Important News. GNR 2018 / AGM notification / Winter & Night Running Safety / Harrier League fixture changes.

 The very best of luck to all of Team Elswicks 2018 Great North Run Participants.

Have a great race!

SAVE THIS DATE: Friday 2nd November 2018. The club will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM). It will take place in the ground floor meeting room at 7.30pm and usually lasts around 45 mins to an hour. Members of the club are cordially invited. The meeting will be of particular importance this year because:

Three key people are to stand down come the AGM. The club Chairman, Steve Robertson, The club Secretary, Tom Hanson and Peter Sloan, The club Treasurer. They have given their reasons and as touched upon at this year’s presentation in March, we thank again Steve, Tom & Peter for their time given in their respective roles.

The club now needs to fill these roles to carry on their invaluable work and ensure that the club continues to develop from strength to strength. The roles and responsibilities for each position are very important as they allow the club to administer the club accordingly and meet its obligations.

If you think you can make a valued contribution to Elswick Harriers, then please do get in touch before the AGM takes place and have an informal talk with either Steve, Tom or Peter. They are best placed to tell you what is involved and what would be expected of you. In addition, an election sheet will be placed on the club’s sports hall noticeboard in the coming weeks. The committee members recognise the importance of this year’s AGM: Club members should have the same outlook and should make the time available and take the opportunity to attend. Remember Team Elswick, this is your club. IT MATTERS.

Taking part in autumn & winter club training sessions:

As a responsible member runner you will be expected to wear High Visibility Apparel.

Kindly note: The coach has the option to turn you away if you are not suitably dressed with respect to high visibility apparel.

Now the nights are becoming darker, all club members should NOW consider the following:

Wear reflective / high visibility / brightly coloured kit (it is available at good sports retail outlets).

When ever possible run in well-lit areas. Consider running with a head torch or hand held torch.

Try and run with someone else or run with others in a group. 

Be aware of your surroundings. Consider taking your mobile phone (more so if you decide to run a long mileage run).

If you are running alone tell someone your intended route and estimated return time.

As temperatures drop (and they will!) ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing & footwear.

More information can be found on the club’s website under Welfare / Well-being > click down for The Run Safely info page. Thank you.


The Sherman Cup has been moved from 27th October to 5th January. Venue etc remains at Temple Park. 

Gosforth Park Racecourse has been announced as a new venue for a Harrier League fixture on 27th October.

The Ken Jefferson Memorial Farringdon Cross Country & Cross Country Relays 2018.

Thank you to Ken, Jan & Claire for the report & photos. Enjoy the read. On the first day of Autumn we kicked off with the first cross country of the season.The weather was really warm not like the rain and mud we normally expect for XC.The event was very well organised by Sunderland Harriers who have been hosting this event for 36 years.This year the name has been changed in honour of Ken Jefferson a Sunderland Harriers coach who passed away earlier this year. We had a good show for this opening race of the XC season .

The first race was the for the under 11s we only had one boy, Sam Allison who came first in a time of 3.53. The Under 11 Girls had 7 Elswick runners Poppy Wilde 1st 4.10 Erin Blight 5th 4.34 Zoe Fielding 12th 4.59 Lola Wood 17th 5.09 Louisa Hamilton 18th and Evie Reed 19th both 5.13 Keira Bairstow 22nd 5.44. Under 13 Girls had 4 Elswick runners Caitlin Flanagan 4th 12.09 Lucy Milburn 8th 13.12 Bella Russell 18th 14.19 Kodi Norman 23rd 14.50. Under 15 Girls Charley Lee 15th 12.55 Aimee Bairstow 22nd 14.07. Under 17 Girls Suzannah Fielding 4th 11.31 Hannah Tumia 5th 11.32 Kerry-Anne Simpson 9th 13.12. Well done to Team Elswick juniors you were all great no matter where you finished and thank you to all the support from parents. Looking forward to seeing you all on the 29th for the first Harrier League at Wrekenton on the 29th September.

Thanks, Jan , Ken & Claire.

Junior Team Elswick. Several athletes went home with medals. Well done Elswick Juniors!

