us to the check point at Kielder Dam with our very own cheerleader Michael Clegg waiting to cheer us in.

The second half of the race followed the north side of the lakeside path all the way back to Kielder castle, this presented a different challenge. There are seemingly no flat sections here you are either running up or down a hill but a clear day gave us all great views of Kielder reservoir to spur us on. It was three quarters of the way along this path where the Elswick lead changed hands, the fresh and spritely duo of Tina and Christine hardly broke a sweat as they took over as the lead Elswick vests.

The grounds of Kielder Castle saw the finish line where Tina and Christine were the first Elswick Harriers to finish (Joint second in their age group) closely followed by John Ryan, shortly after Mandy, Kay and Laura came smiling over the finishing line to cheers and congratulations for completing a challenging and brutal 20 miles. All results can be found here

***An extra special mention must go to Amy Brown for completing her first ultra-marathon on Saturday by running in the 50k event. Well done Amy***

John Ryan