Wynyard 10k Race Report 29/05/2019 by Andrew Ball

I arrived early to take in the grounds at Wynyard Hall and do a decent warm up.  I ran this race 2 years ago and remember it being a tough course through the forest, by the lake, some path, lots of mud and a few decent hills for good measure!  The course was 2 x 2 mile loops and then an extra 2 miles stuck on at the end.  The race started well with a decent pace but the leading group soon pulled away and I was in a mini group battling for 5th place.  Miles 4-6 was where those around me gradually dropped off the pace and I pulled out a 10 second gap to take 5th place and the V40 prize in a time of 36:08 which is an improvement of over 4 minutes from 2 years ago!  This was a tough but enjoyable trail race for those that enjoy being off road and highly recommended!

Calling all Juniors – exciting message to join our next NEYDL track and field event – Sunday 23rd June.

Northeast Youth Development League (NEYDL) next event – SUNDAY 23rd JUNE – Wentworth Sports Centre, Hexham.

Elswick are a combined team with South Shields and are in Division 2.
The main aim of these events is to introduce young people to athletics in a friendly, fun, team based environment….so perfect for all our juniors.


Please see a copy of the timetable of events with this message from our coach Claire on our Elswick Juniors Facebook page.

Any juniors wishing to run (jump or throw) please reply to our Facebook message with name, date of birth and your English Athletics number. If you are not on Facebook, please speak with any of the Junior Coaches.

We needs as many juniors taking part as possible, and as many parent helpers as possible too.

It’s a great Summers day out, a fabulous opportunity for all of you and why not get your parents to bring a little picnic along too!

Junior Coaches.

Club Notice.

Hello Team Elswick. A timely reminder regarding event bib numbers: At the recently held North Tyneside 10 km, the male athlete who won the race was later disqualified as he had competed with a bib number that was registered as a female athlete.

In the interest of integrity and safety: 

Do not ‘simply hand over’ your race number to someone else.

If you have signed up and paid for your event number and you then cannot participate, please contact the event organisers and take their advice. Event organisers are usually very helpful in resolving these matters to hand. Thank you.

Track & Field Seniors at York University.

Thank you to Cath Lowes for the report (and tired legs!)

The first fixture of the season  took place at University of York on Sunday 19th May.

The composite team was a bit light to say the least but with eight competitors we gave it a good go and tried to get as many events covered as possible.

Over the past 4 years have enjoyed competing and co- ordinating the Track and Field season, this has given me the opportunity to have a go at most events. I admit I’m not the best at the field events or the shorter track races. The first fixture and a full on day in the sun I managed to take part in 6 events – 800m, 400m, shot putt, discus, 1500m and the javelin.

The first 800m and 400m weren’t my best and legs felt heavy. Luckily I had a break in the timetable before my next race so managed to have some Jaffa cakes for some energy. I put on my spikes and off I went to the 1500m the sugar kicked in and off I went. Running strong from the front and gaining a lead I won the race with our fellow Blaydon teammates cheering me on from around the track. Just shows you can’t be good at everything but I won’t let that put me off. Just put it down to a good bit of training!

Unfortunately we lost points in the relays as we had incomplete teams.Results will follow as the results have not been processed yet due to technical difficulties within the new portal.

If anyone is interested please let me know and dates for the following fixture –

Sunday 16th June @ Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham

Sunday 14th July @ Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay

Sunday 10th August @ Monkton Stadium, Jarrow

You don’t need to be there all day, just an hour or two. To help take the pressure off my tired legs!

Weekend of 18/19 May – racing update

A busy weekend of racing for the adults as well as the juniors of Elswick.

On Sunday was the Sunderland Strollers’ Pier to Pier race; a scenic coastal race of seven miles starting on the beach at South Shields Pier along the cliff paths past Marsden Rock and Souter Lighthouse finishing at Roker Pier in Sunderland.

An impressive turnout again from Elswick Harriers with some runners having raced the previous Wednesday at the Clive Cookson 10K. The Pier to Pier was blessed with blue skies and sunshine, so relatively hot conditions for the runners, but they were rewarded with great race times and a super goody bag at the end including a race t-shirt, water bottle and a beer.

