Northern Cross Country Championships 2017

NAlogo-july2014Gruelling tough, muddy Northern conditions awaited thousands of athletes at this years Northern Cross Country Championships which were held once again at Knowsley Safari Park, Liverpool way. A small but determined, dedicated team of club members took on the conditions, that makes the Northern’s such a superb cross country event. Those who wore the vest on Saturday did themselves and the club proud….they absolutely gave their best in all competitions offered on Saturday. Congratulations to you ALL 🙂 So to the results:

37th Placed team in the men’s Senior Race: (2198 combined placings total) First home for the club in the senior’s men’s competition, Mark McLeod: 168th 235 0:51:02 Mark McLeod. 171st 229 0:51:06 Lee Bennett. 410th 232 0:59:52 David Jardin. 449th 237 1:01:33 Peter Sloan. 474th 236 1:02:32 Christopher Pearce. 526th 231 1:05:24 Thomas Hanson. 602nd 1:10:24 233 Robert Lambert. 624th 1:12:40 238 Robert Wilson. In the senior Women’s Race with a time of 0:42:08 & 112th placing, Catherine Lee. In the Under 17’s race & 16th place and a time of 21:41 for the flying Robyn Bennett, who will be going to try out for the Nationals. In the under 15’s boys race, 115th place for Rowan Bennett with a finishing time of 17:09. Here is the link to the championship report: Once again, very well ran Team Elswick and competed: The first points are now on the board for this year’s club championship, so some early points bagged for those competing…. a few photos below…hopefully a few more on their way……..

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Senior Training Sessions this week: w/c 30th January

Tuesday 31st Jan: Leave Sports Hall at 7.30pm. Warm up to One North East:

Until further notice we have a ‘new’ meeting point for all senior training sessions here at One North East.

Please meet at Feel Good Café Car Park. Open this link here Feel Good Cafe Car Park.  to view the new meeting point. (It is only 50 yards ’round the corner’ from our ‘usual’ meeting place by the main road).

Tuesday’s Quality Tempo Session: 1 x 5 mins. 1 x 10 mins 1 x 5 mins to finish. All with 2 mins recovery.

Thursday 2nd Feb: Leave Sports Hall at 7.30pm. Warburton’s Ind. Est. 3 x 2 mins. 4 x slip road incline. 5 x 1 min. All with recovery.


Upcoming BMAF Events

Information on two upcoming BMAF events below :

The BMAF Open Cross Country Championship for 2017 will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017 at Wavertree Playground, Wellington Road, Liverpool.

The first race is for all women and M65+, is over a 6k course and starts at 12:00hrs. The second race is for M35 – 64, is over an 8k course and starts at 13:00hrs.

More details and race entries taken online BMAF OpenTrack system. Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 5 March 2017.


The BMAF 10 Mile Road Race for the 2017 Championship is once again part of the Netherhall 10 mile road race organised by Cumberland Athletic Club. It is at 11:00hrs on Sunday 26 Feb 2017.

This event is a single lap course in anticlockwise direction on mainly undulating country roads through the villages of Dearham, Bulgill and Crosby on the West Cumbrian coast.

All details and race entries taken online via the BMAF OpenTrack system Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 12 Feb 2017.

Elswick Junior Athletes Qualify for Inter Counties Competition!

badgeHello Everyone. Some of the club’s junior athletes have competed at a recent Schools Cross Country Competition at Temple Park, South Shields: hosted by the NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS’ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NSAA) & ELSWICK’s JUNIOR CLUB MEMBERS PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY WELL!

Several athletes have secured qualification which guarantees them a place at the INTER COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY MEETING on Saturday 4th February at Kirby Stephen, Cumbria: Once again, very well done to all the competitors and to those who qualified! Keep it going Junior Team Elswick!

For a list of the results, please go to: . The results are at the bottom of the website’s home page. Some of the juniors I saw included in the results are: Rowan, Hanna, Robyn, Jamie, Sam, Bradley, Charley, Maisie, Abigail, Ellie and Suzannah (apologies if I haven’t captured everyone, but you are all in the results pages!). Cheers, GB.

Durham Cathedral Relays & The Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Team Elswick travelled the short journey to Durham to participate in the popular Durham Cathedral Relays. The race incorporated the NEMAA championships. Three in a team. Each leg approx. 3000m. Senior & Vet competitions. A competitive morning for everyone taking part and Team Elswick as always, gave their best. Visit for a full listing of all team results.

Meanwhile, two hours down the road, saw the popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon hosted by York Knavesmire Harriers, take place. A competitive half marathon season opener: A great race in which to lay a foundation for a targeted spring half & full marathon event. On Sunday, over 1500 took to the start line.

Leading the Team Elswick field was Jude Nutt. Jude ran an excellent 1.24.27 (finishing 8th in the ladies race overall, and 2nd V35). Well ran Jude. More fine performances followed: Simon Lynch 1.43, Charlotte Baston 1.46, Phil Baston 1.46, Jeff Emmerson 1.57, Amy Brown 1.57 and Rosie Morrison 2.17. For the full list of results go to: All in all a good weekend everyone….Keep it going!




NOTICE: Cathedral Relays – change to course location. Due to the recent weather conditions the location for the Durham Cathedral XC Relays event has been moved to the University’s Playing Fields behind the Maiden Castle Sports Centre. The course will remain as 2 laps of flat grass terrain, totalling ~3,000m. All events and timings remain unchanged and will go ahead as previously advertised. The Start/Finish will be positioned on the field immediately across the wooden footbridge that leads from the Sports Centre/Boathouse to the playing fields. Toilets and refreshments will be available in the Sports Centre.

PARKING: Parking at the Sports Centre is available for race officials, marshalls, helpers and those dropping off club tents. All other athletes/supporters should park in the City as if using the original course – the new location is only a short distance further along the river from the Racecourse.


NEHL XC at Herrington Saturday 7th January 2017

The Harrier League  marched into a muddy, technical course at Herrington Park (well, athletes wouldn’t want any other way?) the first local cross country race of 2017. Once again, a good turnout by the club, so thank you for wearing the vest of Elswick and giving the race your best. Great to see the Juniors running with some notable performances: individual & team results. Well done to all the seniors and vets who combined collectively to consolidate their positions within Divisions 1 & 2. Enclosed is a summarised results sheet. If anyone is missing, just reply in the comments section & I will update. Well done to all athletes on Saturday. Keep it gannin’ Team Elswick! herrington-nehl-jan-2017-results Below one photo from David Jardin that summarises Saturday’s XC: one word…..Muddy 🙂