The cross country season opener: The 2017 Farringdon Team Relays

Sunderland Harriers are hosting the very popular pre-cross country season opener: The Farringdon Relays on Saturday 2nd September. Your club pays your entry fee to the competition. The event is open to Junior age groups, seniors and vets: So chisel off last years mud from those trail shoes & spikes and:

SIGN UP BEFORE THURSDAY 24th AUGUST. The club needs to forward on individual and team names by Saturday 26th August. Set out below is some useful information from Sunderland Harriers website. Also there is a sign up sheet on the clubs noticeboard in the sports hall – on training evenings: alternatively, sign up via the club’s FB page. Thank you.

EVENT 1. 11.00am. U11 BOYS AND GIRLS. Distance: 1000 Metres. EVENT 2. 11.15am. U13 BOYS AND GIRLS. Distance: 1.8 Miles. EVENT 3. 11.30am. U15 BOYS AND GIRLS. Distance: 1.8 Miles. EVENT 4. 11.45am. U17 Men & U17 WOMEN. Distance: 1.8 Miles. EVENT 5. 12.00 Noon. SENIOR WOMEN – & VETERANS’ RELAY. Distance: 3 x 1.8 Miles. EVENT 6. 12.45pm. SENIOR MEN’S & VETERANS’ RELAY. Distance: 4 x 1.8 Miles. 

Main Course Route: The course totals up to undulating 1.8 miles (age group dependent). Marshalls will be at junctions, so please obey their instructions. One refreshment station is provided at the finish area.

Registration is at Farringdon Community Academy. The course is immediately to the east of the College, and to the north of the junction of Silksworth Road and B1286 Silksworth Way. Parking is limited so car share where you can. 

Further Race Day Information

  • Car Parking is available in the Farringdon Community Academy school yard. There is no parking on the course.
  • Toilets are available within the Silksworth Sports Complex and at the Academy.
  • Awards will be presented at the end of the races at the finish area.
  • Running Numbers will be issued on race day or by post if SAE is included with your entry.
  • Running Numbers must be worn on the front of your vest and must not be mutilated or folded.
  • Headphones and musical devices should not be worn.
  • The Finish: Having finished please keep moving in the same order you crossed the line. Please ensure your number is clearly visible.
  • Results will be on view shortly after the conclusion of races. They will also be posted on the Sunderland Harriers Website. Start & Assembly Area: The assembly area is the field immediately to the east of the College, and to the north of the junction of Silksworth Road and the B1286 Silksworth Way. All participants should be at this point no later than five minutes before the start of their race. Changing Accommodation: Changing facilities and showers are available within the Silksworth Sports Complex. NO baggage should be left in the changing area. Please use the lockers. Tokens are available at the reception. The organisers will accept no liability for loss of, or damage to, competitors’ property. Below is an aerial shot of the Farringdon Cross Country Course, an undulating, cut grass pathway….a very canny course to start the cross country season.




Run – Talk Event this September. Team Elswick compete at the 10km Gateshead Trail Run

A note from Welfare Officer Keith Batey: A ‘Run – Talk’ Event on Thursday 7 September 2017. Join us from 7pm in the sports hall (leaving at 7.15pm) to meet and greet with Team Elswick! The event will be led by our Mental Health Ambassadors, Christiane and Emma with support from other club members. It will take the form of a short run  from Newburn Sports Centre to Blayney Row, then via the riverside path and the Boat House and back to the club. The event will be open to members and non club members. The objective is to encourage individuals to take part in a short run and share their views / concerns with fellow runners, in doing so highlighting the benefits of physical activity with regards to mental health and personal well-being. Look out for further details on Elswick Harriers Facebook pages. Thank you.

On Saturday, Team Elswick travelled just a few miles “down the road” to participate in the popular Gateshead 10km trail run. Congratulations to Team Elswick Runners!
For results go to:
Thank you to Les Williamson for the photo. Our athletes stand proud on the rostrum with their hard earned finishers meadals!

Senior Training

Tuesday 15th – 4x5mins at the pylon 2min recovery.

Thursday 17th – Station Bank 3x Long or 5x Short hills.

Also note to register this week with Tom for the 6 mile handicap on the 22nd, as start times will be shortly after 7pm for the first runners.

Club Championship Standings (races & results update).

Hello Team Elswick. The club championship table has been updated after race 9 (The Morpeth 10km). Well done to everyone who took part from the club. Please find enclosed the standings > club champs 2017 race 9 . The next championship race is on Sunday 1st October at the Redcar Beacon 5km. Thank you to Val Wilson for the compilation. Congratulations to all of our athletes running at the recently held Gosforth Relay Races. In particular, a superb win for the vets team of Rob Wilson, Graham Leslie & Mark McNally. Very well done gentlemen. Club members competed at Ironman Maastricht, Holland on Sunday 6th August. Once again a superb day for Elswick’s Harriers at the 140.6 miles, 3 discipline competition. A report will follow by Elswick’s Johnny Lowes shortly. Keep it going Team Elswick!

