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

Note for Senior & Vet men (cross country season)

If any senior and ‘vet’ men wish to participate in this seasons cross country then you must contact Frank Watson (Club Secretary). This is to ensure you have a race number for the season. If you are not registered, you have no race number & therefore you cannot participate. It is your responsibility to inform Frank Watson, of your intent to run. Names please to Frank before TUESDAY 30th SEPTEMBER. Mob. 07940 482 180 or email: watson_f1@sky.com Cheers, FW.

Once the XC season is underway gents, your 1st point of contact is your cross country captain, Dave Jardin.

XC CAPTAIN DAVE JARDIN

XC CAPTAIN
DAVE JARDIN

Dave will be happy to answer any queries on all matters cross country. Please give Dave your full support this 2014/15 campaign.

There is a tab at the top of the club’s website “everything cross country”. Contained within are the venues and useful information. Any new members wishing to seek further information about the Harrier cross country season, you can always speak to anyone one of the seasoned runners at the club: Dave Jardin, Lee Bennett, Iain Hardy, Andrew Hartley, Harry Matthews ,Alan Thompson, Martin Connelly to name but a few. I’m sure they will be only too happy answer all your questions.

Cheers, Graham.

  

 

Cross country details

Hi all, its nearly that time again.
All current lady members of the club will be entered for the 2014/2015 cross country season, unless you let me know otherwise by the 27th September. Once the numbers have come you will be able to collect them from me at the club, or at the cross country venues.

11th October, Cramlington

25th October, Temple Park (Sherman/Davison cup)

22nd November, Akley Heads, Durham

29th November, Wallington Hall

17th January, Bedewell Park

28th February, Alnwick

14th March, Wrekenton

The senior and veteran women will run at 13.10 approximately, please be there in plenty of time for your race.
Even if you can only participate in one race all season, it all counts and will be appreciated.

If you any questions please see me at the club or text, email or FB message me.

Mob; 07443657978
kimrunner11@hotmail.co.uk

Happy running

Kim Matthews

ELSWICK 125th Anniversary Ball 13 September 2014

Elswick Ball 011Well after many months of planning it was time to party! To celebrate what has been a fantastic fund raising year so far, Elswick Harriers 125 Committee organised a late summer ball for all members past and present held at West Denton Fire Station in aid of our nominated charity – Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity.

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The night started at 7pm with members arriving all suited and booted – the girls looking fabulous in some stunning outfits and the boys looking equally as smart in suits – makes a change from vest, shorts and trainers! We all took to our seats, where each table setting had a fine Elswick Brew by the name placing and the night commenced with a welcome from Sue Wilson (125 committee member) who thanked everyone for coming, especially Carolyn and Christine from the Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity. Continue reading

A WIN for Team Elswick at the Farringdon Cross Country opener!

A bright sunny September day awaited local athletes at this season’s opener to the cross country season. We had representatives from the club’s junior ranks and 3 male teams (one senior and two vet’s teams). The Farringdon course is a test for any cross country runner. The 1.8 mile course is undulating and narrow providing a thorough cardio workout!

First out of the blocks were the junior competitions. For the U/13 female juniors, Marrisa O’Rourke flew the flag and ran a very good 13.36, finishing in 21st place. For the U/13’s male juniors, Ben Flannigan ran 12.08 and Rowan Bennett ran 14.08, finishing in 13th and 24th place respectively. In the U/15′s Robyn Bennett ran 13.00 finishing in 19th spot and Daniel Gibson ran 19.14 in 29th position. Well ran everyone for competing and turning out for team Elswick!

L To R: Juniors: Daniel, Rowan, Robyn, Ben and Marrisa

L To R: Juniors: Daniel, Rowan, Robyn, Ben and Marrisa


The lads from Team Elswick.....but where's Andrew and Seamus?? !!

The lads from Team Elswick…..but where’s Andrew and Seamus?? !!

