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.

Cross Country is coming…..

After a full season of road running it is nearly time again for the Cross Country season.
The past few seasons there has been a great turnout to support the club and there has been true camaraderie. It would be fantastic for this to happen again.


The way the league scoring works everybody’s run could make a difference to the final result.
As Colin told me, doing a few Cross Counties during the winter definitely gives you the strength for future races.

The first fixture is at Tanfield Saturday 26 September. The women’s race at 13.10 followed by the mens at 14.15 – The junior races are on beforehand.

The club enters everyone for the season so you can either pick your number up at the Elswick Harriers tent on the day or from Frank Watson on club night from Tuesday 22 September.


Anybody with any questions you can either see Frank Watson at training sessions or text Dave Jardin 07812760053. More details are available on www.harrierleague.com


Durham Summer Relays

Well it was a disjointed start to the relays with traffic and people dropping out causing a delayed start… Team Elswick still managed to get an excellent turnout with eight and bit teams competing…

The gun goes and there’s James Hadfield running a storming first leg for the Men’s Senior A Team handing over to Richard Davies then Mark Crowe – excellent running by all three. Men’s Senior B Team was lead out by Richard Houghton and what a run in his first relay/XC handing over to Scott Brady also a cracking run by another one of our newbies and finally Jonny Lowes fresh from the Alps ran the final leg, another excellent run by Jonny.

The Ladies Senior A Team were lead out by Gina and didn’t she do well handing over to Sarah Davies who ran her socks off to get round in an excellent time, the batten was brought home by our track guru Catherine… Our Ladies Senior B Team was led off to a flying start by young’un Charlotte followed by the fabulous Felicity and bringing it home fresh from her hols was Sara Blight – 2 runs in a week well done Sara and well ran ladies, excellent running by all of you!

The men’s A Vet Team was led out by vice-captain Lee Bennett who ran an excellent leg to hand over to Steve ‘the kit man’ Robertson who has been in fine form and this showed, excellent run by Steve who then passed to Martin ‘perma tan’ Crowe was on the final leg holding off a number of young pups to bring the team home in an impressive time. Our Ladies A Vet team was led out by Andrea Banner fresh from her success in France, great performance from Andrea who thought she’d missed the start, Bella was next up sporting some lovely pink socks – what a run to keep the team in contention even with a naughty shoe lace that untied itself, then our fabulous Justina powered through the course to bring the team home in first place. What a run by all you girls, well done ladies!

Our remaining old chaps did the club proud with Ant Beynon just back from his hols led the team out, followed by returning to form Dave Armstrong and myself Ben Hall ‘now the back has recovered from high jump’ teamed up well and no DQ’s this time, well done all. We then had Graham Leslie sporting the sweat band look, Stevie Curry who just keeps on running and the legend Steve Kyte running really impressive time. Unfortunately due to drop outs/traffic issues we had an incomplete team but the always present Mel Reed and Micky ‘Side Show’ donned the vest to both run excellent times. Onto our Ladies B Vet Team (surely these aren’t vets…) Marie ‘Going to the world champs’ was awesome as always handed over to Joanne who ran fantastic before handing over to Mary ‘little legs’ who powered the team home in impressive style.

Another great turnout by Team Elswick with some excellent individual and team performances. Well done to everyone that ran and big thanks to those who cheered us on and Frank Watson for organising the teams.

Results available via Durham City Harriers website

Roll on the Cross Country



The Tyne Bridge On Board Exhibition Park Cup Race was staged in brilliant sunshine on Sunday 16th August with TADELE GEMEREW pulling off a fine win from Ian Hudspith in the 5k event. His winning time was 14:55, with partner JUSTINA HESLOP continuing her fine form by easily taking the Women’s title in 14th spot overall in 16:37. ALAN THOMPSON was 40th overall in 18:38, with MARK McNALLY winning the 0/65 prize in 60th position -19:40.

Special mention for two fine performances in the Junior Mile with BEN FLANAGAN securing 2nd.place out of 27 finishers in a splendid time of 5:54. Not to be outdone sister CAITLIN FLANAGAN was 1st U/10 in a time of 6:40.

elswick 5k

Senior Training Sessions

Tuesday 18th August – One North East – 1×6 Minutes with 2 Mins recovery, 1×5 Minutes with 2 Minutes recovery, 2×3 Minutes with 1 Minute recovery, 1×2 Minutes with 1 Minute recovery, then 1×1 Minute to finish.

Thursday 20th August – Centre Field – 10 x 1 Minute with 1 Minute recovery

Fast 4 @ Darlington 10km road race!

Four superb efforts rewarded the four athletes that travelled to Darlington to take part in this years 10km road race.

Justina Heslop claimed 1st female place and 23rd overall in a fast 34.44. Congratulations to Justina, an excellent result.

Just edged out into second place overall was our Tadele Geremew Muguleta, a fine run in 30.48. The winners spot was claimed by Richmond & Zetlands runner, Marc Scott in 30.42.

Coming back after injury and running into 9th spot overall, Mark McLeod was across the line in 32.49. 

Harry Matthews was 1st V65 – 69, 227th overall in a finishing time of 41.54.

Very well done to all 4 athletes.

Results can be viewed by visiting:  www.sportsystems.co.uk