Final round of the NEHL from Wrekenton.

The end of season finale to the NEHL cross country took place on Saturday at Wrekenton. For some athletes it was a chance to secure points and position, as it was a counting event for the club’s championship. For the club, it was the opportunity to secure and consolidate division 2 status for both the women’s and men’s teams.

For many though, this day was to pay our respects to our dear friend and fellow Elswick Harrier, Kevin Stephenson, who passed away on Thursday, 12th March 2015.

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Mary Lisle provided black ribbons for the club’s athletes and Team Elswick spectators. As more and more club members gathered around the tent, you just knew this was going to be a fine turnout for Kevin and the club. People greeted each other. We consoled one another. We re-kindled memories of Kevin, but as the minutes passed by, the time had arrived when it was time to compete and so the day started with the junior races. Once again the juniors got the day off to a fine start.

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Juniors From Team Elswick & a photo bomb from coach Mark!

First up were the U11  boys. Results: Zak Old, 16th in 6.59. Omar Tumia, 23rd in 7.12. Next the under U11 girls. Results: Emily Alison, 9th in 7.05. Caitlin Flanagan 21st in 7.51. Well ran Juniors, there were all very good times J. Next were the U13 boys. Results: Jamie Styles, 23rd in 11.14. Ben Flanagan, 25th in 11.15. Matthew Grant, 33rd in 11.39. Well ran lads. You were placed 8th out of 47 clubs. Well Done.

U13 Boys off and running!

 

Next the U13 girls. Anna Styles, 35th in 12.35. From the fast pack: Marissa O’Rouke 38th in 12.37. Also from the fast pack Hannah Tumia and Susannah Fielding 48th & 49th respectively and both receiving a time of 12.58. Well ran everyone. Collectively you were placed 7th overall out of 47 teams. Congratulations.

 

 

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From the U17 girls and U20 women and running from the fast pack another fine XC run from Charlotte Baston running to a 15th place in a net time of 29.13. Well ran Charlotte. For the season: U13 Boys 6th. U13 Girls 7th. U15 Girls 29th. U15 Boys 37th. U17 Girls 27th. U17 Boys 44th. Well done everyone.

Charlotte Baston in fine form
Charlotte Baston in fine form

 

Elswick’s women’s team

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The women’s race: Another superb turnout by the ladies of Elswick. Once again they did not disappoint (Times are net): Judith Nutt 9th 26.34. Sarah Davies 22nd 29.10. Sara Blight 30th 29.22. 38th Mary Lisle 29.31 (Kevin would have been proud of you). 63rd Emma Turnbull 29.31. 80th Marie Louise Drozdowicz 80th 30.11. Claire Tumia 81st 28.11. Andrea Banner (Fast Pack) 99th 26.24. Kim Matthews 125th 30.46. Catherine Lee 143rd 29.03. Jill Bennett 227th 33.09. Lalage Brown 232nd 33.19. Melissa Bateson 255th 34.34. Michelle Coleman 283rd. 36.33. Congratulations to all the women racing today. Collectively you were placed 1st on the day and finished the season in an excellent 4th position overall 🙂

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Back in action in Alnwick, Back in Action here at Wrekenton its Our Smiley Jude!

 

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Bringing it all home for the women’s team, Michelle Coleman
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Mary Lisle with good friend Alison from NSP :)

 

Men of Elswick. There for Kevin.
A superb athlete: Kevin Stephenson
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Kevin at the 2013 Sherman Cup. Competitive but ALWAYS with a smile :)
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Juniors. Ladies. Gents. There for Kevin.
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Just before the minute’s silence………..

The men’s race started with an announcement to the first pack on the start line that there would be a minutes silence for Kevin. It was perfectly observed. There were tears shed, arms around each other and heads bowed. The whistle was blown and the men’s race commenced. What a picture it was. Hundreds of athletes headed off towards the first hill. After the first pack was away it was followed by the medium pack and then the fast pack athletes (Kevin at his peak was a consistent Fast Pack Athlete. He loved cross country :)).

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Close friend Iain, giving his all.
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Through triathlon, Good friends of Kevin,Conrad and Harry

 

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Elswick’s Vocal support – More out on the course too! “Come on ELSWICK!!”

