Senior Training & presentation evening update

Thursdays Senior Training. Leave centre at 7.30pm. Mill Vale Round the houses warm up loop then onto the “new Warburton’s location”. New slide on 2 word docs, hopefully easier to view to show the location  Thursday New Location & view here too > New location

Session: 3 x 2 mins 3 x 1 min & 6 x 30 secs, all with recovery. Tickets for the club’s presentation evening are nearly sold out with less than 20 tickets available. Be quick Team Elswick,! Contact Michelle  Coleman via the club’s face book page or speak to Michelle on a training evening. Thank you.

Club Championship Race, National XC, Torrevieja 10km, Masters 10m & This weeks senior training.

Thank you to Dave Jardin for XC words & photos(…..unfortunately 1 xc team photo and Mark McNally on the podium….had no heads & no formatting….sorry!) This weekend there were red vests heading to represent Elswick Harriers all over the place Spain, Yorkshire ( Harewood House half & a club championship race), Netherhall for the Masters 10 mile as well as others more locally in the North East. Results links, just add to your web browser, Thanks.

The club had athletes competing in the National Cross Country championships at Wollaton Park Nottingham. I have to say that the course is probably my favourite XC venue, a bit like a great big steeplechase course with some tricky muddy “ditches” to negotiate but with plenty of good long stretches to run on to the picturesque backdrop of Wollaton Hall (used in the Batman films). The Bennett’s car made for a useful Elswick race HQ and the first race of the day was the u17 girls and Robyn ran fantastic to be the second North East finisher on the day in 21.13 (52nd overall). Next up was Rowan Bennett in the u15 boys who looked strong and in control to do 17.05 finishing 183rd well ran Rowan. The senior men’s race had 3 representatives and leading the way was Lee Bennett doing his stuff as always doing a time of 47.49 397th in the country. Scott Brady did 52.44 finishing 806th and even had time for a “face plant” in one of the “bogs” on the first lap. Bringing in “Team Elswick” was myself in 57.11 finishing 1130th. A big thank you to Jill Bennett for all the support and help on the day. I love the location of this year’s event and definitely want to run here again sometime in the future. For  the results go to:

Round two of the club’s championship took place at the tough and windy Harewood House Off-road / trail half marathon. Several member took part in this race. All for a good cause as the race is supported by the British Heart Foundation. Well done to everyone who took part…..more points bagged for the championship. For results view here > 2017bhfharewoodhousehalfmarathon

In the Torrevieja 10km race where Mark McNally ran an to an impressive 42nd place overall and 1st V65, slightly warmer conditions no doubt than Wollaton & Netherhall and Harwood House! For results go to:

Over in Cumbria, the BMAF 10 mile road race took place. An open race & masters race for competing athletes. Unfortunately some of the results don’t actually show some of the athletes names! Results can be viewed on this link here:

Senior Training: Tuesday 28th February: leave centre at 7.30pm & head to Wallbottle Bank. 18 mins continuous running loop followed by 3 x 1 min short hill. Thursday 2nd March: leave centre at 7.30pm, and run the Mill Vale loop as a warm up and go the “new location” & meet at the bridge. View here > Thursday’s Session Location  3 x 2 mins / 3 x 1mins / 6 x 30 secs all with recovery.

Masters success for Kim and Matthew
Masters success for Kim and Matthew
Robyn in full flight and a top position.
Robyn in full flight and a top position.
Rowan battling out on the course
Rowan battling out on the course






medalTime to celebrate achievement! Everyone is cordially invited to this year’s presentation evening. Our annual awards night! Frank’s famous quiz to tax the brain! ‘A Gastro Burger Night’ & all the trimmings to fill the tummy! (A super vegetarian burger is also offered as an alternative) and let us not forget, Italian Gelato too! Quality prizes & raffle  🙂

When? Saturday March 25th at Newburn leisure Centre Function Room. Doors Open at 7pm.

