The 2019 Sherman Cup & Davison Shield Competition.

Thank you to Jan & Ken Heslop for the report: 

On what was the first cross country race of 2019, Elswick Juniors had an excellent turnout across the age groups. The Sherman cup was donated to the local cross country league by Sherman’s football pools in 1949. In 2002 former harrier league secretary’s Pam and Ron Davison donated a trophy so that the ladies could compete in a similar competition to the men. All ages apart from u/11s count towards the overall points these races differed from the Harrier League: No packs – all scratch races.

Girls u/11 1st Poppy Wilde 4.07 – 15th Louisa Hamilton 4.48 – 19th Charlotte Naughton 4.55 -22nd Zoe Fielding  5.02 – 31st Jessica Robinson 5.14 – 32nd Lola Wood 5.15 – 35th Sydney Bungay 5.18 41st Hannah Waterhouse 5.34 – 53st Keira Bairstow 6.32. U/13 Girls 10th Poppy Old 13.09- 12th Caitlin Flanagan 13.21 – 29th Lucy Milburn 14.17- 40th Lauren Stroud 14.42- 44th Bella Russell 15.00- 54th Katy Bullock 15.48- 58th Sophie Henderson 16.01- 63rd Jayden Morton 18.07 4th Team. U/15 Girls 25th Charley Lee 13.39- 27th Emily Allison 14.03- 39th Aimee Bairstow 16.08- 44th Lucy Dickson 16.30 7th Team. U/17/20 Girls 10th Hannah Tumia 22.18- 11th Suzannah Fielding 22.22- 28th Kerry-Anne Simpson 27.02. 5th Team. 

With the addition of the senior / veteran women, Elswick came in overall 2nd position. Well done & congratulations to all of the female athletes.

Boys u/11 6th Sam Allison 4.17- 11th Jake Stroud 4.29- 60th Ethan Housego 5.26- 62nd  William Scougall 5.33- 65th Marcus Smith 5.33. Boys u/13 18th William Butterworth 12.42 – 24th Charles Mason 13.26 – 31st Adam Robinson 13.32 – 34th Henry Young 13.41 57th Elliott Kelso 14.50 – 65th Bailey Shore 16.02 7th Team Boys u/15 22nd Zac Old 11.35- 47th Kieran Dixon 14.03-53rd Will Brown 15.24 8th Team. U/17 Boys 21st Chris Mason 21.40 . Combined Team result was 12th place for the junior boys & senior & Vet Men. Well done.

Well done everyone. The next race is on the 9th February at Thornley Hill Farm, Peterlee. See NEHL for full details of the last two races (and for the junior squad) to have a chance for the 2018 club championship.

Thank you to Paul Robinson who brought the tent and Dave Jardine for bringing it home .

01.01.19: The Morpeth 11km Road Race. A club survey: Have your say!

Happy New Year Team Elswick. Please find enclosed a survey regarding the format for this years club championship. The club would like the opinion of its members as to what they would like to see from the championship. It should only take around 5 minutes of your time to complete. Click on the underlined link titled “survey” provided to take part. Survey

Thank you to Ken Heslop for the report on the 2019 Morpeth 11 km Road Race.

On the first day of 2019, a small contingent of Elswick Harriers saw in the new year, by travelling up to Morpeth to take part in the Heartscan sponsored road race. In what is an unusual distance of 11 Km nearly 200 athletes ran round the streets of Morpeth. Former Elswick athlete now running for Gateshead and a top tri-athlete Calum Johnson won the race fairly comfortably in a time of 33.05. In second place was Morpeth athlete, and last years winner Ross Floyd 34.27, followed by club mate Thomas Straughan 34.33.

In the Ladies race first place went to Stephanie Pattinson Jarrow and Hebburn in a time of 40.55 and 21st overall.Next up running for the host club was Catriona MacDonald 41.48 and 27th overall. In an excellent 3rd place and first veteran lady was our very own Judith Nutt in a time of 42.14 and 31st overall.

