Remember When. 1989!Club Centenary.Metro Radio Saltwell Harriers Road Race. The Co-op! Elswick’s Rippon Hall

Back in 1989: The Club’s centenary year. Elswick Harriers pulled out the stops, as guest of honour was Seb Coe. A multiple, Olympic,world champion and world recorder holder in the middle distance track events. Also guest of honour, Elswick’s Olympian and Silver Medalist Mike McLeod. 

Centenary presentation evening at the union rooms in Newcastle. Now that was a sell out! Frank Watson left, Harry Matthews far right, center, Seb Coe. Right of Seb, Mike McLeod.
The year 1996. Centre, Dave Harrod from Elswick. Right? Guess who: Gothenburg 1995. Triple Jump. World Champion and current world record holder……. A very young Jonathan Edwards.

In 1889 The Metro Radio / Saltwell Harriers 10 km was held. Once again Elswick’s Silver medal Olympian Mike McLeod won the event in 29.43. Look at the top 20 times: 20th would arguable win a local 10 km today? 3rd Senior Team. 1st Men’s Vets Team. 180 senior men took part: 167 vet men, 39 in the boys race, 22 in the youths boys race, and 19 in the senior women and combined vet race.

NAME

TIME

POSITION

SENIORS RACE

Mike McLeod

29.46

1st

C LEES

32.00

13TH

M CONNELLY

33.30

32ND

D APPLEBY

34.21

45TH

S BELL

34.35

49TH

I DIXON

36.11

86TH

S MURRAY

37.56

111TH

T HANSON

38.39

130TH

VET MENS RACE

H MATTHEWS

33.10

2ND

J BELL

33.47

5TH

T TURNBULL

34.15

7TH

S KEITH

34.42

8TH

F WATSON J

36.54

31ST

R PEART (V60)

37.21

46TH

F TURNER

39.03

77TH

E HUDSON

41.28

128TH

K LOWDEN

42.26

132ND

E CASSELS

48.08

165TH

BOYS RACE

N MCKENNA

10.23

25TH

I CATTO

11.17

34TH

YOUTHS RACE

 

 

C REECE

18.01

1ST

M RUDDEN

19.48

6TH

P NAUGHTON

20.57

10TH

A CATTOWAY

22.03

15TH

LADIES RACE

HAZEL SIMPSON

47.30

12TH

Elwisicks Tom Hanson & Frank Watson, receiving sponsorship from the Co-op, back in the late 90’s

To round things off: A gentlemen and fellow Elswick Harrier Rippon Hall. His name was metioned at the club presentation evening. A life honorary member. Here he is, Rippon Hall (centre in the ‘red vest &  diamond’ of Elswick) the athlete in action.

I hope you have enjoyed a little trip down memory lane. Thanks to Frank Watson for the photos and archived paper work. Cheers, Graham.

 

 

Kielder 32 K Trail

Saturday saw the first running of the high Terrain Kielder 32k trail race as an addition to the regular 50k and 100k events. There was a good turnout for Elswick Harriers as Laura Clegg, Mandy Kennon, Tina McIver, Kay Thompson, Christiane James and John Ryan turned up sporting the red and white vest.

On a cool overcast day the race began at Kielder castle at 10am prompt sending the runners up the first challenging climb of the day from the castle up past ‘The Devil’s Lapful’ and on towards ‘Wainhope Bothy’. At this early stage it was John Ryan who held the lead Elswick vest…but would it stay that way?!?

The beautiful scenery didn’t stop and we were soon wading through a small stream (It’s not a trail if you don’t get your feet wet, right?), next came the hardest climb of the day up to the top of ‘Black Belling Fell’ at 323 metres this was no easy ascent but the views were well worth it and this was the highest point of the route for the 20 milers. A nice casual descent though boggy heather and forest trails took us to the check point at Kielder Dam with our very own cheerleader Michael Clegg waiting to cheer us in.

