Welcome to Elswick Harriers!

A multi-discipline team club, proud of our running heritage. Committed, determined, passionate. Established in 1889.

Welcome to Elswick Harriers!                        - A multi-discipline team club, proud of our running heritage. Committed, determined, passionate. Established in 1889.

Clive Cookson 10km road race: Club Championship Race.

Perfect conditions awaited athletes at this popular mid-week late spring event. Spirits were high as runners gathered on the start line. Below are 28 athletes from Team Elswick….A great turnout! Click here for > Clive Cookson Results 2015   Championship standings BEFORE the Clive Cookson can be viewed here > CLUB CHAMPS 2015 DSC_1666 DSC_1671 Key advice: Stand your ground at the narrow start to ensure a speedy getaway in the first 400 metres! At 7.15pm the race was up and running. The photo above shows the start of the race…..400 metres in and there’s Brendan, Ben and Ant, Go for it lads! The first 5km lap was soon complete by the field and was contested in good competitive spirits…….The second lap brought athletes home towards a good, safe finishing straight at the high school, bringing their personal race to a close. For Team Elswick, it was the ‘coming back to form’ Paul Turner who was the club’s first athlete home in 34.18 and a finishing position of 10th. Great finish :) Congratulations to Ryan Stephenson & Emma Holt of Morpeth A&C who won the men’s and women’s races respectively.

Paul Turner first home for the Club

Paul Turner first home for the Club

DSC_1694 Above: Catherine Lee was Elswick’s first lady across the finish line in 44.50 and 210th place. It was great to see Charlotte competing and having a good race. Making a welcome return to road racing, Dave Armstrong was back in the vest of Elswick.

Back in the vest it's Elswick's Dave Armstrong.

Back in the vest it’s Elswick’s Dave Armstrong.

Charlotte on the way to the finish line!

Charlotte on the way to the finish line!

Congratulations to Paul, Catherine and all the Elswick Athletes who took part in this mid-week championship race. You did the club proud: another fine turnout by the club. NSP were fine hosts and thank you to them for hosting the race.

Steve Robertson....another good run!

Steve Robertson….another good run!

Rambo going for it in the last 50!

Rambo going for it in the last 50!

Shaun Connelly PB awaits!

Shaun Connelly PB awaits!


Yvonne coming home…….


Daniel’s long stride for home…….


Great to see Val Wilson back competing!



Mel seeing off some competition!


Melissa in the final stretch…… :)


Mary polishing off her speed at the Clive Cookson!


Yvette and Phil giving it some……!



Go Sarah!


Marie having another fine performance!


Lee and Rob outsprinting the competition!




Pier to Pier Sunday 17th May 2015. Club Championship Race.

Thank you to Dave Jardin for scribing the report. Enjoy the read.

This Sunday saw the holding of the annual Pier to Pier race from South Shields to Sunderland.  As this event is part of our club championship series there were a lot of the famous red vests on show. This race is more than a little bit different to your average road race as it starts on the sandy beach with just short of one thousand runners! side by side along a start line that has been drawn by a stick in the sand.  It certainly makes a special start.

The sheer adrenaline of everyone at the beginning hurtling to the one point in the distance meant that for several runners, the first bit was the fastest they ran all race even though this bit is on sand. Nobody, however, ran faster than the father of a child that decided to toddle in front of all the runners seconds before the starting gun went!  Continue reading

Guernsey Liberation Day 11k

On the 9th May 1945 the Island of Guernsey was liberated from the Germans during the occupation and what better way to spend it than by running the annual Liberation Day 11k!

For those of you that don’t know me that well, this is my second home having lived on the Island for 6 years and having been there during the 60th anniversary celebrations in 2005 I travelled back ‘home’ with my parents and Ben to celebrate the 70th anniversary. Island life is rather relaxed, so there is no chip timing or pre-race entry form – you just simply turn up at the car park and get given a number! The route started at Grandes Roques on the West Coast of the Island and followed the beautiful Island shoreline out to L’ancresse where the Royal Guernsey Golf Club is situated, onto Bordeaux and then into St. Sampson which is the second main harbour town in Guernsey, across the ‘Bridge’ and to the finish line at 11k. Carly McIver (Tina’s daughter) flew over from Jersey that morning – all of a 15min flight inter Island – to take part in the run and spend the day with us. My parents were on hand as usual to take photo’s and support us along with many of my close friends. Continue reading

Alnwick Harriers Coastal Transport Option

Dear Colleagues,
Please let your club members know that Claremont is proposing to book a coach for the Coastal Run and will be offering spare places to runners from local clubs. Expected to be at least 10 seats. Fare will be a modest £10 or so.
In order to reserve the right size of bus please ask anyone interested to contact our secretary Bill Milbourne, sec.claremont@gmail.com by end of May

The usual set up is to take everyone up to the start then after the
race there will be time to enjoy local hostelries by way of recovery
before heading back to Newcastle.

