Gordon Smith Relays 08/05/2019

Our three ladies teams were magnificent, still smiling in spite of the battles to juggle work and family commitments, to get through the rush hour traffic and to stay warm in the torrential downpours and wind.  From left to right we have club hero supporter Colin Bolton,  Joanne Brown, Debbs Wilmott, Amy Brown, Bella Arnott, Cath Lowes, Andrea Banner and super stand-in Sara Blight.  

Our first team got off to a great start with Joanne Brown finishing in 13.01.    In support was Andrea Banner finishing in 13.27.  Cath had an amazing final leg in 12.37 to bring the team home in 10th position behind some highly competitive teams.  Our second team was lead by Susanne Stephenson, running well after her fine performance at Bedewell relays the previous week in 14.13.  Next was Sara Blight, stepping up to the challenge at the very last minute with a finishing time of 13.37.  That’s two consecutive weeks when Sara has stepped in to reinforce the team in a relay competition.  We salute you Sara.  Absolutely storming finish for this team by Bella Arnott in 13.29.  No sign of any injuries at these relays which is fantastic news.  Our next team was lead by stalwart Yvonne Swinhoe.  Nothing can deter her.  She finished in 14.47 and inspired her number two runner, Debbs Wilmott in her relay debut to run her fastest ever 2 miles.  Amazing Amy Brown completed the trio in 15.12, and improved her performance from last year by over 20 seconds.  No wonder there were smiles all round.

Despite the traffic around the city and the adverse weather conditions the flying Elswick men were able to field 5 teams at the Gordon Smith Relays hosted by Wallsend Harriers at West Allotment Country Park on Wednesday 8th May 2019.

Team A finished 10th with Veteran Steve Roberton 11.20 running a course PB whilst Andrew Ball and Andrew Bell ran 10.55 and 10.33 respectively which is pretty awesome.

Team B finished 40th which was led by inspiring Martin Connelly 12.08 with Luke Hilliard making his relay debut 13.04 this was however down to timing issues as he actually ran 11.40 ish, Mike Russell 12.29 was promoted to this team on the back of some fine performances of late.

Team C finished 31st, not knowing how I (Richard Houghton) would cope after 2 marathons I felt it was right to run in group 3, however I pleasantly surprised myself 11.43, next up was Lee Coulson who ran a superb second leg in 12.11, that gent has really been impressive and long may it continue. Third up was the committed and dedicated Shaun Connelly 12.40 who is a bundle of joy.

Team D saw Robert Lambert 13.40 ran his fastest 1 mile and 2 mile distances of the year, Robert Emson 12.49 ran superbly after running the London marathon on the 28th April. These were huge positives for these 2 runners whose team was incomplete.

Team E consisted of Stephen Curry 15.21 and Micky Shore 13.42 who showed great spirit after learning shortly prior to the race team E would be incomplete. Both again ran brilliantly on this wet evening.

A huge thank you goes out to all involved for your dedication and commitment that you demonstrated. Club Coaches Ian and Colin also showed their superb support as always for all Elswick Ladies and Men

Weetslade relays are up next on Wednesday 19th June with a 7.30pm start time at Lockey Park in Wideopen. If you have not seen the facebook post from Scott Brady and would like to run please comment below.

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.


Club Championship Standings & Junior NEYDL: 1st meet of the 2019 season.

Thank you to Noel for updating the championship standings after round 2 from The Terry O’Gara 5 km on Sunday: Results after race 2

Report from Jan & ken: Now that we have put our wellies away and with summer on  the horizon the first NEYDL was held at Whitley Bay. It was a lovely day with a breeze coming off the North Sea ideal for all the athletes.

We are in partnership with South Shields competing against Tynedale, Blyth/Alnwick, Wallsend/Gosforth and Jarrow/Phoenix Flyers. It was a tremendous turnout for the girls trying different events in track and field sadly none of our junior boys turned out.

The next meeting in this series is on Saturday 18th May at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Well done to Judith for all her hard work to make sure these events happen so please juniors support your club: it’s great fun and no pressure . Hopefully see as many junior runners at the next meeting at Jarrow. Provisional Results here > Results


Juniors Report – North East Youth Development League 2019

Now that we have put our wellies away and with summer on the horizon the first NEYDL was held at Whitley Bay .It was a lovely day with a breeze coming off the North Sea ideal for all the athletes.
We are in partnership with South Shields competing against Tynedale, Blyth/Alnwick, Wallsend/Gosforth and Jarrow/Phoenix Flyers. It was a tremendous turnout for the girls trying different events in track and field sadly none of our junior boys turned out.
The next meeting in this series is on Saturday 18th May at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Please see link https://necaa.weebly.com/uploads/6/4/8/5/64850927/div_2n_res_v2.pdf with all provisional results on or go to NEYDL website .Well done to Judith for all her hard work to make sure these events happen so please juniors support your club it’s great fun no pressure . Hopefully see as many of you as possible at Jarrow. Cheers Jan&Ken

Well Done to all: The 2019 London Marathon & The TOG 5km (Club Championship Race). This weeks senior training.

