Mark’s Manhattan Mile!!

New York’s Fifth Avenue and the mile finish line for Elswick’s Mark McNally

While many were pounding the streets of Tyneside in the Great North Run, Mark McNally was hitting the streets of New York by taking part in the 5th Avenue Mile. The event attracts some of the worlds finest athletes who are looking to tear down the streets of Manhattan. The 22 one-mile heats featured age-group races for runners as young as 8 and as old as 90+, wheelchair races for youth and adults, and speciality heats for NYPD/FDNY and media, as well as five shorter Rising New York Road Runner events for children ages 2–10. Four invitational races featured professional runners from around the world as well as the NYRR Road Mile Championships for top-level local runners.

Taking 1st place in the men’s V70-74 category was our very own Mark McNally in an impressive 6:01. It’s great to see Mark getting back to winning ways after his nasty fall and resulting injury during the Coastal Run in July! Very well done Mark!

Winner of the men’s race was Great Britain’s Jake Wightman in 3:53:5 and claiming her 7th victory in the women’s event was Jenny Simpson from the USA in 4:18:8.

Berlin Marathon

Congratulations to Scott Brady & Dean Pepperell, Two Elswick Athletes who took to the streets of Berlin yesterday in the BMW Marathon. They were part of a race that saw a worlds best time for the marathon distance take a significant step closer towards a sub 2 hour marathon. A special day indeed. For Elswick’s pairing, both athletes ran personal bests: Scott ran his first sub 3 hour marathon, clocking a 2.58.40. Dean in his first marathon, posted a 3.25.44. In warm conditions both runners, I shall assume, had a great day. Once again, congratulations to both runners. In the elite men’s race, Kenya’s Eluid Kipochoge took to the front immediately and stayed out on his own all the way through to the finish, crossing the line in a new world best time of 2.01.39. In the elite women’s race, it was Kenya’s Gladys Chernoo who took the winners tape in superb 2.18.11.

Great North Run – fundraising news


Recognise any faces beneath the masks?


Seven current and one former member of Elswick Harriers completed the Great North Run on Sunday disguised as superhero mum Elastigirl.  Inspired by their good friend Alison Guadagno, the Elastigirls were raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity and The Great North Children’s Hospital.

Mum of three and paediatrician Alison was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2017.  Undeterrred by her condition, she continued to run and in fact has trained harder than she has ever done.  She’s been joined by a crew of fellow runners and mums for daily training runs around Ponteland followed by coffee and croissants.  In total, 15 mums completed the race on Sunday in their eye-catching Elastigirl suits and not surprisingly were captured in photos which featured in the Journal and the Chronicle, and Alison was interviewed along the course and at the finish by the BBC, ITV and Metro Radio to name a few.

Joining her on race day were Elswick Harriers’ Kerrie Old, Lindsey Grant, Joanne Brown, Jo Turner, Sara Blight,  Elspeth Aspinall, Andrea Banner and Emma Turnbull.  Also running were Mel Brennan, Ali Britt (Joanne Brown’s sister), Beverley, Rebecca Brown, Nichola and Alison’s sister Caroline.  Mary Lisle was also a regular member of the training crew and turned out at mile 2 to give the Elastigirls a cheer.

So far, the charity appeals have raised over £8,000 which will hopefully assist in the research into curing patients suffering from a brain tumour and the fantastic work carried out at the RVI children’s unit where Alison works.

For information about the charities and Alison’s appeals, see the links below.



Elswick’s Alex Goodhall

A season’s running update from Elswick’s Alex Goodhall (Alex lives with his family in Belgium and runs for R White Star AC). Alex is also affiliated to our running club and where events allow, competes in the vest of Elswick Harriers. Words kindly scribed by his mum Susan. Enjoy the read 🙂 GB

Alex was able to run just once in the Elswick vest this summer – at the England U20 championships at Bedford on June 16th. Unfortunately, he picked up a calf niggle in training about 10 days before and when it came to the race was not able to go flat out. He finished in 8th place in the first heat of the 800m with a time of just 1:58.89. It was all the more frustrating as two weeks before the championships Alex – running for White Star in a very competitive, paced race – had run a new 800m PB of 1:50.86 at the Memorial Leon Buyle in Oordegem, Belgium on June 2nd.