 

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It was easy to spot that Red, White & Black vest with the black ribbon. You could see that every Elswick athlete gave it everything. It made you proud. There were many a fine time produced today, some excellent pack work, resulting in high finishing positions, given the total numbers of athletes competing (502 runners crossed the finish line). The men’s results are as follows (Times are net):  First home for the club, Chris Pearce 54th 37.49. Steven Knight 57th 35.22. Jonny Bolton 97th 38.28. Richard Carr 103rd 38.32. Bradley Clough 105th (Fast pack N/C) 33.32. Jason Old 111th 36.07. Iain Hardy 112th 36.07  (Kevin would have been proud of that run). Steven Robertson 117th 38.43. Seamus Kelleher 148th 39.03. Lee Bennett (Fast Pack) 151st 34.03. Andrew Lee 176th 39.30. 177th Alan Thompson 39.30. Dave Jardin 207th in 40.00. Anthony Benyon 212th 40.01. Ben Hall 219th 40.12. Mark Turnbull 226th 37.47. Mark Carpenter 228th 40.17. John Lowes 241st 40.29. Paul Turner (Fast Pack and returning from a broken collarbone injury) 267th 36.00. Tom Hanson 322nd 42.31. 350th Harry Matthews 43.38. Daniel Nettle 387th 44.46. Robert Emson 412th 45.36. Phil Baston 416th 45.48. Steve Curry 472nd 49.15. Last but by no means least, Jeff Emerson 490th in 53.47. Twenty six ‘Men of Elswick’ ran today. The best turnout yet. Collectively you were placed 4th on the day and overall for the season you were 6th placed team. A fine reward against tough opposition in greater numbers. Once Jeff was back at the tent, Team Elswick jogged back to the start line (along with other club runners who knew Kevin). 

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Iain about to lead out the tribute lap. A large turnout and so many thanks for staying back!

Iain Hardy announced that “This one is for you Kevin” and with a mix of juniors, men and women athletes, set off on a tribute lap. Some folks walked a shorter lap. In time, one by one, group by group, the runners made their way across the finish line. They were all warmly applauded by quite a number of spectators. It was a moving site. Throughout the day, photos were taken, with the final ones taken after the tribute lap.

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The first of tribute runners at the finish line

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HIP HIP HORRAY! The day ends with beer and cake ;)
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Ironman Austria 2014. (Kevin definitely having a beer with us in the tent 🙂 )

We rounded off the day with a beer and delicious cake! We said our good byes to one another, dismantled the tent and headed home.  

I would like to say an indebted ‘Thank You’ to everyone who turned up to support Kevin and his beloved Elswick Harriers on Saturday.

Each and every one of you were magnificent. A special thank you I feel must go to Mary Lisle, Steve Robertson, Catherine Lee, Dave Jardin and Lalage Brown who helped in many ways today. 

I have no doubt that Kevin’s family and his ‘work family’ would have been deeply touched by all of your efforts on Saturday.

In my humble opinion, togetherness and friendship at such a heartbreaking time is what makes our club special.  

We will all miss you Kevin. Rest in peace.

You were quite simply:

A great man.

Graham bell

Hi claire, thank you for staying to the very end of what was probably a long day for you and your ‘troops’ 🙂

Sarah stokoe

A lovely heartfelt right up, I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Kevin but I can tell from all the wonderful comments just how much he meant to everyone he knew x you all did him proud on Saturday and it’s nice to be part of a ‘running family’ who care so much x

stevie curry

It was a pleasure 2 know kev .he used 2 push me up the hills .and all way give a shout wen passing me .going 2 miss u loads kev .big hugs mate xxxc

stevie curry

It was a pleasure kowning kev .used 2 love doing xc with kev .he used 2 push me up them hills .and then give me a nice shout as he passed me .going 2 miss kev .big hugs mate xxx

Graham bell

Hi Stevie sunshine :)………..aye me too….in the fast times and the fast pack in his mid forties and he would glide past me as if I was standing still!!!!! I can only dream of such achievement! We are going to miss him Sunna 🙁 let us remember the good times 🙂

Ben

Great write up Graham and so true, this club is special which showed on Saturday. I didn’t know Kev well but saw just how much running meant to him, always smiling whether at the start during or end of a race… a true legend of the club and he’ll be truly missed all. RIP Kev

Graham bell

Outside of work, Kevin loved to train to compete. He liked nothing better than getting down right muddy and knackered!!

tina mciver

You’ve captured the day Graham. Very emotional and very raw. A fitting tribute to a great guy who will be missed by all. RIP Kevin.

