One for the Juniors & One for the Vets.

Hello Team Elswick: Two items for your attention: The first round of the 2019 Spring Track Relays are a couple of weeks away. Please find enclosed details of the NOTAN event > Flyer & Track Relays Rules 2019

For Club athletes aged between 50 and 65 there is an opportunity from Newcastle University to participate in a study to research the ‘influence of protein supplements on recovery after excercise’.

Details can be found here University Study Invite 2019

Tokyo Marathon Report. Sunday 3rd March 2019.

Elswick’s Harriers Richard Houghton and Scott Brady took to the streets of Toyko on 3rd March 2019 to race the Marathon. Both athletes looking for personal bests. Both athletes going for ‘Abbot World Marathon Status’ (completing the six marathon major courses in London, Boston, Chicago, New York, Berlin and Toyko). For Richard, he would become the first Elswick Athlete to achieve this milestone. Scott is on schedule in 2020 to complete the ‘sixth star’. Two Reports by Richard. The one below and the other is at the bottom of the report, which summarises Richards running career to date and the quest for the six stars. Enjoy the read, Cheers, GB.

There is so much I could write about our stay in Tokyo, it’s hard to know where to start but anyway let’s start here. The Japanese culture is incredible, as soon as we arrived we were struck by how tidy, clean, safe and efficient it was – the people were kind and helpful and made our journey and stay extremely easy and pleasant. Even the expo was efficient – any of you who have been to expo’s know they are normally quite manic and chaotic, yet although the Tokyo one was busy, it was ordered, calm and logical, with runners going in one entrance, families in another and a general sense of community and friendship going throughout the whole thing – it was pouring with rain on expo day and the expo was being held in a series of marquees due to the upcoming Olympics, so local people were sharing umbrellas with us and wishing us well on our way.

The expo itself had stages to move through i.e. wristband, number collection, shirt collection, Abbott world marathon majors stand (which I had to visit to have a special sticker placed upon my number so that I could receive my 6 star medal at the end of the race). In my excitement I missed this stand on my first attempt at the expo, so had to follow the river of people to the end of the expo and go back through to find it and get my all-important sticker (which subsequently ruined my Elswick vest on race day).

We managed then to enjoy the shops within the expo and see the various stands, while spending a small fortune on race merchandise, much to Carolyn’s delight!

In between expo day and race day, I carried on with my training plan of runs and stretches, mainly training along the beautiful Sumida River and getting used to the weather (which was extremely variable) and running conditions. The family and I made the most of sightseeing and taking in all Tokyo had to offer, whilst resting my legs as much as possible.

Race day came I felt I was in the best shape of my life – I was confident no matter what the gods threw at me I was in for a good day. In typical marathon style, I was up early at 05:30 am stretching and eating my obligatory porridge breakfast. I then left to get the metro to the start which was easy and stress free. I managed to get out of the huge station at Shinjuku easily, thanks to the signs and a trial run a few days before and got to my gate (Gate 3) just as the rain started, despite my phone telling me the rain wouldn’t start until 11:00. The start gates were all under cover, so I stayed dry and warm, which was a welcome change after the horrendous conditions in Boston last year.

Once I moved out to the main start areas, I spotted Andrew Alderson who runs for Blaydon so we chatted for a while and then Scott spotted us and came to join us, so we were able to start the race together which was an unexpected bonus.

As the start gun went off, Scott and I stayed together for the first few miles, which was great, although as always the first few miles are frustrating due to congestion – there was a sea of ponchos all around us of both runners and spectators and the rain didn’t seem to affect the mood or excitement of the day. I was slightly colder than I would have liked at the start due to the rain, but I stayed positive knowing I would warm up as the distance passed, and used previous experience of this to keep me going. I always work in kilometres in a race, so focussed on trying to do 4min Kilometres and started ticking the 42k course off in my head. The pace felt comfortable and was in line with the 18 week training plan I had completed and the constant maths kept me focussed and thinking. In addition, my wife and kids, along with Scott’s wife and kids had met up and I was able to spot them a number of times throughout the course, for cheers and morale boosting shouts. All these things kept me in the game for reaching the finish line in what was my aim of 2:50. Furthermore, as I had my Abbott sticker on my back, I got extra cheers from people who recognised the challenge I was competing.

