About us

Elswick Harriers are proud of their tradition of being the oldest established club in the North East of England, founded in 1889. Over the years we have discovered many successful athletes including three Olympians: Mike McLeod, Alan Lillington and Alex Burns.

We are based at Newburn Activity Centre, Grange Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The centre is situated on the edge of the Tyne Riverside Country Park and offers superb opportunities for road, off road and cross country training in a great environment. The club has almost 300 members, made up of juniors, seniors and vet age group runners. We pride ourselves on being a competitive and friendly club. Our training sessions are held at Newburn Activity Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, meeting at 7.00 pm in the sports hall for a prompt 7.15 pm start. For the Senior Squad, a total warm up / training session / warm down usually takes between 45 and an hour. There are various group training sessions with coaches available at all training sessions. Some members also meet informally on Sunday mornings for a longer run (9 a.m. gathering outside the leisure centre entrance). These runs typically last around 60 mins 90 mins at an easy run pace: sometimes a bit less, sometimes a bit more! You choose your pace and distance.

The Junior squads have varied training timings: leaving the centre at 7.15 pm. Sessions last anywhere between 45 mins and an hour.

If you are thinking about getting into running or if you are an established runner but have not joined a club, why not come along to one of our training nights?

Members compete in a very wide range of athletic activities throughout the year. In addition to popular mass events such as London Marathon and Great North Run; individuals and club teams participate in all the local, regional and national competitions. Members compete at track & field and cross country competitions  in junior, senior and veteran categories. The club also organises its own races the, Good Friday Relays at Easter, the Newburn River Run ( 6 miles ) in June and the Norman Woodcock Memorial Race ( 3 person team relay – 1.66 miles per leg) in November or December. Some athletes compete in fell and trail running, du and triathlon competition. 


Corie Dickson

I have a twelve old son who is very eager to join a local running club. We were wondering when would be the best time for him to pop along?


Graham Bell

Thank you for contacting the club Roy. Someone from the club should be in contact with you today. Best Regards, Graham Bell (Men’s Captain).

Angus Wilkinson

I was a member of Elswick Harriers when they trained on the track on Byker tip back in 1959-62. I was a sprinter and I trained with Ronnie Nicholson was an England International. I think I recall Norman Woodcock who was the coach.

Jeanette sayers

Hi am looking to join a running club I’ve never run far but would love to start keeping fit and looking after myself good I please have someone to get in touch so I can find out more information thank you

Graham Bell

Hello Jeanette. Thank you for contacting the club. If you are looking to improve your running and fitness, the club has a beginners group that you could consider joining. You will be made to feel welcome by this friendly group of like minded people. Please feel free to pop down on a training evening, Tue & Thur at Newburn Leisure. We all meet in the sports hall from 7pm. If you email the club using: Info@elswickharriers.org.uk Run Group Leaders Simon, Keith, Les or Derek will if you wish to, meet you at the centre’s reception desk just before 7pm, by way of a first hello. We hope to see you soon. Best Regards, Graham Bell.

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