We will start the presentation itself at 7.30pm. 100 tickets available. Sold on a first come, first served basis. A non-re-fundable ticket price of £5 per person.

Who to see to book your place? Michelle Coleman (pictured below, far right) has very kindly offered to collect names (and your money!).

For info, please talk to Michelle in person on a training evening or read the note that Michelle will be placing on the club’s Facebook page. You can place your name on the club’s Facebook page too. Please state your food option 🙂 Alternatively, text Michelle on 0787 400 3410.

Michelle will be collecting names and popping them into a book for reference. There will also be a list on the club’s noticeboard where you can add your name yourself.

Please do support your club’s presentation evening, it’s going to be a grand evening!  🙂

Michelle Coleman - Far Right - Your contact for tickets, Thank you.
Michelle Coleman – Far Right – Your contact for tickets, Thank you.



NECAA Royal Signals Road Relay Championships, senior training, Good Friday relays help & March presentation evening.

A busy note Team Elswick! So let’s get started. Success at the Signals NECAA championships held at Hetton-le-Hole, Durham. Several teams from the club, were out in force and a hard fought silver medal came the way of the vet 40 men’s team of Paul, Jason, Martin, Mark, Steven and Lee in 75.42. Well done gents. Congratulations to every Elswick competitor on Saturday, grand stuff indeed! The over 50’s men’s team were a commendable 8th place in their category in 58.42 John, Mark, Harry & Steve made up the quartet. The senior womens team were also 8th in a packed field, once again a fine collective team run by Robyn, Gina Sarah & Samantha with a combined time of 56.52. The vet womens team also finished in the top ten, with Lindsey, Jill, Melissa and Arabella making up the foursome with a combined finishing time of 65.49.  Amy, Joanne and Lalage ran as a team of three (a runner short) but nevertheless, they ran competitively in 54.08 as a 3 member team. Thank you to Dave Jardin for the photos. Results pages here >5309 5312 . Below the photos is information on the club’s presentation evening, the Good Friday relays and this week’s senior training sessions.

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The clubs very popular Good Friday Relays are on Friday 14th April this year. The club needs it’s members once again to rally round and assist the club to put on this event for nearly 800 runners! We can’t do it without you: So if you help your club & can spare a few hours at registration, car parking, marshalling people en-route or on the course itself, then please submit your name to, Frank Watson, Graham Bell, Lalage Brown or Tom Hanson before Friday 7th April. Thank you. We recognise that some athletes will want to compete and that’s absolutely fine too!

The club’s annual presentation evening date has been set for SATURDAY 25th MARCH 2017. We will once again use the leisure centre as a venue, with awards, speeches, Frank’s famous quiz! quality raffle prizes and scrumptious food to keep us all going! You have all been hugely supportive in recent years and the committee are confident 2017 will be no different, a grand night & packed venue awaits us all! The venue is limited to 100 places, so it will be first come first served. We don’t have a social secretary to co-ordinate the presentation evening, so ticket sales we envisage will be done on “trust”. Numbers will be collected informally on the club’s Facebook page & using a hand-written list located on the club’s noticeboard. Payment of tickets will be collected on the evening & on the door. Confirmation of final details will follow asap. Place that 25th March in your calendar! Thank you 🙂

Senior Club Training sessions: Tuesday 21st February. Leave centre at 7.30pm. One North East. Repeat “paced incline session” with recovery. Coaches will explain the detail on the evening at the meeting point.

Thursday 23rd February. Leave centre at 7.30pm. New location (Footpath on the opposite side of the road to Warburton’s Estate). Warm up is the “Mill Vale round the houses loop”: Then on to the ‘new session’ start location view here >  Thursday’s Session Location 2 x 2 mins 2 x 1.5 mins 4 x 45 secs all with recovery.

Peterlee NEHL XC, Senior Training, New Kit Form.