Senior Training Sessions

Tuesday 8th – will be 1.1 mile then 5 short hills with 1.1 mile to finish, this is approx. 5k starting at the club.

Thursday 10th – is on the field  3×3 mins, 3×2 mins finished with 3×1 min all with 1 min recovery.

On your marks….Get set….Summer Parlaufs….Go!

Words on the Parlauf evening by Ladies Captain, Lalage Brown. Enjoy the read: On Thursday the 27th of July the club held its first ever Summer Parlaaf’s , at least what I am aware of. This event is usually held on Boxing Day and I would encourage all to attend ‘the real Parlaufs’as quoted by Jim Scott.
Get Set GO!!

It was with some trepidation that I agreed to coordinate such an event as really I didn’t have a clue what I was doing! However there is a wealth of experience at Elswick so I used my contacts, duly calling on words of wisdom from Frank Watson, Jim Scott and Ken Heslop. Gentlemen, Iam truly grateful.
With extra help called by my dear trusty friends, Kim & Harry Matthews, Mel Reed, Lindsay Grant and Joanne Lucking we were all prepared. Special thanks to Michelle Coleman who sourced all the prizes before gong off to turn herself into a Beech Goddess in Majorca. Thirty Eight individual athletes signed up on the night and there was some fantastic banter from the start making it hard for the organisers to hear names being called. As so many entered we ran two races to make the event manageable. It was great watching on the lines the competitiveness of all individuals, some realising early on the need to pace themselves. More photos from the evening below.
Race One:
1st Keiran Dixon
Matthew Grant
2nd Elaine Henderson
Hannah Tumia
3rd Kerran Simpson
Peter Sloan
Race 2
1st Joe Connor
Omar Tumia
2nd Claire Tumia
Daniel Nettle
3rd Michael Clegg
Robert Lambert.

After the races we all headed upstairs for a social gathering, enjoying a wide range of food contributed by all athletes, helpers and supporters.A great atmosphere was achieved by holding the very unique event of a Bread raffle , our thanks to Warburton’s who supplied the bread. All in all a very successful event and my thanks to all who helped and to our resident photographer Rob Wilson.

This weeks senior training

Tuesday 1st August. Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up by heading for the pylon at ONE. 5 X 4 mins with 90 secs recovery. Thursday 3rd August. Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up around Blaney Row. Pyramid session on playing field: 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 mins all with 1 min recovery.


Seniors Tuesday training / Summer team relays / Track team relays for Juniors, Seniors & Masters

Senior Training: Tuesday 25th July. Leave the centre at 7.15 pm and warm up, heading for the Pylon at ONE. 3 x 6 mins with recovery. An extra rep for those who wish to.

Thursday 27th July are the friendly, fun, summer team relays – Also known as the ‘Parlaufs’. Pop down early for around 6.45 pm to register your name. The relays will start at around 7.15 pm. Kindly bring along some buffet food for a shared buffet after the relays – upstairs in the function room of the centre – Prizes to be won – and it is all free!

NECAA TRACK RELAYS For Juniors, Seniors and Masters. Daniel Naji race meeting organiser (on behalf of NECAA) is cordially inviting N.E. clubs to the NECAA Sprint Relays Meeting which takes place on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at Monkton Stadium, Jarrow. Clubs will competing for the honour of winning the Sprint Relay Shield, currently held by Tynedale Harriers. Please have a read of the flyer & rules: SEPT FLYER 2017  & SEPT Track Relays – RULES  Please put your names forward on the club’s Facebook page or see Tom Hanson, Steve Robertson, Lalage Brown, Gina Capocci, any one of the junior coaching team and Graham Bell on training evenings in the sports hall. For more info go to:





Durham City 5&10 km road races

On Wednesday 19th July the combined Durham City 5Km and 10km provided the setting for some exciting road racing through the cobbled streets over a challenging and hilly course. The race finished in Palace Green outside Durham Cathedral.  

In the very competitive 5km race Elswicks Robyn Bennett won the womens race in 18:54. In the mens 5km race Lee Bennett finished in 7th place and was 1st vet in 17:11. Following on behind was Rowan Bennett in 10th position in 18:05. In the 10km race Elswick had 5 runners who enjoyed 2 laps of the course.  Michael Clegg was 596th in 55:56, Jennifer Barnes was 597th also in 55:56, David Hodgson was 620th in 56:44, Colette Byrne was 918th in 1:00:31 and Elaine Henderson was 920th in 1:00:32. Below, is Robyn in full flight, crossing the winning tape. Congratulations Robyn, superb effort – superb win! For all the results go to:



Members, family & friends are cordially invited to: 

A free evening of team running & spectating!

On Thursday 27th July 2017.

 Newburn Leisure Centre Playing Field.

Time to meet? 6.45 pm to 7.10 pm.  

The friendly games will begin at 7.15 pm.

Bring along some food for a shared buffet.

Join us after the games, in the function room for prizes & food! See you all there 🙂