Inaugural Cheviot Fell Bomber Race

Elswicks Jen Scarlett & Charlotte Baston took part in the first ever run of this fell race…….and it proved to be a very sucessful day.

Both athletes had a great run which culminated in Jen winning the ladies race! The event raises funds for the restoration of the the memorial…..a worthy cause indeed.


Jen was the recipient of a unique trophy as tbe base is made from the stone as the memorial restoration. Very well done to Charlotte and Jen from Team Elswick.



Elswick this week….

The senior sessions week will be…..

Tuesday 22nd : 15 min warm up followed by 30 mins of half mile reps with 1 min recovery. Starting from 1st bench on riverside footpath after turning right at end of Warburtons road.

Wednesday 23rd : Clive Cookson 10k – one of our club championship races

Thursday 24th : 3 x 3mins, 3 x 2mins, 3 x 1 min with 1 min recovery on centre field

Saturday 26th : Tom is holding a track session on the centre field this Saturday. Meet at 10:30 for a two mile warm up and the the session will begin. Anyone who wishes to take part please see Tom on Thursday.

Senior Training: Next 2 weeks

Tuesday 8th May: Leave the centre at 7.15 pm. Warm up heading towards the Pylon at One North East.  2 x 1.5 miles starting at the pylon. After each interval – 2 min recovery.

Thursday 10th May. Leave the centre at 7.15 pm. Warm up around Blayney Row. On Playing Field:  2 x 1 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 3 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 1  minutes all with 1 min recovery.

Tuesday 15th  May: Warm up ready & back to the centre for 7.35 pm. A club 5 km run starting at the activity centre.

Thursday 17th May: Leave centre at 7.15 pm. Warm up heading towards Warburton’s Ind. Est.

Session: 4 x 2 mins (with recovery) Then 5 short Hills (approx. 25 to 30 secs + jog recovery back down) then to finish: 4 x 1 min (with recovery).

NEMAA – Bedewell Masters Road Relay Championships.

The very start of the evening….. and what followed were one gold two silver and one team bronze team medals: And Mark McNally’s Individual Gold medal. Thank you everyone who ran. Grand stuff indeed.

A medal winning evening for the Masters Women & men of Team Elswick last night at the Bedewell Relays at Jarrow last night. A great turnout by the North East clubs ensured for competitive, but a friendly championship evening. The weather was kind to athletes, though breezy on parts of the 1.9 km 2 lap course. Eight teams for the club and they all had a great event. Thank you all for giving your best team effort. Lots of photos: just click the continue reading at the bottom of this report to view. Ta.First up, the 65+ Vets team combined with the women’s races was first off. Team Elswick delivered. The Gold Medal winning team of Mark, Harry and Steve for the V65 category. Superb gents, very well done indeed. Mark put in a superb performance, gaining an individual gold for the fastest age group time.

The ladies V55 – V64 team of Yvonne, Kim and Marie ensured a fine 2nd place and silver team medal. Another silver winning medal team performance in the V45 – V54 category with Andrea, Joanne and Arabella, taking the prize.

The last age group race was the combined mens age group categories: Team Elswick delivered again. This time the team of Iain, Mark & Jason earned a well deserved bronze medal in the V45 to V54 category. Well done gents.

The fastest lap of the day belonged to Morpeth’s V35 runners, Chris Smith in a flying 9.36. To end this report: NSP’s Guy Bracken was nominated as the best vet athlete in the UK. Congratulations to Guy for an exceptional, world record breaking year. A special thanks to the Elswick runners who came in last minute to ensure full, competitive teams. Thank you. 

The next team relays for seniors and vets is next Wednesday and the Gordon Smith Relays. Around 12 teams entered, so thanks again for supporting the club and this popular, local team event. We’ll see you all there! Well Team Elswick, Keep it going…………….. For all of last nights results go to: NEMAA Bedewell Relay Results 2018

Continue reading NEMAA – Bedewell Masters Road Relay Championships.

