Club Championship Event 2: The Terry O Gara 5km. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Congratulations to the 19 Elswick athletes who competed in the second round of this year’s club championship. Some really good performances in there, with age group wins. Well done to you all. The next race is the popular Clive Cookson 10 km road race, hosted by North Shields Poly running club. ¬£13 to enter via the Run Britain website (or visit The race will take place on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.15 pm. Get those entries in Team Elswick! Championship points table update will follow………..

Chip time Participant Category Pace
17:05 Rowan Bennett (M) Junior 3:25 min/km
17:50 Scott Brady MS 3:34 min/km
18:07 Lee Bennett MV40 3:37 min/km
18:07 Robyn Bennett FS 3:37 min/km
18:50 Dean Pepperell MS 3:46 min/km
20:35 Catherine Lee FS 4:07 min/km
20:44 Mark Mcnally MV70 4:09 min/km
20:46 Peter Sloan MV60 4:10 min/km
20:58 Lee Coulson MV40 4:12 min/km
21:07 Daniel Nettle MV40 4:14 min/km
21:09 Joanne Brown FV45 4:14 min/km
21:13 Jennifer Scarlett FS 4:15 min/km
21:25 Lindsey Grant FV45 4:17 min/km
22:05 Vicki Mcphee FV45 4:25 min/km
22:40 Harry Matthews MV70 4:32 min/km
23:18 Robert Wilson MV50 4:41 min/km
23:59 Kim Matthews FV55 4:48 min/km
24:45 Melissa Bateson FV45 4:57 min/km
23.47 Steve Curry MV50 4.46min/km

Virgin London Marathon. Sunday 22nd April 2018.

What a marathon the capital city had yesterday. 40,000 runners on the start line, 24’C temperatures, nine Elswick Harriers ūüôā and probably the best collective, female & male professional marathon athletes on the start line (890 million pounds raised since the first race). To the races. Starting with the wheelchair athletes: Britain’s Dave Weir won in a thrilling fast 200 m sprint to the line in 1.31.15. Australian’s Madison De Rozario took the ladies title in an equally thrilling finish.¬†In the ladies race it was a perfectly paced run by Vivian Cheruiyot who took the win in a superb 2.18.31. The favourite going into the race, Mary Keitany started to fade after 15 miles, couldn’t take the win (and an anticipated) world record time (right –¬† the leading female athletes gathered pre-race).¬†In the men’s race it was Eliud Kipchoge (pictured left) who produced a superb 2.04.17 to take the men’s race. He controlled the race from start to finish. He asked the pace makers to go through half way in 61 minutes……and they did. Stone dead in 61 minutes. Mo Farah on his change from ‘track to marathon’ aspirations, broke the British record finishing in 3rd place with 2.06.21.¬†

2018 VLM winners: Cheruiyot & Kipchoge


Team Elswick were superb. All nine athletes without doubt, gave their best. For all runners, those searing temperatures, put paid to any chance of a marathon pb – but there will be a next time ūüôā The next time you see your fellow 2018 London marathon finisher Harrier, please do give them a ‘well done & congratulations’. They deserve it. Below are there times & finishing positions. If I may say so, a superb run by Andrea Banner. A great marathon run.¬†

For all results please visit: london marathon results

Place overall Place gender Place cat. Name Runner no Category Half Finish
8924 1957 404 ¬Ľ Aspinall, Elspeth (GBR) 28760 40-44 01:48:18 03:56:34
2882 225 19 ¬Ľ Banner, Andrea (GBR) 880 45-49 01:33:54 03:19:24
6014 5080 517 ¬Ľ Emson, Robert (GBR) 20288 50-54 01:46:47 03:40:56
3127 2855 1503 ¬Ľ Houghton, Richard (GBR) 32219 18-39 01:32:36 03:21:26
6361 5306 872 ¬Ľ Jardin, David (GBR) 27284 45-49 01:48:53 03:43:01
16527 11897 1262 ¬Ľ Lambert, Robert (GBR) 20289 50-54 01:58:16 04:32:44
1706 1623 205 ¬Ľ Old, Jason (GBR) 31585 45-49 01:23:59 03:07:52
9253 2072 300 ¬Ľ Spoor, Debra (GBR) 28400 45-49 01:49:18 03:58:04
2127 2005 118 ¬Ľ Turnbull, Mark (GBR) 33176 50-54 01:30:12 03:12:24

Results from the weekend & Senior Sessions this week.

Congratulations to Elswicks Steve Curry (pictured left ) who is back to running road races…..and a successful return at that: Stevie ran the Hartlepool Marina 5 mile road race yesterday and won a bronze medal in the V55 category. Well done Steve on your Bronze medal achievement. Here’s to another medal soon!¬†¬†Results can be found here >¬†race results¬†¬†(unfortunately the site does not allow a club filter, so that a consolidated table can be produced).¬†If any of Team Elswick did run……Well Done! Don’t forget everyone, the next Club Championship Race is the popular Wallsend Terry O Gara Road Race on Sunday 22nd April.