Paul Jones

What a great report Graham. Kev will be a huge miss. He showed so much dedication to sport and was an inspiration. He was always willing to use his experience to give advice and deserved the huge respect everyone had for him. RIP Kev.

Shaun Connelly

Lovely words as usual from Graham, although i could not be there my thoughts were with you all, Elswick did a brilliant job in showing there respect for one of our clubs great runners who sadly passed away, We will always remember you Kev ,RIP mate.

Graham bell

Hi shaun, thanks for comments……..many harriers could not attend, but the voice of apology was most apparent, many were so sorry they could not make it…..if they could have been, they most certainly would have been in the vest!

Micky shore

Really good write up I think Kev was with each and everyone’s mind and in every step everyone took on that day sorry Kev I did not race that day but was there for the lap and since I did not race Kev sorry dude that means your coming to London with me and helping me get round on my first marathon

Graham bell

Don’t worry mickey………he will be there on your shoulder taking care of team Elswick 🙂 thank you for just being there it meant a lot.

Graham bell

Hi Brendan…..just reading your comment and my mind goes straight back to new year at the Denton………..happy times.

Catherine Lee

I recently got to know Kev over the cross country season, travelling down to Pontefract on the mini bus for the Northerns. He was a familiar face over the season around the Elswick tent and always the first one after the chocolate at the end of the race.

A great Elswick send off to a top athlete, I am proud to be part of the Elswick family!

Rest In Peace xx

Mary

Kev would be so proud that we all did so well for Team Elswick on Saturday and that all his friends were there running for him not only from Elswick but also his Tyne Tri friends. He loved to train, loved sport and was loved by so many people, such a passion for life and encouragement for others to do well and a huge smile. I will miss you Kevin x

Graham bell

Hello Mary…….you have summed up Kevin and his outlook on life and his love of sport perfectly. Thank you for your behind the scenes work for Saturday 🙂

Martin connelly

Once again a FANTASTIC write up Graham. A day in my LONG Elswick running life that will stay with me forever. Truly a moving day so respectfully done by everyone. R.I.P Kev mate.

Graham bell

Hi Justina, I know you most regretfully could not make Saturday………I know your thoughts were with the team at wrekenton
Proud is one word that embodies the spirit of team Elswick.

Becki and Harry (Wallsend Harriers & Tyne Tri)

It was a very moving tribute during the minute silence with so many people touched by kev’s character, he truly will be missed in both the athletic community. A great guy with a big smile on his face no matter what.

Graham bell

Hi becky and Harry, thank you for posting your kind words and also for staying back for the tribute lap. I know Kevin spoke highly of you both………we saw you out cycling just a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday morning, out on the bikes towards scots gap way…….at speed i I think we said hello!!

Lee Coulson

I remember when I first joined Elswick 8 years ago and the encouragement from Kev to ‘give the session a go’. ….a daunting prospect for a newbie! And during xc (when being overtaken) more words of encouragement. Cheers mate, you’ll be missed. RIP.

John Lowes

It was humbling to see the turnout from Elswick Harriers on Saturday and the support we received from Kevin’s friends at other clubs. It showed how far his warmth and friendship extended beyond competing in our colours.

A truly exceptional person in every respect, he exemplified everything that is good about our sport. Always quick to offer advice and support, he had time for everyone, and as I found out more recently; he could banter with the best of them.

I know through a mutual friend, that he was also highly respected in his work, as well as being as knowledgeable as he was successful. By all accounts, a rounded individual.

Having spent a bit of time with Kev over the past year, on reflection it’s apparent I’d only just begun to get to know him. My deepest sympathies to his nearest and dearest. Why is it the best of us are taken the soonest? If life is precious, perhaps we could live it better by Kevin’s example.

