This weeks training and 10 mile handicap

Senior training sessions this week will be………..

Tuesday 14th: 4 x 5 mins with 2 min recovery. After warm up meet at Pylon at One North East

Thursday 16th: 2 x 1 min, 2 x 2 min, 5 x short hills, 2 x 2 min, 2 x 1 min at Warburtons

On Sunday 19th Tom is holding 10 mile handicap from Newburn to Ovingham and back. If you’d like to run, and haven’t already added your name on my previous Facebook post, then please see Tom on either Tuesday or Thursday

Gosforth Summer Relays

It was a successful Sunday morning for team Elswick at the Gosforth Summer Relays!

They day began at 10am with the 1 mile juniors race where we had Poppy Old finishing 1st in the under 12’s category and Bella Russell coming home in 3rd in the same category. Great running girls!

The Senior/Vet event covered 2 miles on each of the 3 legs and we had 3 Elswick teams taking part. Tyne Bridge Harriers were first across the line with Tom Charlton also running the fastest leg of the day. Elswick success came when Jason Old, Steven Robertson and Andrew Ball finished in 3rd place overall and 1st Veteran team. Winning ways continued with Joanne Brown, Kerrie Old and Andrea Banner taking 1st place in the Veteran ladies category. Richard Houghton, Graham Leslie and Steve Curry made up the 3rd Elswick team crossing the line in 21st place. Very well done to everyone on what was a pretty hot Sunday morning!


Fancy a Ten Mile Run or Race? Then you have come to the right place!

Hello Team Elswick. For those club members looking to run a ‘long event’ or aiming for a PB or in preparation for the Great North Run, why not try one or two of the following 10 mile runs events coming round in the next few weeks. First up on Sunday 19th August, Club Senior Coach Tom Hanson will be putting on a 10 mile handicap run. Names please to FB or speak to Tom on a training evening. Starting from the Keelman the course runs out towards Wylam, Ovingham and finishing at the Keelman. (The start time is to be confirmed, provisionally though 10am).

On Sunday 26th August if would like to race, then sign up to the Tynedale 10 mile ‘Jelly Tea’ Road Race. Two weeks out from the Great North Run, it is an ideal preparation run. The run also incorporates NECAA & NEMAA 10 mile championships, so for the V35 & V40’s age group and over, there are championship medals to be won. Starting and finishing at Ovingham Middle School this is a fast 10 mile road race on an out and back course, using the last five miles of the old Hexham to Ovingham Jelly Tea route. It is two weeks before the GNR so is an ideal tester for those of you aiming for the half marathon distance. Please note the different race HQ for number collection, refreshments and prize presentation – details can be found here> tynedaleharriers /our-races

    • Numbers and timing chips will need to be collected on the day from the Old School, Ovingham, NE42 6BS, 500 metres east of the Middle School, which will be open from 8:15am. Please allow sufficient time to do this and get to the start of the race at the Middle School.
    • After the race there will be sandwiches and jellies in the Old School (included in the entry fee) followed by the prize presentation.
    • Entry £15 attached, £17 unattached.
    • Please read carefully all race information which can be found on the Tynedale Harriers’ website. Parking for this race will be on the south side of Ovingham Bridge (Prudhoe side of the river) postcode NE42 6UP. Parking at Low Prudhoe is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Old School in Ovingham. Please allow plenty of time to walk from the parking areas to the Old School to collect your number and chip and then to get to the start of the race (see details above).PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN OVINGHAM VILLAGE. Inconsiderate parking could jeopardise the future running of this race. The Race is kindly sponsored by

2018 Coastal Run

Sunday gone saw Alnwick Harriers host one of Britain’s most scenic run routes: The Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal run. With all the superb weather of late, runners and spectators were probably expecting a scorcher of a day…….As far as the weather was concerned it was rather a dull one. Nonetheless it certainly did not stop hundreds taking part. TBH’s Tom Charlton won the event in 1.21 (and winner of the 2018 Newburn River Run). Jane Hodgson (also winner of the ladies title at this years Newburn River Run) of Morpeth AC took the ladies title in 1.29.

