Northumberland Schools XC Championships

Thank you to Jan and Ken for the report. Northumberland Schools was held 15th January 2019 at Temple Park South Shields. Cool but sunny, good running conditions, Elswick Harriers had a great turnout of juniors who represented their schools. All had previously raced to qualify for this XC representing different regions of the county. Well done for getting this far.

Minor Boys 24th Adam Robinson 11.55. 35th Aaron Ikwue 12.13. 54th Elliot Kelso 12.37. 84th Bailey Shore 14.37. Junior Boys 5th Zac Old 15.24. 52nd Charles Mason 18.39. Intermediate Boys 38th Kieran Dixon 23.33. Minor Girls 2nd Poppy Old 10.56. 7th Lucy Milburn 11.50. 19th Sophie Henderson 12.26. 27th Bella Russell 12.38. 52nd Katy Bullock 13.45. 53rd Ellie Winter 13.54.
Junior Girls 12th Zara Naughton 12.18. 13th Caitlin Flanagan 12.21. 30th Imogen Bungay 13.20. 58th Emma Robinson 14.38. Intermediate Girls 5th Suzannah Fielding 17.19. 8th Hannah Tumia 17.24. 13th Charley Lee 18.13. 16th Emily Allison 18.33. 31st Aimee Bairstow 20.46. Top 16 will qualify to represent Northumberland in the next round. Which will again be held at Temple Park on the 2nd February we will be competing against Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham and North Yorkshire. Well done to all that competed.


Team Elswick – Your 2019 club championship has arrived. New and improved for 2019! A lot of thought and consideration has been put into this years championship, taking on board the recent club’s survey results. It is available to ALL senior club members: Main Squad, Intermediate and Beginner group athletes are encouraged to support and give the championship a try. It has a ‘road’ & a separate ‘Cross Country’ series. A revised points scoring system should ensure fairness and parity.

Remember this is YOUR club championship folks – time to lend your support and participation in this anniversary year. We are 130 years young!

Thank you to Noel, Steve and Andrea for creating the 2019 format. So without further ado, have a read through the races and rules and sign up!

Click the link here >  2019 Club Championship


Club Run Sessions – Week Commencing 14/01/2019

Tuesday 14th January 2019


Les will be leading a group between 3-4 miles at a slow & steady conversational pace.

This week we will be combining both Intermediate Groups.  The run route will be approx. 5.5 miles at a pace of between 8:00 – 11:00 min miles to accommodate all levels. There will be the usual challenging hills somewhere along the way maybe with some mud chucked in for fun!

Head Torches/ Hi Vis are a must for both Group runs.                                                                                                                                                                   .

Thursday 16th January 2019 – Monthly Mile


No separate run sessions on Thursday. We will meet at the Centre at 7pm for a 7:15pm start. A short warm up down to One North East, followed by the Monthly Mile set up by Les Williamson – Fast Flat and well lit. This is a handicapped run, if you haven’t ran  in the event before please give your anticipated finish time to Les prior to starting. Once completed cool down back to the Centre afterwards.

Those wanting to meet at One North East please arrive no later than 7:35pm , meeting at Stannah Roundabout.

Presentation Evening, Saturday 16th March 2019.

Hello Team Elswick! Everyone is cordially invited to: The Clubs Presentation Evening on Saturday 16th March 2019.  Venue: Newburn leisure centre function room. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Junior, senior, vet and club awards, buffet, Beckleberrys ice cream, raffle, quiz. Tickets are £5 each and are selling fast! Family & friends welcome. Contact Michelle Coleman on a training evening or via the clubs Facebook page. Its a grand evening as we look back and acknowledge athletes performances and club members achievements.  Its your club folks, so do join us on Saturday 16th March. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Club Constitution

Hello Elswick Harrier Members. The club’s committee have been busy at work updating the club’s constitution document. This updated document was approved at the committee meeting on Monday 7th January 2019. The document was today formatted and E-signatures added. The constitution document is now live and available to view.

In addition, there is also a new guidance document for club related matters. This will assist committee members as they go about fulfilling their obligations on behalf of the club.

Both documents can be found under the website’s tab heading of Club Documents. Thank you.

2019 Blyth 10 km road race: Last Call & Subscription fees for 2019 (Updated).

Hello Team Elswick. The ever popular Blyth 10 km Road Race is almost a sell out event. If you are looking to take part in a spring 10 km opener, this is a race for you: But be quick, as entries have almost sold out. A popular, well hosted event by Blyth Running Club. The coastal course is flat, with an opportunity to post a fast time: A canny goody bag awaits all finishers & extensive prize list for the podium winners: What’s not to like?

Entry may be made via Run Britain or the BMAF websites >

The BMAF organisation are using the 2019 event as a championship race, so for athletes over the age of 35, there are medals to be won.

