2017 Ironman Mallorca 70.3

Here we are again. For Iain, a good two years of fine running & cycling form & fitness only to be scuppered this year with news that at some point he will need a hip replacement. For myself, 23 months of no competition, almost zero training except for a concerted 20 weeks of ‘Tri training’. So that’s two 40 somethings in their twilight years? Well, not on your Nellie Father time! Not just yet: Bienvenido! IM Mallorca 70.3: officially the world’s largest Half Ironman, here in Alcudia. The full distances sibling. 3600 individual entrants (and team relays) ready to Swim 1.9km. Bike 90km. Run 21.1km. Let the tale begin: Wednesday 10th May: Goodbye Newcastle – Hello Mike McLeod! – Elswick’s Club president & Olympic Silver medallist on the same flight Continue reading 2017 Ironman Mallorca 70.3

This Weeks Training

This week the plan is to do 3×1 mile, these will be handicapped, with recovery dependent on group completion time. This is the Long Tuesday session.

Thursday is Long Hills, the full length up station Bank. For those that wish to run shorter, there will be a group who can run about 3 mins, which is up to the grate on the bend.
The first group will go on the left of the road and then the second group using the right side of the road. Please keep to the designated side of the road as per your group.

Senior Training / T&F season gets underway & Sunderland 10km & Half Marathon, Kentmere & Les Allcorn 10km

  • UPDATE as of Tuesday 9th May 2017:
  • The committee have agreed to continue with the 7.15pm start time over the summer months.
  • The club will review timings at Septembers committee meeting.
  • Kindly note: that for responsible guardians & parents of junior athletes, running in the senior sessions:
  • Please ensure you return to the centre for 8.20pm at the very latest.  Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

From Tom Hanson: Tuesday 9th May: Leave the centre at 7.15pm & Warm up to One North East & meet at Feel Good Cafe: 4 x 6mins with 2 min recovery. Thursday 11th May: Leave centre at 7.15pm. A NEW START location: The warm up will take runners through the ‘Warburton’s Industrial Estate’ BUT AT THE END OF THE ROAD (where it usually floods) TURN RIGHT. Follow the path round for 100 m. The coach will be waiting there for you. Session: 10 minute of strides, followed by 2 x 1km. These will be handicapped & timed. IF time allows then 10 minutes of strides, then a warm down back to the centre. Weekend Competition: Elswick Harriers alongside Blaydon Harriers took to the Track & Field meet – the first in the calendar year – and also in their newly promoted division. There were several ‘new athletes’ taking part, which was pleasing to see. The combined team of Elswick & Blaydon meant that they were placed 2nd on the day, only 19 points behind the winners, a fine team performance indeed. Thank you to Cath Lee from the club for organising on our behalf and to the officials, who selflessly once again gave their time to help stage the track meeting.


On Sunday Elswick Harrier Athletes took to the streets of Sunderland, competing in both the 10km and half marathon road races (The Connelly brothers, Martin & Shaun right at the front of the 13.1 mile race start 🙂  ) Congratulations to you all. Quite a tough day, given the blustery conditions. For all results go to the home page – right hand tab headings: http://www.sunderlandcity10k.com/

Pos. Bib No. Name Gender Cat. Club Gun Time Chip Time Gender Pos. Cat. Pos. Chip Pos.
94 4290 Martin CONNELLY Male HM-M50 Elswick Harriers 01:30:47 01:30:47 85 7 97
95 4289 Shaun CONNELLY Male HM-M50 Elswick Harriers 01:30:47 01:30:47 86 8 99
143 5187 Martin CAYGILL Male HM-MS Elswick Harriers 01:34:32 01:34:20 132 68 145
211 5472 Simon LYNCH Male HM-MS Elswick Harriers 01:39:04 01:38:42 195 105 216
309 5154 Lee SMITH Male HM-MS Elswick Harriers 01:42:41 01:42:15 284 157 313
609 5410 David HODGSON Male HM-M50 Elswick Harriers 01:53:32 01:53:14 519 65 624
771 4603 Jennifer BARNES Female HM-FS Elswick Harriers 01:59:32 01:58:58 145 80 785
Pos. Bib No. Name Gender Cat. Club Gun Time Chip Time Gender Pos. Cat. Pos. Chip Pos.
37 2423 Richard HOUGHTON Male 10K-MS Elswick Harriers 00:38:53 00:38:52 36 26 39
98 2997 Julian MACBRIDE Male 10K-MS Elswick Harriers 00:42:35 00:42:23 92 60 103
133 2999 Joanne REA Female 10K-FS Elswick Harriers 00:43:54 00:43:42 11 9 139
213 2789 Robert LAMBERT Male 10K-M50 Elswick Harriers 00:46:31 00:46:18 193 29 226

And that’s not all Team Elswick. Please find enclosed (Thanks Steve Robertson) the results of the Kentmere and Les Allcorn Races:

Kentmere 10km: http://www.lakelandtrails.org/download/Results/Staveley17/KentmereTrailRun10km.pdf & Les Allcorn results

Once again well done Team Elswick, fly the vest wherever you go!