Nineteen Elswick Harriers took part with two podium finishes. Club Chairman Harry Matthews finished in second place in the V70 race in a time of 56.38, and Jude Nutt won the V40 race in 45.10, was first female and veteran and came in third place overall in the women’s race.  The Bunny Counters were well represented.  Dionne Milburn comfortably completed the race which was one of her first races for Elswick.  This was a great achievement and another success for coach Les.

The race was won by Liam Taylor who appears from the results to be an unattached runner. He finished in 38.24 followed by Luke Adams of South Shields Harriers in 38.30 and Jack Brown of Jarrow & Hebburn in 38.36. Our first man home was Jason Old in 43.40, 31st overall and 5th in the M40 group. The first two women were from Jesmond Joggers, Molly Pace in 44.37 and Laura Cheetham in 44.49, but not far ahead of our veteran Jude Nutt.

Here are a few snaps taken by Mary Lisle and the list of results for the Elswick competitors.

Jason Old looking fresh legged after the Clive Cookson and clearly having a lovely time on the beach.

Tracey Watson (Redhead) – great running from the Bunny Crew

Jeffery Emmerson – finding time to race in between looking after his grandchildren.  Good to see him in his Elswick vest again.


Ben Hall – getting back to form.  Second race of the week.

Jude Nutt on her way to claiming third place in the women’s race

Elswick results:

31. Jason Old      43.39

50. Jude Nutt      45.10

173. Ben Hall      50.46

202. Andrew Middleton    51.31

242.  Felicity Smith   52.44

405.   Harry Matthews   56.38

489.  Hannah Marshall   58.01

505.  Jeffery Emmerson   58.35

555.   Kim Matthews   1.00.00

604.  Lindsay Aspden

687.  David Hodgson   1.03.33

687.  Chris Hull   1.04.31

763.  Mel Reed  1.05.26

873.  Jason Meecham   1.09.04

890.  Jackie Avery   1.09.32

964   Ranjit O’Mahoney

982.  Donna Stokes

1172.  Diane Milburn

1220.  Tracey Redhead/Watson

Well done to one and all and thanks to Mary Lisle for recording the event on camera.

Track and Field News

On the same day there was also the first fixture of the Track and Field season, held at York University Sports Centre.  A long way to travel and also set amongst a busy period of racing, it was difficult to organise a team from Elswick.  But flying the flag for Elswick was our Track and Field Captain Cath Lowes.  She went along with members of our partner club Blaydon Harriers and competed in several events.  The word is that she performed extremely well in her track events and ran some of her best times – not surprising given her current rate of improvement.  Well done Cath on representing our club at this event and congratulations on pulling off some of your best times.

Look out on Facebook for further posts from Cath regarding the next three fixtures.  Hopefully we can can organise a more extensive team at the further events.  


Juniors Report – NEYDL on 18th May 2019.

The second NEYDL was held at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow it was damp and drizzling but spirits were high.

Another good turnout of the girls trying their hand at some different events thanks to Callum who was our only male athlete at the moment competing.Nice to see so many parents coming to support Elswick juniors and joint team South Shields. A big thank you to Gillian and Kerrie for organising the athletes.

Next event is at Hexham Stadium 23/06/19 it would be nice to have a few more boys if available. Full results on the following website : necca.weebly.com

Les Allcorn 10K

There were hot and hilly conditions at the Les Allcorn 10k hosted by Alnwick Harriers.  However this did not deter our Elswick competitors who finished in impressive positions.  

Father and son duo Steve and Jake Robertson both managed podium finishes.  Jake competed in the junior 3K which was available for age 8 – 16.  He finished 9th overall and won first prize in the under 13 category with a time of 10.31.  

Steve was fifth overall in the 10K and claimed third prize in the V40 category in a time of 37.50.

Well done to both on a very successful family trip out!

Clive Cookson 10K – 15 May 2019 – Club Championship race no.3

A spectacular turnout by the Elswick crew at the Clive Cookson 10k with 40 runners meaning that almost one in ten of the competitors were wearing an Elswick vest! Thanks to everyone for turning out and supporting a great local event as well as our very own club championship organised by Noel Stoddart.

With so many runners it’ll be tough to cover every performance, but here are some highlights.  There were plenty of PBs on the night, not least John Ryan, knocking 20 minutes off his previous best time.  Owing to the generosity and foresight of Laura Clegg (currently suffering from planta fasciitis), her spare number was legitimately transferred to Irene Henderson who managed to finish in second place in the over 65 category (having won this category last year).  Yvonne Swinhoe achieved second place in the over 60 category.  Unfortunately, there weren’t prizes for these two placings.