The only slightly frustrating thing is that the race course was longer than the distance, so often my watch showed progress when the course signs didn’t and as there was no blue line to follow I knew I just had to keep going.

There were a number of cut backs on the course, where I was able to get good support and see Andrew or Scott as they passed me on their stage of the course, offering each other encouragement and support to keep things going. I kept my tactic of running KM’s in 4 minutes and continued to try to maintain this even at the infamous 20 mile wall, by which point the hamstrings and quads began to struggle. The last 6 miles were as tough as ever in a marathon and the focus became about keeping one foot in front of the other and focussing on positive thoughts – I knew at this stage I wouldn’t break 2:50 but was still on target for sub 2:55.

During the last 2km, I started to seize up, but the focus on that 6 star medal, and completing the challenge kept me going. As I came round the final corner, at the Imperial Palace and could see the finish in the distance the relief his and I knew I was going to make it. I crossed the line in 2:53:05 average 4:02 a km running a total of 26.54 miles.


What made it even more special was as I was taking in the reality of finishing, I turned to look for Scott who I knew couldn’t be far away and managed to find him and come out through the finish area together – given how much me have trained together over the years, it was brilliant to have him with me on that fine stage as I went to receive my 6 star medal.

After I received the medal and Scott and I made our way out of the finish zone, the typical post-race coldness hit and Scott and I made our way out to meet our wives and kids in the charity zone, where we were met with a warm room, lots of hugs and some well needed refreshments.

In line with our normal tradition, The Brady clan joined us as the Hard Rock Café for tea. Conversation soon turned to Scott earning his 6 star medal which will be in New York and after the Tokyo marathon we both know have good for age qualifying times for 2020 so I will look forward to accompanying him on his final marathon in the challenge. However, before we can even think of that, there is the small matter of the London marathon on 28th April 2019!

How it all began…….. > Richards Marathon Career




Juniors Report – Birtley Relay Races 10th March 2019

Thank you to Jan, Ken and Claire for the words and photos. As the cross country season is drawing to an end it came in like a lamb and went out like a lion, with roaring winds, sleet and rain. The last local cross country of the season was a relay event held on the 10th March at Lord Lawson school, Birtley. The race is in its 3rd year and growing in popularity. Another successful day for Elswick Juniors.
This a very well organised event hosted by Birtley Harriers.
Under 11 Girls Elswick A team came 1st .Charlotte Naughton 5.41- Louisa Hamilton 5.45-Poppy Wilde 5.16.

Elswick B 12th – Enya Tait 6.41- Jessica Robinson 6.24- Lola wood 6.15.
Under 13 Boys Elswick A 8th Team William Butterworth 6.36- Charles Mason 6.45- Jake Robertson 6.32.
Elswick B team 21st Adam Robinson 6.47- Bailey Shore 8.05- Keira Bairstow 9.53 (mixed girl/boy team) Under 13 Girls Elswick A team came 1st Poppy Old 6.41- Caitlin Flanagan 6.50- Zara Naughton 6.18.
Elswick B 6th team Imogen Bungay 6.44- Sophie Henderson 7.33- Lucy Milburn 6.50.
Elswick C 12th team Bella Russell 7.19- Ellie Winter 7.40- Lauren Stroud 7.11.
Elswick D 17th Sydney Bungay 7.52- Katy Bullock 8.01- Zoe Fielding 7.44.
Under 15/17 Girls Elswick A 2nd team Suzy Fielding 10.53- Charley Lee 11.30- Hannah Tumia 11.11.

Elswick B 10th team Aimee Bairstow 13.13 -Emma Robinson 13.12- Kerry-Anne Simpson 12.51.
Elswick C team as we only had two runners who ran with a Gosforth athlete. Annabel Parslow 13.46 – Grace Ogilvie 13.52.
Well done everyone who turned out under winter like conditions.
Hopefully you can put your wellies away and look forward to the coming track and road running season. More photos of the day can be viewed by clicking on the continue reading >  Continue reading Juniors Report – Birtley Relay Races 10th March 2019

Club Notice. Monday 11th March 2019.