Rachel Walmsley

Wonderful words Graham. I will never forget how welcoming you and Kev were at the Christmas party when I turned up not really knowing anyone. It meant a lot and sums up the spirit of Team Elswick. I feel very proud to have known Kevin if only for a short while. RIP.

Graham bell

Hello Rachel, yeah it was a grand evening 🙂 pleased you enjoyed the write up Rachel……..Kevin typified the sprit that is embedded in Elswick Harriers

Emma Turnbull

Fantastic write up Graham. You always make sure that everyone’s contribution, however small, counts for the Club.
I didn’t know Kev well but still feel deeply saddened by his loss.
I am proud to be part of such a close knit Club.
RIP Kev.

Graham bell

Hi Emma, yes, Kevin just seemed to know everyone! When he came off his bike a couple of weeks ago…..as you remember, in the drop in centre at Blaydon, there he was chatting away to a customer from work……..and again the car park!

Ken and Jan Heslop

Top bloke and runner Kevin was what running is all about. We will miss that smile even when he was running. Gone but never forgotten.

RIP xxx

Graham bell

Hello jan and ken, he simply loved his running……there’s not much more I could add to that. A great day for club and for Kevin. Cheers, graham.

Robert Emson

A fitting tribute in words and in the embrace of the Club which surrounded Saturday. I didn’t know Kev as others knew him but he was the epitome of Elswick – so friendly and happy to encourage others. I remember he showed me where to park at Wrekenton last year. He will be sadly missed.
Rob Emson.

Graham bell

Hi rob…….no matter how small a contribution or piece of advice or general chat……Kevin was only too happy to offer a helpful word. A lovely man.

Graham bell

Hi Brendan, Yes he was -simply a great guy. Can you remember not that long ago, in fact, the last two New Year’s Eve gatherings – Kev was there with friends at The Denton having a great time? I remember his wit and sense of humour.
This New Year, Kev and Iain wanted us to do the famous dip in the North Sea……..I won that argument and went to the Burnley game at SJP instead!!

Yam Thiru

A fitting tribute to a great guy. Thank you Graham. Though I am no longer a member, Elswick harriers will always be very special to me. I ran my best times with the club and it was very much down to training at the track with Kev and the Armstrong gang. I will remember Kev as the guy who always had a smile and never had a rest day. He passed away in his sleep after a hard day’s training. A terrible loss for all those he leaves behind but I’m sure he was a very happy man.

Graham bell

Hello Yam, yeah we remember the 3×2 km in gales and horizontal rain on a Monday mid winter evening with Jude, Alison, Kev, Norman, Steve Gray, john bell and sometimes a few others, all great suffering, but great times fondly remembered 🙂

Joe French

I’ve known Kev for nearly twenty year from my very early days in the hgv trade, I regret not taking him up on on a job offer only recently a few month ago. A very welcoming guy never a bad word spoken. As I still work in a hgv workshop only meters away from his own, he was very competitive but also helpful when was needed. He was a very very clever man and such a shame he has been taken so soon. A very successful employer and always looked after his staff. He will be a great miss in our trade and I really hope his workshop and team continue to be a success in his name. My deepest sympathy go his loved ones at this time. Rest in peace Kev

Graham Bell

Hi Joe, Thank you so much for writing a comment on the website, it is appreciated. Kevin built up LGV from the ground up to the success that is is today
That photo in the main reception area: Kevin digging out the inspection pit!
I never saw him in anything other than overalls covered in oil at work!
Best regards, Graham.

Iain Hardy

A fantastic write up as usual graham !!!…
From the bottom of my heart a huge thank you to all Elswick harriers and other local clubs who paid tribute on Saturday and since by other ways and means to a fantastic man !!….
I have truly lost one of my best friends,a friend that simply can’t be replaced…
I’d say rest in peace Kev but knowing you not a bloody hope will you be resting !!
See you in that cafe for a cofi n cake someday mate n ” I’m Paying ”
Love you Kev….

