The 2018 Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relays.

A slightly unexpected fine day awaited the athletes at Gosforth Race Course. A new event HQ at Parklands Golf Club, proved to be a very warm and welcoming place in which to host the event. With superb support from our event sponsors, Lookers Kia, Scotswood Road  Newcastle and a sold out event with over 300 athletes, spectators and many volunteers, the race was ready. (Results are highlighted in yellow, at the bottom of this report.Thank You).

Event sponsors Lookers Kia, Scotswood Road, Newcastle. Thank you to Senior Sales Exec. Steven Robertson.
A Packed pre-registration Club House.
Pre-Race: Leg One. One Minute to go……….
First Leg Away – The Race is ON!
The first Leg Pack Runs through and off around the 1.66 mile loop……….

The 1.66 mile loop was a very competitive one from start to finish – From first placed Morpeth to mid placed teams to teams towards the back of the race field it was superbly contested with some excellent sprinting for the line!

2018 winners and the New Trophy went to Morpeth’s A Team. Congratulations!

Within an hour the race was over – And so back to Parklands for the results. As promised at 2.15pm and to a full and expectant crowd of team athletes: The winners were announced. Frank Watson gave a speech, followed by Elswick’s Club Chairman, Harry Matthews who handed over to Morpeth’s A team: the new, Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relay Trophy. Harry continued to hand out to all age group category podium winners their vouchers prizes. From Seniors, to V40 / V50 / and V60 – 1st 2nd and 3rd. It was pleasing to see everyone collecting their prizes and with that the 2018 team relay event was brought to a close by thank you speeches by Elswick’s Graham Bell and Harry Matthews.

2nd Place went to Sunderland Strollers A Team – With Olympic Athlete – Allyson Dixon.
3rd place: Sunderland Harriers A Team: Team Time 26.00.

The thank you’s specially mentioned Parklands Golf Club and manager Lynn and her team, event sponsors Lookers Kia, Scotswood and in particular, Eswick’s Steve Robertson. To all of the competing athletes who gave their best: YOU made the day a successful one. Finally to the un-sung heroes: The volunteers of Elswick Club, front of house and back stage who quite superbly, put on a grand day for local athletes. Please find the results enclosed here > NWR18 PDF & NWR18 xcel . Thank you. Cheers, Graham.

Thank You Lookers Kia – Scotswood Road, Newcastle.



News for Club Members. Thursday 29th Nov.

Hello Team Elswick. Just a note to say that one of the club’s training areas, Warburton’s Ind. Estate is not adequately lit, with estate lights not working. 

We suggest to all of our runners, to avoid running on in this area. It is a live road used by vehicles.

If you HAVE to run alone: Wear hi-viz clothing, use a head or hand held torch. Tell someone where you are going, how long you will be and take a phone with you.

Group running is tentatively suggested. We politely ask you to adopt the same ‘clothing, tell someone / phone and been seen‘ principles outlined above.

Better still, plan an alternative route that is well lit (using a public footpath) instead.

We will let you know when the issues along on the estate have been rectified. Thank you 🙂


NEMAA Newsletter and XC

Please see attached document relating to NEMAA

It contains all the information needed in order for Masters (over 35) to be able to join North East Masters athletics association. This enables us to have more competition at a reduced rate against others in our own age groups. By joining you will also be entitled to enter the British Masters national 10k road championships at the Blyth 10k on 7th April. Places will be snapped up so I would advise early entry.

Kim Matthews


NEMAA Newsletter Winter 2018 – 2019

Elswick Harriers Xmas Campaign

Following our very successful Xmas Campaign last year we will again be collecting  Food & Good Quality Clothing for the following charities.


  • Newcastle West End – Foodbank – Opening in 2013 it has grown to be the largest foodbank in UK. The charity provides food assistance to people in the west end of Newcastle which is one of the most economically and socially deprived areas in the North East. See for more information
  • The Ghanaian Children’s Trust is a charity which provides a secure home and an education for street children, orphans and children from poor families. The Trust provides for children of all ages, from very young babies to young adults, and would appreciate donations of clothes and shoes (particularly sportswear, trainers and football boots).  See for more information.
  • Crisis is a UK charity which helps people out of homelessness and campaigns for the changes needed to solve it altogether.  Crisis would appreciate donations of clothes and shoes (particularly warm men’s clothing), and Christmas gifts.  See for more information.