Also having fine runs and running for Elswick were the following athletes. In 20th position was Richard Houghton 40.53–136th Steve Curry 54.27- 154th Jeff Emerson 56.41-187th Mel Reed 63.42-191st Amanda Jane Kennon 64.28. Well done to all who took part in a very well organised event on a fine day for running.

First session of 2019

The first session of the New Year will be on Thursday 3rd January.


It will take place at Warburtons and will be as follows,

4 x 2 mins with 1 min recovery, 5 x short hills with jog back recovery, 4 x 1 min with 1 min recovery


See you there and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Boxing Day Parlaufs – A wee scribe of the day!

Team Elswick could not have asked for a better morning to run in. Cool, still, sunny and bright. Marvellous. 24 runners made up 12 pairs of teamed up runners, ready to do battle (in over expanded xmas day waistlines!) The teams left the Keelman pub (after several flagons of fine micro brewery ale!) and headed towards the the stadium of the ……playing field! The track was marked out to around the 464.83 metres (perfectly trapezoid in appearance!) Eight laps to complete. Master of ceremonies – Mr. Jim Scott announced the GO!!!!!

And they were off! Great running by everyone – some in costume, some in Xmas Day 98% polyester and 2% elastane mix of materials – giving the illusion of Nike / Adidas athlete models, crossed with Santas little helpers! You could hear the heaving lungs breathing out condensed ‘xmas spirit’! There could only be one winning team and for 2018  it was the superlative, Mr. Paul Jones and Mr. Andrew Ball. Well run gents……….It was back to the Keelman where everyone tucked into the free buffet and everyone took home a prize for their efforts, all grand stuff indeed! Ho Ho Ho!

Below are a few snaps for Rudolph’s album! Thank you to Michelle Coleman for organising the day for club members. Thank you to the Keelman Pub for their hospitality. Thank you to the time keepers, Jim, Ken, Micky and Martin. Thank you to the spectators giving support – nice to see a number of juniors taking part 🙂 Thank you to Jonny Lowes – The 477 Mega Pixel Camera aficionado! Keelman photos will follow later, but for now here is Rudoph’s picture show!

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas Team Elswick! Enjoy hogmanay and see you all again in 2019. Cheers, GB

The Boxing Class of 2018. Say Turkey and trimmings everyone!
Just being arty on the field! Nice pylon though!
Athletes! Start your new Xmas day present GPS watches!

Mega Pixel Jonny!!

Micky……..I’m sure we said in the Keelman it’s 20 laps this year!!!!


Saltwell Harriers 10K 22nd December

On what was a fine December morning the Saltwell 10K took place in a traffic free Saltwell Park. The race is also named after the late Ronnie Walker who was a long time member, and was still racing in his later years. With the support of Fentimans Beverages the race has an extensive prize list.
Having her first race since the 9th of June 2016 and finishing 3rd Lady in a time of 38.51 was Justina Heslop followed by Judith Nutt 6th Lady in a time of 40.06.
Just to mention for any of the current juniors reading this, both Judith and Justina were minor girls competing for the club nearly 30 years ago. As well as competing for Gosforth High school. Next Elswick athlete was Robert Lambert in 222nd in a time of 48.37, followed by club coach Tom Hanson in 290th in a time of 51.20. Jason Meecham made up the Elswick contingent in 419th in a time of 1.00.59.
Well done all, on a course that is advertised as “undulating”.Which really means very hilly.

Boxing Day Parlauf Team Relays.

Hello Team Elswick! The club will be holding the 2018 parlauf run on boxing day on the centres playing field. Its all free! For those unfamiliar with this club run, here is what its all aboot! Arrive in xmas attire if you wish!


