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.

Ironman Barcelona & a 97 mile cancer charity run!

For two Elswick athletes Steve & Yvette Wilkins the time had come to put months of heavy training into a perfect race day at last Sundays Ironman Barcelona.

Steve & Yvette Wilkins.....YOU ARE BOTH IRONMEN!

Steve & Yvette Wilkins…..YOU ARE BOTH IRONMEN!

They had a fantastic day at the sunny office in Callela :) Yvette and Steve both done themselves proud. Many congratulations on your achievement. Below are the impressive statistics for the day’s race. Yvette’s results: 3.9km swim: 1.15.30 then 180km bike in 5.55.13 averaging just over 30kmph! Then 42.2km run in 4.22.47 averaging 6.13km. Finishing time: 11.42.32. 15th in age group category & 89th female overall….a FANTASTIC RESULT! Steve’s results: 3.9km swim: 1.16.49 then 180km bike in 6.15.21 averaging just over 28kmph. Then 42.2km run in 5.03 averaging 7.11km. Finishing time: 12.47.11. 210th in age group category & 1510th male overall…..A SUPERB RESULT!

Meanwhile back home and in the borders of Scotland, Ex-Elswick Harrier Andy Greenwell, a track sprinter, took on a personal challenge to raise money for something very close to his heart (the fight against cancer). 


Gentlemen Jimmy Bell

Our much loved Elswick Harrier, the late, great Jimmy Bell gave Andy the motivation & inspiration to take on the challenge of running 97 miles from Scotland to St. James Park, Newcastle.  Here are some of the villages & towns Andy ran through:





Berwick, Holy Island Causeway, Fenwick, Belford, Budle Bay, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Craster, Alnmouth, Amble, Cresswell, Annistsford, Gosforth and finally stopping at Sir Bobby Robson’s Statue at SJP. So on Friday 2nd October Andy set off and ran 20 miles, from Lamberton. On Saturday it was a 57 mile run! To finish off the weary, trashed legs it was just a “short run” of 20 miles to the finish at SJP. He was met by family and friends who celebrated his achievement with a well-deserved beer in the Shark Bar! Andy said, “It was the hardest running challenge he has ever done”. Not surprising given Andy trains in meters, not miles!!! Andy has raised so far over £1400. If you would like to support and acknowledge Andy’s endeavors, then there is a just giving page where you can donate and read about Andy’s story and the background behind the challenge: https:www.justgiving.com/newcastlescotland/





BMW Berlin Marathon 2015- Richard Houghton

Taking on one of the fastest courses in the world adds a certain amount of pressure on a runners shoulders who are all chasing PBs although this pressure is only added by yourself. This was going to be my best shot in two years of marathon running of trying to break the 3.30 barrier, previous marathons in London 2014 resulted in 3.53, Edinburgh 2014 3.48 and London 2015 3.35.

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Was the Berlin marathon going to be day of achieving my goal of sub 3.30?? All the training comes into question! Have I done enough? Have I rested enough? Have I tapered enough, has the plan I have been following going to be effective enough? Do I run an even pace or attempt negative splits?

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The North Eastern annual cross country championships

Hello ladies,
Frank gave me the details of ‘The North Eastern annual cross country championships. They are to be held in Sedgefield on the 12 th of December. The Senior women’s race is 8.3Km and starts at 1.55. The under 17/20 women’s championship starts at noon and is 5.3 km, Charlotte Baston you maybe interested in that.
Please if you wish to run can you confirm your names with me by the 10 th of November. Please be sure if you declare an interest that you are able to run. Many Thanks.



As a result of last nights committee meeting can we please ask that ALL runners wear hi-viz or reflective clothing during club training sessions. If you’re wearing a jacket or long sleeve top for warming up and intend to remove it for the for the training session can you also ensure that your t-shirt is also hi-viz or reflective. The club has running kit that’s hi-viz & reflective. It is very reasonably priced & can be ordered from Steve Robertson. Be safe and be seen this winter. Thank you.

A successful weekend of competition for Team Elswick!

