Juniors Christmas Party 2018

Our Junior Christmas Party took place on the 18th December 2018 at the Trampoline Sports Centre on the West Road – for the second year on the bounce!
Bringing a whole new meaning to Christmas jumpers, our Juniors had a very energetic time, trampolining for a full hour with exclusive use of the Centre. They were fuelled by pop and crisps provided for them which they did burn off! Afterwards they received goody bags and a selection pack.
Thanks again to Micky Shore for organising a super party and also thanks to the Committee for subsidising the costs.
The Junior Coaches would like to take this opportunity to wish our Juniors and all members of Elswick a truly wonderful Christmas time.

Elswick Harrier Steve Grey

It is with heartfelt sadness that I inform our club members, that one of our own, Steve Grey, died on Tuesday of this week. Our sincere condolences go to the Grey family.

Steve was an accomplished Elswick Harrier runner. Many of today’s members will probably not know of Steve Grey the athlete.

In the time he was with our club, he trained and competed regularly, as an individual and as Team Relay Member, both of which, he competed successfully, with then, team mates, Lee Bennett, Martin Connelly, John Bell, Kevin Stephenson, Myself, Alan ‘Rambo’ Thompson and Paul Dixon. Steve was part of a strong vet team.

Steve was also an accomplished marathon runner: As a V40, Steve ran London a couple of times in under 2.45. To complement the miles of distance training he was a regular member of the track squad who trained every Monday evening with ‘the lads’ along with Jude Nutt, Yam Thiru and Gina Capocci, Alison Dargie, with coaches Colin Bolton and Norman Armstrong. A great squad of Elswick Athletes track training. Happy times. Due to knee problems he had to retire from the sport (and the club) around 7 years ago. He turned his love of sport to cycling and quickly became an accomplished Vet Time Triallist with Derwentside CC. Steve was a lovely gent, quietly spoken, but trained and competed honourably in the spirit of ameatur competition. I think the club’s motto summarises nicely who Steve was when he ran:

Committed, Determined, Passionate. Steve was a gentlemen and proud when he wore the Elswick Vest.

A card will be available to sign next Tuesday evening (18th) in the sports hall.

Sincere Regards,

Graham Bell.

Photos kindly supplied by Lee Bennett.

L to R: Iain Hardy – Kevin Stephenson – Lee Bennett – Steve Grey. The 2010 Good Friday Relays: V40 A Team.
Steve on his way to a medal in 2010 at the Good Friday Relays (on the “old 2.2 mile outside loop of ONE”).


North East Cross Country Championships. Wrekenton Saturday 8th December 2018

Junior report & pics from Jan, Ken & Claire. On a very cold and extremely windy day Elswick had 22 juniors on the starting line. On a very hilly and demanding course the races started with the under 11s:

U/11 Boys 7th Jake Stroud 33rd Sam Allison. U/11 Girls 4th Poppy Wilde  11th Erin Blight  33rd Sydney Bungay 34th Lola Wood 36th Kate Jude  39th Jessica Robinson 52nd Keira Bairstow. U/13 Boys 16th  William Butterworth  17th Jake Robertson. 48th Adam Robinson 6th Team. U/13 Girls 15th Caitlin Flanagan  34th Imogen Bungay  35th Lucy Milburn 49th Sophie Henderson 7th Team. U/15 Boys 20th Zac Old. U/15 Girls 34th Charley Lee. U/17/20 Girls 11th Suzannah Fielding (7th  u/17)14th Hannah Tumia (10th u/17) 31st Kerry-Anne Simpson (21st u/17) 6th Team. U/17 Boys 40th Jamie Styles 41st Chris Mason.

A great turnout for this championship race. A big thank you to Steve  Robertson who brought the tent. Next race is the Sherman Cup / Davison Shield on the 5th January which is part of the Harrier League you don’t need a special number it’s back to using your own number which you were given at the beginning of the season. There are 3 races left to compete for the club championships so get them spikes on and have a go.

The ladies were placed 11th Team with Amy Fuller in 42nd place in 37.56. Andrea Banner 44th in 38.02. Catherine Lowes 68th in 39.11 and Charlotte Baston 69th in 39.19. Great packing by the ladies and a very respectable placing. Well ran ladies.

The men were placed 17th Team with Andrew Ball on 71st 49.48. Richard Houghton 102nd 51.50. Scott Brady 138th 54.16. Michael Russell 170th 56.03. Paul Robinson 183rd 56.45 and Dean Pepperell 186th 56.53. Well done gents. All of the results can be viewed by visiting clicking on this link here > 2018 results

Very well ran everyone for competing in this all club team competition. You did Team Elswick Proud.

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Seniors Xmas Party @ The Percy Arms

Say “Christmas Cheesy Stilton!”…..Backwards!

A canny bunch of Elswick Harrier Club Runners ALL ran to the Xmas venue (not!) this year, at the Percy Arms on Wallbottle Bank. A fine assembly of the internet’s best offerings of acrylic xmas jumpers, perfectly encapsulated around the Xmas tummy 🙂 For some, time to enjoy their favourite pub tipple, post the North East Cross Country Championships earlier in the day. Above & below are a few photos of the evening- with the main attraction quite arguably! being Simon’s mighty fine 2 – piece Armani Xmas Suit and the WINNER of the Xmas ‘Jumper’ Competition! A buffet of hot and cold food, background music ensued throughout. A full raffle draw also took place: everyone a winner. Thank you to Michelle Coleman for organising the evening on behalf of the club members, assisted by Harry and Simon during the evening.

Not quite the strictly final….The Elswick Xmas Jumper Contenders!
Turkey Dinner! He is a winner! Its Simon Lynch and his rather snazzy 2-piece! Oh & a photo bomb…..twice!


Blyth Sands Handicap Race – Sunday 2nd December 2018.

A really testing course today at this popular and increasingly classy event held on the Blyth sea front. The tide was in which made the going really tough with athletes having to negotiate their way across lots of rocks and through sea water and even quick sand at times. On top of that it was raining so quite a challenge this year.

The Elswick team members ran well with Mark McNally just missing out on his third victory here when he was passed by a North Shields Poly athlete only 10 yards from the finish line. Next home was Harry followed by Kim, Lee, Jeff, Andy, Steve and Dave.

Mark received the runner up award and Harry took 1st M70 prize. The team of four counters were just pipped for third team by Tyne Bridge.

Well done all.