Celebrating 125 great years with Elswick Harriers

The club’s adopted charity for 2014, The Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity

Celebrating 125 great years with Elswick Harriers - The club’s adopted charity for 2014, The Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity

WHAT A WEEKEND! HERE IS THE NEWS!

Nearly 30 runners out in force at the Coastal run!

Gary Corkhill becomes an IRONMAN!

Lee Bennett excels at the 10 mile at the international Snowdonia mountain race!…..First up the Coastal Run!

A scorcher of a day awaited 1170 runners at one of the U.K.’s best races.

The sell out that is the Beadnell to Alnmouth coastal run. As I ate a ‘99’ with a flake, competitors basked in sunshine awaiting a slightly delayed start to the race, all due to a high tide. So Factor 50 applied, suited, booted, hydrated (though not for much longer) athletes congregated on the wet compacted sand of BeadnellHarbour. By my watch it was 1.47pm as the ‘GO!’ was announced and the runners set off for Alnmouth.

Some of Team Elswick . Guess which one had a 99!

Some of Team Elswick . Guess which one had a 99!

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As you can see from the photos above a great shot of the athletes at the start, at the harbour. It was a glorious site as around those 1000 competitors made their way around the tricky start that gives the runners just a flavour of what lies ahead. Tip toe round the rock pools and the lagoons of water….You need your wits about you, that’s for sure. All runners safely away, I headed back to the car and hot footed it down to Craster village: I made it in good time to see the first group of 3 runners pass the Shoreline café and then not far behind we had our first Elswick chap.

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Hmm: BEAR GRYHLLS! OR BEAR (NEARLY ALL?)

Hmm: BEAR GRYHLLS! OR BEAR (NEARLY ALL?)

Iain Hardy once again in those fetching (ahem not!) lime green socks. Just behind is Mark Turnbull, probably with Chevvy Chase legs given a thorough rinse of lactic!! Andrew Hartley came by looking good. I stayed there for a good few minutes, shouting on Team Elswick, I remember Richey Roberts bearing nearly ALL!  The thumbs up from ‘Whay Aye’ Jardin, a head down from Ant Benyon, a smile from Mary Lisle, more thumbs up from Ben “Usain Bolt” Hall, Harry looking strong, Cath looking good and a thumbs up! Kev Stephenson just about stopped and posed for the camera! I stayed until Denise passed by, smiling from under the race cap! shimmering road ahead? Sometimes need that hat! 

KEV ON HIS WAY THRU CRASTER....DIDNT USE HIS GEL HANDED TO HIM!

KEV ON HIS WAY THRU CRASTER….DIDNT USE HIS GEL HANDED TO HIM!

WOR ANDY FROM THE BEEB!....NICE SKIP!

WOR ANDY FROM THE BEEB!….NICE SKIP!

A drive to the finish for me now, as I drive towards Alnmouth, but since this race is on road for a while I do pass several of Team Elswick out on the hot hazy ‘tarmacadam’. I see Mary Lisle, Steve Kyte, and Steve Robertson, their skin is glistening with sweat….It is a hot day, the temperature gauge on the car at that point was 23 degrees….I give words of encouragement….I hope it helped in someway. Arriving at Alnmouth golf club I hot foot it to the finish. It’s approaching 90 mins……Can I see the first Elswick runner finish? Sadly no! Mark Turnbull had crossed the line literally seconds before I got there! I do get the arms above head in celebration though. Yeah he did Elswick proud, home in 1.29.11 & 23rd place. In those conditions with heavy legs, I think you will agree it was a great run. Congratulations!

1st HOME FOR ELSWICK, MARK TURNBULL

1st HOME FOR ELSWICK, MARK TURNBULL

50 seconds later the Lime Green Express in the shape of Iain Hardy bounds through in 1.30.41. He’s knackered. Frustrated he didn’t go sub 1.30…..grrrrr….defo next time! Completing the top 3 it was Andrew Hartley still carrying those knees high. 1.33.21 and a top 50 position (45th) well done Mr. BBC! (At the foot of the page are all your times and placings).

 

THE LIME GREEN EXPRESS ITS IAIN!

THE LIME GREEN EXPRESS ITS IAIN!