The second half of the race followed the north side of the lakeside path all the way back to Kielder castle, this presented a different challenge. There are seemingly no flat sections here you are either running up or down a hill but a clear day gave us all great views of Kielder reservoir to spur us on. It was three quarters of the way along this path where the Elswick lead changed hands, the fresh and spritely duo of Tina and Christine hardly broke a sweat as they took over as the lead Elswick vests.

The grounds of Kielder Castle saw the finish line where Tina and Christine were the first Elswick Harriers to finish (Joint second in their age group) closely followed by John Ryan, shortly after Mandy, Kay and Laura came smiling over the finishing line to cheers and congratulations for completing a challenging and brutal 20 miles. All results can be found here

http://www.timingupnorthresults.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16576&RId=336

***An extra special mention must go to Amy Brown for completing her first ultra-marathon on Saturday by running in the 50k event. Well done Amy***

John Ryan

Senior Training & Club Notice

GOOD FRIDAY RELAYS 19th April: The Club ideally would like to see a few more folks come along and give the Club and its very popular event (almost 1200 runners in 2018) some much needed support. If you can spare a few hours of your time, please add your via the Club’s FB page or see Graham Bell on a Club training evening in the sports hall. Thank you. (GB).

Senior Training this week:

Tue 9th April:

Meet at “the seat” (Located on the Tyne footpath, turning RIGHT as you leave Shelley Road Ind Est – the flooded area at the bottom of the road end). Session. 30 mins of 1 mile reps with a 2 min recovery.

Thu 11th April:

Warburton’s Ind Est. 8 x 90 seconds with recovery.

The Club would like to formally announce that Club member and qualified Level 2 Coach Micky Shore, is to join the Senior Coaching Team. You’ll see Micky on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, supporting and working alongside the Senior Coaches. This bolstering of numbers will greatly help the Club meet the demands of twice weekly sessions to ever growing numbers of Club athletes joining the Club’s senior training group(s). 

2019 Club Presentation Evening Photos. They are here!

Hello Team Elswick. Belatedly, please find below the presentation evening photos, expertly taken by Jonny Lowes. There are quite a few to view 🙂 Enjoy! Click on the ‘continue reading’. Cheers, GB

Mary Avery with Chairman Harry Matthews. Mary bestowed with life honorary Membership to Elswick Harriers
Scott Brady winner of the Senior Mens Competition
JAN HESLOP RECEIVES THE LADIES QUANTUM AWARD FROM SPECIAL GUEST BILL McGUIRK
Catherine Lowes. 1st Female Senior in the 2018 Club Championship. Congratulations!

Continue reading 2019 Club Presentation Evening Photos. They are here!

Blyth 10km. Sunday 7th April.

Those fortunate Team Elswick Athletes who managed to secure an entry to the sell out event, took part in this ‘600 plus’ North East Race. It incorporated the 2019 British Masters 10km road championships. The competition in the masters age groups was arguably more competitive. Winner of the mens race was Noah Hurton in 31.18. Alyson Dixon won the womens race in 33.28. Well done to all athletes that competed. First home for Elswick was Andrew Ball in 36.13. First home for the ladies was Cath Lowes in 42.31 .Club Results can be found here > Team Elswicks Results. Thank you to Blyth Running Club, officials and event day helpers for hosting this very popular race. Don’t forget Wallsend Harriers Terry O Gara 5km race this month……It’s race 2 of your club championship! Get those entries in Team Elswick!

 

 

Junior Training Sessions.

Junior Training Sessions Update: Please note that Junior training sessions will be back on as usual from next week. 

As this coincides with the Easter School Holidays, just to also let you know we will have sessions on Tues 9th April, Thurs 11th April and Tues 16th April – but no session on Thurs 18th April with it being the night before the Good Friday Relays. Thank you. Junior Coaches.

Welcome Aboard Gentlemen!

Hello Team Elswick. The Committee are delighted to formally announce that Richard Houghton and Scott Brady are to share the role of the Men’s Captaincy. Thank you to both gents for taking on this important role for the Club. Amongst the list of roles that Scott & Richard will share, they are importantly, the main contact people for the Men’s Team Events.

