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

Training over the Festive Period

Training as usual on Tuesday 23rd December – 23 Minutes running on Top loop Walbottle Bank, meet as normal at Newburn Leisure Centre.

Saturday 27th December meet at One North East – 10.00a.m.
6×3 Minutes with 1 minute recovery.

Tuesday 30th December – meet One North East – 3×8 Minutes with 2 Minutes recovery.

Normal training resumes Tuesday 6th January at Newburn Leisure Centre.

Xmas sessions / Boxing day / Northern XC Info

1. JUNIORS: Thursday 18th Dec is Ten Pin Bowling night! Therefore NO training session. Tuesday 23rd Dec is a normal training night. No club training sessions over Christmas for the Junior section until Tuesday 6th January 2015, when normal training evenings will resume.

2. SENIORS: THUR 18TH & TUE 23RD ARE NORMAL TRAINING EVENINGS. (FOR BOXING DAY, PLEASE READ NOTE 5 BELOW).

3. SAT 27th & TUE 30th DEC: PLEASE MEET AT ONE NORTH EAST BUSINESS PARK FOR 10AM (where we normally start Tuesday training nights). A warm up, then a session STARTING AT 10.15 / 10.20AM. If we have to cancel a session a note will go out on facebook & the website.

4. Normal training times are resumed on Tuesday 6th January 2015.

5. JOIN US (Seniors and Juniors) ON BOXING DAY FOR THE PARLAUFS. IT IS JUST A FUN MORNING OUT! Join us at the Keelman Pub from 9.45am. All names go into a hat. At 10.15am, names are drawn out in pairs. Outside to the playing field. The pairings start the “race” at 10.30am. The 1ST team to complete 8 full laps of the 400m track wins! Afterwards we all enjoy a celebratory buffet at the Keelman, followed by a short quiz, with lots of QUALITY M&S PRIZES! Done & home by midday. See you there! 

The following is the runners responsibility, not the club’s: The Northern and National Cross-Country competitions in 2015. The Northerns are on Saturday 24th January at Pontefract Racecourse. The club does subsidise travel costs with people car sharing. If numbers are large enough, the club will pay for a coach. (Some car sharing folk, stop over and have a night out in Leeds).

For the National XC Champs, they are being held at Parliament Hill, London on Saturday 21st February. Train / travel details for this venue are TBC. A stop over is also possible as accommodation is available around Kings Cross (and close to the race venue).

Anyone interested in one or both events contact Either Frank Watson or Dave Jardin, Men’s XC Captain as soon as you can please, ideally before Wednesday 7th January. A £5 deposit is required to participate (per event) which will be refunded upon completion of each race.  Contact Dave Tel: 07812 760 053 or email: thedjsupreme@aol.com. or contact Frank Watson (his details are on the front page of the website). Have a great Christmas with your family and friends. Enjoy. Best regards, Graham.

North East XC Championships: Town Moor Sat 13th Dec 2014

The town moor was the location for this year’s North Eastern Cross Country Championships. A true test. Laps of uneven ground and a few lung busting climbs thrown in for good measure. The weather was typical XC. Bright, breezy, showers, cold and damp, what’s not to like?

MEN ARE GOOD TO GO!

MEN ARE GOOD TO GO!

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TWO MINUTES INTO THE MEN’S RACE…..AND INTO THE DISTANCE……

First off were the U/13 juniors. Both boys and the girls teams had full counting teams and both finishing 9th placed teams in their respective groups. Results: Girls: Hannah Tumia 39th 15.23. Susannah Fielding 40th 15.28. Anna Styles 51st 17.17. For the boys: Jamie Styles 24th 13.23. Ben Flanagan 35th 13.56. Christopher Mason 38th 14.06. Well done to all the Juniors taking part :)