THE COD I CAUGHT THIS MORNING AT BEADNELL WAS THIS B-I-G !!!

THE COD I CAUGHT THIS MORNING AT BEADNELL WAS THIS B-I-G !!!

BEN ON HIS WAY TO THE FINISH. GOOD RUN!!!

BEN ON HIS WAY TO THE FINISH. GOOD RUN!!!

As each and everyone one of Team Elswick crossed the finish line you could see it had been a tough afternoon. The sun continued to beat down, the gentle breeze had all but disappeared, making it even more difficult in the closing stages. The sandy ground underfoot only exaggerates those aching limbs. But you all came home safe, which was good to see.  Once again Harry Matthews was impressive, I believe 1st O/60 finisher in a time of 1.45.37 (150th overall). 

ANOTHER STRONG, ACCOMPLISHED PERFORMANCE BY HARRY MATTHEWS

ANOTHER STRONG, ACCOMPLISHED PERFORMANCE BY HARRY MATTHEWS

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MARIE 1ST HOME FOR THE LADIES TEAM. WELL DONE!

 

The ladies of Elswick once again acquitted themselves admirably. 1st home was Marie Drozdowicz (and 1st placed in her age category?) 186th overall and 1.49.14. Next home Angela Richardson, 194th 1.49.50 and 3rd across the finish line was our good friend, the face and smile of Elswick Harriers :) Mary Lisle, 324th and a time of 1.58.23. Some notable scalps from the men of Elswick taken! Very well ran to the top three from Elswick Ladies!

MARY AT THE FINISH, TAKING OVER ANOTHER BLOKE!

MARY AT THE FINISH, TAKING OVER ANOTHER BLOKE!

Lalage Brown probably had a tougher day than most…. Two nasty falls, cuts and abrasions to arms and legs…..a bit of determination to finish, well done for toughing it out Lal!

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Bringing it all home for the club were Jackie Avery and Helen Young.

JACKIE THE TRUE COMPETITOR, INTO THE LAST METRES. NICE ONE JACKIE.

JACKIE THE TRUE COMPETITOR, INTO THE LAST METRES. NICE ONE JACKIE.

You are a credit to Elswick. To finish that course today, in those conditions, you are both achievers. Great endeavour. Well to you both and ALL of you today at the coastal run…..make’s you proud to be part of the running community.  The day was rounded off by a gathering a ravenous athletes that settled down for a BBQ on the beach of Alnmouth. I’m sure there were kilos of food put away, as well as a deserved beer or three! 

Relaxing at the Elswick post race picnic on Alnmout beach

Relaxing at the Elswick post race picnic on Alnmout beach

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Poor Lalage showing off her war injuries from the race falls

Poor Lalage showing off her war injuries from the race falls

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We had a member from Team Elswick competing at IRONMAN BOLTON, that gent being Gary Corkhill. Gary completed his Ironman in 15hrs 18 mins. So the next time you see Gary, say a very well done! I’ll be asking Gary if he can scribe his story for the club’s website. 

Also competing down at 39th Snowdonia Mountain race was our General Lee “the Express” Bennett. A tough day also for Lee but he done us proud he finished 4th in this 10 mile international race! It climbs to the highest summit in Wales and England….so not for the faint hearted! Some of Europe very best Elite Mountain runners compete at this prestigious event as it qualifies athletes for a shot at glory at a trip to represent The Snowdon Race Team in Italy in October. 

With a finishing time of 1.01.21, this is something I’m sure Lee will be delighted with…….Only 15 seconds off a Bronze Medal. A fantastic run by wor Lee! Well done! 

So all in all it’s been a very excellent weekend for the club. GB :)

Senior Training

Tuesday 22nd July – One North East-1×6 Minutes with 2 Mins recovery, 1×5 Minutes with 90 secs recovery, 2×3 Minutes with 75 secs recovery, 1×2 Minutes with 1 Minute recovery, then 1×1 Minute

Thursday 24th July – Centre Field-2×3 Minutes with 90 secs recovery, then 6 x Farm Hill, with jog recovery, 2×3 Minutes with 90 secs recovery.

Elswick’s 125th Anniversary Friendly Games Event Proves to be a Huge Success

No less than 12 teams participated in the club’s latest special event to mark the 125th anniversary year. The Friendly Games saw teams of two adults and two juniors compete under the name of respective Commonwealth Countries.