Picture: Memorial Leon Buyle (credit Maxime Delobel).  This followed a very good start to his outdoor season over 800m in Belgium. On April 22nd he ran the all age group Brussels championships at Forest in Brussels – winning the race comfortably from the front in 1:59.60 to take both the all age group and junior titles. On May 19th he ran in the all age group championships for the French-speaking half of Belgium at Liege. He sat off the pace for the first lap and then kicked with 300m to go. Unfortunately, he’d left himself a little bit too much to do down the home straight – he was catching the leader all the way to the line but had to settle for second place in 1:54.70. He got a silver medal in the all age group category but also a gold as the first junior home. Picture: Francophone championships, Liege (credit Susan Convery).

After finishing his A levels in June and taking some vacation, Alex’s next main goal for the summer was to lower his 1500m PB which stood at 4:12 from April 2017. He ran 4:07 at Ninove, west of Brussels, on July 28th in a race he had to run as a solo time trial from gun to tape. However, that got him in a better quality, paced race at Lier, near Antwerp, on August 18. The pacing was perfect for a sub 4:00 for the first two and three quarter laps but Alex was the only one to follow it and had to run the last lap on his own – crossing the line at 4:00.78.

To finish the season Alex ran the Belgian Junior Championships 800m at Mouscron, near the French border, on August 26th. This was an incredibly tactical affair with the first lap run in a very slow 66 seconds and a real burn up over the last 200m – in which Alex managed to take 3rd place in his slowest time of the season (2:00.76).

Some tactical lessons to be learnt from that one! Alex is now taking a break before going off to university at the end of the month. Happily he’s going to Durham so will have more opportunities to run in Elswick colours over the next few years, hopefully some of them in the North East!

Junior Great North Run – 8th September 2018

Well done to all our Juniors who took part in this years Junior Great North Run!

We had a number of Juniors in every age group and they all had very good runs in this showcase event. They all did the Elswick vest proud as well as no doubt, their parents – visible on the start lines, flying along in the races, featuring in photos in the Evening Chronicle, achieving high finishing places and even making it onto the podium with a girls’ 9/10 age category first place (well done Poppy Wilde) as well as a  boys’ 9/10 age category first place (well done Sam Allison). Also a mention for Charlie Flanagan who won the Mini race.  I hope you all had a wonderful experience running in front of thousands of people and keep up your great running!

Rob Emson, Junior Coach.

2018 Simply Health Great North Run

Well done to all Elswick Athletes who ran yesterday’s Great North Run. A grand day for the North East which brought to an end 80 days of the Great Exhibition of the North. Over 43,000 finishers, a record for the event, which was first held on 28th June 1981, when 12,000 runners took to the start line. In that first year, Elswick’s Olympic Athlete Mike McLeod won the event and repeated this achievement the following year. Yesterdays run saw Mo Farah win the men’s race, Kenya’s  Vivien Cheruiyot won the ladies race. England’s David Weir won the men’s wheelchair race and Poland’s Martyna Snopek won the ladies wheelchair race. There were probably a few more? runners from our club who had charity numbers (our apologies if your name is not here). Well done to those runners for running for your chosen charity.

