Upcoming BMAF Events

Information on two upcoming BMAF events below :

The BMAF Open Cross Country Championship for 2017 will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017 at Wavertree Playground, Wellington Road, Liverpool.

The first race is for all women and M65+, is over a 6k course and starts at 12:00hrs. The second race is for M35 – 64, is over an 8k course and starts at 13:00hrs.

More details and race entries taken online BMAF OpenTrack system. Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 5 March 2017.


The BMAF 10 Mile Road Race for the 2017 Championship is once again part of the Netherhall 10 mile road race organised by Cumberland Athletic Club. It is at 11:00hrs on Sunday 26 Feb 2017.

This event is a single lap course in anticlockwise direction on mainly undulating country roads through the villages of Dearham, Bulgill and Crosby on the West Cumbrian coast.

All details and race entries taken online via the BMAF OpenTrack system Please note there is no EOD. Entries to be completed by Sun 12 Feb 2017.

Elswick Junior Athletes Qualify for Inter Counties Competition!

badgeHello Everyone. Some of the club’s junior athletes have competed at a recent Schools Cross Country Competition at Temple Park, South Shields: hosted by the NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS’ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NSAA) & ELSWICK’s JUNIOR CLUB MEMBERS PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY WELL!

Several athletes have secured qualification which guarantees them a place at the INTER COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY MEETING on Saturday 4th February at Kirby Stephen, Cumbria: Once again, very well done to all the competitors and to those who qualified! Keep it going Junior Team Elswick!

For a list of the results, please go to: http://www.northumberlandschoolsathletics.co.uk/Cross%20Country.html . The results are at the bottom of the website’s home page. Some of the juniors I saw included in the results are: Rowan, Hanna, Robyn, Jamie, Sam, Bradley, Charley, Maisie, Abigail, Ellie and Suzannah (apologies if I haven’t captured everyone, but you are all in the results pages!). Cheers, GB.

Durham Cathedral Relays & The Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Team Elswick travelled the short journey to Durham to participate in the popular Durham Cathedral Relays. The race incorporated the NEMAA championships. Three in a team. Each leg approx. 3000m. Senior & Vet competitions. A competitive morning for everyone taking part and Team Elswick as always, gave their best. Visit www.durhamcityharriers.org.uk for a full listing of all team results.

Meanwhile, two hours down the road, saw the popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon hosted by York Knavesmire Harriers, take place. A competitive half marathon season opener: A great race in which to lay a foundation for a targeted spring half & full marathon event. On Sunday, over 1500 took to the start line.

Leading the Team Elswick field was Jude Nutt. Jude ran an excellent 1.24.27 (finishing 8th in the ladies race overall, and 2nd V35). Well ran Jude. More fine performances followed: Simon Lynch 1.43, Charlotte Baston 1.46, Phil Baston 1.46, Jeff Emmerson 1.57, Amy Brown 1.57 and Rosie Morrison 2.17. For the full list of results go to: www.resultsbase.net. All in all a good weekend everyone….Keep it going!




NOTICE: Cathedral Relays – change to course location. Due to the recent weather conditions the location for the Durham Cathedral XC Relays event has been moved to the University’s Playing Fields behind the Maiden Castle Sports Centre. The course will remain as 2 laps of flat grass terrain, totalling ~3,000m. All events and timings remain unchanged and will go ahead as previously advertised. The Start/Finish will be positioned on the field immediately across the wooden footbridge that leads from the Sports Centre/Boathouse to the playing fields. Toilets and refreshments will be available in the Sports Centre.

PARKING: Parking at the Sports Centre is available for race officials, marshalls, helpers and those dropping off club tents. All other athletes/supporters should park in the City as if using the original course – the new location is only a short distance further along the river from the Racecourse.


NEHL XC at Herrington Saturday 7th January 2017

The Harrier League  marched into a muddy, technical course at Herrington Park (well, athletes wouldn’t want any other way?) the first local cross country race of 2017. Once again, a good turnout by the club, so thank you for wearing the vest of Elswick and giving the race your best. Great to see the Juniors running with some notable performances: individual & team results. Well done to all the seniors and vets who combined collectively to consolidate their positions within Divisions 1 & 2. Enclosed is a summarised results sheet. If anyone is missing, just reply in the comments section & I will update. Well done to all athletes on Saturday. Keep it gannin’ Team Elswick! herrington-nehl-jan-2017-results Below one photo from David Jardin that summarises Saturday’s XC: one word…..Muddy 🙂


Senior Training Sessions

Tuesday – 10th January – One North East – 1×6 Mins, 1×5, 1×6, 1×5 all with 2 Mins recovery

Thursday – 12th January – Warburtons – 3×2 Mins with 1 Minute recovery, then 6 times hill with 3×2 Mins with 1 Minute recovery

An unusual “top” statistic!

In the ‘New Year TBH 5km Grand Prix’ competitors from the club, Peter Sloan & Tom Hanson (both V60 athletes) recorded a unique 1st and 2nd place rankings in the UK Run Britain ranking system for the 5km distance. Elswick’s Rob Wilson (V55 athlete) also tops the UK Run Britain rankings with his 5km run in 22.17……. Tom ran 22.04 & Peter continues with his resurgent form with a 20.33. A good solid start to the year. A feat that may never be repeated again?? Well done gents, keep it going 🙂


A ‘thank you note’ to helpful club members

A note forwarded on by Les Williamson: Holly Kelleher, club member at both Elswick Harriers & Castle Tri is the event director for a newly set up Park Run in Prudhoe. Holly worked tirelessly to bring such an event to this area and was supported on New Year’s Day by several of our own club members. Holly’s thank you social media note read: “Just wanted to say thank you to the club for supporting me at Prudhoe Park run yesterday. The event team have had lots of positive feedback on how well marshalled and organised it was. It was a great promotion of what a friendly, inclusive club Elswick Harriers . As event director (who doesn’t get to run direct) it was really important not to mess (word change! 🙂 ) things up! and I was a lot more confident with my club/team mates in my corner!! Thank you to Paul Gaish Seamus Kelleher David Jardin Lalage Brown Jonny Lowes Catherine Lee Micky side show Shore Mary Lisle Harry Matthews Kim Matthews Denise Gordon Patrick Gordon Joanne Lucking and Les Williamson, you’re all diamonds!!”