Fourteen men took to the 3 lap course. Team Elswick finished as a team in the competition in 13th place out of 26 teams. From the top down over a fine performance from the lads. Thanks to some of the chaps who came straight off night shift to run. It was appreciated. J Results: First home fro the club, P Sanderson 39th 44.50. Well done Phil.  99th I Hardy 48.14. 115th S Knight 48.53. 159th K Stephenson 51.16. 181st A Thompson 52.53. 175th D Jardin 52.26. 214th B Hall 54.53. 252nd P Robinson 56.57. 256th T Hanson 57.09. 258th A Benyon 57.24. 273rd B Casey 57.52. 287th S Connelly 58.58. 320th G Leslie 61.37. 347th  M Reed 67.56. 352nd R Kevan 71.24. Again, well ran gents. It was a tough course over the 12km championship distance. Photos:

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Five Elswick ladies took to their two lap course. I noticed that I could not see any Elswick vests at the start line…….As the gun went off and the pack ran the first 300 metres or so….along came Team Elswick ladies joining in from the back of the field! No matter, they battled through the field of runners and put in five good performances, make no mistake about that…..All five ladies in the last 250 metres towards the finish line just kicked and sprinted past a number of competitors in front of them, gaining valuable places. The net result was a team finishing position of 18th. Very well done…..You should be proud of that effort :) Results: First home was Andrea Banner 29th 35.41. In 92nd Mary (Hawaii Five O Style) Lisle……40.50. 118th Catherine Lee 42.35. In 124th Yvette Devlin 43.07. In 125th Denise Huddleston 43.17. Photos:

First woman home: Andrea Banner

First woman home: Andrea Banner

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Mary giving it everything in the last 250

Mary giving it everything in the last 250

Post Race Photos……Mud & Glory :)  :)

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Sorry ….no Andrea!

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Brendan, Paul and Ant….”.finished”…..Thank God! was the reply!

Time for a treat, Thanks Catherine!

Time for a treat, Thanks Catherine!

Nearly home time.....Tent down and off for a well deserved beverage!!

Nearly home time…..Tent down and off for a well deserved beverage!!

Thanks to NECCA, TBH and Supporters on Saturday. It was again, another fine example of how popular and thriving the NE XC scene is :) .  Cheers GB.

Roll on the next NEHL at Jarrow, Bedewell Park on the 17th January 2015. Time to get your new xmas presents athletic apparel DIRTY! See you there!

Fred Stephenson – Marathon Man

Fred Stephenson who competed for the club for many years, and who was President of Elswick Harriers during the 1990′s has passed away at the grand old age of 88. Fred was a committed runner who loved the sport of athletics, and after competing on the track went on to complete 170 marathons in later life. Due to failing health he had not been able to be involved with the club for some years, but was always immensely proud to be an Elswick Harrier. Until recent years he frequently got in touch to be kept up to date with news from the club.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family.

Frank Watson.

The Hexhamshire Hobble

I had wanted to do a longer fell run since doing the Whitfield Fell run in September so decided on the Hexhamshire Hobble, and having had an injured heel thought the softer ground would be best.

At 10½ miles and 1200 ft. of accent it was not the most difficult but a progression. I managed to rope Ritchy Roberts in when I was chatting to him at the Norman Woodcock on the Saturday, so off we went to Allendale on the Sunday morning.

before the hobble!

before the hobble!

After the Hobble!

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I was a bit nervous at the race HQ, which was in the school, everyone looked like Pro’s – Allendale Striders were so welcoming though and regisatration was quick and easy. I had brought half of my wardrobe, but felt like I had all the gear and no idea! I left my extensive wardrobe behind and went for light waterproofs on a belt, plus whistle, map and compass – and luckily passed the kit check.

The race started in sunshine, the temperature was about 2 degrees C with a steep road climb up and out of the village. The climb went on for about 1½ miles where Ritchy slowly pulled away from me. Then we were off road along a track which got worse as we went on. I tried to keep my feet dry as long as possible, but once they were wet that was it, knee deep every time! I noticed more experienced off road runners were passing me, and I did go over a few times, the guys behind would check I was OK before passing me.

As we gained height the weather deteriorated, it was now much colder, snowing and with strong winds. A big well done to the Marshalls who were out there in the thick of it all. At around mile 4 we were on a bit of un-metaled road, where I managed to pull 2 or 3 of the runners in front back, then we were back on a deeply rutted moorland section. The snow and hail were horizontal in the wind, it was then I wished I had brought my buff as it felt like someone was shot blasting my neck !