For all of yesterdays results click the link here > Cheers, GB

Name BIB Position Finish Time
Jason Old 645 100 01:20:45
Steven Robertson 760 157 01:23:31
Richard Houghton 620 233 01:25:21
Mark Turnbull 1699 458 01:29:09
Shaun Connelly 2277 702 01:32:22
mike Russell 4127 790 01:33:17
Andrew Bell 2923 928 01:34:24
MARTIN CONNELLY 5424 1040 01:35:13
Robert Emson 1859 1094 01:35:39
Simon McEananey 58635 1110 01:35:49
Ben Hall 3340 1233 01:36:39
Dominic Phipps 1486 2036 01:41:13
Colette Byrne 56888 2666 01:44:15
Robert Lambert 3971 2949 01:45:24
Debbie Spoor 1704 3217 01:46:17
Harry Matthews 35000 3966 01:48:54
Joanne Brown 509 4495 01:50:28
Lee Coulson 2481 5477 01:53:11
Charlotte Baston 57140 6039 01:54:41
Simon Lynch 5950 6212 01:55:07
David Hodgson 11655 8578 02:00:33
Amy Brown 16424 9940 02:03:32
Tom Barnes 2024 10784 02:05:18
Michael clegg 1390 11775 02:07:13
Lindsey Grant 4424 12605 02:08:45
Kerrie old 8451 12606 02:08:45
Andrea banner 507 12614 02:08:45
Elspeth Aspinall 8778 12616 02:08:45
Hannah Marshall 33262 14219 02:11:36
Laura Clegg 1391 14594 02:12:14
Leanne Hymers 26938 25852 02:30:59
Jason meecham 26816 26771 02:32:39
Nigel Twelves 16349 29817 02:38:23
Amanda Kennon 32727 30421 02:39:34
JEFFREY EMMERSON 19997 31563 02:41:46
martin Cowell 6336 33559 02:46:22
Kim Matthews 36000 34050 02:47:38
ROBERT KEVAN 35173 39960 03:10:10

Important News. GNR 2018 / AGM notification / Winter & Night Running Safety / Harrier League fixture changes.

 The very best of luck to all of Team Elswicks 2018 Great North Run Participants.

Have a great race!

SAVE THIS DATE: Friday 2nd November 2018. The club will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM). It will take place in the ground floor meeting room at 7.30pm and usually lasts around 45 mins to an hour. Members of the club are cordially invited. The meeting will be of particular importance this year because:

Three key people are to stand down come the AGM. The club Chairman, Steve Robertson, The club Secretary, Tom Hanson and Peter Sloan, The club Treasurer. They have given their reasons and as touched upon at this year’s presentation in March, we thank again Steve, Tom & Peter for their time given in their respective roles.

The club now needs to fill these roles to carry on their invaluable work and ensure that the club continues to develop from strength to strength. The roles and responsibilities for each position are very important as they allow the club to administer the club accordingly and meet its obligations.

If you think you can make a valued contribution to Elswick Harriers, then please do get in touch before the AGM takes place and have an informal talk with either Steve, Tom or Peter. They are best placed to tell you what is involved and what would be expected of you. In addition, an election sheet will be placed on the club’s sports hall noticeboard in the coming weeks. The committee members recognise the importance of this year’s AGM: Club members should have the same outlook and should make the time available and take the opportunity to attend. Remember Team Elswick, this is your club. IT MATTERS.

Taking part in autumn & winter club training sessions:

As a responsible member runner you will be expected to wear High Visibility Apparel.

Kindly note: The coach has the option to turn you away if you are not suitably dressed with respect to high visibility apparel.

Now the nights are becoming darker, all club members should NOW consider the following:

Wear reflective / high visibility / brightly coloured kit (it is available at good sports retail outlets).

When ever possible run in well-lit areas. Consider running with a head torch or hand held torch.

Try and run with someone else or run with others in a group. 

Be aware of your surroundings. Consider taking your mobile phone (more so if you decide to run a long mileage run).

If you are running alone tell someone your intended route and estimated return time.

As temperatures drop (and they will!) ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing & footwear.

More information can be found on the club’s website under Welfare / Well-being > click down for The Run Safely info page. Thank you.


The Sherman Cup has been moved from 27th October to 5th January. Venue etc remains at Temple Park. 

Gosforth Park Racecourse has been announced as a new venue for a Harrier League fixture on 27th October.