It has been a busy weekend for Team Elswick. We start with Saturday’s NEHL at Tanfield Lea. The club got off to a great start with the Juniors making considerable headway in all the junior U11 /13/ 15/ 17 classifications. Highlighted is Jan and Ken Heslop’s Junior Race Report: It was great to see 28 Elswick junior athletes compete in what was a tough cross country course at Tanfield. For a few it was their first race in Elswick colours.    This is real cross country, not what you see on the telly. With hills mud and even water to contend with. Cheered on by Elswick seniors, they all did themselves and the club proud. Roll on the Sherman cup and Davison shield. Under 11 Boys.  3rd Zak Old (an a mention in Wednesday’s Evening Chronicle!) (5.22) 10th Omar Tumia (5.47) 13th Zak Ikwue (5.53) 16th Oliver Edmundson (5.56) 22nd Andrew Rowell (6.04) 23rd Hugh Twelves (6.05) 28th Jamie Grant (6.07). Under 11 Girls. 9th Caitlin Flanagan (6.07) 12th Imogen Bungay (6.10). Under 13 Boys. 11th Jack Naughton (13.44) 27th George Turnbull (14.36) 36th Joshua Wilson (15.08) 48th Luke Guadagno (15.40) 49th Ben Flanagan (Fast Pack) (15.44) (14.04). (6th Team). Under 13 Girls. 8th Emily Allison (14.59) 15th Anna Styles (15.43) 44th Suzannah Fielding (Fast Pack) (17.21) (15.41) 45th Hannah Tumia (Fast Pack) (17.21) (15.41). (8th Team). Under 15 Boys. 9th Jamie Styles (13.03) 42nd Chris Mason (14.25) 44th Joe Connor (14.30) 51st Dan Connor (14.42) 63rd Ethan King (16.08) 66th  Daniel Butchart (17.34). (9th Team). Under 15 Girls. 22nd Marissa O’Rourke (15.44) 26th Emily Turnbull (16.18).  Under 17/20 Girls. 18th  Molly Carpenter (23.32) 37th Alex Elliott-Smith (29.33). Alex lost considerable time to a mix up with the under 15 Girls finish. The senior athletes turned out in very good numbers. The ladies team lead Divison 2 with a FIRST overall position. The men finished with an overall 3rd place position in Division 2. Visit www.harrierleague.com for all results and league tables. (Thank you to all those people who kindly assisted  with club tent duties!). The next XC race makes it’s way to Temple Park, South Shields and the Sherman Cup & Davison Shield. See you all there :)

On Sunday fellow athletes Dave Jardin & Richard Houghton ran 3.26 & 3.21 respectively at the “very warm!” Berlin Marathon. ‘Gratulieren’ to both athletes :)

Back home on home soil at the Redcar Half marathon, the club had 2 FIRSTS! Tadele Geremew WON the race in 70.12 and Justina Heslop WON the women’s title (and 8th overall) in 76.20. Congratulations to both athletes :)

PRUDHOE MINERS 10K RACE: Following on from Elswick’s Phil Sanderson’s win in 2014, Lee Bennett WON this years race in 34:11 from Neil Byrne. Success also for Sarah Davies who was 31st and 3rd. Woman in 41:06. Other Elswick athletes placing’s: Richard Davies-17th-39:32, Val Wilson-43rd-45:22,Micky Shore-57th-47:25, Jeff Emmerson-104th-55:10, Rosie Morrison-109th-56:18, Sam Haswell-121st-62:12. Congratulations to Lee, Sarah and the Team Elswick athletes :) It has been a successful weekend, right across the board :)




Can you help please? The club tent requires assembly & disassembly at this weekends Cross Country event at Tanfield Lea, Stanley. The tent needs to be assembled for around 11.15am in time for the Juniors & taken down after the last race at around 3.45pm. Ideally this is a 2 to 3 person job. If you can help, please contact Frank Watson or Graham Bell at this week’s club training evenings. Thank you.

Junior XC Race Report Farringdon.

Report kindly scribed by Ken & Jan Heslop (apologies for the delay). Warm weather greeted all competitors to the cross country opener at Farringdon, Sunderland. The Junior section of the club had very good number participation right across all the groups, no less than 28, which bodes well for the winter xc season. There were fine performances among all the Junior Team Elswick Members, so congratulations to each and every athlete. At the bottom of this report are the results. From here the NEHL competition moves to Tanfield Lea on Saturday 26th September. Put the date in your diaries. Collect your race number from the club this week on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s training evenings & keep your race number for the entire season. For more information on all things cross country, view the “Cross Country” tab heading on the club’s website or visit www.harrierleague.com for information. Enjoy your muddy cross country season. Thanks, Jan & Ken . 

RESULTS: U11/s: 9th Caitlan Flanagan. 11th Imogen Bungay.

U11/s Boys: 3rd Zak Old. 8th Omar Tumia. 9th Zak Ikuwu. 10th Ollie Edmundson. 16th Hugh Twelves. 20th Jamie Grant.

U/13 Girls: 13th Emily Alison. 16th Hannah Tumia. 17th Suzannah Fielding. 20th Anna Styles. 26th Maisie Aspinall.

U13/s Boys: Ben Flanagan. 17th Jack Naughton. 19th Luke Guadagno. 20th Sam Edmundson. 33rd Josh Wilson. 34th Max Austin. 36th Rowan Bennett. 41st Daniel Rowell.

U15/ Girls: Marissa O’Rourke.

U15/s Boys: 15th Jamie Styles. 23rd Dan Connor. 24th Joe Connor.

U17/s Girls: 5th Robyn Bennett. 7th Molly Carpenter. 9th Alex Elliot Smith.