The Friendly Games

The Friendly Games

 

The five events were;
Lawn Bowls, Height Jump, 100m sprint, Triathlon that included an egg and spoon race, sack race and three legged race. The final event was a 4X100m relay.
Competitors were in high spirits once the draw for team places and countries was announced.
The weather proved to be excellent for the entire evening which meant competitors and spectators could enjoy the outdoor activities before retiring to the lounge bar area at the club’s headquarters, Newburn Activity Centre for the presentation of medals and faith supper supplied by members who attended.
After some close finishes in the various events, the points scored were calculated and the winning team was Guernsey with team members Ben, Tom, Molly and Hannah 53 points. 2nd team was the host nation for this year’s Commonwealth Games, Scotland with team members Lyndsey, Jordan, Steve and Bradley on 51 points. Collecting bronze medals were Omar, Suzanne, Clare and Jill competing under England’s name with 40 points.
The other team places were; 4th Fiji with Rebecca, Matthew, Andrea and Lee with 39.5 points, 5th Grenada with Jamie, Matthew, Leah, Jonny on 38 points, 6th Wales with Sam, Mark, Sam E, Tait Mac on 35.5 points, 7th Seychelles with Ellen, Juliette, Graham B, Mike B on 31 points, joint 8th were Jamaica with Jamie G, Hollie, Rob and Denise and Australia with Micky S, Kriste, Sarah and Alex B both with 25.5 points, 9th team was Canada with Catherine Lee, Caithin F, Ollie and Mary Avery (Commonwealth Games medallist at the Edinburgh Masters Games in 1986) on 23.5 points, 10th team was Cameroon with Bella B, Ben Flan, Alan and Kim on 15.5 points and the last but not least team (collecting the booby prize) was Barbados represented by Paddy H, Kev, Karen R and Bethany H.
Representatives from the Club’s adopted charity, the Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity were present and Christine kindly agreed to present the medals to winning teams.
Altogether an evening to remember. Thanks to the members of the 125th Anniversary committee for organising such a fun and friendly event. A special thanks to Mary Lisle who acted as event director and to all the other members and friends of Elswick Harriers who helped out on the night.
Look out for details of the next Anniversary event which is to be a ‘Cunning Running’ event organised by Mel Reed and details of the Late Summer Ball on 13th September. Tickets for the Ball will be available in the next week and they will be sold at £15 each on a first come first served basis.

Club Championship Race: Silksworth 5km at Sunderland.

A perfect sun drenched evening for a 5km club championship race. Fast Twitch fibres were ready to explode at the very popular and fast 5km course at Silksworth! Thank you to Joe Lee for supplying Team Elswick’s photos :)

A fine turnout, approaching 20 competitive athletes in the red, white and black colours of Team Elswick. Results were as follows:

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First home for the club was Mark Turnbull in 81st 18.09. In 143rd Steve Wellings 19.36. In 160th John Lowes 20.08. In 166th Ben Hall. In 170th Harry Matthews, an excellent result by Harry, giving him 2nd place in the O/60′s category. In 183rd Ryan Davison 20.39. In 204th Lee Coulson 21.15. In 234th Steve Curry 22.02. In 237th Rob Wilson 22.05.

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In 246th Mary Lisle another excellent run by Mary who in spite of running many recent local races and a 140 mile coast to coast in the legs, still posted a first home for Team Elswick Ladies of 22.23. Well Done!  In 248th place Catherine Lee 22.26. Well ran!

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Emma Turnbull 251st in 22.29. In 275th Tom Hanson 23.18. In 282nd Sarah Stokoe 23.31. In 295th Denise Huddleston 24.06. In 296th Laura Carrick 24.08. In 315th still nursing those knes! it was Michelle Coleman 26.03 and bringing it home Jackie Avery 325th in 26.40. Christine Lee 327th. 27.12. Well ran everybody for those championship standings!

 Three of the top five places were taken by Ex-Elswick Harrier members……Winning the race in 14.10 Ryan McLeod, in 2nd place Callum Johnson in 15.15 and in 5th place brother to Callum, Daniel Johnson in 15.22.

Congratulations to all 3 athletes on fine individual performances.

