Celebrating 125 great years with Elswick Harriers

The club’s adopted charity for 2014, The Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity

Celebrating 125 great years with Elswick Harriers - The club’s adopted charity for 2014, The Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity

Barnsley 10km, 3 Peaks Challenge, Park Run Gibside

Elswick’s Tadele Geremew travelled down to South Yorkshire to participate in the popular Barnsley 10km Road Race. Once again he didn’t disappoint.

Tadele on the road to victory at Barnsley.

Tadele on the road to victory at Barnsley.

A strong running performance from the Elswick gent resulted in a first place finish, with a seven second margin over second place. Tadele topped the table with a finishing time of 31.01.

In second place was Tesfaye Debele 31.08. In third place Jack Hallas from Wakefield DH & AC 32.06.

Congratulations Tadele on a fine win!



Jonny Lowes has kindly scribed a report for the club’s website. It’s an account of the 3 Yorkshire Peaks Challenge. What could be easier than a “few undulating miles!”  Well, 24.65 miles, 1,428 metres of elevation & 4,264 calories burned to be exact! A great read so enjoy!  The Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Jonny Lowes (3rd from left) intrepid Elswick 3 peaks challenger!

Jonny Lowes (3rd from left) intrepid Elswick’s 3 peaks challenger!

Finally Holly Kelleher’s write up of the Gibside Park Run. Many thanks to Team Elswick for helping out at this event on Saturday. Gibside Park Run, by Holly Kelleher

Holly Kelleher at Gibside

Holly Kelleher at Gibside

 Thank you to Ken, Jonny and Holly on their reports for the website :)


England Masters Cross Country

England Masters Cross Country team pictured on the steps of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham just prior to the start of the first race at the International Cross Country


In the picture were Christine Lee, Kim Matthews, joint England team manager and Harry Matthews, team member and joint team manager. Lee Bennett also represented England but arrived after the photo-call


Lee Bennett captured running strongly on the downhill section of the 8k race where he finished 19th and collected a gold team medal. Two other Elswick International cross country athletes running for England were Christine Lee who finished 7th in her category and Harry Matthews who finished 13th in his category both collecting team medals.

VALENCIA MARATHON (Cava but no champagne)

Sunday 16th was the holding of the Valencia Marathon and it is time for me to set off on my travels again.

This is a race I have had in my sights for a couple of years but was not fit enough to do it last year so with it being “unfinished business” I was just itching to go for it this year.

My training for this race had gone pretty much smoothly without a hitch and I was travelling with Running Crazy, a Running Tour company I have used many times before so I could not have been better prepared for this event.

I travelled to Spain on the Friday. Newcastle Airport does not have the greatest range of flights to European cities so it was an early morning train journey down to London to fly out of Gatwick. My travel plans went exactly to plan involving a very quick look around London’s Olympics area and I was met by Malcolm at Valencia Airport.

Valencia traditionally has not been a tourist place but and to me it was an opportunity to use the my “pocco Espanol” vocabulary as there is no guarantee that everybody speaks English. In the past 10 years the city has invested millions in facilities to attract people, so any event that happens here is a very big deal to them. Valencia has hosted Formula 1 and the Americas Cup (sailing), they even moved the river to create one of the largest parks in Europe. Continue reading


*Elswick’s Phil Hurst is English 10km Road Race Champion!

*Elswick’s Tadele Geremew wins the Brampton to Carlisle!

*Elswick’s David Jardin competes in the Valencia Marathon!

First up the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km Road Race:

The English 10km road race championships that are entwined with the popular Leeds Abbey Dash took place yesterday, amid inclement weather conditions. 10,000! athletes packed out a class field with some exceptional talent in amongst. Slightly nervous, but in a good way, Phil was quietly confident. From the gun the pace was quick and Phil was in the front pack with some notable top athletes behind him (Nick Swinburn and Matty Haynes, both in England vests…….)

Half way and the race is well and truly ON!!

Half way and the race is well and truly ON!!

As the pace intensified for the last 5km, the eventual podium finishers attempted to pull away from the rest of the field. With the pace well under sub 30 the last kilometre saw the top three competitors edge away. Five seconds separated the top three runners. First from Scotland, Andrew Butchart in 29.17. In second, Callum Hawkins also from Scotland, finishing in 29.21. In third place overall Elswick’s Phil Hurst in 29.22. 1st and 2nd gents were from Scotland so it was Phil who took the English Road Race Championship title!

