An unusual “top” statistic!

In the ‘New Year TBH 5km Grand Prix’ competitors from the club, Peter Sloan & Tom Hanson (both V60 athletes) recorded a unique 1st and 2nd place rankings in the UK Run Britain ranking system¬†for the 5km distance. Elswick’s Rob Wilson (V55 athlete) also tops the UK Run Britain rankings with his 5km run in 22.17……. Tom ran 22.04 & Peter continues with his resurgent form with a 20.33. A good solid start to the year. A feat that may never be repeated again?? Well done gents, keep it going ūüôā


A ‘thank you note’ to helpful club members

A note forwarded on by Les Williamson: Holly Kelleher, club member at both Elswick Harriers & Castle Tri is the event director for a newly set up Park Run in Prudhoe. Holly worked tirelessly to bring such an event to this area and was supported on¬†New Year’s Day by several of our own club members. Holly’s thank you social media note read: “Just wanted to say thank you to the club for supporting me at Prudhoe Park run yesterday. The event team have had lots of positive feedback on how well marshalled and organised it was. It was a great promotion of what a friendly, inclusive club Elswick Harriers . As event director (who doesn’t get to run direct) it was really important not to¬†mess (word change! ūüôā )¬†things up! and I was a lot more confident with my club/team mates in my corner!! Thank you to Paul Gaish Seamus Kelleher David Jardin Lalage Brown Jonny Lowes Catherine Lee Micky side show Shore Mary Lisle Harry Matthews Kim Matthews Denise Gordon Patrick Gordon Joanne Lucking and Les Williamson, you’re all diamonds!!”


Subscriptions now due for 2017 & this weeks NEHL XC at Herrington.

Hello Team Elswick. A note from the club secretary, Tom Hanson: Subscriptions are now due for 2017. A reminder for the costs are: Seniors ¬£51. Under 20’s ¬£29. Competitive Over 65’s ¬£28. Non-Competitive members ¬£36. Non-Competitive Over 65’s ¬£14. As in line with previous years, payments made after Tuesday 28th February 2017¬†will incur an additional charge of¬†¬£5.¬†Kindly make cheques payable to Elswick Harriers. Thank you. You can hand over your cheque to treasurer Peter Sloan, secretary Tom Hanson, membership secretary Derek Nelson or Frank Watson.¬†Any queries please speak to the club secretary, Tom Hanson.

Finally, the next Harrier League meeting is this Saturday at Herrington Country Park (A183 road). Post code: DH4 7EL. Note from the harrier league: ‘THERE IS NO OFF-SITE PARKING: ANY RUNNER FOUND TO BE IN A VEHICLE PARKED ON THE MAIN ROAD WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE RACE. PARKING IS ¬£2 PER VEHICLE. ALL TAKINGS WILL BE GIVEN TO CHARITY’. Junior races start from 12.15pm onwards through to 1.05pm. Senior Women’s race starts at approx. 1.15pm and the men’s race starts at approx. 2.10pm. Details can be found on the club tab heading ‘cross country info’ or visit . Any outstanding¬†bib numbers can be collected from the club tent. Please do support your club on Saturday:¬†Both the ladies & mens teams need to consolidate their positions within their respective divisions.


1st January & Team Elswick are up & running at the Morpeth 11km road race & Ponteland’s 1 mile wheel barrow fun run

To start the New Year, Team Elswick competitors along with 170 runners took to the start line of Morpeth’s popular 11km road race. Morpeth’s runners took the majority of the¬†top placings (six out of the first ten), the eventual winner was Peter Newton. The first female finisher was Morpeth’s Jane Hodgson. Congratulations to them both. Team Elswick equitted themselves very well: Alan Thompson, David Jardin, Mark McNally, Andy Middleton, Vanessa Armstrong, Charlotte Baston, Jeff Emmerson and¬†Mel Reed were the club representatives. Mark McNally continues with his fine form, winning the over 65 category (and claiming 3rd over 60 prize). The pdf document (click on the 5090 link) shows a list of all the finishing times: 5090¬†

Meanwhile in Ponteland, some members our the club took part in a ‘one mile wheel barrow fun run’.¬†Mary, Alison, Mark, Mike, Elspeth, Emma, Kerrie and Andrea & were perfectly dressed up for the occasion too!¬†Mary & Alison (NSP) were 2nd placed wheel barrow¬† for the ladies run¬†and a pairing¬†of ‘butch rugby lads’ were winners in the lads¬†barrow race¬†ūüôā

