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
2017 – 2017
Newburn River Run
This 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 Boathouse building. All competitors receive a free buffet supper.
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, 1.66mile laps of this ‘track’ made the Woodcock race a 5 mile event distance. During 2017 the club recognised that dwindling participation, a congested running calendar, and sometimes adverse weather, meant another re-think. The solution? To try something a little different. So in 2017 the format changed to a 3 team relay event. A successful day for the new event (80 teams and 240 athletes) will now see this format continue for the forseeable future.
The race over it’s history has had many famous winners including Brendan Foster, Steve Cram, Paul Davies-Hale, and Elswick’s oylimpic 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.
Results of the Norman Woodcock Road Race
In 2010 and in 2015 the races were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.