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.

Hadrian’s Way relay for ‘Out of the Blues’

On Saturday 21st May Elswick runners, Lalage Brown, Melissa Bateson and Daniel Nettle, took part in a relay running from Carlisle to Newcastle in order to raise money to launch Out of the Blues, a new charity supporting research into mood disorders in the Northern England.
The relay was organised with military precision by psychiatrist and Morpeth runner Hamish McAllister-Williams. All runners were assigned to legs with allotted paces, and amazingly nobody got lost and we all turned up where we were supposed to within minutes of Hamish’s predictions! A GPS baton carried by one of the runners on each leg allowed those with internet access to follow the relay’s progress on web: http://www.shareyouradventure.com/map/64858/SPOTLoan3b/Hadrians-Wall-May-2016
As a joint effort, we ran approximately 69 miles in 10 hrs 45 mins. That’s an average pace of 9.20 min/mile, and that included taking at least 30 minutes for all of the change-overs!
So far we have raised over £2000 for Out of the Blues and any further donations can be made at: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/5000campaign
Everyone had so much fun there is talk of a repeat next year.

Leg 5: Daniel Nettle, Melissa Bateson and team running along Hadrian’s Wall from Birdoswald to Greenhead.

Leg 17: Everyone met up for the final leg along the Newcastle Quayside sporting our very smart, one-size-fits-all T-shirts (Lalage can just be seen…)

At the finish on the steps outside the Baltic.
For more pictures, the full report can be found here: http://mood-disorders.co.uk/210516-relay-report.html
Melissa Bateson.

Performances & Podiums from Team Elswick at the 10km Clive Cookson Road Race (Club Championship Race).

(Results available at http://eightlane.org/clive-cookson-10k-results/ ). Warm, humid weather made the 10km distance,  just that little bit more demanding for over 400 athletes taking part in last night’s event. Perfect  for spectating! A narrow start to the race was safely negotiated by all athletes as they headed out on to the flat, fast, 2 lap course around the outside perimeter of West Monkseaton “Lego” High School. Below: The start of the race. 20160518_192114_resized 20160518_192122_resized 20160518_192117_resized At the 5km mark, Ex-Elswick’s, Ryan McLeod had a significant lead over Sam Hancox, Daniel Jenkins and Chris Smith. Ryan increased his lead to over a minute and 12 seconds over the last 5km to take first place and a comfortable win in 31.15. Sam Hancox was 2nd and a sprint in the last 100 metres between Daniel & Chris ensured an enthralling finish for the 3rd spot on the podium. It was on this occasion that Chris Smith, won the battle on the day. Below: Ryan starting his second 5km loop. 20160519_065440_resized Meanwhile, Team Elswick were well into their races. It was tough out there, but once again, they all did the club proud and performed to their best: What’s more they came away with SEVERAL AGE GROUP TRIUMPHS! Lee Bennett 1st V45. Val Wilson 1st V50. Steve Robertson 2nd V40. Peter Sloan 3rd V55. Jason Old 4th V45. Great individual placing’s.

The first Elswick lady through the finish line was the marvellous Mary Lisle as 4th V35 in 43.58. Well done! Elswick Ladies, Mary Lisle, Cath Lee and Val Wilson were placed 3rd in the ladies team event :) Well done to you all :)

The women’s race was won by Birtley’s Tracy Millmore in 36.13 with Emma Holt 2nd and Alison Dargie 3rd. Well done to the podium finishers and to ALL the club athletes taking part in our club championship race. (Click on the continue reading icon for loads of last night’s race photos with smiles and grimaces galore :) Below Iain with H2O……..it really does keep him quiet!!!!! 20160518_193853_resized Next up in a busy calendar is the next club championship race, the popular coastal trail route that is the 7.5 mile Pier to Pier Race which is this Sunday…..get yourself signed up, it’s a cracking race & course!   Continue reading

Wins for Team Elswick Athletes this weekend!

Elswick Athletes have been busy once again and successful too! The North Eastern County Athletic Association Track & Field Championships took place over Saturday & Sunday: On the Saturday, Robyn Bennett (pictured), ran in  the women’s U17’s 3000m. An excellent race from Robyn, earned the Elswick Athlete a ‘sterling’ silver medal in a time of 11.04.

Rhian Purves from Gosforth won the race in 10:51. Lee Bennett ran a superb sub 16 minutes 5km race, going 15.59.1. Jamie Styles was sadly a DNF (due to a knee injury) in the U/15’s 3000m (I’m sure Jamie will bounce back). It is pleasing to see Elswick Athletes venturing out onto the track in the GP league & at N.E. Championships…..C’mon team Elswick, give it a try! For results, fixtures and event information please go to: www.necaa.info

On Sunday the Tynedale Half Marathon took place with around 200 runners taking to the start line. Some excellent times and finishing positions posted by all the age group athletes. Topping the list was our own Judith Nutt who finished 3rd overall and took the ladies title of 1st female finisher. Congratulations to Judith. Further congratulations to Valerie, Charlotte & Judith as they were placed 1st women’s team. Well done to all the athletes taking part in Sunday’s race. Full results are available at www.runnation.co.uk

Name Category Position. Gender Position. Provisional Gun Time
Judith Nutt 1st 1st 1.24.39
Valerie Wilson 1st 7th 1.43.55
Charlotte Baston 5th 17th 1.52.21
Susan Wilson 2nd 36th 2.02.02
Mark Whittingham 


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Marion Peutherer 14th 72nd 2.23.32

Two Triathletes from Elswick participated in the Stokesley Sprint Triathlon on Sunday (A 400m Swim / 11m Bike Ride / 3m Run). An age group category WIN! for Yvette Wilkins finishing in 1.02.57 and a strong performance by Steven Wilkins finishing in the top 50 with a 1.06.42. Very well done to the husband and wife team of Yvette & Steven……two excellent performances. www.tri247.com

Another well done and congratulations to the Silver Medal Team of the O/65’s athletes of Mark McNally, Steve White, Harry Matthews and Graham Leslie at The  National masters Road Relay Championships at Sutton Coalfield on Saturday (An earlier report & photos are below on the website’s main page).

