Also yesterday, the 40 minute sell out of the 2018 Knavesmire Harriers Brass Monkey Half Marathon took place. Fine performances once again by all Elswick Harrier athletes. Well done to each and every one of you. A very good represenation from the club out of 1750 runners that took to the start line at York: Jude ran a fine race coming 5th in the ladies race and winning the V40 category. Well done Jude. Just missing out on a podium, Joanne Brown was 4th V45, another fine performance. 8th and 22nd in the V50 category for the gents today, brothers Martin & Shaun Connelly. 35th in the V35 category was marathon training guru, Richard Houghton with a fine 1.21.30. Jamie Parkinson from Thames Hare & Hounds won the race in 1.07.12 & the winner of the ladies race was Tracey Millmore from Birthley AC in 1.19.06. Full results service can be found the results base website (https://resultsbase.net/event/4078/results). GB
ELSWICK HARRIERS PRESENTATION NIGHT!
Will take place on Sat 24th February, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start in Newburn Activity Centre. Ticket reserved on receipt of payment (£5 in advance). The grand evening includes club presentation, cold buffet, ice cream, raffle, Frank’s famous quiz. If you would like a ticket, please contact Michelle on 0787 400 3410 or add your name to the club’s list on FB (please state whether you would like a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free option). Michelle will be at the club on training evenings to collect monies.
Thanks to Harry Matthews for this report on todays action at Durham: 15 Elswick women and 12 men turned out for the popular annual Durham Cathedral relays. The event was once again held at the Durham University Maiden Castle sports centre and the fast flat course provided Elswick athletes with the opportunity to excel l in the cold breezy conditions. The event incorporated the North East England Masters cross country relay championships. The teams collected no less than 4 team championship medals.
Perhaps the best Elswick team performance went to the women’s 55 plus team of Marie Louise Droz 14.02, Kim Matthews 13.43 (2nd fastest W55 leg), Yvonne Swinhoe 14.22 who collected gold medals. The W45 team of Susanne Stephenson 13.17, Tracey Sturrock 13.33 and Val Wilson 13.51 brought home silver medals. The two senior women’s teams finished 7th and 8th respectively with Catherine Lee having another excellent race in 12.02, Joanne Rea 12.35 and Jennifer Scarlett 12.39. Then we had Felicity Smith running a solid first leg in 12.58, Jill Bennett another fine run in 13.11 and Amy Brown 15.19. Our other women’s team placed a creditable 4th team in the W45 championship with Vicki McPhee 14.48, Lalage Brown 15.40 and an improving Melissa Bateson 14.25.
In the men’s championship, the Elswick teams also performed well winning the silver medal with the M45 team comprising of Iain Hardy (recovering from injury) in 10.40, Jason Old 10.22 and our speedy Lee Bennett in a very respectable 10.05 (2nd fastest M45 leg).
The M55 bronze medals went to Elswick with John Bell (this week getting the better of Dave Armstrong by a mere 1 second) in 10.52, Rob Wilson 13.12 and our Treasurer Peter Sloan in 12.26. Our M35 team finished 5th with Dave Armstrong 10.53, Ben Hall 11.16 and Dave Jardin (after running in the Prudhoe Parkrun yesterday completing the 3000m course in 12.24. Our other men’s team finished 7th in the M55 category with Harry Matthews (also returning from a long spell out) in 14.13, Graham Lesley 15.21 and our little star Steve Curry competing in his first race back after his enforced layoff in an excellent time of 14.36. Just click on the continue reading for photos of the races, GB.
Thanks to Jan and Ken for the junior report: here it is…….The first harrier league of 2018 kicked off on a cold sunny day. We had 25 hardy Elswick juniors racing in very challenging muddy conditions (I feel sorry for all the dirty washing from Saturday!) With club championship points still up for grabs the first race was the under 11s: U/11 Boys 16th Adam Robinson 7-18 42nd Bailey Shore 8-21 U/11 Girls 3rd Poppy Old 7-06 5th Lucy Milburn 7-22 30th Charlotte Naughton 8-21. U/13 Boys. 5th Zak Old (fast pack)13-28 17th Jake Robertson 16-06. U/13 Girls. 9th Zara Naughton 16-46 13th Abigail Leiper(fast pack) 15-16 22nd Lauren Stroud 17-15 26th Caitlin Flanagan (fast pack) 16-16 33rd Freya Guadagno 18-35 45th Grace Ogilvie 19-51 Well done girls two team places 4th and 7th. U/15 Boys. 7th Rowan Bennett (fast pack) 12-38 40th Kieron Dixon 15-49. U/15 Girls. 8th Suzannah Fielding (fast pack) 14-48 9th Hannah Tumia (fast pack) 14-49 11th Kerry-Anne Simpson 16-37 18th Charley Lee 17-15. Well done first team. U/17 Boys. 1st Jamie Styles 21-15 15th Chris Mason 21-59 Excellent performances both running from the slow pack. U17/20 Girls. 2nd Robyn Bennett (fast pack)19-15 31st Marissa O’Rourke 25-54 34th Sydney Martin 26-54 placed 5th team. Well done to all who raced. Two more races left it would be nice to see as many juniors racing as possible to get team places. Thanks, Jan & Ken.