Donations can be made on any club night between   Thursday 22nd November through to Thursday 13th December – See either Simon Lynch or Michelle Coleman , alternatively pop any donations under the table in Sports Hall when you arrive.

Lets see if we can exceed last year’s generosity


Aykley Heads, Durham NEHL Cross Country (It’s a bit of a ‘toughie!’)

Report & Photos from Jan, Ken & Claire. North East Harrier league Aykley Heads 17/11/18. Another good turn out for the juniors. This course is the one most runners think is the most challenging XC of the series. The weather was quite pleasant for November as it can be a very chilly venue. This was the Fourth race in the series and was well organised with the help of Elvet Striders,Durham City Harriers and Derwentside  AC.Results as follows- Under 11 Girls  1st Poppy Wilde 5.02 – 19th Evie Reed 6.02 – 20th Zoe Fielding 6.03 – 29th Jessica Robinson 6.28 – 35th Hannah Waterhouse 6.38 – 49th Keira Bairstow 7.14. 

Under 13 Girls 16th Poppy Old 15.01(fast pack)20th Caitlin Flanagan 15.12 (fast pack)48th Lucy Milburn 16.30 (fast pack)50th Sophie Henderson 16.41(fast pack) 63rd Jayden Morton 22.10 7th team place. Under 13 Boys 29th William Butterworth 14.11(fast pack) 55th Charles Mason 15.11(fast pack) 67th Bailey Shore 17.16 – 71st Adam Robinson 15.45(fast pack) 73rd Henry Young 15.51(fast pack) 15th team place. 

Under 15 Girls 40th Grace Ogilvie 17.31 – 42nd Aimee Bairstow 17.43 – 43rd Charley Lee 16.04(fast pack) 54th Lucy Dickson 19.49 10th team place. Under 15 Boys 27th Kieran Dixon 14.57 – 60th Connor Shore 19.26. Under 17/20 Girls 6th Hannah Tumia 23.24(medium pack) 18th Suzannah Fielding 22.42 (fast pack) 20th Kerry-Anne Simpson 25.41 – 35th Marissa O’Rourke 30.46. 4th team place. Thanks to Rob Wilson for bringing the club tent. 

For all juniors who have asked to be entered in the Harrier League and Sherman Cup / Davison Shield and have not run yet there are still 3 races left to compete for the club championships .Please see any of the junior coaches if you require any further info. 

Club Championship & Club Communication

Hello Team Elswick. Please find enclosed the results of the last road race > Race Results The Heaton Memorial 10 km Road Race. So for this part of the championship – that is it! Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to all of the participants who took the time and effort to compete. Just the Cross Country Championship to be decided….. 🙂

The club is extending the way it communicates club related information to people and organisations – inside and outside of the club. To contact the club, simply choose the email by which you need to contact us. From here, someone who is best suited to answer your query will reply in due course. These contact emails are to be found on the club’s website: main page / tab heading titled / GET IN TOUCH.

In addition to the club’s website, Face Book Pages, noticeboards, internal & external correspondence communication:

NEW for club members, we openly encourage you to make good use of the ‘my events’ provision. It will enable club members to share our much varied race day experiences. Ideally a word document format with good, bad, indifferent race day experiences, photos, links to results: Make that event report your own and share it with us all.

To all of our members: You are now officially – all roving reporters 🙂 

       Email Address                                            Enquiry /description / guidance Event & race results.Any general club enquiry. Any welfare or safeguarding issue pertaining to Elswick Harrier Members.Incidents or Accidents related to Elswick harrier Members All junior enquiries (juniors aged between 10 to 17).









Team Elswick Members! If you have a running or similar sporting event you have competed in – Then we would like to share your event experience and place it on the club’s website. Just send us your event report in ‘word format’ along with, a website link for results & photos of the event (preferably in jpeg format & a file size ideally less than 5mb per photo). We would love to hear from YOU!!