Club Championship & Club Communication

Hello Team Elswick. Please find enclosed the results of the last road race > Race Results The Heaton Memorial 10 km Road Race. So for this part of the championship – that is it! Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to all of the participants who took the time and effort to compete. Just the Cross Country Championship to be decided….. 🙂

The club is extending the way it communicates club related information to people and organisations – inside and outside of the club. To contact the club, simply choose the email by which you need to contact us. From here, someone who is best suited to answer your query will reply in due course. These contact emails are to be found on the club’s website: main page / tab heading titled / GET IN TOUCH.

In addition to the club’s website, Face Book Pages, noticeboards, internal & external correspondence communication:

NEW for club members, we openly encourage you to make good use of the ‘my events’ provision. It will enable club members to share our much varied race day experiences. Ideally a word document format with good, bad, indifferent race day experiences, photos, links to results: Make that event report your own and share it with us all.

To all of our members: You are now officially – all roving reporters 🙂 

       Email Address                                            Enquiry /description / guidance Event & race results.Any general club enquiry. Any welfare or safeguarding issue pertaining to Elswick Harrier Members.Incidents or Accidents related to Elswick harrier Members All junior enquiries (juniors aged between 10 to 17).









Team Elswick Members! If you have a running or similar sporting event you have competed in – Then we would like to share your event experience and place it on the club’s website. Just send us your event report in ‘word format’ along with, a website link for results & photos of the event (preferably in jpeg format & a file size ideally less than 5mb per photo). We would love to hear from YOU!!


Congratulations to Simon Lynch & Dean Pepperell who were the lucky recipients of the clubs guaranteed 2019 London Marathon entries. Thank you to everyone put their names into the hat. We wish Simon & Dean well in their winter & spring training for the 2019 VLM. 

The Norman Woodcock Relays (High Gosforth Race Course & Park) are almost upon us and the event needs volunteers to make the day a successful one.

As a guide as to when event helpers need to be at the race venue (Parklands Golf Course Club House) folks need to be there for:

Car Park Marshals. Be ready with ‘bib on’ and in the car park for 11.10 am until 12.45 pm.

Course set-up: To signpost the course, assemble tent, flags & cones etc. Ready to ‘go’ from the club house at 11 am until all complete (around an hour). 

Course Marshals. Be at HQ for a briefing at 12.15 pm. Race starts at 1 pm. Last runners through just before 2 pm.

We would politely ask you to help dismantle club equipment and take back to HQ (From 1.50 pm to 2.15 pm. More hands make light work – You can never have enough helpers 🙂  )

Enclosed is a GUIDE as to what help is required > HELP LIST.Names please to the notice board help list or the club’s FB page. Thank you in advance of your help.

Mallorca Long Course Weekend

Race report by Elswick’s Iain Hardy. Enjoy the 3 day read. What is it? A 3 day full distance triathlon. 3.8 km swim. 172 km bike. 42.2 km run. I flew out on Wednesday 24th October for a week. Graham (GB) was forced to withdraw with a persistent back issue, as he put it: ‘Not fit or healthy enough to take part in a big distance event’. Thankfully he came out still, to support and have a bit of a holiday. Seven days to prepare, compete and relax, post-race. Arriving in Pollenca, we soaked up the 27’C sunshine. Thursday. Bike shake down. Hired bikes were tested around Alcudia and the 1500 feet climb towards the monastery at Lluc (part of the Ironman 70.3 bike route). Temperatures were the same as Wednesday. A few miles on a steep climb too many? (45 ish) Enjoyable, apart from GB insisting on stopping on the descent for a back drop photo!

Friday. Wet Suit test swim in the bay of Alcudia. Calm salty water, sunny conditions again. I was pleased to get the test in (good to have GB alongside) as it really settled the nerves (GB needs a new wet suit?). Afterwards, a walk to collect my race event package, no’s, chip, rules & regs. I also received the full distance Athlete t-Shirt. I buy a few other things (and a t-shirt for chef GB). A lazy day follows, ready for the race day swim.

Saturday. Race Day. 3.8 km swim. The weather has turned. Cool and overcast for the start. 400 athletes on the start line. Two laps with an Australian swim exit onto the beach for lap one and then into the sea again to start lap two. Fanfare. Music. Tension. Countdown……………………….

Gold Caps are the Full distance triathletes.

Hooter! My swim is a GO, and I’m off. A steady start for me finding my own space and try to settle down, get the breathing right. After 35 mins I’m out and into the beach funnel lane. I stop for a swig off water (provided by Domestique GB) and then I’m off again on the second lap. 35 mins later I return and run off the beach for a 50 m sprint for the finish line. Swim done in 70 mins. The first of the medals is awarded. A bronze medal that will interlock with (hopefully) the other disciplines that follow. I’m very pleased with that. The weather worsens and starts to rain as we enjoy a post-race coffee, beach-side.The rest of the day is spent relaxing in prep for the bike ride. More rain deluges follow……..

50 m to go and a 70 min swim time.
Swim medal. Medal number 1. One down. 3 to go…………


Sunday. The Bike Leg. All 172 km of it. The weather is cool at 11’C, blustery and showery for the 8 am start. Continue reading Mallorca Long Course Weekend


Thank you to everyone who came along to the AGM last night. The club is ending 2018 in a strong position both financially and in the growing number of our members. As you may already be aware Tom Hanson, Peter Sloan, Rob Wilson and myself have all stood down from our roles within the committee. Tom will continue, along with myself, to coach the senior group and continue the growth of our number of members. I’d like to thank Tom, Peter and Rob for the many years of invaluable service they have given the club in their respective roles. Due to their knowledge and experience the club is about to enter its 130th year in a strong and healthy position.

I’d like to wish our new club Chair, Harry Matthews, and the rest of the newly formed committee best wishes for the coming years