Elswick Storm the Capital

The sun shone and the crowds were out in force as 11 members made their way to the start line for the London Marathon with more of team Elswick providing excellent support and encouragement on the course. It represented a great end to months of hard work and tough training plans that often get you questioning “why am I doing this?.” My personal highlights of which were the horrible treadmill runs on a work trip to Denmark to avoid the snow and ice, a 20 mile run with Rich & Ben with a park run chucked in just for fun which killed me and a 20×1 mile loop race to test the mental preparation!


> The marathon is a real weekend event as you have to make your way to the Excel arena on the Saturday to collect your race number and pack (so much for resting your legs!) where it is a runners dream with stalls selling everything running related you could possibly imagine. There was also a treadmill set up to see how long you could last at world record pace which I thought was best to avoid. It was then back to the hotel to scoff down a large pizza and find out my wife had made a little Elswick vest for my 18 month old daughter to wear ☺

> Wide awake at 2am I tried to rest till 6. It was then time for some porridge and a short walk to London bridge train station to get the train to Blackheath where amongst the crowds I managed to bump into Jason, Andrea, Mike and Elspeth before quickly losing them again in the melee that is trying to squeeze as many runners as possible into a packed train. At the blue start I met Ben and Rich and also bumped into Dom so it was great to see some friendly faces before the start. Continue reading Elswick Storm the Capital

Senior Training & The North Tyneside 10km road race.

This weeks senior training: Tuesday 18th April. Meet in the sports hall for 7pm. Leave 7.15pm. Warm up & go to One North East & meet at Feel Good Café. Session: 1 x 2 / 1 x 3 / 1 x 5 / 1 x 5 / 1 x 3 / 1 x 2 mins. Recovery: 5 mins with 90 secs rec & all other reps on 1 min rec.

Thursday 20th April. Meet in the sports hall for 7pm. Leave 7.15pm. Warm up around Mill Vale House loop meet on the bridge > Thursday New Location New location Session:  2 x 1 min / 1 x 2 min / 1 x 2.30 mins / 1 x 2 mins / 2 x 1 mins  / 2 x 30 secs. All reps on 1 min recovery (except 30 secs on 30 secs rec.).

On Sunday, the popular North Tyneside 10km road race took place. The race started at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields before taking in the Fish Quay, River Tyne, Tynemouth Priory and a stretch of coastline before finishing at St. Mary’s Lighthouse. Taking the win in just over 33 mins, for Elswick Harriers, Tadele Geremew. Congratulations to you Tadele. Two Elswick Athletes, Paul Turner 7th overall and Mark McLeod 16th overall: Three in the first twenty. Great team running. The first female finisher was Ex-Elswick athlete Alison Dargie (now TBH) in 38.09. Elswicks first three ladies across the finish line were, Charlotte Baston, Melissa Bateson & Lalage Brown. Very well ran ladies indeed. Please go to http://sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/rd.php?id=168 for all results.

Male Tadele Geremew Finished in 1st Place and Won the Gold Medal Tadele Geremew Elswick Harriers SNR 1/230
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Male Paul Turner Elswick Harriers V40 2/160
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Male Mark Mcleod Elswick Harriers V35 5/185
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Male Simon Lynch Elswick Harriers V35 71/185
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Male Lee Dobson Elswick Harriers V40 67/160
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Male Micky Shore Elswick Harriers V35 77/185
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Male Phil Baston Elswick Harriers V45 43/138
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Male John Lowes Elswick Harriers SNR 120/230
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Female Charlotte Baston Elswick Harriers SNR 27/234
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Male Daniel Nettle Elswick Harriers V45 56/138
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Female Melissa Bateson Elswick Harriers V45 9/151
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Female Lalage Brown Elswick Harriers V50 9/77
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Female Amy Brown Elswick Harriers SNR 51/234
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Male Graham Leslie Elswick Harriers V65 10/28
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Female Joanne Lucking Elswick Harriers V40 59/195
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Female Jackie Avery Elswick Harriers V55 10/34
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Female Tina Mciver Elswick Harriers V60 6/17
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Male Nigel Hollier Elswick Harriers V60 25/40
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Female Christiane James Elswick Harriers V55 14/34
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Female Karen Routledge Elswick Harriers V55 17/34
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Female Michelle Coleman Elswick Harriers V45 66/151
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Female Eve Robertson Elswick Harriers V35 151/201
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Female Emma Simblett Elswick Harriers V35 169/201
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Female Tracey Redhead Elswick Harriers V50 76/77
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Female Catherine Shore Elswick Harriers SNR 227/234
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Good Friday Relays 2017 A superb day for club & local athletes. Results below.

I will start the wrong way round! and say on behalf of the club a huge indebted thank you! To everyone who helped make this day happen. From all the marshals, officials, results team, Lynn and her team at Hedley’s café, spectators, you were first class.

