News! Saltwell 10km / Senior Xmas Training / Club Party / Boxing Day Parlaufs / Northern XC Champs 28th Jan 2017


Thank you to Dave Jardine for the photos & report: The weekend before Christmas is one for traditions, partying, tinsel and wine.  So it was that Elswick Harriers celebrated with our Christmas Party with fine food and dancing.  Another tradition this time of year is the Saltwell 10k, the oldest road race still in existence in England. I am a regular at the Saltwell park run and know quite a few of the “Hoops” so was not surprised by the well organised, friendly and enthusiastic marshalling of the event. The race route these days is mostly in the beautiful park and is “not flat”,  a 3 lap course that you could “use to your advantage”. There was certainly a buzz within the host club with their leading runner  Abraham Twelde coming home first in the time of 31.55 (nearly a minute ahead of second place).  The ladies race was won by Olympian Aly Dixon in 35.50. The race for first Elswick across the line was Paul Turner winning the V40 category…..great result by Paul!……a close one with Peter Sloan chasing me and closing that gap all the way round (I was glad the finish line was where it was) we did 41.52 and 42.00. Peter won the V60 age group. Well done Peter….excellent! Race adjudicator Tom Hanson kept everything right on the day and also ran 45.50. Well done Robert Lambert who was 4th Elswick home in 46.30 – his first race back in an Elswick vest for many years, welcome back. Norman Lough completed it in 52.35.  First Elswick lady home was Sue Wilson in 53.29 followed by Lalage Brown who did 54.40 after showing some mean moves on the dance floor the night before. Peter Cass did 59.17 and Marion Peutherer 62.55  Well done everyone. As this is the time of year for “little traditions”, every year the race organisers give every runner a whisky glass and a wee dram after the race, ideal to enjoy afterwards sitting by the lake. Below: New recruit to Team Elswick, Robert Lambert.


Last Friday’s Christmas Party! Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening what is was…… a grand time was had by Team Elswick! 🙂 Thank you to Ben and Mary for their help on the evening….I’m sure there were a few sore heeds, the morning after, and a few funnies posted on FaceBook…..Who knew that Dave Jardin was such a gooooood moooover on the dance floor???????? !!!!!!!!!!!!

Senior Christmas Training: The club closes for training after tonight’s session on Thursday 22nd December. This includes the Juniors and Senior Training squads. However, the club will be putting two sessions for the senior squad. So please join us for training on TUESDAY 27TH DECEMBER. Where? One North East BUT the location is slightly different. Due to the area being busy, we will take the session on the river tyne footpath of the business park. Kindly park at either the leisure centre or “Warburtons” Industrial Estate and make your way to the East End of the Estate (where it usually floods!). Turn RIGHT and follow the path for around 50 yards. The coaches will be waiting there for you. This session will start at 10.15am.

A change to the next day….it will now be THURSDAY 29TH DECEMBER .Please meet in the centres sports hall from 7.15pm. We will leave the centre at 7.30pm to do a run session location TBC on the evening.

If the weather turns we will call off the session and notify the club scribing a note on Facebook & the club’s website.

Boxing Day Parlaufs: Join us at the Keelman from 9.40am onwards to register your name. The morning is “free!” Please do invite along friends and family. Everyone is cordially invited to run / cheer on or both! Its a reet good laugh 🙂 At 10.10am runners will be drawn into pairs. We will then go to the centre’s playing field and a 400m course will be laid out with cones. Each runner takes it in turn to run approx. 200 meters (tagging your running partner) They then run 200m. The first pair to tag & complete 8 full laps wins! But were all winners on this morning! We have a little warm down, head back to the Keelman where upstairs on the mezzanine floor, a hot a cold buffet await post xmas day tummies! followed by FRANKS FAMOUS QUIZ!!! followed by prizes for the runners and the quiz. Were all done by noon (ish!).

A reminder that if any runners who wish to run in the Northern XC Championships on January 28th You have until TUESDAY 10th JANUARY to register your name with the club contacts: Steve Robertson / Tom Hanson / Lalage Brown or Gina Capocci. Tom Hanson and a few others do stop over, so if you do fancy having a few ales, post race, please do get in touch with Tom.

We are back open for business on Tuesday 3rd January, same time, same place, Junior and Senior squads. All that’s left to say is have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Cheers!