The North East Masters XC Championship takes place on Sunday 4th February at Darlington Rugby Football Club. Thanks to Harry and Kim for this information: ‘The event is open to all Masters athletes aged 35 plus even if they are not affiliated to NEMAA. As you know we have a good track record at this event and hopefully we can bring back some well earned medals. You can find all the details on the entry form here: Entries close on Monday 29th January, there are no entries on the day. nemaa_cross_country_entry_form__2018Thank you, JB.
Durham Cathedral Relays are on Sunday 14th January at the university’s playing fields behind Maiden Castle Sports Centre (DH 1 3 SE). Approx 3 km course mostly flat grassed route. 3 races: V35+ Senior & Vet Women 35+ & the Senior mens race (the 1st 2 races are NEMAA Champs). Names for gents & ladies to the clubs FB page or contact Tom Hanson Direct (contact details on the website under tab heading secretary). Runners must be 16 or over on the day of the race. www.durhamcityharriers.org.uk “go to drop down bar”and scroll down to the cathedral relays tab heading for info.
The Northern XC Championships are on Saturday 27th January at Harewood House, Leeds (LS 17 9 LG). Tom Hanson needs names before the on-line system closes which is Friday 12th January. Seniors and Vets names please to Tom or to the club’s FB page asap. For the juniors, please forward names to the junior coaching staff. Kindly note: no late entries are accepted by the event organisers. A full program of racing starts at 11 am for junior athletes and race distances from 5.5 km to 8 km (age dependant). Senior & Vets races start at 2.15 pm for the ladies (8 km) and finally the gents race (12 km) starts at 3.05 pm. Club vest must be worn. Chip timing will be used. race prospectus
The National XC Championships are on Saturday 24th February at the famous Parliment Hill (Hampstead Heath) venue in London. Names please asap to the club’s FB page, Tom Hanson or Jill Bennett, Ladies Club Representative.
Don’t forget Team Elswick your next two NEHL XC league meets are on SATURDAY 6th January at Herrington Park at Houghton Le Spring, Durham DH 4 7 EL. PLEASE NOTE: ANY RUNNER WHO HAS PARKED THEIR VEHICLE ON THE MAIN ROAD WILL BE DISQUALIFIED BY THE EVENT ORGANISERS. PARKING (£2) IS AVAILABLE ON THE FIELDS WITHIN THE PARK AND ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE GIVEN TO CHARITY.
The next NEHL XC is after Herrington is at Thornley Hall farm, Peterlee, Durham (DH 6 3 LY) on Saturday 10th February. PLEASE NOTE AGAIN: ANY RUNNER WHO HAS PARKED THEIR VEHICLE ON THE MAIN ROAD WILL BE DISQUALIFIED BY THE EVENT ORGANISERS. PARKING (£2) IS AVAILABLE ON THE FIELDS WITHIN THE PARK AND ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE GIVEN TO CHARITY. Thanks, GB.
Happy New New Year Team Elswick! Pesky critters infiltrated the club’s website over Christmas, but thanks to Andy Middleton for putting things right, a few words can now be scribed (and photos) to yesterday’s 11 km race in Morpeth and also a look back to the club’s Boxing Day Parlaufs:
The Morpeth 11 km New Year’s Day Road Race: Around 170 or so runners took part in this popular New Year’s Day Event. The rain held off and turned out to be a pleasant afternoon in the market town. From the gun starting the race on Dogger Bank, athletes made their way towards the village of Mitford, a ‘cheeky climb up’ towards Whalton Road and then downhill towards Morpeth where the finish line in the park awaited the runners. Morpeth AC Athletes dominated their home race, taking the first four places.
Taking the win in the ladies race, was Morpeth’s AC, Jane Hodgson. Morpeth’s Catriona McDonald was 2nd and Alnwick Harrier’s Rachel Fallon was placed 3rd. Taking the 4th place overall in the ladies race and first V40 female title, was our very own Jude Nutt in 43.36. Congratulations Jude (and Jude also ran 18 miles the day before!). First Elswick gent home was Dave Armstrong in 42.15. Well done Dave. Next home for the club was PC guru! Andy Middleton in 47.59 (a PB). Next across the finish line were athletes Mel Reed & Jeff Emmerson in 61.41 & 63.30 respectively. Well ran gents. All the results can be found on the Morpeth Harriers Website.
Going back a few days, around 14 pairs of Team Elswick Runners took part in the club’s Boxing Day Parlauf Run. The rain held off and turned out to be a pleasant day ‘down by the river’. All fun & laughter before hand followed by a competitive run out by everyone…… a few coughs and splutter towards the end of 8 laps of anaerobic running mind! The winning team of Martin & Steve pipped second placed Iain & Rowan on the line! Back to the Keelman for a well deserved cup of tea, a buffet, a quiz (with winners Jackie & Yvonne) and prize giving for the parlaufs. Thanks and appreciation to Frank, Michelle, Jim, Martin and the Keelman staff for enabling the parlaufs to be yet another successful lung busting morning!