Get those entries in Team Elswick – Lets see a good turnout from the club & support a local club road race.

After last night committee meeting (Monday 7th January) the club has updated the club subscription fees: Un-changed are: Adults £55. Juniors aged 10 to 17 £35. 

In addition: Over 65’s £35. Un-waged £35. Full Time Students £35. Social or Non Competing Under 65’s £40. Non-Competing Over 65’s £20. Full details regarding actual payment to the club treasurer, is under the tab heading of ‘2019 subs due’. Thank you.


The 2019 Sherman Cup & Davison Shield Competition.

Thank you to Jan & Ken Heslop for the report: 

On what was the first cross country race of 2019, Elswick Juniors had an excellent turnout across the age groups. The Sherman cup was donated to the local cross country league by Sherman’s football pools in 1949. In 2002 former harrier league secretary’s Pam and Ron Davison donated a trophy so that the ladies could compete in a similar competition to the men. All ages apart from u/11s count towards the overall points these races differed from the Harrier League: No packs – all scratch races.

Girls u/11 1st Poppy Wilde 4.07 – 15th Louisa Hamilton 4.48 – 19th Charlotte Naughton 4.55 -22nd Zoe Fielding  5.02 – 31st Jessica Robinson 5.14 – 32nd Lola Wood 5.15 – 35th Sydney Bungay 5.18 41st Hannah Waterhouse 5.34 – 53st Keira Bairstow 6.32. U/13 Girls 10th Poppy Old 13.09- 12th Caitlin Flanagan 13.21 – 29th Lucy Milburn 14.17- 40th Lauren Stroud 14.42- 44th Bella Russell 15.00- 54th Katy Bullock 15.48- 58th Sophie Henderson 16.01- 63rd Jayden Morton 18.07 4th Team. U/15 Girls 25th Charley Lee 13.39- 27th Emily Allison 14.03- 39th Aimee Bairstow 16.08- 44th Lucy Dickson 16.30 7th Team. U/17/20 Girls 10th Hannah Tumia 22.18- 11th Suzannah Fielding 22.22- 28th Kerry-Anne Simpson 27.02. 5th Team. 

With the addition of the senior / veteran women, Elswick came in overall 2nd position. Well done & congratulations to all of the female athletes.

Boys u/11 6th Sam Allison 4.17- 11th Jake Stroud 4.29- 60th Ethan Housego 5.26- 62nd  William Scougall 5.33- 65th Marcus Smith 5.33. Boys u/13 18th William Butterworth 12.42 – 24th Charles Mason 13.26 – 31st Adam Robinson 13.32 – 34th Henry Young 13.41 57th Elliott Kelso 14.50 – 65th Bailey Shore 16.02 7th Team Boys u/15 22nd Zac Old 11.35- 47th Kieran Dixon 14.03-53rd Will Brown 15.24 8th Team. U/17 Boys 21st Chris Mason 21.40 . Combined Team result was 12th place for the junior boys & senior & Vet Men. Well done.

Well done everyone. The next race is on the 9th February at Thornley Hill Farm, Peterlee. See NEHL for full details of the last two races (and for the junior squad) to have a chance for the 2018 club championship.

Thank you to Paul Robinson who brought the tent and Dave Jardine for bringing it home .

01.01.19: The Morpeth 11km Road Race. A club survey: Have your say!

Happy New Year Team Elswick. Please find enclosed a survey regarding the format for this years club championship. The club would like the opinion of its members as to what they would like to see from the championship. It should only take around 5 minutes of your time to complete. Click on the underlined link titled “survey” provided to take part. Survey

Thank you to Ken Heslop for the report on the 2019 Morpeth 11 km Road Race.

On the first day of 2019, a small contingent of Elswick Harriers saw in the new year, by travelling up to Morpeth to take part in the Heartscan sponsored road race. In what is an unusual distance of 11 Km nearly 200 athletes ran round the streets of Morpeth. Former Elswick athlete now running for Gateshead and a top tri-athlete Calum Johnson won the race fairly comfortably in a time of 33.05. In second place was Morpeth athlete, and last years winner Ross Floyd 34.27, followed by club mate Thomas Straughan 34.33.

In the Ladies race first place went to Stephanie Pattinson Jarrow and Hebburn in a time of 40.55 and 21st overall.Next up running for the host club was Catriona MacDonald 41.48 and 27th overall. In an excellent 3rd place and first veteran lady was our very own Judith Nutt in a time of 42.14 and 31st overall.

Also having fine runs and running for Elswick were the following athletes. In 20th position was Richard Houghton 40.53–136th Steve Curry 54.27- 154th Jeff Emerson 56.41-187th Mel Reed 63.42-191st Amanda Jane Kennon 64.28. Well done to all who took part in a very well organised event on a fine day for running.