Graham bell

You said it Iain…. I think we owe him around 26 coffee and cake rounds at Cap Heaton 🙂
Having a lie down….a day off…….never. If those pearly gates were closed when he landed, he would have hopped on his bike for a 50 miler 🙂 those bike rides and long runs…….those trips away, those car sharing drives, those fab house parties full of friends…….we will truly miss it all with out our commander in chief………..

Ian Fenwick

Great write up Graham and a fitting tribute to Kev. I was shocked and gutted to hear the news on Friday he was a great man and had time for everyone. Sorry I couldn’t be there to show my respects as well. RIP Kev gone but definitely will never be forgotten.

Graham Bell

Hi Ian, Good to hear from you! It was devastating news last Thursday. A smashing lad who will be terribly missed by family and friends. Indeed Ian…..he will never be forgotten.

Jack Bell

I only knew kev through my uncle graham but from what I knew of him his was a great man. Loved his sport and his friends. It’s a heartbreaking loss for some but passed away loved what he enjoyed doing most.

Graham Bell

Thanks for writing a note Jack……Remember he checked over your first car purchase, a rather excellent second hand Toyota Yaris…..and we cycled up to work at Morpeth to inspect and drive the car…..And you were late getting there!
A huge loss to family & friends.

Dave Jardin

It was certainly a day I will never forget. Not just for being with Elswick Harriers but also for the support from everyone from other clubs also, especially on our final “lap of memory”.
I have so many good memories of Kevin, he will always be a part of Elswick.

Graham bell

Hello Dave, yes, as we walked away from the course, I described it to you as a perfect day. And in my opinion, it was exactly that……perfect.
Thank for all your help and support too Dave over the XC season, you’re a credit to the club. Best regards, Graham.

Alison Dixon

What a lovely write up Graham.

Kev is clearly loved & respected by so many people. Saturday at cross country went to show how much he was thought of and how much he will be missed by so many people.

A lovely man & a true gent it was a pleasure to know you Kev for the short time I did. RIP kev xx

Graham Bell

The number of notes & tributes is remarkable, but we should’nt be surprised really: He was such a nice guy who knew so many people from all walks of life.
Always a gentlemen, always had a kind word for everyone. We will all miss him.

Paul Robinson

Great write up Graham!!
Some great tributes from many people, its clear to see Kev touched the hearts of many and even though I didnt know Kev that well, I feel having chatted with him a few times that he was a top bloke, always smiling and always willing to give advise. You will sadly missed Kev. RIP

Graham Bell

Hi Paul, Thank you for coming along on Saturday, it meant a lot. Kevin always had time for people, one of his many qualities. Your right Paul, he will indeed be sadly missed, may he rest in peace.

David Daniels

Although I didn’t know Kevin that well personally, I knew him well enough to share a few words at race meets and he always struck me as a smashing guy. I’m sure he’ll be missed not just by his Elswick team-mates but also by his friends among the running community.

Graham Bell

Hi David, Thank you for the post, I know Kevin would have appreciated the words.
Kevin would happily talk to anyone about anything, but you had him hooked if it was anything to do with running, swimming, cycling and anything mechanical….he could turn his hand to anything! Our thoughts go to his family and work colleagues.

Jonny Bolton

such a wonderful write up Graham. I’ll always remember the help Kev gave me on stretching when I first came back to the Club, and as mentioned by so many others, the words of encouragement as he would run past you in a race. I struggle to breathe let alone shout encouragement! A truly remarkable man, and very much a giver. An inspiration. A massive loss. Will miss you Kev..

Graham bell

Hi Jonny,
Thanks for competing on Saturday. The support for Kevin and the club was superb.
You are certainly right when you say Kevin would encourage fellow runners whether in training sessions or in racing.

Chris Conway

Excellent write up Graham, nothing more than Kev deserved.

He was always someone to bring out the best in people and had nothing but smiles and encouragement for everyone.

He’ll be sadly missed but remembered by so many.

Graham Bell

Hi Chris, thank you for your note. Kevin encouraged people to have a go! From running to swimming, biking, to PADI trained scuba diving, yeah Kev certainly had a go!