Hello Team Elswick. The duty staff at the leisure centre had a visit from Northumbria police recently. It was in relation to some residents of Blayney Row, complaining of ‘runners parking up in front of their houses’.

A polite reminder to all club members that if you are to run in the locality, please park your car in the centre’s car park.

Alternatively, use the overspill car park, directly opposite the centre’s main entrance. Thank you.


TBH 5 km handicap & Ncle University Cowbell 5 km

Thanks to Tom Hanson for the scribe: Elswick’s Amy Fuller, Peter Sloan and myself (Tom) met up early and completed a good warm up. Changing into race gear we were ready. Next tactics! The race is held, based upon a handicap system. The course takes in the main stretch of Newcastle’s Quayside, an out and back course route. As I had only started training at the last race in November my handicap was good and started 4 mins up on Amy & Peter. Amy was under instructions to stay with Peter for the first half and use his pace judgement to keep her in check. As I was on the way back, both Amy and Peter were together nearing the turning point. Amy pushed on from the turn and finished up with a 19 second gap on Peter. Amy 20.04 a new PB, Peter 20.23 best time for 18 month and I came in with 23.21 much improved from last race.

University Cowbell 5 Km.

Newcastle University stage this 5 km event. It is open to all clubs but mainly it is for the academics (Newcastle University v Northumbria University). Amy will be running, as will her friends. Clara Pettitt, race organiser would welcome fellow Team Elswick Runners to the event. If you are interested folks, The race takes place on Saturday 23rd March at 1 pm 2019. Entry is only £5 (or £5.50 on the day). Registration is at the sports centre in the University on Claremont Road. For more info visit:  Newcastle-uni-cowbell-race-2019

Juniors Report from Alnwick XC – grand finale to a fantastic season for our Juniors !

The last cross country of the NEHL season took place at the pastures at Alnwick on the 2nd of March 2019. On what is probably the most scenic course of the series, the weather was reasonably kind with the wind starting to pick up for the later races.
Results as follows.
Under 11 Girls 1st Poppy Wilde 4.15-12th Erin Blight 4.45-13th Louisa Hamilton 4.45-20th Charlotte Naughton 4.59-28th Zoe Fielding 5.12-29th Lola Wood 5.14-31st Jessica Robinson 5.19-49th Hannah Waterhouse 5.49-55th Keira Bairstow 6.14.
Under 11 Boys 7th Liam Coulson 4.21 -9th Jake Stroud 4.28.
Under 13 Girls 3rd Bella Russell 15.30-39th Caitlin Flanagan 15.27(fast pack) 42nd Ellie Winter 17.14-58th Lauren Stroud 16.25(fast pack)62nd Sophie Henderson-16.45(fast pack)63rd Katy Bullock 18.30-71st Jayden Morton 20.25.6th team.
Under 13 Boys 34th William Butterworth 14.31(fast pack) 45th Henry Young 15.10(fast pack)46th Charles Mason 15.12 (fast pack)49th Adam Robinson 15.20(fast pack)56th Bailey Shore 18.01. 11th team.
Under 15 Girls 40th Aimee Bairstow 16.42- 42nd Charley Lee 15.10(fast-pack) 50th Grace Ogilvie 17.34- 62nd Maelona Redhead 20.43. 9th team.
Under 15 Boys 28th Zac Old 12.51(fast pack) 51st Will Brown 17.09.
Under 17 Girls 17th Suzy Fielding 17.17(fast pack) 18th Hannah Tumia 17.19(fast pack) 22nd Kerry-Anne Simpson 19.58- 26th Marissa O’Rourke 21.22 .4th team.
Under 17 Boys 27th Chris Mason 15.28- 30th Jamie Styles 15.45 both from the fast pack.
Thanks to all NEHL officials for putting on a great season. Elswick Juniors have had a total of 52 athletes representing us some did one race and quite a few did them all. We don’t normally single out juniors however a special mention to Poppy Wilde who has been 1st in every race well done to her and everybody who has competed.Thanks to all the seniors who have brought the Elswick tent throughout the season.

Jan and Ken

Senior Training this week:

Tuesday 26th: 2 x 3 mins then 2 x 1 mile. The aim is to use the 3 mins to be properly warmed up as the 2 x 1 mile should be ran hard.