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Message from Ladies Captain

Hi lovely ladies of Elswick,
Just a couple of things. The next harrier league fixture is on the 7th of January at Herrington park, I think, can you let me know if you have not been registered yet and wish to.
Secondly, just a reminder that the 33rd Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays take place on Sunday 15th January 2017 at The Racecourse, Green Lane, Durham City DH1 3JU. It would be great to see you there. Could you please confirm if you are able to run in this event, it’s a great team day.
Also the club championship races are out for 2017. Please if you have any feedback re that or suggestions for 2018, please message me.
I know I have missed being at the club recently due to work commitments and other personal issues but please just message me if there are any areas of concern you wish to discuss.
Gina Capocci and I, as ladies and vice captain, are the only female representatives at the committee but are aware that we need to be representing your views at the club meetings.
Many Thanks
Lalage xx

Dates for your early 2017 calendar

Hello Team Elswick! 2017 is almost upon us and the running calendar starts with several cross country races and a team relay event you may wish to take part in.

  1. The Durham Cathedral Team Relays on Sunday 15th January. For senior and vet women and men. approx.1500m per relay leg. Names please to Steve Robertson, Dave Jardin, Lalage Brown or Gina Howarth on FB or club training evenings. Names in by MONDAY 9th JANUARY 2017. Details are on the club noticeboard for directions.
  2. A reminder for the Northern Cross Country Championships on 28th January 2017. Names in please to Dave Jardin by Wednesday 11th January 2017. Venue is Knowsley Safari Park! Liverpool way……..Don’t forget that this event is the first race in the 2017 club championship calendar, a great way to get points on the board.
  3. National Cross Country Championships at Woolaton Park, Nottingham. Date: Saturday 25th February 2017. Names to Dave Jardin by Wednesday 11th January 2017.
  4. With all championship races we cannot accept no late entries.
  5. The Northern XC Champs do have an itinerary of junior races. Details are on the clubs notice board and the Northern Athletics website:
  6. General information on the above events can be found on the website’s tab heading Team Relay Races info and Cross Country Information.

Finally, congratulations and well done to Dave Jardin who ran the Ribble Valley 10km road race. This incorporated the NOEAA Championships. Dave ran a 41.04 finishing in a net position of 266th. Well done Dave ūüôā

That’s it for now Team Elswick, Have a great hogmany….see you all again in 2017! Cheers!

Boxing Day Parlaufs! WHAT A LOVELY GRAND DAY!

A glorious sunny cold windy morning down at Newburn……and it was a record breaking turnout for Team Elswick at the Boxing Day Parlaufs! So a grand thank you to everyone who turned out to run their little turkey legs off and to Jim, Ken, Martin, Colin, Adam and Frank who kept an eye on the runners and the score sheets. Thank you to Dave Jardin & Frank Watson for laying out the course too!

18 pairs of runners (It was actually 17 and a half! Great Run Dave J on your own!) were drawn and not a single standout pairing which made for a very close race between the first four¬†pairs across the finish line! Those 8 laps were punishing enough, made tougher by the strong cold wind that swept over the playing field! (I think secretly everyone enjoyed it!) The winning pairing was Samantha¬†& Steve! Congratulations! 2nd was Cath & Tadele, 3rd was Mark & Rob and 4th was Lee & Paul. Everyone received a prize for their efforts and a hot & cold buffett re-energised the groups of Team Elswick to scratch their heads with Franks Fab-u-lous! quiz….which was won by “Team Elizabeth¬†Perspiring Spheres!” Nice one Jonny, erm Thanks!¬†In fact, every table received a prize too ūüôā

Our appreciation¬†to the Keelman for allowing us to use their fine establishment and their generous extra prizes given and to Paul from Warburton’s Bakeries at Newburn for the huge tray of baked breads! Delicious! Below are quite a few photos of the morning, so keep scrolling!¬†Photos include:¬† the gathering before the run, during the race (if you can call it such!) and post race run festivities back at the Keelman……enjoy the photos……happy faces in amongst! Great to see Colin and Martin down, enjoying the morning race!

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