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.

NECAA 10,000m Monkton Stadium – Wed 27th April

Words & photos by Mary Lisle. Enjoy the read. On what should be a nice spring evening, the snow finally stopped & the sun warmed the chilly air for those that were taking on 25 laps of Monkton Stadium ( Yes 25 laps = 10,000m!) For Team Elswick we had Lee Bennett, John Lowes,Scott Brady & Rowan Bennett representing the chaps. For the ladies, Catherine Lee & Mary Lisle.  Trackside as always was Jim Scott & Bill McGuirk.

The gun went & we were off. The the marshals were counting us down but also giving encouragement. As the laps counted down 25, 24, 23, 22, 21…….until that bell rang &  wahooooo ONE lap to go and the finish line! In 1st place in the men’s race went to Peter Newton (Morpeth A&C) in 29.54.30, 2nd Finn Brodie (TBH) 32.54.80 & Elswick’s speedy Lee Bennett taking a brilliant bronze in a fast 33.07.10. John Lowes came home in 40.07.50 & Scott Brady in 40.30.30.Well ran chaps.


For the ladies – taking the gold medal was Emma Holt (Morpeth A&C) in 36.09.90, silver went to Angela McGuirk (J&H – A&C) in 39.55.00 & taking the bronze for Team Elswick was little legs Mary Lisle in 43.25.10 closely followed by Catherine Lee in 44.21.50. A great effort by all the ladies taking part. 

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It was great to see an Elswick junior athlete out on the track: Rowan Bennett competing in the U15 1,500m who had the rest of Team Elswick cheering him on – well ran Rowan! The award ceremony took place trackside with Rio bound Olympian Alyson Dixon looking remarkably fresh from the London Marathon, presenting the medals. A great evening of competition on the track. Thank you to all the helpers and officials too. The next competition is at Whitley Bay on Saturday 7th May. Come along & join in. It’s a really good day out :) For information, see John Lowes (pictured below) on a club night or contact wor Johnny via Facebook. Thanks, Mary. 

Johnny Lowes. (Track & Field Co-ordinator)

Johnny Lowes. (Track & Field Co-ordinator)

Club Championship at Wallsend: Marathons in London & Madrid: The Stockton Duathlon: Hamsterley & Fountains 10km What a weekend for Team Elswick!

What a weekend of excellence! We begin with this year’s London Marathon. The weather was perfect for marathon running. For those who could only watch via the TV is was a fantastic running spectacle. For the wheelchair athletes a win a piece for Marcel Hug and Tattayana McFadden. A superb men’s race with the winner Kipochege missing the world record by seconds in 2.03.07. A course record and he made it look so easy. 

Such a determined race by the winner of the women’s race, Gemima Sungong  in 2.22.58 (after a triple athlete falling incident) Then two North East Athletes, Alyson Dixon, first UK runner home in 2.31.52 (34th) and Sonia Samules (35th) qualifying for the Olympics in Rio. A mention to Callum Hawkins the young 23rd year old from Scotland who cruised passed world record holder Kimetto late in the race to secure his spot to Rio.

Team Elswick were out in force, and they didn’t disappoint: Magnificent running by all 8 athletes: 

Due to a calf injury, Shaun did try, but could not complete the run and left the course around Greenwich: A special ‘Thank you’ to Fran of Reigate Priory Athletic Club for helping Shaun to get back from Greenwich to the finish area, to meet up with Martin. A very kind gesture indeed :)

Below are the results from the Marathoners at London (Please note that Bradley now run’s for Blyth). Continue reading

Fund Raising

Anyone looking to do the GNR and does not have a number, why not consider acquiring a number through a charity. This does involve raising money for a good cause, but with the added kudos of running the Great North Run. There are lots of charities looking for support with some that will be close to your heart. Derek Nelson, one of our fellow Elswick Harriers is asking if any willing runners who are looking at running for a charity to consider ‘The Great North Childrens Charity’, and raise money by completing the GNR. Please feel free to download the attached flyer if interested.

GNR flyer

Holly becomes Mental Health Ambassador

Am finally allowed to announce my latest volunteer job, but possibly my most important, as a Mental Health Ambassador as part of England Athletics and MIND’s new national campaign promoting how valuable exercise can be to Mental Wellbeing.
I know better than anyone through my work what a huge stigma having a Mental Health condition can bring, and despite campaigning against this I was still reluctant to disclose myself that I suffer from depression and anxiety, having just come through a particularly bad spell. And yet I still managed to be good at my job, do my volunteer coaching, be a Mam etc.
I’m going to start as I mean to go on by being honest. Exercise and my friends, many of whom I know through Elswick Harriers and Castle Tri, pull me through. So let’s ‪#‎RunAndTalk‬
And if this makes anyone reading this uncomfortable then I’d just like to make it worse by pointing out that even in the pits of depression, I was probably still funnier than you 😉🙈 ‪#‎mentalhealth‬ ‪#‎athleticsengland‬ ‪#‎MIND‬ ‪#‎castletri‬ ‪#‎elswickharriers‬ ‪#‎trainhardstandproud‬

Holly Kelleher

Club’s presentation evening

The club held its annual presentation evening on Saturday 16th April. A sell out of tickets ensured a packed function room :) The evening started with Mr. Tom Hanson opening the evening with a welcome speech. Mark Carpenter then took the helm: speeches & awards followed with the Junior athletes. The ladies followed next and finally the mens awards. Congratulations to all the athletes and to those also receiving the club’s special awards, which were:

The inaugural Kevin Stephenson Trophy for the Juniors, the women’s & men’s Quantum and Fred Stephenson awards respectively & last but by no means least, Elswick’s Justina Heslop & Mark McNally for attaining England Vest status. Both athletes received unique mementos for their achievements.

On a funnier side to the proceedings: Colin Bolton, senior coach, received a unique present (from Ian Leighton) & that was not one but TWO new whistles!

To round off the formalities, an announcement was made to inform those present, that the club’s secretary Mr. Frank Watson has been bestowed with an honorary life membership to the club: a genuine & heartfelt round of applause followed. Frank was presented with a gift on behalf of the club, by the senior coach, Mr. Colin Bolton.

The evening was rounded off with Franks famous quiz (which ended up with a triple tie-breaker!) a hot buffet supper & Beckleberry’s ice cream, the raffle prize draws, music & a scroll through of Team Elswick Athletes “on the big screen!” Thank you to Mary Lisle for helping put on a grand show for the club. Thank you all for making the evening, a thoroughly enjoyable night. Have a go & enter the remaining club championship races. See you all again in 2017 :)





2016 Newburn River Run

This years Newburn River Run will be held on Wednesday evening 15th June. The course remains the same running towards Wylam past the birthplace of George Stephenson, crossing the over Wylam Bridge, then turning back alongside the Tyne before crossing back over Newburn Bridge finishing at Newburn Activity Centre. Follow the below links for more info and entry details.

Race Info & Entries