WHAT A WEEKEND! HERE IS THE NEWS!

Nearly 30 runners out in force at the Coastal run!

Gary Corkhill becomes an IRONMAN!

Lee Bennett excels at the 10 mile at the international Snowdonia mountain race!…..First up the Coastal Run!

A scorcher of a day awaited 1170 runners at one of the U.K.’s best races.

The sell out that is the Beadnell to Alnmouth coastal run. As I ate a ‘99’ with a flake, competitors basked in sunshine awaiting a slightly delayed start to the race, all due to a high tide. So Factor 50 applied, suited, booted, hydrated (though not for much longer) athletes congregated on the wet compacted sand of BeadnellHarbour. By my watch it was 1.47pm as the ‘GO!’ was announced and the runners set off for Alnmouth.

Some of Team Elswick . Guess which one had a 99!
Some of Team Elswick . Guess which one had a 99!

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As you can see from the photos above a great shot of the athletes at the start, at the harbour. It was a glorious site as around those 1000 competitors made their way around the tricky start that gives the runners just a flavour of what lies ahead. Tip toe round the rock pools and the lagoons of water….You need your wits about you, that’s for sure. All runners safely away, I headed back to the car and hot footed it down to Craster village: I made it in good time to see the first group of 3 runners pass the Shoreline café and then not far behind we had our first Elswick chap.

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Hmm: BEAR GRYHLLS! OR BEAR (NEARLY ALL?)
Hmm: BEAR GRYHLLS! OR BEAR (NEARLY ALL?)

Iain Hardy once again in those fetching (ahem not!) lime green socks. Just behind is Mark Turnbull, probably with Chevvy Chase legs given a thorough rinse of lactic!! Andrew Hartley came by looking good. I stayed there for a good few minutes, shouting on Team Elswick, I remember Richey Roberts bearing nearly ALL!  The thumbs up from ‘Whay Aye’ Jardin, a head down from Ant Benyon, a smile from Mary Lisle, more thumbs up from Ben “Usain Bolt” Hall, Harry looking strong, Cath looking good and a thumbs up! Kev Stephenson just about stopped and posed for the camera! I stayed until Denise passed by, smiling from under the race cap! shimmering road ahead? Sometimes need that hat! 

KEV ON HIS WAY THRU CRASTER....DIDNT USE HIS GEL HANDED TO HIM!
KEV ON HIS WAY THRU CRASTER….DIDNT USE HIS GEL HANDED TO HIM!
WOR ANDY FROM THE BEEB!....NICE SKIP!
WOR ANDY FROM THE BEEB!….NICE SKIP!

A drive to the finish for me now, as I drive towards Alnmouth, but since this race is on road for a while I do pass several of Team Elswick out on the hot hazy ‘tarmacadam’. I see Mary Lisle, Steve Kyte, and Steve Robertson, their skin is glistening with sweat….It is a hot day, the temperature gauge on the car at that point was 23 degrees….I give words of encouragement….I hope it helped in someway. Arriving at Alnmouth golf club I hot foot it to the finish. It’s approaching 90 mins……Can I see the first Elswick runner finish? Sadly no! Mark Turnbull had crossed the line literally seconds before I got there! I do get the arms above head in celebration though. Yeah he did Elswick proud, home in 1.29.11 & 23rd place. In those conditions with heavy legs, I think you will agree it was a great run. Congratulations!

1st HOME FOR ELSWICK, MARK TURNBULL
1st HOME FOR ELSWICK, MARK TURNBULL

50 seconds later the Lime Green Express in the shape of Iain Hardy bounds through in 1.30.41. He’s knackered. Frustrated he didn’t go sub 1.30…..grrrrr….defo next time! Completing the top 3 it was Andrew Hartley still carrying those knees high. 1.33.21 and a top 50 position (45th) well done Mr. BBC! (At the foot of the page are all your times and placings).

 

THE LIME GREEN EXPRESS ITS IAIN!
THE LIME GREEN EXPRESS ITS IAIN!
THE COD I CAUGHT THIS MORNING AT BEADNELL WAS THIS B-I-G !!!
THE COD I CAUGHT THIS MORNING AT BEADNELL WAS THIS B-I-G !!!
BEN ON HIS WAY TO THE FINISH. GOOD RUN!!!
BEN ON HIS WAY TO THE FINISH. GOOD RUN!!!

As each and everyone one of Team Elswick crossed the finish line you could see it had been a tough afternoon. The sun continued to beat down, the gentle breeze had all but disappeared, making it even more difficult in the closing stages. The sandy ground underfoot only exaggerates those aching limbs. But you all came home safe, which was good to see.  Once again Harry Matthews was impressive, I believe 1st O/60 finisher in a time of 1.45.37 (150th overall). 

ANOTHER STRONG, ACCOMPLISHED PERFORMANCE BY HARRY MATTHEWS
ANOTHER STRONG, ACCOMPLISHED PERFORMANCE BY HARRY MATTHEWS
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MARIE 1ST HOME FOR THE LADIES TEAM. WELL DONE!