For the second time, the Harrier League Cross Country rolled into Peterlee and what a grim day it was for all athletes, officials and spectators. Despite the poor weather another large turnout by the clubs in the North East and Team Elswick Athletes, juniors & seniors performed admirable well in extremely muddy conditions – If only a shoe manufacturer could invent a 4-wheel drive trainer! To the results. The Juniors. A superb first place for Caitlin in the U/11’s with a very fine 6.28 from the fast pack. Congratulations! In the U/13’s Emily ran a fine 18.40 from the fast pack. The U/15’s Rowan & Chris ran competitive races in 14.54 & 16 mins respectively. The U/15 girls Marissa & Kerrie Ann ran fine times of 22.27 & 20.37 respectively. Very Well done! And Robyn in the U/17’s girls ran yet another exceptional race, 2nd overall, fastest from the fast pack to run an impressive 20.05. The Senior Ladies consolidated with a very creditable 7th place overall in their division & the Gents also consolidated a solid 10th place in their division. Many thanks to team Elswick on Saturday, you did that muddy Elswick Vest Proud. Well Ran & Supported. Thank you. Go to for all the results.

This weeks senior training sessions: Tuesday 14th February, One North East: 1 x 5 min 1 x 7 min / 1 x 5 min 1 x 7 min & 1 x 1 min to finish, all with recovery.

Thursday 16th February, New Location: The Public Footpath on the opposite side of the road to Warburton’s Ind. Est. Please view photo enclosed here>Thursday’s Session Location . Session: 4 x 1.5 mins – 4 x 1 mins – 4 x 30secs, all with recovery.

Steven Robertson, Kit Manager has sourced an updated order form from kit suppliers Kit4All. Here is what it looks like>Elswick Harriers_2017 . Should you wish to order kit, just click on the ‘Kit’ Tab Heading and click on the order form icon, to print off a form. Thank you.

Success for Elswick Athletes! This week’s senior training sessions

Club athletes had success over the weekend: First up, at the Northern Schools Inter Counties at Kirby Stephen, where Robyn Bennett in her age group category was “4th counter & 1st Northumberland” athlete. Well done to Robyn and all the athletes competing. Website link here >

At Wallsend, the North East Masters XC Champs took place where the Elswick contingent of Paul Turner won the Silver medal in the M44-49 age group. Mark McNally won Silver in the M65-69,Harry Matthews winning Gold in the 70-74 age group. A fine run too by Kevin Richardson to gain a superb 4th spot in the very competitive 35-39 age group.

Here is the link to the master’s results: 

A reminder to club members that the penultimate Harrier League fixture is at Thornley Hall Farm, Peterlee this Saturday. Seniors, Vets, male & female are needed in numbers to consolidate both teams in their respective divisions.

Here is a copy of the club championship standings after the first race of the season, the Northern XC Championships. club champs 2017 race 1

Senior Training Sessions w/c 6th February:

Tuesday 7th Feb: One North East: Pyramid Session: 1×1 1×2 1×4 1×8 1×4 1×2 1×1 mins, all with 1 min recovery.

Thursday 9th February: Warburton’s Ind. Est: 10 x 1 min 30 seconds all ,with 1 min recovery.

Mo Farah runs in the Good Friday Relays!

Back in the year 2000 a certain young and talented runner by the name of Mo Farah was invited to run as part of a team for the good friday relays. On the day Morpeth pipped Elswicks Team to the top spot with only seconds between the two teams. Dave Anderson, Kevin Johnston, Harry Matthews and Welsh international, Ieaun Ellis were the quartet of Elswick athletes. Teenager, Mo had the 3rd fastest run of the day…..frustratingly the incomplete team from Hounslow were d’qd. Below is the list of results, a photo of elswick’s team with Frank Watson (no Mr. Ellis) and a race report. This was the last time the race was run up down and around the West Denton course. Reading the names there were some class runners around…..some of which you may still recognise. Memories indeed.

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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.