Another grand TV running spectacle yesterday, as the 2019 Virgin London Marathon took to the capital’s streets. 40,000 participants, millions raised for charities, personal bests to aim for and among the professional elite athletes, some truly world class marathon running.

First though: TEAM ELSWICK! – (positions in category):

Richard Houghton 2.59.16 (1153rd). Mark Turnbull 3.04.07 (165th). Jason Old 3.19.06 (660th). Robert Emson 3.22.24 (443rd). Dean Pepperell 3.28.46 (2532nd). Simon Lynch 3.34.11 (1195th). Debra Spoor 3.45.06 (364th). Joanne Brown 4.14.02 (801st). Elspeth Aspinall 4.14.02 (981st). Kay Thompson 5.03.41(1895th). Well done everyone and congratulations!

You have to have to admire Eliud Kipchoge’s world class time of 2.02.37. Simply brilliant. Callum Hawkins from Scotland had a fine return back to the event with a superb 2.08.14. Mo Farah was 5th in a time of 2.05.39. Englands Jonny Mellor ran a fine 2.13.25. In the women’s race another world class performance from Keyna’s Brigid Kosgei: After a slow first half she blew the field away with a second half split of 66 minutes, a finishing time of 2.18.20, saw her take the ladies title. A superb run by England’s Charlotte Purdue in 2.25.38 an a 10th place secures a world championship place and an Olympic slot for Tokyo. Tish Jones ‘famously’ crawled over the fish line to claim a world championship qualifying time of 2.31.00. GB’s Lily Partridge, Hayley Carruthers, Tracy Barlow, Sonia Samuels, Natasha Cockram, finished in 17, 18, 19, 20th positions respectively. Superb running from GB’s women elite athletes. 

The same day saw Team Elswick athletes take to he start line on race number two for the club championship: The Terry O’Gara 5 km road race, hosted by Wallsend Harriers at Cobalt Business Park. results here.

Well done everyone, some good times there! Keep it going!

This weeks senior training:

Tuesday: 23 min loop at Walbottle Bank.

Thursday: Indoor circuits followed by 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1 pyramid on the field.





Hello Team Elswick. On Wednesday evening (24th April) Catherine Lowes (and fellow Elswick Athletes) were competing at the NECCA 10,000 m track championships, also incorporating Northern 10,000 m track championships. The weather at Jarrow stadium were over cast and cool, with the usaul head wind in the home straight. A great night for Cath who has been in excellent form: This turned into a GOLD MEDAL winning performance! Catherine was the winner of the women’s race. 

Catherine Lowes (32) in the mix and on her way to GOLD!

Silver went to Heather Robinson (Jarrow). Bronze went to Vicky Thompson (Jarrow).

She’s now Northern as well as North Eastern 10,000 m champion as both competitions were in the same race. Winners of the men’s race: Gold – Gregory Jayasuriya (Middlesbrough and Cleveland) Silver – Jordan Bell (Blackhill Bounders) Bronze – Thomas Straughan (Morpeth).

Also at the same event and in the NEGP, Junior  athlete Caitlin Flanagan ran a PB in the  800 m, clocking 2.35. Well done.

Daniel and Melissa also competed admirably as part of the Team Elswick contingency too. Well done to both athletes. Full official results are still pending…….Unofficially the results were: Catherine 42.04 / Daniel 43.47 / Melissa 49.21. Catherine incidenally PB’d for both 10 km (quicker than her road time) and 10,000 m track (which was her second outing on the track).


Well Done Catherine – Keep it going.

Cheers, GB



2019 Good Friday Relays

Please find below and updated Version 2.0 of the Good Friday Relay Results. Thank you.

2019 GFR VER 2.0

A record turnout for competitors at our Good Friday Relays earlier today. After an early misty start, the fine morning sunshine added to the spectacle:  lots of spectators were treated to fine racing from the Under 11’s, U13’s U15’s The Womens and Mens Relays made for a great morning of competition.

A special thank you from Safety Officer Derek Nelson who had Club athlete Alex Harman in attendance at the sub-station marshal point. Alex was superb in marshaling the runners! 

To all of the event day help team, you were superb throughout, your a credit to your club.

Thank you to the officials team and to Denise and Adele at Gateway House. Thank you to all participants and spectators……we hope you enjoyed your racing: cheering on your teams and runners. 


It was great to see a record turnout for our Good Friday Races in this our 130th year. The weather first thing was a bit misty and chilly for the first Races but when the sun came out it was glorious for the many spectators but a bit warm for the athletes.