If I have missed any race or names just let us know, thanks…..Keep it going Team Elswick :)

Silver Medals for the Over 65’s

A succesful day for our 0/65 team at the 28th National Masters
Road Relay Championships held at Sutton Park, Birmingham.
The three man team were led off by MARK McNALLY who
finished in 3rd spot with the 6th fastest leg of the day in 19:50.
Mark handed on to STEVE WHITE who recorded the 6th fastest
leg in 20:07 improving the teams position to second place.
In spite of HARRY MATTHEWS running the final leg in 20:29,
Stockport Harriers.A.C. held on to their lead position with
Elswick worthy recipients of the silver medals.


Gordon Smith Team Relays: 11 teams, A WIN for the ladies! & 2nd place for the men & the 2 fastest relay leg times! What a night!

(For results go to www.wallsendharriers.org  Main tab heading: Calendar / Race Reports: Jnr & Seniors available to view or download). Good conditions, calm weather, around 150, three person teams, vocal support, a very canny 2 mile country park course all awaited Elswick Athletes at the new venue of ‘Cobalt’ Newcastle and the very popular Gordon Smith Wallsend Relays. Below: Athletes & spectators! Howaaay Team Elswick :)


First to the start was the junior races: A silver medal winning start to the evening! With Steve Robertson’s son, Jake, taking a brilliant 2nd place. Jake below with his silver medal! 


Well Done Jake :) Well done to Marissa O’ Rourke for competing in the junior race too! And so to the main event: A combined mass start at 7.30pm. Off they went! Leading out both first legs, Gina & Tadele.


Both leading out at the front! They came to finish their first leg runs in commanding positions! The finishing straight, around 100 metres long, ever so slightly uphill and into a slight headwind: Tadele came through with a commanding lead and Gina in a top 4 position for the next handovers: Tadele to Kevin & Gina to Joanne……

11 full teams in total represented our club. THE ELSWICK ATHLETES were superb. All in pursuit, battling and challenging from start to finish / front to back! It was an impressive display for the spectators. Our teams really did give it their all……..just have a look at the photos (Click on the continue reading icon below, thanks) in the report, you will see what I mean……..

The closing stages: Joanne gave a mighty strong performance on leg 2 for Justina to run the anchor leg, handing over in second place, but separating 1st & 2nd places was only a matter of a second. After 50 metres, Justina just got up to speed and put the afterburners on and increased a lead that stretched to 10’s of seconds, giving the ladies team a BRILLIANT WIN! And the winner’s trophy. Justina had the fastest ladies run  time in 10.52 :)


Elswick’s men’s first team had a lead, going into the final leg, with Kevin handing over to Lee: but closing in on Lee was Nathan Reed from Sunderland. He managed to catch Lee to take the win. The men’s team of Tadele, Kevin and Lee took an EXCELLENT 2nd place! What a great result for our athletes and the club! Tadele had the fastest run time in the whole race with a speedy in 9.35 :)


Team Elswick followed their counterparts through the finish line, one by one and collectively they did the club most proud. The presentations took place at around 8.45pm outside the café and to collect the awards on behalf of the club were Gina, Joanne, Kevin & Lee. Thank you to everyone who competed and supported tonight’s race. Thank you to Wallsend Harriers for hosting the event. Photos enclosed, some great action shots Spot the Elswick vest :) My Favourite? Richard Houghton & John Lowes (37C) GO ON!!!!!  Continue reading

First Track & Field of the season for Team Elswick & Blaydon AC

A great Report John & excellent photos. Please take the time to view the whole report, great job John & to everyone who helped out and took part. Enjoy the read Team Elswick :)  Northern Athletics T&F Div 4E. Fixture 1 Saturday 07th May – Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay. There was a great turn out for the first meeting of the Season, and that strong squad delivered, with a second place on the day, narrowly missing out by just 6 points to take over all victory. The weather, somewhat less accommodating, was an improvement on the previous seasons first edition. Last year was cancelled due to storms, and the year prior to that the fixture went ahead, but chucked down cats and dogs. As with previous seasons, it’s a composite Blaydon/Elswick team that are competing in Division 4E, along with 6 other teams. Familiar teams from last season are local Tyneside clubs Heaton and Tyne Bridge as well as Chester Le Street/Darlington. We are joined this season by Houghton AC, Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers, who were demoted following last season’s successful campaigns of Jarrow/Hebburn AC and Tynedale Harriers. Finally we are also joined by new kids on the block Richmond & Zetland AC.  

Ben Hall - 100m (2)

Justina Heslop - 4 x 400 Relay

Above: A speedy Ben Hall in the 100 metres & Justina Heslop in the 4 *400 metre relays, bringing it home…….. The first order of business  Continue reading

Bedewell Relay results are in.

For the club athletes that competed last week at the Bedewell Relays, the results are on-line via the NEMAA website. There is a link on the front page on our website: Masters O/35’s Info  ( http://northeastmastersathletics.weebly.com/ ). Unfortunately incomplete teams have not been recorded by NEMAA.