Club News Thursday 16th November.

Hello Team Elswick.

(1). An update has been added to Akyley Heads XC note below this post from Elvet Striders. 

(2). Thank you to all the helpers who have signed up to the clubs forthcoming Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relay Event. I believe we have cover across all areas. Please find enclosed a provisional list of helpers and roles  > NOTICE BOARD HELP LIST. Some people may have more than one role. 

If all helpers could be at Gosforth High Park Race Course for 11.45 pm, that would be grand. A briefing will follow at 11.50 am.

If you are ‘just running help only’ please be at the registration building for 1 pm. Depending on the number of ‘on the day / un-attached teams‘ the club will place you into a team (if required). So far, the event has around 50 teams entered.

(3). Some updates will be placed onto the website this afternoon pertaining to the tab headings ‘Welfare & Accidents’. Please read at your convenience. 


UPDATED 16th Nov. Aykley Heads XC on Sat 18th November

The third North East Harrier League takes place at Aykley Heads this Saturday 18th November. Junior and senior race times will follow the usual schedule.

Post Code: DH1 5UL. Please allow plenty of travel & parking time. We have been informed by Elvet Harriers that Durham is expected to be busy.

Enclosed is just a little more info. AH XC 2017 – Course    Aykley Heads directions & parking 2017

Aykley heads was the scene of the North East XC Championships in 2016 and the course offers all the best features of XC running (mud and hills 😆 ). It should be great fun. If you haven’t yet make your XC debut this season now is the time. You can collect your number from team captains at the Elswick tent on the day. The number stays with you all season. The more runners we have out on the day the merrier. The weather forecast looks bright for Saturday and there is lots of parking at Durham County Hall . We look forward to seeing you there. You can find more information at :     and

Aykley Heads 2015 Don’t worry! I don’t think it’ll be as muddy as it was then!


Heaton 10km Memorial Race 2017

Please welcome Andrea Banner to the website team. This is Andrea’s first report. Enjoy the read everyone. Cheers, GB.

Sunday’s Memorial Race saw an excellent turnout of 30 Elswick harriers, who in spite of the bitter wind and icy temperatures produced some impressive performances. Below are some of Team Elwsick Runners: (apologies if we missed an Elswick Runner on celluloid).

The full age range of Elswick runners were represented from under 11s to over 60s. The day began with the junior races bright and early at 9.15. In the 1K under 11 race, Elswick was represented by the trio of Grace Lieper, Lucy Milburn and Olivia Emson, demonstrating the commitment and enthusiasm of our youngest runners, who are turning out to race ever more regularly. Abigail Leiper and Catlin Flanagan ran in the under 13s 3K race, Charley Lee, Kerryanne Simpson and Rowan Bennett in the under 15s 3K race, and last but not least Robyn Bennett ran in the under 20s 5K race. Rowan and Robyn both comfortably won their respective races. Congratulations and well done to all our junior runners. Below, Robyn & Rowan running to victory:

Before the start of the senior race, a minutes silence was perfectly observed at 11 am by runners, spectators and officials. So to the race: Not to be outdone by the juniors, the seniors produced a number of prize winning runs. In 13th place overall and first male vet 45 was Lee Bennett in a time of 34.20 (beating second place John Clifford, Everwood Road Runners by 3 seconds). In the same category were Jason Old, 4th (28th overall) in 36.29 and Mark Turnbull, 5th (32nd overall) in 37.00, demonstrating the strength of Elswick’s male team in this age category.

Richard Houghton put in another strong performance finishing 33rd in the senior race in 38.32. Not far behind was the ever improving Dave Armstrong in 38.56, 11th in the vets 40 category. Peter Sloan finished 3rd in the vets 60 race in a time of 41.45, chased by Dave Jardin in 41.56. Our other male runners were Lee Coulson (44.41), Robert Lambert (44.36), Chris Pearce (45.28), Brian Stonehouse (47.24) and Phil Baston (49.51).

As for the ladies, Catherine Lee surpassed all her expectations by stripping over 2 minutes off her previous best in a time of 42.11 and claiming 8th position in the senior race. Long may this continue! Lindsey Grant would have been thrilled with her third place finish in the vet 40 race in a time of 44.51. She was backed up by Jill Bennett who finished in 5th place in 46.40. We had another winner in the vet 55 race with Kim Matthews (48.41) adding yet another prize to her vast collection. And last but not least, Yvonne Swinhoe claimed 2nd place in the vet 60 race in a time of 51.01. It is brilliant to see Yvonne racing again on a regular basis and enjoying some well earned success.