SESSIONS: Tuesday. Leave centre at 7.15 pm and warm up heading towards One North East. Session: 5 x 4 mins with recovery. Thursday. Leave centre at 7.15 pm. Warm up around Blayney Row. Session: Centre Field: 3 x 2 mins then 5 x repeat hill opposite centre then 3 x 2 mins to finish (all with recovery).

Well done to Elswick’s Richard Houghton who ran in awful cold, wet, rainy conditions at the Boston Marathon yesterday morning. Richard crossed the line in 3.o6: a fine, determined run in less than ideal conditions. Time to rest up for a few days, as he’s doubling up to take to the start line in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday. Best of running luck Richard!

Elswick runners were on their travels all over the UK & Scotland! over the weekend at Hawkeshead, Cragside, Arran (Ultra!!) and the Brighton Marathon too: Follow the links to the results of the runners: Brighton results 10km results . Hawkshead Trail Challenge 17 km  results  Cragside 10 km results 

Well done to Gillian (4th V40 at the Brighton Marathon) Dave, Ross, Michelle, Ranjit, Vicki, Felicity, Debs & Harry (1st V70) for competing in these events.

Points Tables after race 1 in the 2018 club championship

Hello Team Elswick. Please find enclosed the points tables after last Sundays Club Championship Race at the Blyth 10 km. Thank you and well done to all who ran. 

Points Tables after Race 1 > club champs 2018 race 1

The next race is just weeks away (22nd April) in Wallsend at the Terry O Gara 5km road race. Support the club championship and a local club race.

Get those entries in Team Elswick: Points & prizes are to be contested and won!

Howay the Juniors & Parents! Time to track run with fun! Don’t let that winter training be for nothing! (also: senior training this week)

A note on behalf of the Junior coaching team: A note to Juniors and their parents. The forthcoming Junior Track & Field events in conjunction with NEYDL (North East Youth Development League).

The first track and field meeting in the League is this month, on the Sunday 29th April 2018. This will take place at the excellent venue at Whitley Bay. There are a number of good events for our juniors to take part in. Further details are on the Elswick Junior Facebook pages.

Please contact Judith Flanagan  or one of our other junior coaching team to express an interest in what promises to be, a great chance to gain track experience and have fun! (visit the for youth development league info).


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Senior Training: Tuesday. Warm up towards One North East ‘by the pylon’ – 6 x 3 mins with recovery.

Thursday. Warm up around Blaney Row: Short intervals with recovery plus:

5 x the ‘footpath effort’ opposite the activity centre.

1st club championship race of the 2018 season: The Blyth 10km

Hello Team Elswick. The first club championship race took place on Sunday at the popular Port of Blyth 10km road race. Conditions were quite canny and a good turnout by club members. Some notable times and age group podium winners. First home for the club, Scott Brady in 37th placed in 37.10. Well done Scott.

Congratulations to 1st placed age group winners, (V70) Irene Henderson, (V45) Debbie Spoor, (V40) Jude Nutt and (V50) Mark Turnbull.

Well done to 2nd & 3rd placed placed age group winners: (V50) Val Wilson & (V55) Kim Matthews.

Full results can be found here: Blyth 10km 2018 Results . Well done to everyone who ran.

The next club championship race is the Terry O Gara 5km race on the 22nd April – hosted by Wallsend Harriers.

Get those entries in Team Elswick & download an entry form here >  Wallsend Harriers.

Lets have an even larger turnout for the club championship: One race done: 5 now to choose from:

Your 4 best times will count towards your championship score. In it to win it!

Elswick Harrier‚Äôs athletes ‚Äď Port of Blyth 10 km 2018 Race Results below:

