The Good Friday Road Relays, the Newburn River Run and The Norman Woodcock Event results are set out below.
The Good Friday Road Relays. This popular event has been held for over thirty years in the West End of Newcastle but due to ever increasing traffic the races have been moved to the Newburn Riverside Park. This very popular race attracts over 900 competitors! from Junior, Senior and Vet affiliated club athletes. Back in the day, the 4 x 2.2 mile relay event on the ‘old’ Fenham course was the highlight of the Good Friday Event and the course record of 9 minutes 46 seconds set by Elswicks 3 time Olympian and silver medalist, Mike McLeod in 1977 will now never be beaten (Even a very young athlete by the name of Mo Farah who ran the Good Friday Relays in 1999 could not beat Mr.McLeods time!).
Results of the Good Friday Road Relays. 2011 / 2012 (Juniors) (Ladies) (Mens) / 2013 (Ladies) (Mens) 2014 – Vet Mens / Senior Mens / Vet Women’s / Senior Women’s / Under 13 / Under 15 / 2015 – Vet Men / Senior Men / Vet Women / Senior Women 2016 – Vet Men / Senior Men 2016 Vet Women / Senior Women / U13 / U15 2017 – All > 2017 / 2018 – All > 2018 All > 2019
Newburn River Run. This now six mile mid week race is held on the second or third Wednesday in June, and from humble beginnings in 1981 it has grown into a very popular summer evening run, typically the race attracts over 300 entries. Starting just beyond Newburn Leisure Centre, the run takes in the old Railway line from Newburn to Wylam passing the birthplace of George Stephenson. The runners then make their way over Wylam Bridge before heading back to the finish which is now on the grounds of the Newcastle University Rowing Club. All competitors receive a free buffet supper pack. Results of the Newburn River Run. 2011 / 2012 / 2013 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018/ 2019
Norman Woodcock Memorial Road Race. Since 1974, the 10 km road race took place around Westerhope, in memory of Norman Woodcock, the ‘ father of Elswick Harriers‘ who kept the club afloat before during and after after the Second World War. Due to metro rail line extension work in 1989, the course was moved to Gosforth High Park. This 10 km course ran through the park and out onto the roads around High Park. Due to significant increases in vehicle traffic it was necessary to once again move the course. So in 2009, the club successfully utilised the ambulance road inside Gosforth Race Course. Three, 1.66 mile laps of this ‘track’ made the Woodcock race a 5 mile event distance. During 2017 the club re-formatted the event to a team relay: A very successful day sees this new format continue to honour Norman Woodcock and the memorial trophy named after him.
The race over it’s history has had many famous winners including Brendan Foster, Steve Cram, Paul Davies-Hale, and Elswick’s Oylmpic athlete Mike McLeod who has won it on no less than 10 occasions! More recently Andrew Butchart, Elswick’s Philip Hurst and Morpeth’s Nick McCormark have been recent winners of the open road race format.
The inaugural winners in 2017 of the team relay event were North Shields Polytechnic Athletics Club.
In 2010 and in 2015 the races were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. 2019’s race is cancelled to due course unavailability.