The rest of the female line-up included Jen Scarlett (44.41), Arabella Pearce (45.27, 6th place in the vet 45 category – perhaps a sign that she should be running more races over 5K), Charlotte Baston (47.20) and Melissa Bateson (51.39). The senior race was won by Peter Newton of Morpeth Harriers in a time of 31.08 and the female winner was Joasia Zakrzewski of Durham City Harriers in 37.53. A great day for all involved. Let’s see if we can produce the same on Saturday at the next NEHL XC at Aykley Heads, Durham. Click on the “more line” below these photos of Elswick Runners at the Heaton Memorial to view fellow Elswick runners. Thank you.

Lee Benett on his way, starting his last 5km…….
Jason Old at 5km
Elswick’s Richard Houghton (& world wide Marathon Participant!)
Elswick’s Dave Armstrong
Elswick’s Peter Sloan
Elswick’s Favourite, Dave Jardin….. ‘Whay Aye!’

Continue reading Heaton 10km Memorial Race 2017

Senior Training: w/c 13th November.

Tuesday: Leave the centre at 7.15pm and warm up heading to ONE. Please all meet at the bus stop.

Session: ’25 minutes’. Starting with Ian at the bus stop run one mile, heading towards Tom stationed at ‘B&Q’ by running out of the estate, over the bridge, down the ramp towards B&Q. One minute recovery and run back towards Ian & the bus stop. One min recovery. Repeat for 25 minutes. Warm down by jogging back to the centre.

Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15pm and warm up around the Mill Vale loop & head back to the playing field. Session: Pyramid: 2 x 1 min / 2 x 2 min / 2 x 3 min / 2 x 2 min / 2 x 1 min. Each rep has 1 min recovery. Warm down by jogging around playing field perimeter. 

Colin Bolton and Ian Leighton at Tuesday nights session Down at One North East  😀


Heaton Harriers Memorial Race – 10K – Sunday 12 November 2017

It’s not too late to enter the Memorial 10K race taking place this Sunday. Entries are accepted on the day – £13.00 for club members. The race HQ is on Lambton Road, Jesmond with facilities available in RGS.

It’s a flat course around the Town Moor, not dissimilar to the Park Run course. It’s also one of the Elswick Harrier Championship races so it’s an opportunity to score some vital points as the club championship draws to an end. And to top it off, the weather forecast looks great – 6 degrees C, but bright and sunny. Perfect for some PBs.

There are plenty of Elswick Harriers already entered, so there’ll be a good crowd and plenty of moral support.

Senior Training

Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15pm and head towards ONE, meeting at the bus stop, just beyond Stannah Lifts. Session: 2 x 5 mins / 2 x 4 mins / 2 x 3 mins. All with one min recovery. Warm down, jogging back to the centre.

Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15pm and warm up around ‘Mill Vale Loop’ returning to Grange Road and the hill adjacent to the allotments. 10 x ‘the hill’ with a jog recovery back down. Warm down & head back to the centre.

Elswick Harriers all set for another session down at One NE

Sherman & Davsion XC competitions. Hexham 10km & Jedburgh Half Marathon. Senior Training. Xmas Party Update.

A busy weekend for many club athletes: We start with the Sherman Cup & Davison Shield Cross Country Competitions held at Temple Park, South Shields. A true team club competition and Elswick Club really did compete superbly well across all age group categories.

We begin with Ken & Jan’s report on the juniors: Well done to all the juniors who turned out on a very windy Saturday afternoon. Results: Under 11 Girls Poppy Old 2nd 4-23 Lucy Milburn 11th 4-42 Isabella Russell 27th 5-03 Under 11 Boys Aaron Ikwue 23rd 4-46 Under 13 Girls Caitlin Flanagan 16th 13-46 Laura Stroud 34th 14-43 Emma Robinson 67th 16-54 Maelona Redhead 72nd 18-53 7th team. Under 13 Boys. Zak Old 7th 11-45 William Butterfield 38th 13-22 Zach Ikwue 44th 13-54 Hugh Twelves 53rd 14-20 Charles Mason 55th 14-35 8th team.

Under 15 Girls. Suzanne Fielding 12th 13-06 Hannah Tumia 13th 13-06 Emily Allison 17th 13-41 Charley Lee 28th 14-20 Kerry-Anne Simpson 37rd 14-47 4th team Under 15 Boys Rowan Bennett 4th 10-46 Keiron Dixon 34th 12-49 Under 17 Boys Chris Mason 24th 26-43 Under 17/20 Girls Robyn Bennett 1st 20-59 Marissa O’rourke 37th 29-50 Sydney Martin 38th 30-33. Some fantastic performances and a number one for Robyn Bennett.

There are still four races in the Harrier League left to run. These all count towards the club championship! Next race is Saturday, 18th November at Aykley Heads, Durham (If you can help with club tent collection from the centre, any help would be appreciated, Thank you).

We will see you all back in the harrier league at Durham! Cheers Jan & Ken.