Pos Name Time Net Time Category Cat Pos Gen Pos
37 Scott Brady 37:13:00 37:10:00 SEN 23 35
39 Mark Turnbull 37:20:00 37:17:00 V50 1 37
41 Richard Houghton 37:29:00 37:26:00 SEN 26 39
66 Judith Nutt 38:53:00 38:48:00 V40 1 4
79 Stephen Addison 39:30:00 39:22:00 SEN 44 74
89 Dean Pepperell 39:47:00 39:38:00 SEN 50 84
114 Ben Hall 41:23:00 41:15:00 SEN 58 104
136 Catherine Lee 42:38:00 42:32:00 SEN 4 11
158 Debbie Spoor 43:45:00 43:39:00 V45 1 19
164 Peter Sloan 43:53:00 43:45:00 V60 4 144
175 Lindsey Grant 44:27:00 44:19:00 V40 5 23
181 Lee Coulson 44:33:00 44:20:00 V40 29 157
182 Daniel Nettle 44:46:00 44:30:00 V45 28 158
189 Robert Lambert 44:59:00 44:37:00 V50 18 164
204 Valerie Wilson 45:48:00 45:31:00 V50 2 29
212 Amy Heptinstall 46:09:00 46:02:00 SEN 9 34
217 Vicki Mcphee 46:30:00 46:22:00 V45 5 36
250 Robert Wilson 48:30:00 48:07:00 V55 10 204
298 Kim Matthews 50:33:00 50:19:00 V55 3 68
362 Tom Hanson 53:41:00 53:16:00 V60 10 268
367 Melissa Bateson 54:01:00 53:46:00 V50 13 97
369 Jeffrey Emmerson 54:04:00 53:24:00 V65 10 272
411 Mel Reed 57:12:00 56:50:00 V60 13 289
487 Irene Henderson 01:02:00 01:01:41 V70 1 175

Congratulations! & The Gordon Smith Relays – 9th May.

Congratulations to the club’s Cross Country award winners (Rowan, Robyn and Lee Bennett) at the forthcoming Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League presentation, which takes place at Start Fitness in Newcastle on Thursday 12th April. A prompt¬†6 pm start to proceedings. There are trophies for 1st placed team¬†in each age group. For the seniors, it’s first team in each of the 3 divisions.¬†For individuals, there are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each Grand Prix category.¬†Full results can be found on the website:¬†harrier league results 2017-18

Congratulations to V 70 category athlete Mark McNally (pictured left) who has been selected to run for England Masters.

A rather nice 71st birthday ‘present!’

The forthcoming sponsored Simply Health 10 km race will be held in Birmingham.

Very best of luck to you Mark. Hopefully, a full race report will follow in due course.



Team Elswick – the Gordon Smith Relays are just over a month away on WEDNESDAY 9th MAY 2018. Joint race start time is 7.45 pm.

Names please to Facebook and the clubs noticeboard please.

Last day for individual names on a team sheet is THURSDAY 3rd MAY.  Three runners in each team.

At least one of the athletes must be a vet 40 or older for the men and for the women at least one of the athletes must be 35 or older.

Minimum age for both events is 16 years of age. 3 x 2 miles per lap. Fast flat course at Cobalt Business Park, The Silver Link North. 

Good Friday Relays 2018. Report, photos, results.

Click here > 2018 Good Friday Relays. All results

The annual Elswick Harriers Good Friday relays took place on the 30th of March on a breezy and showery morning down on the Riverside Park at Newburn. The entrants in both the junior and senior races were in record numbers (Results are also under the tab heading: Event Results). Bill McGuirk has a race report in Monday’s Evening Chronicle.

The senior mens race with 118 teams was easily won by a youthful Morpeth Harriers squad consisting of Kieron Hedley, Dan Dixon, Sam Hancox and James Young in a winning time of 42:53. Tyne Bridge Harriers finished second in 44:07 and a young Houghton Harriers team finished third in a time of 44:52.

First to finish for Elswick in 29th place were the vets A team Jason Old, Andrew Ball, Iain Hardy and Lee Bennett. The team completed the race in 49:37 and were a creditable 4th vets team overall. Elswicks senior mens A team were 35th overall in a time of 50:24, with Adam Hands, youngsters Jamie Styles and Chris Mason and Scott Brady. The senior mens B team finished in 61st place in a time of 54:41, the team consisted of Ben Hall, Micky Shore, Dean Pepperell and Steve Addison. Finally Elswicks vet B team finishes 83rd in 58:18, well done to Dave Armstrong, Mike Russell, Aidain Cairns and Robert Lambert.

The womens race with 114 teams competing was won by Gateshead Harriers senior team. Stacey Smith led from leg one and with Mary Ferrier and Michelle Nolan-Hood finishing in 37:23. Morpeth Harriers were 2nd in 37:58 and Darlington 3rd in 39:05.

Elswick womens senior A team finished in an excellent 6th place overall with a team consisting of Robyn Bennett, Sam Crowe and Judith Nutt finishing in 40:13. Elswicks Vet A team were 16th overall and 5th vets team in 43:49, well done to Joanne Brown, Arabelle Pearce and Andrea Banner.