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Thanks to Harry Matthews for the following trip down memory lane. We can only hope to replicate Harrys achievement. Harry writes: The recent North East Counties Cross Country championships staged at Redcar Race Course brought back memories of past successes for some of our current and former Elswick team members. The North East championships were last held at the Race course some 55 years ago in 1962. The senior championship included several Elswick members. First member to cross the finish line was John Ibbotson in 16th place. John was given the same time as Elswick’s second team counter, our Elswick legend, Colin Bolton in 17th place. Next to finish was Bob Fisk followed by Brian Harbottle. Completing the tam counters was John Backley who is the father of the famous Steve Backley a former Great Britain Javelin competitor. The senior team championship was won by Morpeth Harriers and included the great Jim Alder who placed 3rd overall. Our team was placed 4th behind Middlesbrough & Cleveland and Saltwell Harriers.
Elswick’s team in the boys age group championship also finished 4th with Harry Matthews collecting a silver medal finishing just two seconds behind the winner, Lynn Robson of Gateshead Harriers. Ian Davies was Elswick’s second counter in 10th place. Morpeth Harriers collected the top team award in this event also.
This year’s event at Redcar provided Harry with the opportunity to create a little history as he was the only athlete who competed in the 1962 championship to compete in the championship 55 years on.
Harry Matthews back at Redcar Racecourse 55 years on.
The Northern XC Championships take place on Saturday 27th January at Harewood Leeds and The English National XC Championships take place at Parliament Hill London on Saturday 24th February
The closing date for online entries is 12th January for both events. Please respond to the post on the Elswick Facebook page, DM myself or Robert Lambert on Messenger or text Jill on 07483245396 if you would like to be entered for these exciting events.
A senior session will be held on Thursday 28th. Please meet at the leisure centre for a 7.15 pm departure. The session will be determined on the evening. Please find enclosed the final club championship standings of 2017 club champs 2017 race 12.
Thank You for participating & to those who are ‘on the podium’: CONGRATULATIONS! On the front page of the website, there is a new tab heading titled: ‘2018 Club Championship’. Yes it has arrived! Your championship, a 2 event format.
Your first race is only a few months away: set the Blyth 10 km into your diary & sign up: Lets see the vest of Elswick Harriers out in big numbers at all the races! Train well & the best of good running luck to you all 🙂
BUT BEFORE THEN! WHY NOT RUN OFF
YOUR CHRISTMAS DAY TORKEE TUMMY & CHRISTMAS PUD AND:
JOIN US FOR THE POPTASTIC BOXING DAY PARLAUF’S 🙂
EVERYONE IS INVITED. BRING ALONG FRIENDS & FAMILY TO RUN OR TO CHEER YOU ON!
PLEASE MEET AT THE KEELMAN FROM 9.45 AM.
AT 10.05 AM NAMES WILL BE PLACED INTO A HAT. RUNNERS WILL BE DRAWN & PLACED INTO PAIRS. THIS IS A TEAM RUN 🙂
OVER TO THE CENTRE’S PLAYING FIELD WHERE AT 10.15 AM THE RUN FUN (AHEM!) BEGINS!
HOW IT WORKS: EACH RUNNER LEGS IT 🙂 AS FAST AS THEY CAN 🙂 FOR AROUND 200 M! HANDING OVER TO THEIR PARTNER TO RUN 200 M. THE FIRST PAIR TO COMPLETE 8 FULL 400 M LAPS WINS! (YOUR LUNGS ONLY HAVE TO WORK FOR 15 MINS – PROMISE!)
THEN IT IS BACK TO THE KEELMAN WHERE EVERY TEAM WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE!
EVERYONE IS WELCOME BACK TO THE PUB FOR A FREE TASTY WELL DESERVED BUFFET! TAKE PART IN FRANKS DEVILISHLY QUIZZICAL QUIZ (WITH A WINNERS PRIZE!)
A GRAND MORNING TO BE HAD BY ALL! GUARANTEED 🙂 SEE YOU ALL THERE! CHEERS!
Juniors last training session of 2017 is on the Tuesday 19th of December. For all those who have booked and paid for the Christmas party it is on Thursday 21st of December don’t forget your £2 for trampoline socks. Everyone that we won’t see have a brilliant Christmas. First session of the new year is Thursday 4th January. Don’t forget the next Harrier League is on 6th January at Herrington country park best wishes from all the junior coaches.
A note regarding the Inter County Cross Country Championships From Lynn Cooper: Selection for the North East teams for the 2018 Inter Counties Cross Country Championships which take place on Saturday 10th March at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, will be made on Sunday 28th February – the day after the Northern Cross Country Championships at Leeds. The first three finishers in each age group at the North East Championships have gained automatic selection, leaving five places (seven for seniors) plus reserves still to be decided. Anyone wishing to be considered is advised to run the Northern’s at Leeds: Entries close 12th January. To athletes who are likely to be in contention, we encourage you to enter the Northern’s.