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.

NEHL XC Round up. Aykley Heads, Durham.

Report kindly scribed by Frank Watson.

Saturday saw the 2nd.Start Fitness North East Harrier League take place at a freezing Aykley Heads, Durham with a biting northerly wind adding to the mix.

The first event of the day saw a large field of Under 11,s with the Boys stealing the limelight with ZAK OLD having a fine run to finish in 2nd place out of a field of 81.Zak was backed up by excellent placings from OMAR TUMIA-9th,HUGH TWELVES-14th,and ZAK IKWUE-18th. In the Girls race CAITLIN FLANAGAN ran well as our only representative to claim 11th spot.

The Under 13 Boys race saw 6 Elswick vests facing the starter,with GEORGE TURNBULL first home in 22nd place.BEN FLANAGAN was 45th running out of the Fast pack closely followed by MAX AUSTIN-47th and LUKE GUADGNO-48th. SAM EDMUNDSON and MATTHEW GRANT both out of the fast pack were 54th and 57th respectively.In the Under 13 Girls event the club finished as 6th team with pride of place going to ANNA STYLES in 10th place,EMILY ALLISON.SUZANNAH FIELDING,and HANNAH TUMIA, all running out of the Fast pack were 35th,37th,and 38th. The Under 15 Boys saw two Elswick vests on display with CHRIS MASON-19th,and JAMIE STYLES out of the Fast pack -43rd. Two Girls also in the Under 15,s with EMILY TURNBULL in 12th place and ALEX HARE-56th.

Good to see the club fielding a team in the Under 17/Under 20 Womens event.CHARLOTTE BASTON was 16th,with ROBYN BENNETT close behind in 19th,with new recruit ALEX ELLIOTT-SMITH in 41st.to finish as 7th team.

The Senior Womens fields seem to be becoming bigger every meeting with a massive 397 starting.The club had an excellent turn out of 14 with great credit due to them in claiming 2nd place in Division 2.First counter was EMMA TURNBULL-36TH well backed up by ANGELA RICHARDSON in 38th place.MARY LISLE battled through to finish 71st with SARAH DAVIES 84th.

ANDREA BANNER running out of the Fast pack was 143rd,with CATH LEE close behind in 149th. FELICITY SMITH out of the Medium pack dug in to finish 171st.just beating YVETTE DEVLIN over the line in 172nd. Other club finishers were MELISSA BATESON-224th,DENISE HUDDLESTON-243rd.LALAGE BROWN was 249th with MARY RACK-341st. HELEN YOUNG-343rd,and KAY THOMPSON-363rd.A fine effort by Lalage in getting so many runners out and well worth the effort in gaining 2nd spot.

The final race of the afternoon was the Senior Mens race with an even larger field of 592. LEE BENNETT stole the show by his 33rd placing out of the Medium pack. Next home for the club was IAIN HARDY-123rd,with RICHARD HOUGHTON-173rd.Nice to see STEPHEN KNIGHT out again with a 185th finish out of the Medium pack. KEVIN RICHARDSON our only Fast pack runner was 227th. OTHER PLACINGS: JOHNNY LOWES-302nd. HARRY MATTHEWS-359th,DAVID ARMSTRONG-380th,PATRICK GORDON-407th,JOHN CLARK-414th,MICHAEL RUSSELL-455th,DANIEL NETTLE-466th,MICHAEL SHORE-483rd,PHIL BASTON-492nd,JEFF EMMERSON-566th,TONY PRINCE-578th,ROB KEVAN-580th. Although there was a very large turn out the club finished a disappointing 7th,and with another four fixtures left we will need a sustained effort to retain our league position. Finally a word of thanks to Saturdays organisers, they did a splendid job.

NEHL – Druridge Bay

A message from Blyth Running Club Secretary…..

Please find enclosed details of the NEHL cross country event taking place at Druridge Bay on Saturday 28th November.

Can you please pass on this information to your members. I would also ask to to impress on all those attending the event that it is essential that people car share to make life easier as regards parking at the venue.

We do hope that everyone has a good day at this new course.


Ralph Dickinson
Blyth Running Club

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UK Road Running Champs: The 10km Leeds Abbey Dash

Runners on the Leeds Abbey Dash run.

Runners on the Leeds Abbey Dash run.

Elswick’s Justina Heslop competed at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km Road Race on Sunday. The race incorporated the UK 10km road running championships, of which, Justina was a team member for the UK squad. Despite the inclement running conditions, 12,000 runners took to the streets of Leeds.  The race started on Wellington Street to Kirkstall Abbey and back to Leeds Town Hall. The winner of the men’s race was 23-year-old Dan Studley, of Bristol, who finished in a time of 29 minutes 43 seconds. The women’s race was won by Charlotte Arter, from Cumbria, in a time of 33:02. Justina was the First V35 athlete across the finish and 16th overall in the women’s race in 35.13. Our congratulations go to Justina for her efforts. In addition to the competition, the race supports AGE UK. The race and its charity runners expect to raise £300,000. A full list of the results are enclosed in the spread sheet provided below.

Leeds Abbey Dash – 2015 – 10K – V3


This weekends NEHL xc: Aykley Heads, Durham

After the good start  to the season, Saturday is Harrier League time again at Aykley Heads in Durham. This is only the second time the venue has been used.  Those who did it last year “loved it” a real proper traditional cross country course. Just click on the map to magnify it: It shows routes & start times. Parking is at County Hall (DH1 5UL). See you there, Cheers, Dave Jardin.

Akley Heads Map

Akley Heads Map


Elswick athletes at the Brampton to Carlisle Road Race

Gina and Ant en route to Carlisle

Gina and Ant en route to Carlisle

Thank you to Ben Hall for the report & pics. Enjoy the read. It’s a week since my first Lakeland Trial. With the wind, mud, rain, hills behind me I felt recovered & couldn’t wait to get racing again (that naughty Jelly Tea still in the back of my mind). A weather check: Oh joy. I see we’re going to be hit by the remnants of Hurricane Abigail & have 30-40 mph winds to battle. Could this be any harder than last weekend? Sunday morning arrives (psyched up for Ms. Abigail) the crazy 11 assemble:   Tadele, Martin, Ant, Gina, Emma, Mary, Charlotte, Phil, (new member Simon Scougall), Dave and yours truly all ably supported by Christine Lee. Time to board the bus!

(For results:> http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2015/brampton.pdf)

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Mark McNally wins a Team Silver at the Masters!

Mark-mc-signalsElswick Harriers was represented at last weekend’s British and Ireland International Masters competition in Dublin. Ireland did enjoy home advantage, however there was good representation from the North East’s athletes. Representing Britain, the North East & Elswick Harriers, Mark McNally (pictured left) finished a very commendable 5th place individual in the V65 – V69 category. The team V65 – V69 competition saw Mark collect a very well-deserved and hard fought silver medal. Congratulations to Mark and all the North East Masters athletes who competed in Dublin.

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