  • Note from Graham: A personal thank you to all the helpers on Friday.
  • Thank you to Denise & Adele from First Contact at Gateway House, the club’s HQ for the day.
  • A special note of appreciation & thank you to Jonny Lowes.
  • Thank you to early morning helpers to set the run course & car parking: Martin, Simon, Jonny, Derek, Tom, Ian, Les, Steve and ‘the team’.
  • Thank you to the registration & canteen teams. You were ALL excellent…….Proud to be an Elswick Harrier on a record turnout day for the Good Friday Event.
  • A final thank you to all the athletes who represented their clubs and to the spectators who cheered everyone on.
Vet Womens A Team Joanne, Arabella and Andrea

The senior womens B team consisting of Cath Lee, Amy Hepinstall and Jennifer Scarlett finished 21st overall in 44:37. Lindsey Grant, Vicki Mcphee, and Marie Drozdowicz were 47th overall in 47:56. Elswick vets C team finished the race in 90th place in 55:17 were led off by Yvonne Swinhope and followed by Elaine Henderson and Mandy Kennon who enjoyed their first Good Friday Relay.

Please see below a link to the results for the senior relays. Please leave queries in the comments section below. Thank you.

The junior race results have now been fully updated and can be found at the link below. Junior team results can also be found below. Thank you for your patience. Also note from Ken Heslop:

Well done to the 38 Elswick juniors who turned out on Good Friday Fantastic efforts from everyone with quite a few making their debut in their Elswick vests.The weather was not kind but it did not put them off.There were three races with mixed boys and girls.

Under 11 Boys 1.16 Mile

30th Adam Robinson7.05- 36th  Bailey Shore 7.14 Under 11 Girls 2nd Poppy Old 6.32-11th Erin Blight 7.20-12th Charlotte Naughton 7.28 -16th Louisa Hamilton 7.55-19th Zoe Fielding 8.11-28th Kiera Bairstow 8.35-32nd Jayden Morton 8.56.

Under 13 Boys 1.6 Mile

2nd Zak Old 8.39-15th William Butterworth 9.49-21st Jake Robertson 10.00-28th Charles Mason 10.37-34th Joseph Carruthers 11.09-37th Matthew Todd 11.14.

Under 13 Girls

4th Abigail Leiper 9.54-5th Zara Naughton 10.01-16th Caitlin Flanagan 10.39-17th Lucy Milburn 10.40-19th Olivia Carruthers 10.46-27th Isabella Russell 11.10-28th Freya Guadagno 11.11-35th Olivia Ogilvie 11.34- 41st Ellen Hardy 12.12 – 46th Lucy Dixon 12.59-47th Olivia Emson 13.10-49th Maelona Redhead 14.04.Under 13 Girls joint second team.

Under 15 Boys 1.6 Mile

3rd Rowan Bennett 8.09-25th Jack Naughton 9.32-31st Kieran Dixon 9.51-34th Connor Shore 11.36.

Under 15 Girls 

11th Hannah Tumia 9.44-12th Suzannah Fielding 9.45-20th Charley Lee 10.53-22nd Kerry-Ann Simpson 11.16-25th Aimee Bairstow 12.12-26th Rebecca Todd 12.23 -29th Hannah Moncur 13.16.(Hannah is an under 13 but missed the start of her race but did well to compose herself and ran her first Elswick race in the under 15 age group).

The cross country is now behind us for this season it would be great to see this sort of turnout in the forthcoming track season.

Well done to all the Elswick Harriers who worked tirelessly to put this event on.

Cheers Jan & Ken

U13 boys
1st Blackhill Bounders counters 3, 14, 16 = 33
1st Gateshead Harriers 6, 8, 19 = 33
3rd Morpeth Harriers 12, 13, 17 = 42
U13 girls
1st NSP 2, 6, 12 = 20
2nd Gateshead Harriers 3, 8, 14 = 25
2nd Elswick Harriers 4, 5, 16 = 25
U15 boys
1st Morpeth Harriers 4, 9, 11 = 24
2nd Gosforth Harriers 8, 15, 18 = 41
U15 girls
1st Houghton Harriers 2, 4, 10 = 16
2nd Gosforth 6, 7, 14 = 27


Hello Team Elswick Volunteers. Thank you all in advance for your anticipated help on Good Friday.

A note to say also that the helpers briefing will take place at 8.15 am prompt at event HQ.

The club has hired office space for event HQ at Gateway House, Newburn Riverside Business Estate. Post Code NE15 8NX.

Please meet in the room signposted ‘OFFICIALS’. New bib vests, event info & the briefing will take place here.

Thank you. Graham.


Hello Team Elswick: The Good Friday Relays is almost upon us and the event needs that people ‘Team Elswick’ support to enable the club to successfully host this event.¬†If you can spare Friday morning to help the event – then please add your name to:

A Face Book event list / a list placed on the club’s noticeboard or speak to Tom Hanson or Graham Bell on Tuesday evening.

The event will need course helpers / HQ & registration / Car Park / Canteen.

The HQ is now back at ‘ONE North East’. The club has secured hired office space at BSS Gateway House on the business park. New premises & facilities,¬† a superb canteen, office spaces & general areas, on-site parking & 200 m from event site.

Ask not what the club can do for you, but what can you do for your club ūüôā

C’mon Team Elswick – you can do this!