You can contact via the Club’s main Facebook Page or via the generic @info address under ‘GET IN TOUCH’ at the top of the front page of the Club’s website.

They are both, a welcomed addition to The Team.

We wish them well in their new roles.

And so to that end – here is the first Team Event Note from Richard: 

Kim Matthews and I are now collecting names for the NEMAA Open Road Relay Championships at Bedewell Park on Wednesday 1st May (Over 35). Event Info Here

If you would like to run please comment below with a YES by Friday 19th April. Race info below: 

You do not need to be a member of NEMAA to participate. The race HQ is at Jarrow & Hebburn AC Clubhouse at Monkton Stadium Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, NE32 5NJ. There will be two races in which there will be teams of three runners, each runner will complete 2 laps of approximately 1.5km on tarmac paths around Bedewell Park / Campbell Park. Race 1   6.30 Women 35 & over, Men over 65. Race 2   7.15 (approx.) Men 35 – 64 . The Club have been very successful over the years at this event, with Gold Silver and Bronze won by the Ladies and Gents, Both in Team and Individual medals. Let’s get together and put out a good number of Elswick teams. We look forward to the event with you Team Elswick!     

                                                    

 

2019 Club Championship – Off to a grand start!

Hello Team Team Elswick. The 2019 Club Championship got off to a fine start on Saturday. Here is  a race report by Richard Houghton.

Team Elswick: 2019 Park Run Athletes. Club Championship Round 1. Exhibition Park, Newcastle.

A sunny Saturday morning saw almost 50 Elswick Harriers (along with 800 fellow runners – making it a Newcastle Park Run record attendance) taking part in the first club championship event of the year on the Town Moor on Saturday 30th March. This was the first race with the new scoring system allowing people to score points in various age categories.

Thank you to Noel for the consolidated Club Results > Results from Race 1

The warm sun, was met with typical windy conditions on the moor, but the turnout and sea of Elswick vests dominated the scene and made us by far the most represented club at the Newcastle 5 km Parkrun.

A special mention goes to 6 first time runners at the Newcastle Park Run from Elswick, who were Richard Hudson, Kevin Hooper, Keith Adams, Kay Thompson, Emma Dance and Dawn Harman.

11 runners claimed Parkrun PB’s who were and in no particular order: Simon Mcenaney 18.49, Steve Addison 19.03, Robyn Newlands 23.01, Lee Coulson 20.11, Jonathan Rewcastle 19.35, John Ryan 24.20, Jim Ross 27.45, Jason Meecham 28.54, Hannah Marshall 24.44, Catherine Lee 20.30, Andrew Ball 17.36

Following the run, a number of us stayed for photos, coffee, cakes or breakfasts at the local café, which prompted the suggestion of a monthly away day at a local park run, where club members are encouraged to attend.

Click the link > Park Run Results to see how you or your teammates  (and fellow runners) performed. Don’t forget the next Championship Race is the Terry O’ Gara 5 km  ON SUNDAY 28TH APRIL.

ENTRY IS AVAILABLE > HERE Event hosted by Wallsend Harriers. See you ALL there on the start line! 

3 Dark Skies! (& this weeks senior training)

TRAINING:  Tue: 2 x 5 mins + 2 x 4 mins all with 1 min recovery) at ONE Est. Thurs: 2 x Lemington Bank: Meet at the bottom of Union Hall Road.

Elswick’s Chris Hull has completed a notable run event achievement. At the weekend Chris completed the Kielder Dark Skies Triple: A 14 mile, a 26 mile and a 10 mile run event. Congratulations to Chris and the team

(Kielder was awarded gold tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Skies association in December 2013, making it the perfect venue for the ultimate starlit running challenge).

Pictured below, Simon Lynch, left, centre Chris Hull, right Leanne Hymers and not forgetting front & centre mascot Elsie!

Full results can be found here > Results 2019