The results are as follows  for the Elswick juniors  U/11 Girls 1st Poppy Wilde 6.36- 15th Jessica  Robinson 9.02- 19th Hannah Waterhouse 9.24 U/11 Boys 5th Liam Coulson 6.38- 10th Jake Stroud 6.56. U/13 Girls 5th Poppy Old 9.45- 10th Lucy Milburn 9.54- 11th Imogen Bungay 9.54-16th Caitlin Flanagan 10.28- 22nd Lauren Stroud 10.37- 41st Sophie Henderson 11.43- 46th  Louisa Hamilton 12.09- 48th Olivia Emson 13.30- 50th Keira Bairstow 13.42- 52nd Evie Reed 13.51- 53rd Lucy Eldridge 15.07

U/13 Boys 28th Jake Robertson 10.07- 37th Callum Eldridge 10.31 38th Harvey Taylor 10.34- 40th Elliot Kelso 10.48- 48th Adam Robinson 11.25- 51st William Butterworth 11.30- 56th Tristan Davidson 12.26- 57th William Scougall 12.31- 60th Bailey Shore 14.32. U/15 Girls 25th Grace Ogilvie 11.26- 26th Aimee Bairstow 11.44- 31st Maelona Redhead 13.57. U/15 Boys 20th Will Brown 11.22. 

Well done to our juniors who ran in the senior races Suzy Fielding Hannah Tumia, Chris Mason and Jamie Styles.

Also out of interest the following senior athletes who ran in the senior race came through our junior ranks are Amy Fuller, Judith Nutt Justina Heslop, Steven Horn, Steve Robertson and Andrew Bell: An inspiration to our junior section. 

Well done everybody for turning up so early to represent your club. 

A big thank you to all the behind the scenes helpers and marshals and officials who give their own time to make these events happen and also a special mention to Graham Bell who has worked tirelessly to make sure this event happens. Cheers Jan & Ken.

Junior Athletes in action here > Click Continue reading: Continue reading 2019 Good Friday Relays


  • Event HQ is at Gateway House,  Newburn Riverside Business Estate.
  • Post Code NE15 8NX. EVENT HQ OPENS AT 8.20 AM. 
  • Follow Event Stewards directions for parking.
  • Declare team sheets and collect bib no.s in good time!
  • Canteen at HQ with Drinks and Cake. All items 50 p each.
  • TIMINGS: U11s 9.15 am. U13s 9.25 am. U15s 9.35 am.
  • Womens race 9.45 am. Mens race 10.55 am.
  • All Junior awards at HQ from 10.30 am.
  • All Senior & Vet awards at HQ from 12.30 pm. 
  • More info can be found under the tab heading of this event on the front page of our website. Thank you.

Vale of York 10 mile. 14.04.19

Yet again, another 5:30 alarm on a Sunday morning and trying to eat porridge before heading out the door to meet Yam and travel down the A1!  This time to a race I have never done, but being unable to do Thirsk 10 mile or Blyth 10k, due to rugby and swimming activities, I was in need of a longer race.  With a tempting 9:30 start, meaning I would be back earlier, the Vale of York 10mile seemed like the perfect choice!  We watched the temperature drop as we drove down the A1 and the wind slowly pick up. 

Confirmed by the fact that between arriving at the start and actually starting the race, the windsocks on the airfield were certainly more active.  Having decided to race in just a vest (a new one and only my 2nd since joining the club in 1991 – thanks for that Andrea) and gloves, we braved the cold on the start line.  Then we were off. 

Thankfully the dog leg in this race was right at the start, up and down a strip of the airfield.  At least it meant that before we left the airfield we were down to 8 and a bit miles to go.  The rest of the race passed in a blur of breezy sections, and not so breezy sections.  I couldn’t tell you where the race went, just that it went up and down and round and round!  No squashed frogs this time.  Counting the miles down, I realised that the last mile and a bit was coming back along the same road we went out on.  Not that it made the finish come any quicker………..

I had someone shout and tell me I was first woman and just to hold it together – great advice and I did try.  With the airfield in sight, I had someone shout that I was ‘first at the moment’.  That got me thinking – what was I going to do.  My legs were tired and hurting, but I knew (as does anyone else who is near me at the end of a race) I have no sprint finish and if I was caught on the run in I didn’t have a chance.  

I wasn’t prepared to let it go easily so I did try to pick the pace up, but probably just pulled a few more funny faces!  I managed to hold on to the finish, although the 1st 3 women all finished within 30 seconds of each other.  Those finishing 2nd and 3rd achieving massive PBs.  Well done to both of you.  At the finish – no time to hang about as it was so cold.  It was clothes on and try to get warm.  Then the journey back up the A1.

It was nice to do a new race and it is advertised as PB course.  The 1st man finished in 53:47 – he must have thought I stopped for a picnic and cup of tea!  And its one that I would go back and do. 

Next race – Good Friday relays – hmmmmmm, I’m not expecting a fast time from me with Sunday in my legs.  Just getting my excuses in early!!!!

See you all Friday

Jude Nutt