Good Friday Relays 2018. Report, photos, results.

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The annual Elswick Harriers Good Friday relays took place on the 30th of March on a breezy and showery morning down on the Riverside Park at Newburn. The entrants in both the junior and senior races were in record numbers (Results are also under the tab heading: Event Results). Bill McGuirk has a race report in Monday’s Evening Chronicle.

The senior mens race with 118 teams was easily won by a youthful Morpeth Harriers squad consisting of Kieron Hedley, Dan Dixon, Sam Hancox and James Young in a winning time of 42:53. Tyne Bridge Harriers finished second in 44:07 and a young Houghton Harriers team finished third in a time of 44:52.

First to finish for Elswick in 29th place were the vets A team Jason Old, Andrew Ball, Iain Hardy and Lee Bennett. The team completed the race in 49:37 and were a creditable 4th vets team overall. Elswicks senior mens A team were 35th overall in a time of 50:24, with Adam Hands, youngsters Jamie Styles and Chris Mason and Scott Brady. The senior mens B team finished in 61st place in a time of 54:41, the team consisted of Ben Hall, Micky Shore, Dean Pepperell and Steve Addison. Finally Elswicks vet B team finishes 83rd in 58:18, well done to Dave Armstrong, Mike Russell, Aidain Cairns and Robert Lambert.

The womens race with 114 teams competing was won by Gateshead Harriers senior team. Stacey Smith led from leg one and with Mary Ferrier and Michelle Nolan-Hood finishing in 37:23. Morpeth Harriers were 2nd in 37:58 and Darlington 3rd in 39:05.

Elswick womens senior A team finished in an excellent 6th place overall with a team consisting of Robyn Bennett, Sam Crowe and Judith Nutt finishing in 40:13. Elswicks Vet A team were 16th overall and 5th vets team in 43:49, well done to Joanne Brown, Arabelle Pearce and Andrea Banner.

  • Note from Graham: A personal thank you to all the helpers on Friday.
  • Thank you to Denise & Adele from First Contact at Gateway House, the club’s HQ for the day.
  • A special note of appreciation & thank you to Jonny Lowes.
  • Thank you to early morning helpers to set the run course & car parking: Martin, Simon, Jonny, Derek, Tom, Ian, Les, Steve and ‘the team’.
  • Thank you to the registration & canteen teams. You were ALL excellent…….Proud to be an Elswick Harrier on a record turnout day for the Good Friday Event.
  • A final thank you to all the athletes who represented their clubs and to the spectators who cheered everyone on.
Vet Womens A Team Joanne, Arabella and Andrea

The senior womens B team consisting of Cath Lee, Amy Hepinstall and Jennifer Scarlett finished 21st overall in 44:37. Lindsey Grant, Vicki Mcphee, and Marie Drozdowicz were 47th overall in 47:56. Elswick vets C team finished the race in 90th place in 55:17 were led off by Yvonne Swinhope and followed by Elaine Henderson and Mandy Kennon who enjoyed their first Good Friday Relay.

Please see below a link to the results for the senior relays. Please leave queries in the comments section below. Thank you.

The junior race results have now been fully updated and can be found at the link below. Junior team results can also be found below. Thank you for your patience. Also note from Ken Heslop:

Well done to the 38 Elswick juniors who turned out on Good Friday Fantastic efforts from everyone with quite a few making their debut in their Elswick vests.The weather was not kind but it did not put them off.There were three races with mixed boys and girls.

Under 11 Boys 1.16 Mile

30th Adam Robinson7.05- 36th  Bailey Shore 7.14 Under 11 Girls 2nd Poppy Old 6.32-11th Erin Blight 7.20-12th Charlotte Naughton 7.28 -16th Louisa Hamilton 7.55-19th Zoe Fielding 8.11-28th Kiera Bairstow 8.35-32nd Jayden Morton 8.56.

Under 13 Boys 1.6 Mile

2nd Zak Old 8.39-15th William Butterworth 9.49-21st Jake Robertson 10.00-28th Charles Mason 10.37-34th Joseph Carruthers 11.09-37th Matthew Todd 11.14.

Under 13 Girls

4th Abigail Leiper 9.54-5th Zara Naughton 10.01-16th Caitlin Flanagan 10.39-17th Lucy Milburn 10.40-19th Olivia Carruthers 10.46-27th Isabella Russell 11.10-28th Freya Guadagno 11.11-35th Olivia Ogilvie 11.34- 41st Ellen Hardy 12.12 – 46th Lucy Dixon 12.59-47th Olivia Emson 13.10-49th Maelona Redhead 14.04.Under 13 Girls joint second team.

Under 15 Boys 1.6 Mile

3rd Rowan Bennett 8.09-25th Jack Naughton 9.32-31st Kieran Dixon 9.51-34th Connor Shore 11.36.

Under 15 Girls 

11th Hannah Tumia 9.44-12th Suzannah Fielding 9.45-20th Charley Lee 10.53-22nd Kerry-Ann Simpson 11.16-25th Aimee Bairstow 12.12-26th Rebecca Todd 12.23 -29th Hannah Moncur 13.16.(Hannah is an under 13 but missed the start of her race but did well to compose herself and ran her first Elswick race in the under 15 age group).

The cross country is now behind us for this season it would be great to see this sort of turnout in the forthcoming track season.

Well done to all the Elswick Harriers who worked tirelessly to put this event on.

Cheers Jan & Ken

U13 boys
1st Blackhill Bounders counters 3, 14, 16 = 33
1st Gateshead Harriers 6, 8, 19 = 33
3rd Morpeth Harriers 12, 13, 17 = 42
U13 girls
1st NSP 2, 6, 12 = 20
2nd Gateshead Harriers 3, 8, 14 = 25
2nd Elswick Harriers 4, 5, 16 = 25
U15 boys
1st Morpeth Harriers 4, 9, 11 = 24
2nd Gosforth Harriers 8, 15, 18 = 41
U15 girls
1st Houghton Harriers 2, 4, 10 = 16
2nd Gosforth 6, 7, 14 = 27

Juliet Birch-Machin

Thanks for organising a great event- enjoyed again – despite the rain!
(Think the Gosforth Ladies E Team is missing from the results?)

Graham Bell

Hello Julie. Thank you for contacting the club. Pleased you and your club enjoyed the day. If the result is missing we will update it. As the volunteers are all at work now it may take a while to put right – but we will do it.
Graham Bell (mens Captain).

Lisa Waterston

Hi, I know the junior list is incomplete. My son took part in the under 11’s and his name isnt on the sheet yet, however one of the girls from his club is on the list and I know my son was over the finish line before her? His number was 56 and running for Sunderland Harriers

Graham Bell

Hello Lisa: a fully updated results sheet will be on the website this morning and latterly the same to Sportssoft results page. Thank you, Graham (mens captain)

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