We all meet in the Keelman pub from 9.45am. All runners names will be placed into a hat and pairings of two runners per team takes place shortly after 10am. Be there in good time please. Ta  🙂

We all go to the centres playing field and all the paired up runners take to their starting positions. In a tag relay format, the 1st pairing to complete 8, full 400m laps is the winner! A great way to get rid of all those Xmas day calories! It’s back to the Keelman as each & every runner receives a prize. Frank’s famous quiz ( with a table team prize too!) & a free buffet, rounds off a morning of run – fun! C’ mon on down and have a go….. if nowt else folks… will have a laugh :)

Malaga Marathon – 9th December 2018

Rob Lambert’s Event Report

Hello there having been fried at the London marathon,  i got my eye on the Malaga marathon Dec 9th.  I decided to give the marathon distance 1 last bash after the heat of Brighton and London.

Entry paid €40 which at the time was £34 Very cheap for a city centre race .

Easyjet flights £40 each , accommodation booked in torremolinos cheap as out of season. 5 nights £200 worked out as about £65 per person.

Thursday evening flight no problems at all .

Friday awake to cloudy cool day marathon registration starts 3pm Sun breaks through 12 pm pleasantly warm .

Registration takes place in a building similar to metro arena Newcastle. Very easy show your passport your then given a goody bag Tec shirt inside and bizarrely a carton of chicken soup .

Saturday awake to cloudless blue sky 21° lay around on the beach !!! Totally unexpected elected to have beech massage as been having problems last 3 weeks of training,  Michael Clegg has now arrived in Malaga,  he is having a knee problem .

Sunday race day get 6.30 am bus to Malaga as it’s 8.30am start the bus is half full of Saturday night revellers!! .

Bus station is very close to start excellent stuff . Bag drop is a underground car park secure staff watching over bags no problems there .

Race starts bang on 8.30 numbers go up to 5000 .

Crowds at the start then quickly thin out after about 1 mile as it’s 5000 you can quickly get into your rhythm the only problem is some are doing the half marathon so beware who you stick with pace wise , I haven’t managed to locate Michael at start but catch site of him after 10k ahead of me . After about 20k realise I’m now alongside Michael unfortunately he’s struggling with his knee , found out later Michael had to retire out of race a wise decision.

Second half of race sends you out to athletics stadium and your directed in to do 3/4 of a lap a very nice touch then you run to football stadium of Malaga fc and then directed down to city centre last 5k crowds picking up as you approach historic cathedral and Picasso’s museum , then the best bit you have 1 mile to go and your directed down the centre of larios st a major pedestrianised shopping st Spanish shouting venga vamos all of a sudden a guy shouts keep gannin mate gives me my last bit of help to the finish 3Hours and 58 mins 47 secs.

I would recommend the half marathon or marathon to anyone that wants a Dec weekend away .


Loftus Christmas Poultry Run – Race Report

This is the 35th year for the Loftus Christmas poultry race and seems to get more popular each time. It’s a very classy field at the sharp end, but also plenty of runners that just want to have an enjoyable run and soak up the atmosphere.

The race is a very tough and hilly 8 miles of multi terrain, the first half mainly up, then muddy tracks and farmers fields for a bit, then mainly down hill.

Probably the majority of competitors were dressed up in Christmas outfits of various guises, the reason being the mayor hands everyone that does this a bottle of wine as they cross the line. There is a brass band playing Christmas music to get us all in the mood for the race, then again as we finish. There are loads of lovely cakes and goodies laid on for a small donation, all very welcome.

The race is sponsored each year by the local butcher. The prizes are therefor mainly fresh meat. Gooses, turkeys, chickens of various sizes. Also food hampers for the winners and winning team. Three team prizes for men and women and 1st 2nd and 3rd in each ten year age category.
I would highly recommend this race purely for the race atmosphere alone, there’s nothing else like it and hopefully there will be a bigger Elswick contingent next year.
Well done to Harry Matthews and Andrew Ball, both prize winners. Also running was Amy Fuller and myself, Kim Matthews.