The one they all wanted, but it was Elswick's Phil Hurst who GOT IT! :)

The one they all wanted, but it was Elswick’s Phil Hurst who GOT IT! :)

Not only that Phil Pb’d his 5km, 5 mile and 10km times. A truly great result for Phil. Team Elswick should be justifiably proud of this achievement! Under the masterful guidance of Martin Crowe, Phil is looking to the indoor season of Jan / Feb of 2015. Thanks must also go to his coach, Martin Crowe for getting Phil into excellent form. I’m sure there is more to come from Phil.

Phil with the Gold medal and the title of: English 10km road champion!

Phil with the Gold medal and the title of:
English 10km road champion!

Also competing at Leeds and all returning from recent injury: Mark McLeod, Paul Turner, Mark Turnbull and Steve Robertson. Times: 34.17, 33.50, 37.07, 38.39 respectively. All in all a great effort by the lads in the Red vest of Elswick.

The day before over in Brampton, saw Tadele take on the competition at the 10 mile road race that is Brampton to Carlisle. Almost as a prequel to what was to happen on Sunday in Leeds, Tadele took hold of the opposition and won in a very comfortable style and manner 1st place was assured, with a podium and a finishing time of 49 mins and 48 secs . Yet another fine performance, especially so when you consider Tadele ran the race almost on his own. Congratulations Tadele on a fine, fine performance.

For the ladies, Marie Drowzodicz ran on behalf of the ladies finishing with a time of 78mins and 07secs. Well done on a fine run from Marie. Also on Sunday and competing in the Mediterranean (Spain, Valencia) was our very own Euopean Marathon Sun Seeker, XC Captain David Jardin. His training must be going well as he completed the 42.2kms in a very respectable time of 3 hrs and 15 mins. A report I believe is to follow. Cheers, GB.

Please congratulate the men and women of Elswick, the next time you see them at the club. Once again, they have all done the club proud.








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Tadele wins the Heaton Memorial 10km Race

On Sunday 9th November the Heaton Memorial Race took place in and around Newcastle’s Town Moor. Weather conditions were nigh on perfect.

The minutes silence preceding the race, especially poignant on the 100th anniversary of the Great War,  was impeccably observed……………………….

There was a superb turn out of red black and white vests: 23 in total. And so to the race itself: TADELE GEMEREW went one better than 2013 in literally running away from the field of 574 to record a fine win in a time of 30:56 ,narrowly missing the course record, mainly due to  having to run the whole race on his own. In spite of this Tadele finished nearly 90 seconds ahead of Kevin Jeffress of Sunderland Harriers in second spot and recorded an 8 seconds faster time than 2013.

Some of Team Elswick pre- race

Some of Team Elswick pre- race

There was also an outstanding run by Alyson Dixon who smashed the women’s course record by 40 seconds to claim 15th place overall.

Elswick men had a really successful morning claiming second team prize through Tadele, LEE BENNETT who recorded a P.B. of 33:15 to come home 1st.O/45 .PAUL TURNER finished 18th overall in 34:20 -1st.O/40 and PHIL SANDERSON had his usual consistent run to gain 25th spot-35:34.

Next home for the club was new recruit STEPHEN KNIGHT who ran well to record 38:28-64th place. Another new boy-CHRIS PEARCE was 121st-40:48.with evergreen HARRY MATTHEWS-131ST-41:33 followed by DAVID JARDIN-155TH-42:03.LEE COULSON was 216th in 44:01 with ROB WILSON close behind in 217th place-43:54. SHAUN CONNELLY had a strong run finishing  227th-44:23. Next was PATRICK GORDON-238TH in a time of 44:39. ANDY MIDDLETON was close behind in 242nd spot-45:02. Next was new recruit from Alnwick  PHIL BASTON -251ST-45:26. Another new member on his debut run -DANIEL NETTLE was 254th-45:31.

MARY LISLE had a fine run and a P.B. Mary had the honour of being our first lady home-255th-45:42 with new recruit CHARLOTTE BASTON-260th-45:50.

Lee on his way to a top finish and a PB. A great mornings work :)

Lee on his way to a top finish and a PB. A great mornings work :)

MICHAEL SHORE claimed 263rd place-45:51 with DENISE HUDDLESTON next home in 333rd position-48:31. KATY GOULDING next home in 346th-49:10 with EMMA FRASER -392ND in 51:28.

CHRISTINE LEE still going strong was 408th in 53:01,and MELISSA BATESON running her first race for us 409th-53:08., with everyone now having the chance to improve their respective times in future races.

Once again a well organised race hosted by Heaton Harriers.

Report compiled by Frank Watson. Thank you also to Robyn Bennett for the photos :). Cheers, GB.