The mass start of the senior and vet’s race saw Phil Sanderson (vet A), Andrew Hartley (vet B) and Mark Crowe (senior A) set off like the clappers!

The congested start saw Phil Sanderson felled at 50 metres by an over enthusiastic “Ipad photographer” and he fell to the ground……Not to be deterred, Phil drove his way through the field, giving Paul Turner a springboard to put even more time and distance into the opposition.

Mark Crowe had a great run too (and definitely more to come from an improving Mark) only a few seconds behind Phil. Mark handed over to Ben Hall. Andrew meanwhile had a good solid run too, handing over to Paul Prior.

The race settled down…….Fine running from every Elswick athlete out on the course……Paul handed over to Iain Hardy. Ben handed over to Seamus Kelleher and Paul handed over to Dave Jardin…….

Now the race entered into the last leg……Iain handed over to
Lee ‘the general’ Bennett to give the vet A team a great victory!

Seamus handed over to Dan Balmain…..bringing the senior’s A home in 21st position.

Dave Jardin handed over to Shaun Connelly to bring Vets B home in 13th place. Well done to all 12 athletes who turned out for the competition.

Thank you also to Rob, Frank, Ken and Jan for supporting on the day.

**Paul Turner ran the fastest Vet leg on the day in 9.32. Excellent run Paul!**
(Paul Turner is down as ‘Taylor’ in the results: trust us, it is our Paul Turner!)

Times: Senior A team: M Crowe 10.02 B Hall 11.22 Seamus Kelleher 11.28 Dan Balmain 11.09. Total: 44.01 = 12th place.

Elswick A team: Phil Sanderson 9.54 Paul Turner 9.32 Iain Hardy 10.08
Lee Bennett 9.40. Total: 38.56 = 1st place.

Elswick B team: Andrew Hartley 10.59 Paul Prior 11.00 Dave Jardin 11.25
Shaun Connelly 11.49. Total: 45.13 = 13th place.

Elswick Masters collect medals in the final north east track championships

Whilst some of the Elswick athletes were competing in the first cross country event of the winter season, three Elswick  Masters were taking to the track to end the summer season at Monkton Stadium in the North East Masters track 5k and 10k championships.  In very warm Autumn conditions, Christine Lee completed her successful track season with a convincing win in her W70 age category in a time that should ensure she could be selected for the forthcoming masters International cross country team representing England. Harry Matthews, also an England team member at all age categories from M40 to M65 was 1st In his age category in a seasons best time of 20.01 and new recruit Graham Leslie finishing second M65 in a personal best time of 20.18.

Current up top date list of records over various Masters events NEMAA Records

ANDREA TAKES SOME BEATING

In recent years the HEXHAM COURANT newspaper has been promoting
a race within the Great North Run for all participants from Tynedale and Ponteland. Out of the 1,000 or so from that area ANDREA BANNER was fastest female home in 1 Hour 30 Minutes repeating her feat of 2012.
Andrea was delighted to be informed of her achievment, as due to work and family commitments she is restricted in the amount of training she can fit in. Not to be outdone MARK TURNBULL was second male home in 1Hour 21 Minutes, with MARK POWELL also making the top ten Tynedale finishers.

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If your thinking of joining Team Elswick……….. :)

My journey to the 2014 Great North Run as a new member of Elswick Harriers. Post kindly submitted by Ben Hall.  

Ben Hall (A runner, a golfer and a thoroughly nice gent!)

On the left, Ben Hall
A runner, a golfer and a thoroughly nice lad :)

 My story starts in January 2014 and a trip north of the boarder with some Elswick Harrier friends (of mixed ages) to take part in the BUPA Great Winter Run 5km in Edinburgh. I was encouraged to take part with the promise I could drink plenty beer (once I had ran!). It was my first race since leaving school. Well, I did it in a PB time of 24.18. I was praised and cheered as I crossed the line. (I then immediately opened a bottled of lager!). Encouraged by the support I had received I trained for the next few weeks taking part in a couple of park runs then walked into Newburn Sports Centre to try a training session. I was welcomed with open arms. I felt at home straight away.