Not to be outdone, In the women’s race, Elswick’s Jude Nutt had a superb race and finished 3rd overall and was 1st V40. Congratulations to Jude. Elswick’s Joanne Brown was 3rd V45. Many a fine result with some notable age group podium positions.

For the gents it was Scott Brady who was first across the finish line in a fine 1.32 and Jason Old both running into the top 30 finishers. Well done to Mark McNally who finished the run after taking a bad fall during the race. For all results please click on > Results 2018 

Very well done to all that ran on Sunday…….An undeniably beautifully tough course, but well worth the effort, I’m sure you will agree. Thanks must go to Alnwick Harriers for staging such a good day for all. Cheers, GB.

Club Pos. Bib no. Finish time Participant Category Speed Pace
1 286 01:32:55 Scott Brady MSEN 9.04 mph 6:38 min/mile
2 309 01:33:01 Jason Old MV45 9.03 mph 6:38 min/mile
3 313 01:33:51 Steven Robertson MV40 8.95 mph 6:42 min/mile
4 308 01:37:14 Judith Nutt FV40 8.64 mph 6:56 min/mile
5 298 01:39:42 Richard Houghton MSEN 8.42 mph 7:07 min/mile
6 303 01:47:45 Simon McGeary MV45 7.79 mph 7:41 min/mile
7 292 01:48:57 Lee Coulson MV40 7.71 mph 7:46 min/mile
8 305 01:50:25 Mark McNally MV70 7.61 mph 7:53 min/mile
9 280 01:50:37 David Armstrong MV40 7.59 mph 7:54 min/mile
10 288 01:52:27 Joanne Brown FV45 7.47 mph 8:01 min/mile
11 306 01:53:11 Andy Middleton MV40 7.42 mph 8:05 min/mile
12 314 01:55:44 Jennifer Scarlett FSEN 7.26 mph 8:16 min/mile
13 307 01:58:09 Daniel Nettle MV45 7.11 mph 8:26 min/mile
14 283 02:03:30 Charlotte Baston FSEN 6.80 mph 8:49 min/mile
15 293 02:04:56 Martin Cowell MV45 6.72 mph 8:55 min/mile
16 315 02:05:34 Brian Stonehouse MV65 6.69 mph 8:58 min/mile
17 284 02:12:13 Phil Baston MV50 6.35 mph 9:26 min/mile
18 302 02:12:25 Simon Lynch MV40 6.34 mph 9:27 min/mile
19 287 02:12:27 Amy Brown FSEN 6.34 mph 9:27 min/mile
20 282 02:13:55 Jennifer Barnes FSEN 6.27 mph 9:33 min/mile
21 285 02:15:55 Melissa Bateson FV50 6.18 mph 9:42 min/mile
22 311 02:24:46 Mel Reed MV60 5.80 mph 10:20 min/mile
23 294 02:25:34 Jeffrey Emmerson MV65 5.77 mph 10:23 min/mile
24 301 02:27:54 Ross Kyle MSEN 5.68 mph 10:33 min/mile
25 299 02:29:28 Christiane James FV60 5.62 mph 10:40 min/mile
26 281 02:34:04 Jackie Avery FV55 5.45 mph 11:00 min/mile
27 297 02:34:08 Elaine Henderson FV45 5.45 mph 11:00 min/mile
28 312 02:34:13 Eve Robertson FV35 5.45 mph 11:00 min/mile
29 304 02:34:32 Tina Mciver FV60 5.44 mph 11:02 min/mile
30 290 02:49:28 Laura Clegg FV35 4.96 mph 12:06 min/mile
31 296 02:49:29 Lucienne Gage FV50 4.96 mph 12:06 min/mile
32 300 03:08:29 Amanda Kennon FV35 4.46 mph 13:27 min/mile
33 310 03:27:17 Tracey Redhead FV50 4.05 mph 14:48 min/mile