When we hit another section of road I felt like I had won the lottery and managed to catch may be 5 or 6 runners this time and checked with another runner where we were, this is the local knowledge bit! I thought we may be descending back into Allendale but we weren’t and had about another 4 miles to do. So it was back off road across the moors and by now the weather had eased a little and I could see Ritchy up ahead and managed to catch him up while he was struggling to get his gloves on as it was that cold.

At last we were on to the final downhill stretch of track and then onto the road. Ritchy slowly pulled away from me and we were both catching people on the way down towards the finish line, which we both crossed feeling such a relief !

Patrick finishing

Patrick finishing

Ritchy finishing

Ritchy finishing

 

This was one of the most challenging and enjoyable runs I’ve ever done, I just need to get used to running on the rough ground. The home-made cakes and hot coffee on offer was the best I’ve ever tasted and the Striders were so welcoming – such a brilliant event.
The results – there were 168 finishers
1st Ben Aldelnoor Ambleside AC 1: 13: 22
80th Ritchy Roberts Elswick Harriers 1: 38: 01
82nd Patrick Gordon Elswick Harriers 1: 38: 28

Team Elswick head to the coast: The Blyth Sands Race…..brrrrr!

A glorious scene at Blyth Sands

A GLORIOUS SCENE AT THE BLYTH SANDS RACE

Sunday 7th December  saw Team Elswick head to the seaside for the annual Blyth Sands 5mile race.  The race is based around a handicap system so really the older you are the better it is!  Each age group goes off at different times with senior men going last with no handicap. On what was a very windy day, the course started on Blyth South Beach where you head South Continue reading

Xmas night out at St.James’s Park (and Ryton!)

On Friday evening forty members, friends and family of the club hot footed to Newcastle United Football Stadium to enjoy a Xmas night out :) The night started with a social drink at Sharks Bar and then onto SJP :) In the lofty position on the 4th floor, members ate, drank and danced (some of us not very well at tall…..except for a rather magnificent boogie by Ben Hall :) ) Enclosed are some photos of the night. A lovely evening, kindly organised by the equally lovely Mary Lisle. You did a great job Mary, Thank You! P.S. The choccy party bags weren’t bad either :) But that’s not all: The juniors are soon to have their night out…an evening of Ten Pin Bowling! Post Woodcock Race, Les Williamson and club friends also had a rather nice  Christmas party at Michael Angelo’s in Ryton :)  Photos from Les are just below the SJP photos! Cheers, GB

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DENISE, KEV AND LEAH WITH PRIZES FROM THE RAFFLE!

 

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ITS RAMBO V TADELE!!

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MARYS CHOCCY PARTY BAG….TIMES 40!

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ITS NOT A TEN FROM LEN ! JUST A ONE FROM KEN !! :)

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ROB AND TOM….JUST GOOD FRIENDS !!

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BLURRY BOOGIE ON THE DANCEFLOOR!

BLURRY BOOGIE ON THE DANCEFLOOR!

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Info for the Northern and National Cross Country Champs

(N.B. PHOTOS ARE NOW ON THE WOODCOCK REPORT, GB :) )

Hello Team Elswick! The club is keen for club members to participate in the Northern and National Cross-Country competitions in 2015. The Northerns are on Saturday 24th January at Pontefract Racecourse. Previously, the club has paid half of  the travel costs with people car sharing. If the interest is there, the club will consider putting on a coach (as we did a couple of years ago). Some members stop over and have a night out in Leeds.

For the National XC Champs, they are being held at Parliament Hill, London on Saturday 21st February. Train / travel details for this venue are TBC. A stop over is also possible as accommodation is available around Kings Cross (and close to the race venue).

Anyone interested in one or both events contact Either Frank Watson or Dave Jardin, Men’s XC Captain as soon as you can please. A £5 deposit is required to participate (per event) which will be refunded upon completion of each race.  

Contact Dave Tel: 07812 760 053 or email: thedjsupreme@aol.com.

Lets see Team Elswick on tour in 2015!

 

 

The Norman Woodcock Memorial Race 2014.