Thursday 28th: 10 x 75 sec hills. To be ran on the hill beside the sports centre and allotments

Good Luck to Scott Brady and Richard Houghton.

Just a note to say ‘safe journey & have a great race in Tokyo’. Elswick’s Scott Brady and Richard Houghton (pictured below left). They are both to run the Tokyo Marathon on Monday 3rd March. No doubt personal goals will be achieved. They and family members are flying out today (Mon 25th Feb).

When Richard crosses the finish line he will achieve ‘World Marathon Majors Status’. To qualify you have to finish each of the ‘majors’ – They are: London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. For members new to the club, beginning their Elswick running, I point out that Richard’s first marathon in 2014, as a new member to the club was a 3.53. On Monday Richard will be doing his utmost to go sub 2.50. 

Scotts first marathon in 2015 was a 3.57 in Kielder. In 2018 he ran a 2.58 in Berlin. No doubt too Scott will aim for a sub 2.50. He’s in good form having just pb’d on Sunday in a 10 km. Elswick’s motto of Committed, Determined, Passionate, sums up nicely what Richard and Scott are both about when they both pull on the ‘The Red Vest.’ Very Best of Running Luck 🙂 to both Elswick Athletes.    Cheers, GB

Juniors – Cross Country Report for Thornley, Presentation Night and Hot off the Press…

The penultimate Harrier League was held at Thornley Hall Farm,Peterlee. We were expecting a lot of mud but the conditions were not as bad as expected apart from the gale force winds higher up on the tops the start was in a dip so you did not get the full force of the wind. Results as follows Under 11 Girls 1st Poppy Wilde 6.13 – 10th Erin Blight 6.42 – 29th Jessica Robinson – 7.34 – 32nd Hannah Waterhouse 8.01 – 43rd Keira Bairstow 9.22.
Under 11 Boys
37th Ethan Housego 7.17.
Under 13 Girls
10th Poppy Old 14.51 fast pack 26th Caitlin Flanagan 15.50 fast pack 35th Bella Russell 18.23 – 41st Sophie Henderson 17.40 fast pack 49th Jayden Morton 21.58. 8th Team.
Under 13 Boys
30th Charles Mason 15.08 – 36th Adam Robinson 15.32 both from the fast pack.
U15 Girls
28th Emily Allison 15.02 – 34th Charley Lee 15.55 both from the fast pack 37th Aimee Bairstow 18.15 (despite losing one of her spikes on the course) 6th Team .
U/15 Boys
13th Zac Old 12.59 Fast pack 36th Connor Shore 16.26.
U/17/20 Girls
14th Suzannah Fielding 20.12 fast pack 18th Kerry-Anne Simpson 23.57.
U/17 Boys
23rd Jamie Styles 17.17 – 26th Chris Mason 18.26 both from the fast pack.
Well done to everyone who turned out our teams were slightly depleted through illness and other engagements .A big thank you to Sara Blight and band of helpers to get the tent to the venue .
Last NEHL of the season is on Saturday 2nd of March at Alnwick. We would love to see a big turnout for this race.
Don’t forget to book a ticket for the Elswick Presentation if you haven’t got one already all family and friends welcome £5 per person food included. Venue Blaydon Rugby Club 16th March contact Michelle Coleman for details it would be great to see as many as possible attending.
Hot off the press more success for Elswick juniors .These are our juniors representing Northumberland at the National Schools Championship – Hannah Tumia, Suzannah Fielding ,Zac Old ,Zara Naughton .Reserves are Emily Allison and Caitlin Flanagan .Running at the Minors championship are Poppy Old and Lucy Milburn. Well done a great achievement.
Ken and Jan

Safety – Newburn Activity Centre Access Road.

A note on behalf of the Club committee, penned by Club Welfare Officer, Keith Baety.

Safety – Newburn Activity Centre Access Road.

Can I ask that club members refrain from gathering on the corner of the footpath on Grange Road at the entrance to the activity centre. This seriously reduces the vision of drivers leaving the centre thereby causing a risk both to them and any club members standing at this point.

I suggest that any such gathering takes place on the grassed are to the West of the entrance (Blayney Row side) thereby minimising the risk to all involved. Thank you.