Frank watson

Very fitting tribute Graham to a greatly missed colleague.Will be remembered for the smile he always had on his face.I am sure that Kevin would have been touched and proud of the send off he received at Wrekenton.

Graham Bell

Hello Frank, thanks so much for writing your thoughts on our dear friend. Yes I’d like to think that we done Kevin proud on Saturday.

Tom Hanson

I thought the day went very well, so many other runners showed so much respect and passed on their kind thoughts. This is what a family is, caring, supportive and thoughtful. I was very proud to be an Elswick Harrier on Saturday. It’s Tuesday night and I am just getting ready to go training, these are the times when we miss Kev and other members of the Elswick family that are no longer with us. Take care everyone and enjoy your life, as I know Kev enjoyed his especially when training

Graham bell

Hi Tom, I think we would all totally agree with all of those sentiments………..perfectly summarised Tom. We had some memorable times not just running but also on those training bikes in the back of beyond!

Lee Bennett

Thanks for the write up Graham. Kev would be proud. He will be greatly missed and like Lee he was a fantastic encouragement to me when I joined the club. An all round great bloke. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, Lee and Jill B.

Graham bell

Hello Lee, I just thought of one particular relay race ….maybe around 4 or 5 years ago at the Gordon smiths relays, wallsend.
Kevin was late out of work.
He turned up with literally a minute to spare.
He changed into a vest, borrowed my trainers
Covered in oil, he took his place and ran 10 minutes on that course……….
How on earth he did that…….I have absolutely no idea….but he did 🙂
Thank you for the words lee…….most appropriate indeed. Thanks, graham

Sarah Davies

As I am quite new to the club I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know Kev but I can say that I feel incredibly proud to be an Elswick Harrier after Saturday. You all showed what the club is about – its people – and I didn’t see a single person who wasn’t touched by it. It will stay with me for a long time and was a fitting tribute to someone who was clearly well respected for their friendship as much as their sporting prowess.

Graham bell

Hello Sarah, thank you for taking the time to write kind, sincere words. It was a special day on Saturday gone, that went so well. Reflecting on the day, it was just such a nice way to say thank you Kev, we love you and we will miss you.
After a day like wrekenton, it really really does does you proud to be an Elswick Harrier.

Andy Middleton

A lovely read,and touching comments by so many. Kev was a special guy with great talents. A true competitor. Always had words of encouragement and never stopped smiling. He will be sorely missed. RIP.

Graham bell

Hi Andy……I read your words and I see……..special, talent, competitor,encouragement…….I would wholeheartedly go along with that…..one of the best, no question 🙂

Phil Walker (Morpeth)

I passed Kev on the last lap of the Harrier League @ Alnwick and he shouted ‘Go On Phil’, which gave me a boost. I had a good rivalry with him when he was at his peak and remember how good he was in relays and on the country. He always had a friendly word. You will be missed by the local athletics community. RIP Kev.

Graham Bell

Hello Phil. Kevin often spoke of the friendly rivalry between the “two Phil’s of Morpeth!!” At his peak, you three guys were always there or thereabouts jockeying for age-group top places. He would always be checking his time against yours and Phil Waterson’s too!
A true gentleman who will be missed by many. Thank you Phil for the post. Best Regards, Graham Bell (Men’s Captain).

Mark McLeod

A great tribute to a fellow individual and friend who had a passion for sport and life. Kevin will be sadly missed and no doubt was looking down cheering his fellow Elswick Team on. I’m just gutted that i could not make the Harrier League but believe me my thoughts and prayers were with him.

Graham Bell

Hello Mark. Lovely words for a lovely lad. Kevin certainly had the passion for all things sport…..His top three being running, triathlon and scuba diving either in the North or Red Sea! Thanks Mark, Graham.

katie Robson

A fantastic write up as usual graham and a fitting tribute to Kevin. although I couldn’t make it on Saturday Kevin and all Elswick members were very much in my thoughts, Kevin will be greatly missed, I will always remember London Marathon 2013, he was gutted he couldn’t run due to injury, still smiling and offering encouragement, he kindly said he would look after my mobile and took some great pictures!! It was a fantastic weekend which I will always remember, He’ll be sadly missed but remembered by so many. Proud to be an Elswick Harrier xx