The club’s Norman Woodcock Memorial Race (in association with Benfield Kia) took place on Saturday afternoon, 6th December at 2pm. The venue Gosforth Race Course. The route was the inside perimeter of the race track. Three loops give the race its 5 mile race distance. Conditions were cool, overcast and a breeze across the course awaited 153 runners on the start line. Results are at the bottom of this report.

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From the off, the field gradually started to thin out as they made their way around the first lap. As the lead runners came round to complete lap one, it was apparent that it was going to be a two horse race between Chris Parr and Richard Morrell. They were  neck and neck. (Pardon the puns). Lap two saw no change as they both headed out for the final lap. In the distance and approaching the finish it was Chris Parr from Gateshead Harriers who edged ahead of Richard to take a hard earned victory in a winning time of 24.24.

THE START OF THE 2014 RACE. LEADING PACK INCLUDES'S ELSWICK'S MARK McLEOD

THE START OF THE 2014 RACE. LEADING PACK INCLUDES’S ELSWICK’S MARK McLEOD

 

 

Second place went to Richard Morrell in a time of 24.27. In third place was Thomas Straughan from Morpeth Harriers in a time of 25.59. Congratulations to all three athletes.

 

 

CHRIS PARR WINNER OF THE 2014 RACE

CHRIS PARR WINNER OF THE 2014 RACE

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RICHARD MORRELL THROUGH IN SECOND PLACE

The ladies race also had competition for honours. It was pleasing to see Alyson Dixon from Sunderland Strollers running at the club’s event. Taking a lead from the first lap and extending it further in laps two and three saw Alyson take the win in an impressive time of 27.34. Alyson was just under the course record time after lap two, but maybe that wind across the course scuppered the chance of a course record? In second place was an athlete who had travelled from Richmond to be at our event, Shona Flecther (Richmond & Zetlan). A fine run resulted in a second place and a time of 28.14. In third place and making a welcome return to the North East running scene, Elswick’s Justina Heslop. After 18 months out of competition, Justina more than equitted herself out on the course. A third place and a time of 28.36 bodes well for next year. Congratulations to all three ladies.

WINNER OF THE WOMENS RACE, SUNDERLAND STROLLERS ALYSON DIXON

WINNER OF THE WOMENS RACE, SUNDERLAND STROLLERS ALYSON DIXON

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THIRD PLACE FOR ELSWICK’S JUSTINA HESLOP

Despite having to put on the club’s race, Team Elswick had athletes wearing the famous vest out on the course. Next home for Elswick was Ben Hall in 81st with a 32.53. Making a welcome return to competition, in 82nd Gina Howarth with a 32.57. In 83rd Andrea Banner with a 32.58. Next home Daniel Nettle in 111th with a 36.09. In 113th Mary Lisle with a 36.14. In 120th Marie Louise Drozdowicz with a 37.20. In 129th Deena White with a 39.44. In 136th place Emma Fraser with a 41.47. In 142nd place Melissa Bateson with a 43.17. In 142nd our exceptional lady athlete, Christine Lee across the finish line with a 43.26. Competing in the vest of Elswick for the first time, in 144th place, Michelle Mangan, home in 43.34. Well done Michelle, the first of many races I’m sure in your new club vest! In 146th place, Jackie Avery with a 44.09. In 148th place, Helen Young with a time of 44.43. Well done to you all for taking part and giving it all you had! It was another successful day for the club, having put on this popular event for local athletes. See you all in 2015!

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TINA AND MICHELLE NEVER STOPPED ALL AFTERNOON !

 

A FULL CANTEEN AWAITING THE RESULTS AND AWARDS.......RACHEL AND RICHARD IN THE FOREGROUND WARMING UP WITH A CUPPA!

A FULL CANTEEN AWAITING THE RESULTS AND AWARDS…….RACHEL AND RICHARD IN THE FOREGROUND WARMING UP WITH A CUPPA!

Norman Woodcock 6 Dec 14 Results

Thank you to Steve Robertson and our race sponsors Benfield Kia. 

Many thanks must also go to Frank Watson and the volunteers of Team Elswick who make this run possible. Without their free time and help, we just could not do it. So “thank you” on behalf of the club. A final thank you goes to Gosforth Race Course and the custodians of the golf course. Without their permissions, it would be impossible to hold such a running event. Cheers, Graham.