Happy running


Secretary, NOTAN

Elswick Ladies Fizz Function…..



Fabulous Ladies of Elswick we need you! As your social secretary, I have been asked by the fabulous women’s captain Lalage Brown to get you all together for a girls night out. So at the moment it’s just a date for your diaries Sat 26 September 2015 after all the summer holidays and Great North Run and before the Cross Country Season starts we thought a nice girlie night would be lovely. So at this stage can you please let me know if you can make it so we can then arrange what is best to do, fizz will be involved though. Mary x


Gordon Smith Relays. Wednesday 13th May 2015

ADAMSKI leading out on Leg1....GO ELSWICK!!

ADAMSKI leading out on Leg1….GO ELSWICK!!

Perfect running conditions awaited 150 teams at the popular Gordon Smith Relays. The 2 mile course was changed slightly this year to accommodate road works around the original start / finish area. Sedegenum museum made an ideal HQ for the event. The ‘new’ course had what could only be described as a ‘canny hill start’ and another canny incline at the back of the course! A superb turnout by Team Elswick ensured competitiveness across the board. 6 women’s teams and 7 men’s teams were out representing the club. Vocal crowd support, good relay running made for a compelling evening. Wallsend Harriers were once again fine hosts. Thank you to Frank Watson for organising the race numbers. An exceptional run by Paul Turner who posted the 2nd fastest vet time. Results & photos below: Athletes, Start your engines :)


Jason Old left of the Blyth Athlete!


Can you see Brendan? :)


Go Jackie!!!


Name 1st leg Name 2nd leg Name Glory Leg! Total time Position
Adam 11.41 Paul T 11.16 Lee 11.32 34.29 8th
Alan 12.29 Martin 12.42 Paul J 12.21 37.32 25th
Jason 12.04 John 13.02 Mark 12.48 37.54 28th
Shaun 13.49 Ryan 13.55 Dave 13.12 40.56 55th
Gina 13.27 Sarah 13.52 Sara B 14.51 42.O1 66th
Daniel 14.32 David 14.33 Michael 14.18 43.23 81st
Harry 14.11 Graham 14.5O Andy 14.37 43.38 84th
Susanne 15.05 Felicity 15.17 Catherine 14.51 45.13 92nd
Brendan 13.47 Mel 16.54 Steve 15.36 46.17 106th
Mary 15.16 Leah 15.46 Marie 15.31 46.33 109th
Lalage 16.18 Yvette 15.37 Emma 16.2O 48.15 119th
Sarah S 17.02 Joanne 18.01 Melissa 16.47 51.5O 138th

News, Championship Results & Strava!

Hello Team Elswick. Enclosed is a summary of some most recent races that club members have taken part in (Sunderland 10km & half marathon, Lakeland trail race, Bedewell Masters Relays, Edinburgh 10 miler, Les Allcorn 10km, the Terry O’ Gara 5km results & The Ashington Sprint Tri). Its great to see people donning their race trainers and giving races a go. The club championship link shows the standings so far. Thank you to Val Wilson for the update. Finally, check out the ‘STRAVA’ widget on the right hand side of the website’s main page. Using your smart phone, download the free app and  follow the instructions to get you started and log your  running stats. A bit of fun, so sign up! 


Round up of Race results

Richard Davies runs the Silverstone 10km

On May 6th I took up the chance to run my former ‘home’ race at Silverstone and beat my age old target of running under 40 minutes before I turned 30. I had ran good 10K races in the past, 2/3 times running low 41 minutes but generally doing 45 minute training runs for the last few years. I had recently broken my PB but not the elusive 40 minute barrier at Blyth 10K in April so I knew I was running well. My preparations were good, plenty of walking during the day at work, a good pasta dinner, but the weather was determined to do its best to thwart the run. Continue reading