Graham Bell

Hi Katie, Thank you for your kind words. I’ve just recalled that weekend…..it was great fun being in Lewisham as one big happy group of smiley faces……In spite missing that flight home on the monday from Terminal 5 and having to organise that 7 seater car back to Newcastle…..be a Kevin stuck in the back stacking zzzzzz’s :)………And we pulled up on Kevin’s drive at 6.30pm…..six hours previous we were at a loss after missing the check-in. Great memories indeed! Best regards, Graham….x

Graham Bell

Hello Joe & Anne,
Thank you for posting your message of condolence. As you know, Kevin was a genuinely lovely guy, we’re all going to miss him terribly. See you soon soon, Graham…x

Graham Bell

Hi Adam, Thank you for the reply….Just the week before last over a coffee in the Toon, there were like two old men, talking all things “Kevin” and sport,triathlon & Ironman Austria 2015….Unbelievable Adam….Unbelievable.
Determination. Smile. Inspiration. You have said it all Adam, Cheers, GB.

Clare Harvey

Loved reading all these lovely comments, I only knew kev through friends and work. When I 1st met him I just took the Micky with my cheeky humour. But remember that nite like yesterday at as you like it. Then every other month when I seen his smile made me smile. A great loss and sad. Looking 4ward to catch up with his great friends for a drink for the great guy.. X

Graham Bell

Hi Clare, good to hear from you! Yes I remember ‘as you like it’……That evening was such a good laugh…..and you know as well as everyone, that typified Kevin. He always had that warm smile. Yes we will catch up Clare, no question. We will all drink to that 🙂
Best Regards, Graham…..x

Antony Beynon

Fitting tribute by a fantastic club. I don’t think words can describe how much Kev will be missed by all at Elswick. That smile on his face every time you saw him showed how much he loved training and competing. I have never met anyone with so much passion for sport whether it was running, triathlons or whatever he put his mind to. Truly inspiration, truly great, sadly missed.

Graham Bell

Hi Anthony, Sometimes I see myself repeating words that I feel, describe Kevin…..and sometimes words can fail you as to how to describe such a great guy. We will all miss him Anthony, but never ever will he be forgotten.
Thank you for your support on Saturday……. It is what makes Elswick Harriers quite special.

Mick Southwick

I’d known Kev since our schooldays together at Slatyford Comprehensive 1976-81. What a top bloke. Honest, hardworking and always smiling. Singleminded, too – always wanted to do what he ended up doing (working on those HGVs!), and he made such a HUGE success of himself. So many happy memories from our shared youth. What sad, sad news. RIP mate.

Graham Bell

Hello Mick, Thank you so much for getting in touch. I think you have just summed up what Kevin was all about. Kind, generous, determined, very hard working…..yes it was a pleasure to have known wor Kev! He will be terribly missed. Best regards, Graham Bell.

Phil & Charlotte Baston

We have not been members of Elswick long enough to get to know Kevin apart from a smile and a hello on training nights and at Harrier League. From all the comments he was obviously a great guy to know. The tribute to him on Saturday was excellent and made us really appreciate what a special club we have joined. Thank you.

graham bell

hello Philip & Charlotte,
Kevin was such a popular member of Team Elswick and he always acknowledged everyone. Saturday’s xc at Wrekenton was a very special day for for the club. A very fitting tribute to a lovely guy. Thank you for your kind words, best regards, Graham.

graham bell

Hi my puppy friend 🙂
We will all miss Kevin very much. As you know Ellen, Kevin was a lovely, funny, man.
Keep you best memories safe and those great photos on your dads phone!……xx

Bethan Hardy

Kev it was an honour to know you, every moment with you was a good one, and you were always smiling or laughing. You were one of the most generous people I’ve ever known and you’ll never be forgotten. I love you so much Kev, Rest in Peace, you’ll be in my heart forever <3 x

graham bell

Hi Bethan, A lovely note posted by you on Instagram, a very fitting and personal tribute, to someone who you got to know very well. Remember last year at the summer games at Newburn, Team Bethan, Kevin and two more team members…..and such a funny 3 legged race…….so much practice and yet still so ……..erm…….last !!!!!!
remember the fab times 🙂
Graham…..xx