Updated Club Champs Results, & Club Xmas Party

Hello Team Elswick: Please find enclosed the finalised club championship standings. Thank you to Val Wilson for compiling the scores on behalf of the club athletes. club-champs_final-positions  club-champs_last-nehl . Please note that in the final positions: athletes must have competed in all 4 categories & each age group category has enough athlete participation in order to qualify for awards. Any queries please contact the Club Secretary, Tom Hanson. Last chance to grab a ticket for this weeks club Christmas party. See Mary Lisle at the club or contact her via the club’s Facebook page. Thank you.

North Eastern XC Champs at Akyley Heads Durham 2016

Words by Dave Jardin: My first thoughts looking at the course with the mild weather lately was that it looked “too good” (especially after last year’s unforgettable one at Sedgefield).  The route was very similar to the Harrier League one with a good long stretch out to and back along the railway line before a couple of “cheeky climbs” to finish the lap off through the woods. First up for Team Elswick were the under 13 juniors  showing us all how to do it with Zak Old finishing 10th in a time of 11.20. In the girls race Emily Allison finished 15th in 13.09 and Charley Lee in 15.03. In the boy’s under 15 race Rowan Bennett was first “red vest” in finishing 22nd in 17.07 and Dan Connor 40th in 18.55. We were represented in the under 15 girls race by Suzanah Fielding 20th in 19.04, Anna Styles 33rd in 20.28 and Marissa O’Rourke 47th in 23.34. Well done to all the juniors who ran their hearts out. A huge well done in the under 17s race (combined with the U/20’s) to Robyn Bennett who gained a fantastic silver medal (and 5th overall) – You showed the class of an England international mountain runner (see update note).

It was then the turn of the senior men and with a team of 6, every one counted. Ben Hall first Elswick home 149th in 49.26 followed by Scott Brady 183rd in 50.58.  Peter Sloan, strong as ever was 206th in 51.47 just ahead of Chris Pearce 219th in 52.29.  Dave Jardin was 243rd in 53.16 and Tommy Hanson brought the team home 317th in 57.59. We tried not to mess the course up too much for the ladies running the final race of the day  (honest 🙂 ) but the firm ground now had a little “surface mud” in places.  Both our representatives in this race ran well with Mary Lisle 66th in 37.30 and Felicity Smith 87th in 38.35. A big thank you to everyone who completed and also to the organisers and enthusiastic marshals who faultlessly put on this event: Please visit for resultsPhotos from Dave, Jill, Mary & Ben, Thanks!

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Update as of Monday 12th December: Robyn’s excellent performance & finishing result means that she now automatically qualifies for the Inter Counties Championships, which are to held at Loughborough on 11th March 2017. I’m sure parents, Jill, Lee (& Team Elswick) are very proud of her achievement and rounds off, on what has been an exceptional year for Robyn! Two photos below show Robyn in race mode and at the medal presentation 🙂

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Racing in Spain 2017 ?

A message on behalf of  Elswick’s top vet athlete, Mark McNally: Mark will be taking his trainers & Elswick Vest over to the Costa Blanca to participate in either the Torrevieja 10km or Half Marathon Road Race. The race takes place on the 26th February 2017. For event info.

10km-difinitivoThe courses are both described as fast and flat. The route passes right along side the port and marina on the sea front and through the town itself: The map to the left gives you an idea of the course.  The half marathon I believe, is 2 laps of the 10km route. Entry fees are good value for money. A staggered price tier ranging from 10 to 20 Euros for the 10km & 14 to 25 Euros for the 13.1 mile route (slightly cheaper than the £50+ fee for a Great North Run outing!). Both race goody bags include Gym Bag, commemorative medal, Technical t-shirt, capped visor (& a muesli bar!). Convenient flights from Newcastle, very reasonable accommodation costs in the area, a great place renowned for athletes warm weather training and the weather will be very pleasant when compared to North East England! On the towns doorstep is this superb training facility too . If anyone is interested in joining Mark for a 3 or 4 day stay in the area then please contact Mark at Thank you.









News: w/c 5th November 2016


Following the club’s AGM and last night’s committee meeting, we would like to share with you, the following news: Frank Watson, Club Secretary (pictured right, with senior coach Colin Bolton) has stood down from his role as Club Secretary. After 29 years ( yes, you read that correctly!) we say a genuine “thank you” to gentlemen Frank. His services to the club in this role has been steadfast and loyal throughout his tenure. Thankfully we haven’t seen the last of Frank! He has accepted a role on the committee as an ordinary member. As the committee re-structures, Frank’s knowledge will be invaluable to those taking on new responsibilities.