Team Elswick Juniors at the first NEYDL T&F Meet

Report By Ken Heslop: 

What did they say in the film the Field Of Dreams ‘build it and they will come’ well, Judith certainly did that. After a few anxious weeks in preparation, the first NEYDL with Elswick Harriers first involvement for a few years. it’s fair to say there was one or two hiccups, but as we have stated all along, this is a starting point and learning curve for all concerned: the athletes, coaches  parents & guardians. The event took place at Whitley Bay home of North Shields Poly.

The weather conditions were not to bad considering we were down the coast in April. Having said, that there was a strong headwind on the back straight of the track. There were too many Elswick Juniors to name individually – a great turnout, so thank you for competing. However it was fantastic to watch Elswick athletes racing on the track or doing long jump or javelin etc. We were a joint team with South Shields who unfortunately were a little down in numbers as they were also hosting there own race that day. Together as a combined team – the team gave their very best on the day……. It’s fair to say the team had stern competition, at least three clubs have their own track. The final standings were as follows: Gateshead 637.5   Blyth/Alnwick. 584.5. Tynedale 557 Wallsend/Gosforth. 447.5. Jarrow/Hebburn. 319  South Shields/Elswick   284.5. A great start to the series. The next event is on the Sunday 20th May at Jarrow.  Hopefully we will see the same athletes competing and more. Everyone enjoyed the day: If you speak to any one of your running friends,  I am sure you will find they would say, that they had, a thoroughly enjoyable track & field experience.

The PDF list of results can be found here > Whitley Bay Results

To find out more information: visit > NEYDL Home Page Info

Elswick’s Ultra Runner Dave Hodgson

Elswicks David Hodgson completed his third Highland Fling ultra on Saturday.  The trail course follows the West Highland Way – 53 miles and 7,500ft of ascent through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.  673 competitors took to the start line. Dave ran his 3rd Ultra in 14 hrs 5 mins 25 secs. A fine performance indeed. Well done Dave! The results are shown here >highland fling race results A map of the course can be viewed here > 53 mile course – map

The start of the 2018, 53 mile Ultra Run
Stunning views as an ultra runner makes their way across terrain

Club Championship standings after race two

club champs 2018 race 2 Enclosed are the standings after race two. Well done everyone. Keep it going. You are a small but determined bunch of athletes representing your club in the North East & supporting locally run clubs. Come on Team ELswick, lets have more entries to the club championship. It easy to do, to enter, to compete and give it your best. More information is on the club’s website, tab heading, under 208 club championship. Remember Team Elswick, your next championship race is on Wednesday 23rd May, Whitley Bay at the popular Clive Cookson 10 km road race. £13 to enter. Fast & Flat. you can post a quick time. Click here > for information.

Elswick Harriers, Mike Avery.

It is with a sad heart we announce the death of Mike Avery. An Elswick Harrier.  The athlete, a former club president and coach.

Mike passed away on Saturday 21st April. Mike was 79. Mike will be dearly missed by his wife Mary (also a club legend who amongst many personal achievements, won the 25 km Veteran Commonwealth games in 1986).

Mike and Mary were married for 58 years. They have three daughters Yvonne , Barbara and Elaine. The family have seven grandchildren.

Mike goes a long way back in the history of Elswick Harriers. His father Clem, was also a club member before the war.

Over previous years, a ladies section had tried to form. It was not until 1979 that the ladies section really took off.

Mike will be remembered for his coaching ability, training boys and girls of the junior section of the club, with considerable achievement.

Mike developed the athletes, which resulted in many successes in school competitions, Inter County & National titles.

Mike’s athletes are still running today and  some of their children, are members of the club. 

All of the above, is a testament and lasting legacy from Mike: and the ‘belonging’ to the Elswick Harrier family . Mike was indeed – an Elswick Harrier legend.

You will be sadly missed by those who knew you. May you rest in peace.

Ken & Jan Heslop.

(On behalf of Elswick Harriers).