The women’s senior race: Elswick’s A team of Felicity Smith, Amy Brown and new member Venetia Johnson were placed a very creditable 9th place. The Vet’s ladies team of Sara Blight, Gillian Spendiff and Lindsey Grant had a fine team run, placing 5th in their race.

The men’s relays: Elswick’s A Team of Mark McNally Harry Matthews, Peter Sloan and Graham Leslie were placed 19th. The composite Senior Men’s Team were placed 14th with team members Richard Houghton, John Bell, Dave Armstrong and Iain Hardy in the quartet. Well done to all of the athletes on Saturday afternoon.

The full listing of results can be found here >

More photos of the day can be viewed here >  Continue reading The Ken Jefferson Memorial Farringdon Cross Country & Cross Country Relays 2018.

Cross Country 2018-19

It’s been a glorious summer of sunny weather, Elswick nuptials, and mid-week races, but the autumn beckons and with it the start of the new cross country season.

The harrier league consists of 6 races plus a “cup” event. Once registered, you will be given a number which you wear at each of the events.

The season commences at Wrekenton on Saturday 29 September. If you wish to take part please let Steven Robertson (male entries) and Andrea Banner (female entries) know either in person or by responding to their posts on the Elswick Facebook page.
If you are brand new to the club, can you also message Steven or Andrea directly with your date of birth.

For full details of the harrier league check out the Start Fitness North East Harrier league website. For reference, the fixture dates, including the North Eastern Championships are looking like this:

29/09/18 Wrekenton
09/10/18 Druridge Bay
27/10/18 Sherman Cup/Davison Shield
17/11/18 Aykley Heads
08/12/18 North Eastern Championships, Wrekenton
Jan 2019 to be confirmed
09/02/19 Thornley Hall Farm
02/03/19 Alnwick Castle

For the early fixtures, you will manage the courses wearing normal trainers or trail shoes. As the weather gets colder and wetter, cross country spikes are recommended.

We already have lots of members who are new to cross country asking to be registered for the new season which is great news. The more runners we have out at any given course, the better the team will perform. There’s always a great team spirit at these events with lots of support and cake at the end. Even if you can only commit to one of the fixtures, it’s worth registering your name. There’s also an internal club championship which will be based on the results recorded at the harrier league events.

Looking forward to seeing lots of red Elswick vests out during the 2018/19 cross country season.

Elswick’s 10 mile handicap run: Sunday 19th August 2018.

Thank you to Rob Emson for the write up. Enjoy the read. 

Elswick Harriers 10 mile handicap race. Sunday 19th August 2018.

There are many moments that epitomise the kindred spirit of Elswick and there was another one this Sunday gone. This event was all down to those organising it giving up their time for the sake of other club members. Staged as a pre Great North Run training run with the added fun of being handicapped, it was perfect timing and distance to help those with places gain that vital bit of confidence ahead of the biggest half marathon in the world. Tom set it up as a 5 mile out from the Centre towards Prudhoe and back again with runners setting off at 5 minute intervals according to pace……….   Continue reading Elswick’s 10 mile handicap run: Sunday 19th August 2018.

A Wedding!

On Saturday August 18th 2018, John Eric Lowes and Catherine Lee were married in the beautiful surroundings of Great Langdale in the heart of the Lake District. 

A gathering of 120 family & friends joined Jonny and Cath for their special day. It was truly a superb day. From the magnificent mountainous backdrop – to the  wonderfully decked out Tipii Tents (with hundreds of race numbers & so many memorable photographs!) housing the ceremony, reception, post wedding buffet & the fantastic live music…..Even the weather did not deter this spirited crowd! You could argue it added to the occasion. All four speeches were heartfelt and at times very funny indeed! Mr & Mrs Lowes are to honeymoon in the Italian towns of Sorrento and Naples. 

On behalf of those Elswick Harriers who were in attendance, a sincere ‘thank you’ to both families for letting us to share your special day.

Congratulations to Jonny and Catherine. Very Best Regards, Graham.


Senior training sessions

Senior sessions for this week are…
Tuesday 21st: 30 mins of 1200m reps with 1 min recovery. Starting from the bench on the riverside footpath. If you’re not sure how to get there then turn right at end of Warburtons road.
Thursday 23rd: 10 x 75 sec hills. The hill between the allotments and houses just past sports centre.