To this end, we welcome Steven Robertson (pictured below) to the role as Chairman of Elswick Harriers 20160511_192817_resized_1

We welcome Tom Hanson (pictured far right) who is switching his role from Chairman to Club Secretary. image4

img_20131114_135631We say thank you to the lovely Mary Lisle (pictured above, London Marathon 2013!) for her all her help in the role as Social Secretary. We welcome new committee members Keith Batey and Ben Hall to the group. We now have a vacancy for a new social secretary. If you feel you can ‘give something back’ to your club, then feel free to have a talk with either Mary or anyone of the club committee members. The tab heading “committee” will be updated over the next month to reflect the changes taken.

Thank you to the club members who have stepped up to help the club with training session help. In a very short space of time, we now have healthy cover for Leadership in running fitness (LIRF) & Coaching Assistant (CA) accredited people. Thank you so much for your commitment and the committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your future endeavours and assistance. However, we still do need one or two more “fully qualified coaches” for both Senior & Junior squads. if you feel you can help and commit to such an undertaking, we would love to hear from you. Please speak to the new Club Secretary, Tom Hanson for an initial talk. Thank you.

It has been close, but we have winners  for this years club championship: An updated results sheet will follow: Congratulations to all the podium placed athletes: Well done to everyone who took part in 2016, it is heartening to see runners from the club, joining in, participating, competing and giving their best. Thank you once again to Val Wilson for her work in keeping the 2016 score sheet up to date.

As time waits for no one, please find enclosed your 2017 Club Championship. Similar, but slightly different, to give club athletes a fresh outlook and extra variety to recent club championship offerings. club-champs-2017-v5 These two sheets will be replicated under the website tab headings, Championships 2016 & 2017.

The Club Christmas party is nearly here….we start to party on Friday 16th December at Blucher Social Club. Tickets are £10 per person or a concession ticket price for families. See Mary Lisle on a club training evening or contact Mary on Facebook for info & tickets: its going to be a grand evening, so come and join the 100 who have already said: ‘I’m  IN!’ Finally, we will soon announce details of the very popular Boxing Day Parlaufs fun run and details of the senior squad Christmas training sessions.


Senior Training, Weekend roundup & the forthcoming NE XC Champs

Senior Training: Tuesday 6th Dec: Bottom Walbottle Bank: 3×3 Mins 3×2 Mins 3×1 Min with jog recovery. Thur 8th Dec: Centre Field- 8×2 Mins with 1 Minute recovery.

Two races took place over the weekend: The 5 mile handicap Blyth Sands Race and the 16km (ish!) Hexhamshire Hobble trail run. Starting with the Blyth Sands race: Elswicks Mark McNally won the competition in 35.37. Congratulations to Mark. Well done to the duo of Jennifer and Sue who competed in the hobble race: All the results from Team Elswicks efforts can be found using the links here:   and

On Saturday 10th December the North Eastern Cross Country Championships take place at Akley Heads, Durham. As usual the club requires help to get the tent to and from the venue. If you can help, then please contact Frank Watson for further information. Thank you. Enclosed is some event info for your attention. event-info-please-read and prospectus: event- info

Please note: There are Under 11 competitions at this event. Parents and guardians of the under 11 athletes, kindly read both ‘event infos’ enclosed for further information.

Weekend round up at home and abroad:

Were now into winter training and racing and Team Elswick are still very much busy with both aspects! On the racing side: The Run Nation / Run Northumberland Big 10 miler took place at the weekend and the harrier league tried out a new venue at Thornley Farm, Peterlee.

At the 10 mile race it was congratulations to the ladies winning team of Judith, Penny, Denise and Tina. They also claimed podium spots in their respective age group categories:

Judith Nutt was 1st female overall: Penny Ward 3rd V40, Denise Huddleston 3rd V45, Tina McIver 1st V60.

The day before, saw members compete in the NEHL XC at Peterlee, results of the day can be found here:

In Europe, on the Costa Blanca saw Dave Jardin, Kim Matthews & Harry Matthews run the Benidorm Half marathon, the results of which can be viewed here> clasificacion_general_mediobenidorm

Great Running Team Elswick, Keep it going!