 

The ladies of Elswick once again acquitted themselves admirably. 1st home was Marie Drozdowicz (and 1st placed in her age category?) 186th overall and 1.49.14. Next home Angela Richardson, 194th 1.49.50 and 3rd across the finish line was our good friend, the face and smile of Elswick Harriers 🙂 Mary Lisle, 324th and a time of 1.58.23. Some notable scalps from the men of Elswick taken! Very well ran to the top three from Elswick Ladies!

MARY AT THE FINISH, TAKING OVER ANOTHER BLOKE!
MARY AT THE FINISH, TAKING OVER ANOTHER BLOKE!

Lalage Brown probably had a tougher day than most…. Two nasty falls, cuts and abrasions to arms and legs…..a bit of determination to finish, well done for toughing it out Lal!

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Bringing it all home for the club were Jackie Avery and Helen Young.

JACKIE THE TRUE COMPETITOR, INTO THE LAST METRES. NICE ONE JACKIE.
JACKIE THE TRUE COMPETITOR, INTO THE LAST METRES. NICE ONE JACKIE.

You are a credit to Elswick. To finish that course today, in those conditions, you are both achievers. Great endeavour. Well to you both and ALL of you today at the coastal run…..make’s you proud to be part of the running community.  The day was rounded off by a gathering a ravenous athletes that settled down for a BBQ on the beach of Alnmouth. I’m sure there were kilos of food put away, as well as a deserved beer or three! 

Relaxing at the Elswick post race picnic on Alnmout beach
Relaxing at the Elswick post race picnic on Alnmout beach

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Poor Lalage showing off her war injuries from the race falls
Poor Lalage showing off her war injuries from the race falls
BBQ under way
BBQ under way

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We had a member from Team Elswick competing at IRONMAN BOLTON, that gent being Gary Corkhill. Gary completed his Ironman in 15hrs 18 mins. So the next time you see Gary, say a very well done! I’ll be asking Gary if he can scribe his story for the club’s website. 

Also competing down at 39th Snowdonia Mountain race was our General Lee “the Express” Bennett. A tough day also for Lee but he done us proud he finished 4th in this 10 mile international race! It climbs to the highest summit in Wales and England….so not for the faint hearted! Some of Europe very best Elite Mountain runners compete at this prestigious event as it qualifies athletes for a shot at glory at a trip to represent The Snowdon Race Team in Italy in October. 

With a finishing time of 1.01.21, this is something I’m sure Lee will be delighted with…….Only 15 seconds off a Bronze Medal. A fantastic run by wor Lee! Well done! 

So all in all it’s been a very excellent weekend for the club. GB 🙂

Ben Hall

great write up and excellent to see Lee and Gary in what I can only decribe as crazy events but doing so well.. well done to everyone!

graham bell

Hi Ben well ran yesterday! Your personal account of the day is up on the website, enjoy the read…..I did! Cheers Graham

Mary

Excellent write up Captain Coolio and thanks so much for the cheers, it really helps when you are struggling in the heat, feel like you have nothing left and someone shouts your name and words of encouragement! A big thank you and also to Sarah on route at places when we really needed it and to Kim and the gang on the beach – what a fab day. Gary and Lee – massive well done. x

graham bell

Yes, I will second that…. a great all round performance by the team from start to finish…It was a pleasure to watchand appreciate the effort put in by all.Spreadsheet to follow with results and placings…but i can’t find Denise!

patrick gordon

Great write up Graham, the run can only be described as epic, had everything, sun sea oh and dont forget the sand, enjoyed it but hard..MASSIVE thank to every body who was there to support us and shout encouragement made a big difference ..

graham bell

Hi Patrick pleased you enjoyed the read. A good day at the ‘the office’s for you and your team,well done again. GB.

graham bell

Hi Patrick pleased you enjoyed the read. A good day at the ‘the office’for you and your team,well done again. GB.

jillbennett

Wow! Looks like the Coastal Run was a hot one, really well done to everyone who took part! Fantastic turnout for the club. We had a great time at the Snowdon International Mountain Race. The weather was damp and very humid and unfortunately for the first time in the races history it was cut short less than a mile from the summit due to a high risk of lightening strikes. We both ran with self preservation in mind and Lee finished 4th V45. It was a bit like a stage of the tour de France with supporters lining the route. Would definitely recommend it.We’ve been out running on the mountain everyday since.

graham bell

Hi jill & Richard! I will certainly second all those comments, a great weekends work from snowdonia, Bolton and Northumberland! Big congratulations to all who competed this weekend! Cheers,GB

Les Williamson

What an amazing weekend ! well done everyone especially the NCR newbies Helen and Emma who were well outside their comfort zone

graham bell

Hi Les, Thank you for putting out your note. Well done to Helen and Emma, a tough start indeed wearing the Elswick vest! Worn with pride I’m sure. Cheers, Graham.

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