Below are a couple of photos: The U/15  & U/17-20 teams and in full flight & on her way to an emphatic victory, Robyn Bennett 🙂

Now a wee scribe by Michelle for the ladies: Well done to all of the Elswick women on Saturday (and also the the girls) for their performances on Saturday yesterday in challenging conditions. The U17/20 girls came in in 7th place, the senior women in 12th place and the vet women in 3rd place.  A special mention goes to Robyn Bennett who won the U17/U20 race. Well done all!

The gents from the club competed admirably well and again, congratulations to each and every runner who competed. As Michelle said, it was certainly challenging conditions for everyone. The Vets team of Lee, Paul & Jason all finished between 30th & 70th places, combining to take the Vets title and the win! Congratulations gents.

The Vets and the remaining boys and senior men’s results, combined to give a very respectable overall placing of 14th place out of 56 teams. A fine overall result indeed.   for all of Saturday’s Results.

On Sunday a number of Elswick Athletes journeyed west to compete in the popular Hexham 10km. Below is a photo from Sundays run & some of Elswicks runners. Well done to all of you that ran! For all of the results, go to:

Team Elswick at Hexham!

And some of Elswicks intrepid Half Marathon Runners were in the the borders, running the Jedburgh Half Marathon on Sunday. Once again fine running and another ‘very well done!’ to everyone that ran. Results can be found here:

Senior Sessions: Tuesday. Leave the centre at 7.15pm and warm up , heading towards ONE, meeting at the bus stop beyond Stannah Lifts: Session: 4 x 5 mins with 1 min recovery.

Thursday: Leave the centre at 7.15pm and warm up around Newburn – Return to the playing field at the centre: Pryamid session: 1-2-3-4-3-2-1 min sessions each interval having a minutes recovery.

Finally, a note to say that due to a lack of ticket sales, the club regretfully informs its members that the Xmas Party at South Northumberland Cricket Club, has been cancelled.

The club will now focus its resources on staging the popular Boxing Day Parlaufs and the 2018 presentation evening. Thank you.


Senior Training – AGM – Weekend Round up.

Senior Training: Tuesday: Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up & head towards ONE and please meet at the bus stop beyond Stannah Lifts. Session: 3 x 6 mins 30 secs with recovery.
Thursday: Leave centre at 7.15pm. Warm up and head towards Warburton’s Industrial Estate. Meet opposite Warburton’s factory Gates. Session: 4 x 2mins (1 min rec) / 4 x short hills (jog back rec) then 4 x 1min (1 min rec). JUNIOR SESSIONS: Tuesday. Sessions are ALL ON. Thursday. ALL JUNIOR SESSIONS ARE CANCELLED.

On Sunday, Team Elswick were out in Northumberland by the coast and the ever increasingly popular Bamburgh Run series of races (half and full distance marathons). Jude Nutt it has to be said, running into form again with a fine WIN in the ladies half marathon race, finishing in 1hr 28 mins. Congratulations Jude. Tom Hanson was 2nd O/60 with a creditable 1hr 45mins. Elswick’s Michael Clegg finished with a fine 1hr 43mins. Tina McIver’s group of runners finished in fine style and completing this beautiful, but tough and undulating course.

David Hodgson ran the Hardmoors Osmotherly trail marathon on 22 October. Although billed as a marathon, the Hardmoors organisers happily admit that the race distance is actually ’26.2 miles … ish’. Dave ended up running 30 miles, covering over 4,000 feet of ascent. Well done Dave!

Thank you to all of the attendees who came along to the club’s AGM last Friday. The committee would like to thank you all for listening, giving opinion and solutions to issues.

Christmas Party: Saturday 2nd December 2017 at South Northumberland Cricket Club (just off Gosforth High Street) Food, Disco, Raffles and a grand evening await.
Your names please as quickly as you can to Michelle Coleman, via Face Book or Notice Board list.

Finally, an offer for Elswick Club members (your family & friends) From Newburn Leisure Centre: Unlimited use of the fitness suite with Gym equipment, all fitness classes for £20 per month. No Contract. Offer is from October 2017 to March 2018 inclusive. Contact the centre on 0191 264 0014. Alternatively email Aaron Hunter (Duty Manager):

Junior Training Sessions Next Week & Club Information

A note to the junior athletes: (parents and guardians of) There will be a junior training session for all junior groups on Tuesday 24th October BUT:

NO Junior training session on THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER. This applies to ALL Junior groups. Thank you.

The committee wishes to thank Mr. Keith Batey for his endeavours in the role of Club Welfare Officer. Yesterday, Keith resigned from his role with immediate effect.

Finally, the clubs Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 20th October. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm prompt. You are all cordially invited. The agenda: A presentation from the secretary and treasurer, the re-election of officers will take place and a general question & answer session will finish the meeting.