Club Championship Standings Update

Hello team Elswick. Please find enclosed the standings after race 4 > results which was the Sunderland 5km race. Only two races are left in this years calendar: Late August and the Watergate 5km (the course is behind Emmanuel School, Lobley Hill – An undulating course of trail paths – which makes for a popular event for local club runners). The last race is the very popular 10km Heaton Memorial, held at Exhibition Park on Sunday 11th November. Get those entries in Team Elswick!

Junior Track and Field – fourth and final meeting of 2018

Well done to our junior athletes, who competed in the final meeting of the North East Youth Development League on Sunday at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay. This season our Elswick junior team has partnered with South Shields Harriers in the Second Division.

The conditions were extremely hot with a strong breeze, but our gutsy crew of juniors were not perturbed.

Charles Mason came first in his 75 metre hurdles race and competed in the 200m, whilst William Butterworth, just back from his holidays ran the contrasting distances of the 100m and 1500m. Grace Ogilvie ran well in the 800m gaining a PB.

Demonstrating that it’s worth trying your hand at new events, Poppy Old gained a PB in the long jump, having honed her skills in this event purely by participating in this youth league. The atmosphere is relaxed and enables the youngsters to try both track and field events that they are not particularly familiar with. By completing an event, each competitor achieves points for its team and may also discover a natural ability in a discipline that they’d never thought of attempting before.  Caitlin Flanagan and Lauren Stroud also took part in the long jump.  Well done to this trio of long jumpers.

Caitlin Flanagan and William ran incredibly well in the 1500, remaining strong and united in the final 200 metres of the race, with Caitlin taking second place in the girls’ A string category.

Caitlin and William sticking together in the 1500m


Caitlin went on to take part in the 4 x100m relay along with Poppy Old, Grace Leiper and Bella Russell  (pictured below) producing a flawless performance taking third place very comfortably. Lauren Stroud and Poppy Old also took part in the under 13s 800m, with Poppy taking second place in the A string category.

Our under 13 girls 4x100m relay team


As Elswick and South Shields were the official hosts of the event on Sunday, the juniors also got to have a go and making announcements on the tannoy system and serving beverages and home made bakes on the refreshments counter. Clearly there is no end to their talents!  We were also responsible for looking after the many officials and providing them with lunch – thanks to Graham Bell for organising the lunches and delivering them to the venue.

Kerrie Old and Elaine Stroud in the rear supporting the girls during refreshment duties – from left to right the girls are Poppy, Caitlin, Lauren and Bella.


A big thanks to Ann Lee in the picture above for working on the refreshments all day, in spite of not having a child of her own competing!

Gateshead were the clear winners of the  series in the second division and the team was presented with the cup at the end of the Whitley Bay meeting.

Hopefully this is has been the start of some exciting times for Elswick juniors in the arena of track and field, and that many more juniors will be enticed to take part next season in order to enhance the team’s chances of improving its points score. It’s a great day out with lots of events to get involved in or simply spectate.  A huge well done and congratulations to Judith Flanagan for getting the ball rolling with this – drumming up interest amongst the juniors, liaising with South Shields to organise entrants and co-ordinating the final meeting with Elswick/South Shields as the official hosts.  It’s been a steep learning curve for all involved, but well worth it to see how the Elswick competitors have gained in confidence during the series of well organised events.



Senior training sessions for Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th July

Good afternoon everyone!

The senior training this week will be…….

Tuesday: 2 x 2 mile with 2 mins recovery. Starting at the crescent by the river. (For those who aren’t sure how to get there, turn right at the end of the Warburtons road and follow the footpath to the river)

Thursday: 20 mins of strides at the plantation area. (The plantation is the grassed area just after the playground at Newburn Country Park)

See you there