A very special Thank you to Jonathan Smith, who without his knowledge, this years Results would not have come about for all five races……which incidentally had a record turnout of individuals and teams: around 200 juniors and 750 or so senior & vet athletes making up the remaining event (that is an awful lot of ‘on the day data entry’, calculations and checking to complete!).

Moving on to the races: A new under 11’s races started the day…..and what a great, highly competitive race it was! This was followed by the combined event of the U13’s boys and girls race. Again another highly competitive race! with the weather just about holding up the U15’s boys & girls race was underway, again just as competitive!

The combined womens Senior & Vets 3 leg relay race got underway as a rain shower enclosed the course, but it did not last long and certainly did not put of Laura Weightman from Morpeth, breaking the womens course record.

Finally at 11am the last race: The combined senior & vets 4 leg relay race was well and truly underway. The athletes at the front of the field were tanking along at great pace! Taking the win: Gateshead’s A team and brought home by Chris Parr.

At Hedley’s Café, your support was very much appreciated: Awards were handed at throughout the early morning for the juniors and at 1.10pm the awards were handed out by Bill McGuirk to the podium winners.

Enclosed here  EH – Good Friday Run – 2017 (Completed) is a copy of the results which will be published on Sport soft results service asap and consolidated sheets will be placed on the our club’s website under the Tab Heading RESULTS PAGE.

One final ‘thank you’ to each and everyone of YOU: helper and athlete. You were all magnificent. See you all at our Newburn River Run 10km run on Wednesday 14th June at 7.30pm. Details are on the Run Britain website: For your web browser: > http://www.runbritain.com/races?keyword=newburn river run

Last weekends racing by Team Elswick!

The club’s junior athletes had a very successful day last Sunday, at Churchill playing fields Track & Field Spring Relays, finely hosted by NSP & Blyth R.C. Please find enclosed results: or visit results_spring_2017_v3 or visit NSP’s / Blaydon Harriers website for future information of events. Alternatively visit www.necaa.weebly.com for Sunday’s results. Some great Team Wins and fine placements. Thank you to Judith for supporting the Juniors.

Thank you to Steve Robertson for the info: Here are the links to last weekend’s racing by senior club members. Well ran everyone, some great finishing positions & times: Blyth Transped 10km road race – A club championship race; http://www.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16685&RId=65

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Down the A1 the Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield (Paul Turner and Mike Russell) http://chiptiming.co.uk/events/plusnet-yorkshire-half-marathon-2017/?bib=&fname=&sname=&category=&gender=&club=Elswick+Harriers

And waaaay down south! at the Brighton Marathon, Elswick Rob Lambert ran a fine race:http://results.active.com/events/brighton-marathon-2017/men-overall/robert-lambert

Back ‘up north’ where Jennifer Scarlett was 3rd placed lady at the Allendale Challenge.  Well ran Jen! (A link couldn’t be found to this event – apologies….)

So totting up the Cragside and Blyth races – the club championship is well underway with four events completed. keep it going Team Elswick! club champs 2017 race 3 club champs 2017 race 4





Hello Team Elswick. Thank you to everyone who has responded to give their time to help at this week’s Good Friday Relays. Please find enclosed a copy of the marshaling list and your respective role. MARSHAL LIST 2017 VER 2 (UPDATED AS LAST CHANGES MADE – WEDNESDAY @ 6.45PM) Roles & responsibilities will be explained at your briefing.

The club appreciates that members who have volunteered, would enjoy watching the races. However due to the 2.5 mile disconnect between HQ, car parking and race location, it is just not possible.

Make no mistake that your contribution to this event is pivotal to the safe and effective hosting of this famous & historical event. YOUR SUPPORT is greatly appreciated by the club.

May I ask that ALL car parking marshals, HQ and results compilation team only, meet promptly at Hedley’s Café at 8.15am, where the appropriate briefing, contact no.s & marshal bib will be supplied.

ALL other marshals meet promptly at Hedley’s café at 8.30am. A final briefing will be made along with the provision of contact no.s & a marshal bib.

All helpers please bring a fully charged mobile phone, a bottle of water & appropriate clothing & footwear.

It will be a very busy morning & afternoon for all the volunteers, lets ensure a good start to the day and we start the two briefings on time. Thank you 🙂


Senior Training: Tuesday: NEW MEETING TIME TRIAL: MEET IN THE SPORTS HALL FROM 7PM. SENIORS LEAVE THE HALL AT 7.15PM. Warm up & run towards One North East. Meet at the Feel Good Café. Session: 6 x 3 mins with 1 min recovery.

Senior Training Thursday: NEW MEETING TIME TRIAL: MEET IN THE SPORTS HALL FROM 7PM. SENIORS LEAVE THE HALL AT 7.15PM. Warm up around Mill Vale houses warm up and go to the “new warburtons” meeting point New location Thursday New Location   . Session: 1 x 2 min / 6 x 1 min / 2 x 30 secs to finish (all reps on 1 min rec).