Good Friday Road Race 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. Over the past couple of years the race attracts 90 men’s teams and around 70 women’s teams and a combined total of around 100 junior athletes!
“Back in the day” the 4 x 2.2 mile senior event on the Fenham course was the highlight of the program and the course record of 9 minutes 46 seconds set by Mike McLeod in 1977 will now never be beaten.
Results of the Good Friday Road Relays
Newburn River Run
This six and a half 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 400 entries! Starting at 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 Newburn on the south side of the river finishing at the Activity Centre. All competitors receive a free buffet supper as part of the entry fee.
Norman Woodcock Memorial Road Race
Since 1974, the 10 km road race took place around Westerhope, in memory of Norman Woodcock who kept the club afloat after the Second World War.
In 1989 and due to Metro rail line extension work, the course was moved to Gosforth high park.
Due to road closure difficulties, the course was recently moved again, to inside Gosforth race course race course. This now five-mile road race that is flat and traffic – free.
The race over it’s history has had many famous winners including Brendan Foster, Steve Cram, Paul Davies-Hale, and Elswick’s GB international athlete and Olympic track star, Mike McLeod who has won it on no less than 10 occasions!
2010 race was cancelled due to the weather.
Results of the Norman Woodcock Road Race
2015 Race Cancelled due to flooding of the course.