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!