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Cheers, Graham.

Team Elswick at Bupa Great North 10k

Well a bit of a wet morning for the Bupa 10k but that didn’t dampen our spirits. I first ran this race when Denise said to me last year “I have a spare number from my friend if you want it” so I ran as Rod (never ran as a man before) and loved the stadium finish so much I decided to enter again this year with Denise, Leah, Patrick, Mel and we found Shaun and Phil at the start line which made up team Elswick. At the start we were chatting about what people wear to keep dry, Denise opted for a Macmillan poncho, Leah and I had bin bags but no one else seemed to have a shower hat … I though it was quite good to keep hair dry at the start but anyway we came up with the idea of red ponchos with sleeves for team Elswick!

The warm up was a great atmosphere and they announced the elite athletes which is something special to be running a race with the likes of Kiprotich and Steel and the fabulous Ally Dixon. So off we went, the course starts off down hill to the front of the Sage, along the Gateshead Quays to Dunston and back along the front, where you see the elite coming past which is amazing to see and cheering your team mates on along the way. I saw Phil first who was totally focused, Shaun waving, then Leah, Denise and Mel which was brilliant to cheer them on. So I continued past the Sage again and then up, up and up a rather big hill and you can hear the music from the stadium, past 9k and I was like come on start picking up the pace, you enter the stadium and Chariots of Fire was playing, lump in throat moment but then your feet hit the track and you feel like a pro wahoooo, I ran round the track to come in at 47.36 so really pleased with that. Team Elswick results are as follows Flying Phil 33.02 Speedy Shaun 42.20, Pb hunter Patrick 46.54, Little old me 47.36, Determined Denise 49.23, Leah I used to be a hurdler 49.28, And the iconic Mel 54.28

Myself, Leah, Denise and Patrick met at E for Elswick at the end where Patrick ate the contents of his goody bag and we walked along to cheer the last few runners coming in which was brilliant and bumped into Kevin Lister for a chat. Denise was shouting everyone names and I was like how do you know all there names, she says it’s on your number ! Doh oh yes!

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So we walked back to Newcastle chatting away and got a photo with our medals! Would I do it again, Yes just for the stadium finish it’s well worth it.

Mary xx

Elswick News

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the lovely summer and keeping fit. The second race in the senior club championships takes place next wednesday evening, 16th of July. The race has been well advertised and is the Silksworth 5k. Its a fast PB course which will also incorporate the North East road 5k championships. If the entry limit has not been reached you can still enter up to the night. The following evening we will be holding our version of the “friendly games”, on the field at Newburn. it would be lovely for all juniors and seniors to take part in this fun event. Registration is at 6pm prompt, you will then be put into a team of four, consisting of two seniors (13 years upwards in this case) and two juniors. Your team then goes on to represent a country in a series of fun events with the top three teams winning a medal. We will close the night with a bring and share buffett in the bar room upstairs.

Many members will also be competing in the Beadnell to Alnmouth coastal run on Sunday the 20th July. This is a very popular race, entries have closed but it is a lovely place to go and cheer on your club mates and participate in any post race celebrations if you are not running.

Happy running
Kim Matthews
Ladies Club Captain.

ELSWICK NEEDS YOU

Elswick Harriers is a thriving athletics club that has a long tradition of successfully supporting the development of young athletes. In the club’s 125 years, it has produced many successful athletes, some of whom have enjoyed regional, national and international honours.
Our club President, Mike McLeod is probably the best example of this as Mike joined Elswick Harriers when he was a boy and had many successful years of competition including representing Great Britain at three successive Olympic Games. Mike would acknowledge the support he received as a young athlete from the club’s officials and coaches.
The committee would like to continue this commitment to recruiting and nurturing young people in the hope that we support the development of the next generation of successful athletes. This will only be possible if we are able to identify people who are prepared to volunteer as Coach Assistants and Coaches.
Like many athletics clubs today, Elswick Harriers is short of an adequate number of qualified Coach Assistants and Coaches. If we are to continue supporting the development of junior members, we urgently need your help and support NOW.
If you would like to help the club ensure the future of the junior section, please contact Frank Watson, Club Secretary now on 01912672677 or by e-mail at Watson_f1@sky.com