As for prize winnings, there was quite a haul for team Elswick.  The men claimed third team prize, with our first four men consisting of Andrew Bell (12th overall in 35.20), Paul Turner (15th in 35.39), Andrew Ball (16th in 35.49) and Jason Old (34th in 37.16).   There were three gold place finishes for Peter Sloan in the V60 category, Mark Turnbull in the V50 category and Paul Turner in the V45 category.  Jason Old gained second place in the V45 category.

The women did just as well with a third place finish for the team consisting of Amy Fuller (a PB of 40.26, 6th senior lady), Cath Lowes, Joanne Brown and Andrea Banner.  As for individual prizes, Susanne Stephenson claimed first place in the V50 category and Joanne Brown won first place in the V45 category, followed by Andrea Banner in second place.

Perhaps we’re just too modest, but it appears that no-one was around to collect their prizes at the presentation.  Senior coach Tom Hanson was there to collect the prizes.  On the ninth occasion of going to the front of the presentation to collect Elswick prizes, he was understandably feeling a  wee bit embarrassed.  In future, can members of Elswick remain present for the presentation – it’s quite a key part of the overall organisation of an event, which North Shields Poly had gone to great effort to ensure took place very soon after the race had finished.  We would hope that runners at our own events would have the courtesy to attend our presentations so we should show the same courtesy to our fellow clubs.

So for the prize winners mentioned above, please see Tom who will be at training each Tuesday and Thursday.  Many thanks Tom.

Thanks too go to Steve and Jake Robertson who spectated and shouted out support throughout the race.  Steve has posted a great collection of photos on the Elswick Facebook page.  The majority of the Elswick runners are captured on the picture above, many sporting their race t-shirt.  For completeness, here’s the full list of Elswick runners: Andrew Bell, Paul Turner, Andrew Ball, Jason Old, Luke Hilliard, Mark Turnbull, Richard Houghton, Mike Russell, Amy Fuller, Chris Pearce, Lee Coulson, Peter Sloan, Cath Lowes, Joanne Brown,  Michael Clegg, Andrea Banner,  Carl Marshall, Amy Heptinstall, Robert Lambert, Susanne Stephenson, Charlotte Baston, Jennifer Scarlett,  Arabella Arnott/Pearce, Phil Baston, Richard Hudson, Robyn Newlands, Robert Wilson, Yvonne Swinhoe, Tom Hanson, John Ryan, Hannah Marshall, Stevie Curry, Melissa Bateson, Daniel Nettle, Nigel Hollier, Aidan Cairns, Chris Hull, Jackie Avery, Kay Thompson, Irene Henderson.

Full results can be found at


Junior North Eastern County Athletics Championships

Thank you to Kerrie for the race report and photos.

Elswick’s Poppy Old earns a well deserved 3rd place

It was great to see some of our junior girls competing in the North Eastern County Athletics Championships held in Middlesbrough over the weekend. This is a big event in the Athletics calendar and attracts a large number of athletes from all over the North East. 

The girls ran their hearts out, showing great determination and support for one another. On the first day of the championships the first race for the Elswick juniors was the Under 13 girls 800m with 15 athletes racing in total. This meant the girls had to double up in lanes, which they coped tremendously with. Poppy Old secured a podium spot coming 3rd.

Lucy Milburn had a great race gaining a 4th place spot and Poppy Wilde, running up into this age group for the first time raced superbly, securing 9th place: all gained PB’s. Caitlin Flanagan ran in the Under 15 girls 800m, moving up an age group this season too. It was a straight final with again, a large number of athletes racing. Caitlin ran herself into 9th place with a very strong finish. 

On the same day Lucy Milburn also qualified for the 200m final. Fantastic sprinting. On Sunday it was the 1500m. Our Under 13 girls ran gutsy performances in this race. Poppy Old having never ran the 1500m before came 2nd, securing another podium spot. Poppy Wilde, having only run this distance once before gave it her all with a fantastic, determined finish running herself into a well deserved 5th place. 

The under 15 girls 1500m was split into 2 heats and Caitlin Flanagan ran a great race. Lucy Milburn also competed in the Under 13 girls 100m and just narrowly missed out on the final. The girls showed great team spirit throughout the weekend and raced so well. Very proud of you all. Well done!