Please welcome Andrea Banner to the website team. This is Andrea’s first report. Enjoy the read everyone. Cheers, GB.
Sunday’s Memorial Race saw an excellent turnout of 30 Elswick harriers, who in spite of the bitter wind and icy temperatures produced some impressive performances. Below are some of Team Elwsick Runners: (apologies if we missed an Elswick Runner on celluloid).
The full age range of Elswick runners were represented from under 11s to over 60s. The day began with the junior races bright and early at 9.15. In the 1K under 11 race, Elswick was represented by the trio of Grace Lieper, Lucy Milburn and Olivia Emson, demonstrating the commitment and enthusiasm of our youngest runners, who are turning out to race ever more regularly. Abigail Leiper and Catlin Flanagan ran in the under 13s 3K race, Charley Lee, Kerryanne Simpson and Rowan Bennett in the under 15s 3K race, and last but not least Robyn Bennett ran in the under 20s 5K race. Rowan and Robyn both comfortably won their respective races. Congratulations and well done to all our junior runners. Below, Robyn & Rowan running to victory:
Before the start of the senior race, a minutes silence was perfectly observed at 11 am by runners, spectators and officials. So to the race: Not to be outdone by the juniors, the seniors produced a number of prize winning runs. In 13th place overall and first male vet 45 was Lee Bennett in a time of 34.20 (beating second place John Clifford, Everwood Road Runners by 3 seconds). In the same category were Jason Old, 4th (28th overall) in 36.29 and Mark Turnbull, 5th (32nd overall) in 37.00, demonstrating the strength of Elswick’s male team in this age category.
Richard Houghton put in another strong performance finishing 33rd in the senior race in 38.32. Not far behind was the ever improving Dave Armstrong in 38.56, 11th in the vets 40 category. Peter Sloan finished 3rd in the vets 60 race in a time of 41.45, chased by Dave Jardin in 41.56. Our other male runners were Lee Coulson (44.41), Robert Lambert (44.36), Chris Pearce (45.28), Brian Stonehouse (47.24) and Phil Baston (49.51).
As for the ladies, Catherine Lee surpassed all her expectations by stripping over 2 minutes off her previous best in a time of 42.11 and claiming 8th position in the senior race. Long may this continue! Lindsey Grant would have been thrilled with her third place finish in the vet 40 race in a time of 44.51. She was backed up by Jill Bennett who finished in 5th place in 46.40. We had another winner in the vet 55 race with Kim Matthews (48.41) adding yet another prize to her vast collection. And last but not least, Yvonne Swinhoe claimed 2nd place in the vet 60 race in a time of 51.01. It is brilliant to see Yvonne racing again on a regular basis and enjoying some well earned success.
The rest of the female line-up included Jen Scarlett (44.41), Arabella Pearce (45.27, 6th place in the vet 45 category – perhaps a sign that she should be running more races over 5K), Charlotte Baston (47.20) and Melissa Bateson (51.39). The senior race was won by Peter Newton of Morpeth Harriers in a time of 31.08 and the female winner was Joasia Zakrzewski of Durham City Harriers in 37.53. A great day for all involved. Let’s see if we can produce the same on Saturday at the next NEHL XC at Aykley Heads, Durham. Click on the “more line” below these photos of Elswick Runners at the Heaton Memorial to view fellow Elswick runners. Thank you.