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Venue: The 2014 Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal Run.
On the left its Ben with team mates.
This race definitely earns you a picnic
of post race beer, cake and pie!!!

Before then I had only ever ran up to 3 miles and never really pushed myself through the pain barrier………9 months on, I’m now a ‘veteran’ of a number of local races (at various distances) seeing improvements in my times which I can only thank the Elswick Harrier club sessions and the encouragement of those supporting that are not able to run (the beer at the end by the way, has been replaced by a friendly picnic with post run cakes, pies, flapjacks… repeat….then repeat again!!).

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L to R: Ben with his team mates Mark and John.
(Harry in full support mode for the team!)
Venue: The recently held Durham Team Relays.

 I never thought I could run 5 miles at one point but now I’m running half marathons, my second and most recent being the 2014 Great North Run! 

My message to anyone thinking of joining or is scared of going a running club is don’t think they’re only for elite runners it’s just the opposite, the sessions are great and you’ll see improvements but most of all you’ll meet like minded crazy running people so don’t be shy just give it a try!!!

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FULL FLIGHT GIVING IT EVERYTHING: DURHAM RELAYS 2014

If anyone else from Team Elswick wishes to post a story, just contact Andy Middleton or Graham Bell. We would love to hear from you all!……(Photos from GB’s not very good camera phone!)

The 34th GREAT NORTH RUN – 2014 (49 Team Elswick in a million!)

What a brilliant advertisement for the ‘Great North’ over the past four days. It started off with the spectacular Quayside event on Thursday celebrating the regions heritage with famous Geordies coming back home to give the 20,000 enthusiastic audience an evening to remember.

Thursday 4th September. The Spectacular Quayside Heritage Event

Thursday 4th September. The Spectacular Quayside Heritage Event

On Saturday the region had the City Games back in town and the popular Junior fun runs also on the quayside, much of which was televised by BBC television. Then on Sunday we had the 34th Great North Run and the millionth participant at the GNR. For all who competed and supported this extravaganza of events, you were all part of something special……..doesn’t it make you proud to be a Geordie?

The wheelchair race was off first, followed by the elite women’s race. Then at 10.40am, the elite men and mass start of the Great North half marathon. Using the camera phone I picked out the ‘best’ photos…(apologies for no elite women and apologies if I did not capture all 49 Team Elswick!).

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10.40AM THE START OF THE 2014 GNR(ELITE & MASSES)

Ahead of the mass start.The Royal Marines: Top people.

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ROYAL MARINES CARRYING THE ‘ONE MILLIONTH FLAG’

 In the wheelchair race, Shelly Woods won the womens race and Jordi Madera won the mens race. For the elite women a course record for the excellent Mary Keitany in 65.39 with Britian’s Gemma Steel home in second place with a brilliant 68.18.  A close mens race at the front of field gave Mo Farah his win and a time of one hour.

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MO AT HEWORTH….19.05 & LOOKING COMFORTABLE WITH HIS PEERS.

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UP CLOSE AT THE 2014 GNR….ITS MO FARAH

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STEVE VERNON EUROPEAN SILVER & BRONZE 10K & 5K MEDALLIST 2014

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MORPETH’S CLASSY IAN HUDSPITH, FASTEST NORTH EAST ATHLETE ON SUNDAY

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At mile 4…..leading out Team Elswick: Mark and Iain

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CLAIRE TUMIA IN THE COLOURS OF ELSWICK!

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WORKING HARD….ANDY AND PAUL

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HARRY SUPPORTING AND PACING :)

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SHAUN CONNELLY….ONE WEEK ON AFTER THE JELLY TEA!

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LEE AND MICKEY ARMS IN THE AIR!

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NEW RECRUIT ROB KEVAN (GNR no.27 though!!)And a PB for good measure! Welcome to Team Elswick!

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ROB GOING THE LONG WAY ROUND…ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD….NEARLY MISSED YOU ROB!!!