Club Championship Event 2: The Terry O Gara 5km. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Congratulations to the 19 Elswick athletes who competed in the second round of this year’s club championship. Some really good performances in there, with age group wins. Well done to you all. The next race is the popular Clive Cookson 10 km road race, hosted by North Shields Poly running club. £13 to enter via the Run Britain website (or visit The race will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.15 pm. Get those entries in Team Elswick! Championship points table update will follow………..

Chip time Participant Category Pace
17:05 Rowan Bennett (M) Junior 3:25 min/km
17:50 Scott Brady MS 3:34 min/km
18:07 Lee Bennett MV40 3:37 min/km
18:07 Robyn Bennett FS 3:37 min/km
18:50 Dean Pepperell MS 3:46 min/km
20:35 Catherine Lee FS 4:07 min/km
20:44 Mark Mcnally MV70 4:09 min/km
20:46 Peter Sloan MV60 4:10 min/km
20:58 Lee Coulson MV40 4:12 min/km
21:07 Daniel Nettle MV40 4:14 min/km
21:09 Joanne Brown FV45 4:14 min/km
21:13 Jennifer Scarlett FS 4:15 min/km
21:25 Lindsey Grant FV45 4:17 min/km
22:05 Vicki Mcphee FV45 4:25 min/km
22:40 Harry Matthews MV70 4:32 min/km
23:18 Robert Wilson MV50 4:41 min/km
23:59 Kim Matthews FV55 4:48 min/km
24:45 Melissa Bateson FV45 4:57 min/km
23.47 Steve Curry MV50 4.46min/km

Virgin London Marathon. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

What a marathon the capital city had yesterday. 40,000 runners on the start line, 24’C temperatures, nine Elswick Harriers 🙂 and probably the best collective, female & male professional marathon athletes on the start line (890 million pounds raised since the first race). To the races. Starting with the wheelchair athletes: Britain’s Dave Weir won in a thrilling fast 200 m sprint to the line in 1.31.15. Australian’s Madison De Rozario took the ladies title in an equally thrilling finish. In the ladies race it was a perfectly paced run by Vivian Cheruiyot who took the win in a superb 2.18.31. The favourite going into the race, Mary Keitany started to fade after 15 miles, couldn’t take the win (and an anticipated) world record time (right –  the leading female athletes gathered pre-race). In the men’s race it was Eliud Kipchoge (pictured left) who produced a superb 2.04.17 to take the men’s race. He controlled the race from start to finish. He asked the pace makers to go through half way in 61 minutes……and they did. Stone dead in 61 minutes. Mo Farah on his change from ‘track to marathon’ aspirations, broke the British record finishing in 3rd place with 2.06.21. 

2018 VLM winners: Cheruiyot & Kipchoge


Team Elswick were superb. All nine athletes without doubt, gave their best. For all runners, those searing temperatures, put paid to any chance of a marathon pb – but there will be a next time 🙂 The next time you see your fellow 2018 London marathon finisher Harrier, please do give them a ‘well done & congratulations’. They deserve it. Below are there times & finishing positions. If I may say so, a superb run by Andrea Banner. A great marathon run. 

For all results please visit: london marathon results

Place overall Place gender Place cat. Name Runner no Category Half Finish
8924 1957 404 » Aspinall, Elspeth (GBR) 28760 40-44 01:48:18 03:56:34
2882 225 19 » Banner, Andrea (GBR) 880 45-49 01:33:54 03:19:24
6014 5080 517 » Emson, Robert (GBR) 20288 50-54 01:46:47 03:40:56
3127 2855 1503 » Houghton, Richard (GBR) 32219 18-39 01:32:36 03:21:26
6361 5306 872 » Jardin, David (GBR) 27284 45-49 01:48:53 03:43:01
16527 11897 1262 » Lambert, Robert (GBR) 20289 50-54 01:58:16 04:32:44
1706 1623 205 » Old, Jason (GBR) 31585 45-49 01:23:59 03:07:52
9253 2072 300 » Spoor, Debra (GBR) 28400 45-49 01:49:18 03:58:04
2127 2005 118 » Turnbull, Mark (GBR) 33176 50-54 01:30:12 03:12:24