Brad Clough

I was shocked and saddened to hear the very sad news of Kev’s passing when i turned up at Wrekenton. I soon realised the day had become much more than just another XC fixture. Its a day i will never forget. I am still new to the club but as luck would have it, i had the privelege of chatting to Kev at the previous XC fixture up at Alnwick as he and Iain accompanied me on a warm down lap of the course. Deepest condolences to all those who knew Kev. RIP

graham bell

Hi Brad, Thank you for your message.
Yes, Kevin was a great lad, dedicated to his love of all things running, cycling and swimming (in spite of his repeated attempts to correct his wonky swimming elbow!!!!).
A perfect day at Wrekenton and thank you for competing on that sad day.

Alan Thompson

Great tribute Graham, when I first met Kevin he asked me for some advice, 8 years later I was asking him for advice, what made Kevin special for me was when I beat him in a race he always had smile on his face ,get you next time ,when he beat me I had a face like tribe , that’s what made me relise what a special guy he was. It was pleasure knowing Kevin r.I.p god bless.

graham bell

Hi Rambo,
Kevin was such a friendly lad, but underneath, when the gun went, he had that steely determination to be as good as he could be on that day. Whether it was a good bad or indifferent result, after Kev has crossed that finish line, he always had that smile and talked to people post race. He always made time for others, he was selfless.
Best regards, Graham.

rich roberts

Always a pleasure to see and run (or attempt to run!) with Kev. I always found him positive and encouraging just one of those humans that gives you inspiration when you need it.Your words and pictures kind of say everything.

graham bell

Hi Patrick (and Denise!)
I know you were in Lanzarote when the wrekenton xc took place, but I know you were thinking ‘of the day’ and Kevin. I hope the write up and photos, gave you a picture of what the club did for one of its most popular members. Kevin will be missed by many people, no question about that.
Best Regards,
Graham.

graham bell

Hi Richard,
Thank you for the message. Kevin was a great lad and this year, was on his way to becoming an Ironman.
I found it almost impossible on some training evenings to keep up with Kevin! he just kept on going!
Fondly looking back, your right Richard, he was and will be an inspiration to others.
TDF, Butter tubs, 2014. You, Kevin, Iain and I waiting on the pros………another fond memory of our friend 🙂
Best Regards,
Graham.

patrick gordon

A great tribute Graham, and a great turn out at Wreckington. Denise and I were very sad we could not make the last XC, but were thinking of Kev and yous on the day. The worlds going to be a lot duller place with out Kev’s smiling face, he will be a big miss.

Dave Armstrong

Lovely tribute Graham by you and all of the Elswick members. Just heard the devastating news. I remember Kevin always smiling and always having a positive attitude towards everything he did. He was a true inspiration. Rest in peace Kev.

Graham Bell

Hello my Friend, Good to here from you. Thank you for the kind words. Kevin will be missed by many family, friends and work colleagues. A fine athlete and a true gentlemen.
Best regards, Graham.

Mark Turnbull

Sad loss of a really nice guy. loved to compete and support his fellow club mates and always with a smile. London 2012 hearing kev’s shout out 1/2 mile from the finish gave me a lift. Cheers Kev RIP you’ll be missed by all who knew you.

graham bell

Hi Mark, Thank you for your message. Yeah, Kevin missed 2012’s VLM after being clattered by a skier!! just a couple of months beforehand and couldn’t compete because of the injury sustained to his leg. But Kev being Kev, still came down and cheered his team mates on! he most certainly will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Paul Merrison

I have been thinking about Kev on my runs. What a friendly and lovely bloke he was. We had many battles over the country especially in the Harrier league.We often had a chat at races and said hello. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten.A great competitor and a great man.

Paul Merrison( Sunderland Harriers)

graham bell

Hello Paul. Many thanks for your message. Aye, Kev loved the cross country competition and even when not fully fit, still took part. He will indeed be missed by family, friends and all his ‘sporting’ competitors, may of whom were friends, much like your good self Paul.
Best Regards, Graham Bell (Men’s captain).

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