‘Lionesses’ Roar to success :) And running in memory of PC Andrew Harper.

Thanks to Tom Hanson for the scribe:

2019 Hetton Lyons Signal Road Relay Championships: Usually arranged held in February, the event was thankfully back on: On Saturday 1st September……..

Elswick Entered 4 teams into the Relays: Senior & Over 50 men’s teams & a Senior & Vet Women’s Team…… 

The Women were on form again taking superb 3rd places in both the Senior’s race (Amy Fuller, Hannah Tumia, Suzannah Fielding and Amy Hepinstall). The Vets Team was comprised of athletes Cath Lowe, Hannah Marshal, Amy Brown & Felicity Smith. Well done to all six athletes!

Strong performances from the men 8th senior & 9th over 50’s but no medals taken.

This summer has seen the women pick up team prizes at the Annita Nott 1st , Gosforth Relays 1st seniors & 1st Vet’s, Tynedale 10 mile 1st & 2nd and now 3rd seniors & Vet’s at the North East Championships.

There have been 13 different women in these teams and shows the commitment under their Captain Andrea Banner to get out and race, they are all seeing the benefit as their PB’s are improving. Again, Well Done to the Elswick Lionesses…….a nickname given by UKA Timekeeper Les Venmore at the relays on Saturday (an experienced and ever present at regional races). 


Elswick Harriers, friends and family including comrades from our local clubs North East Veterans and Newcastle Frontrunners stood up together and ran 7.605 km in memory of PC 7605 Andrew Harper and all those who form the thin blue line that keep us safe.

It was a warm day but thanks to the efforts of Chris Hull over 25 of us turned up early on a Bank holiday Monday to run together and show how much we respect those in our emergency services.

Keith Batey gave a powerful speech reminding us all about the importance of why we were running before leading us in an emotive 1 minute silence.

Sometimes running is more than just running and I’m sure all who took part this morning would agree.

Laura Clegg