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THE THUMBS UP FROM KEV…..LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK AT THE CLUB!

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PATRICK LOOKING FRESH AT MILE 4!

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JOE ON HIS WAY….GREAT RECOVERY FROM A RECENT FALL!

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Leah Avery in charity colours!

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GOOOOOOOO…..ELSWICK! OR SOMETHING SIMILAR!

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Grrrrrrrrrrr (Green, Great or Both!!??)

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KIM GIVES THE CAMERA A WAVE!

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ANDREA (RED VEST AND CENTRE) ON HER WAY TO A TOP 10 AGE GROUP POSITION!VERY WELL DONE!

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ANOTHER WAVE AND ANOTHER SMILE! GO ELSWICK!

 

A HARD MORNINGS WORK FOR WOR STEVIE ROBERTSON!

A HARD MORNINGS WORK FOR WOR STEVIE ROBERTSON!

L to R: Vernon, Steel, Keitany, Farah, Kiplagat

L to R: Vernon, Steel, Keitany, Farah, Kiplagat

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Janice, Red vest centre, waving like mad!

 

Iain on his way to a 1.24

Iain on his way to a 1.24

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Its Mike behind the hand…..Honest!!

 

IAIN HARDYS UNCLE: ALAN BELL. ONE OF A FEW WHO HAVE RUN ALL 34 GREAT NORTH RUNS. WELL DONE ALAN.

IAIN HARDYS UNCLE: ALAN PHILIPSON. ONE OF A FEW WHO HAVE RUN ALL 34 GREAT NORTH RUNS.
WELL DONE ALAN……1981 TO 2014 AND STILL GOING!

We are a running community that transcends the elite, the club competitor, the jogger and the fund raiser. Below are Team Elswick finishing times. If you were running in a charity vest, or even in fancy dress! just contact the club and we will add your name to the Elswick list. Cheers, GB.

Bupa Great North Run 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL RUNNERS!

A MAGNIFICENT TURNOUT!

Name BIB Club Pos Finish Time Gun/Chip Compare
Jan Alexander 29674 Elswick Harriers 18176 02:10:55    
Jackie Avery 18871 Elswick Harriers 13445 02:02:29    
Leah Avery 16070 Elswick Harriers 7445 01:52:14    
Alan balmain 47852 Elswick Harriers 14088 02:03:35    
andrea banner 813 Elswick Harriers 792 01:30:17    
Siobhan Barnes 27465 Elswick Harriers 13168 02:01:58    
Antony Beynon 4259 Elswick Harriers 1843 01:36:41    
Gillian Brazewell 17295 Elswick Harriers 18649 02:11:43    
Joseph Capocci 13951 Elswick Harriers 12150 02:00:15    
Patrick Brendan Casey 8817 Elswick Harriers 2825 01:40:33    

Claire Tumia. Bib no. 3436 Pos: 1632. Time: 1.35.42

Name BIB Club Pos Finish Time Gun/Chip Compare
michelle coleman 17414 Elswick Harriers 23050 02:19:40    
Shaun Connelly 8068 Elswick Harriers 1453 01:34:43    
RACHEL COOPER 56446 Elswick Harriers 17164 02:09:05    
Lee Coulson 1191 Elswick Harriers 4359 01:45:16    
Yvette Devlin 7404 Elswick Harriers 12561 02:00:57    
JEFFREY EMMERSON 21199 Elswick Harriers 10679 01:58:04    
Robert Emson 8852 Elswick Harriers 4455 01:45:33    
emma fraser 23488 Elswick Harriers 17423 02:09:31    
patrick gordon 11938 Elswick Harriers 3718 01:43:28    
Caron Green 34107 Elswick Harriers 27781 02:28:34    

 

Name BIB Club Pos Finish Time Gun/Chip Compare
Ben Hall 1941 Elswick Harriers 1362 01:34:11    
Iain Hardy 725 Elswick Harriers 276 01:24:10    
Andrew Hartley 663 Elswick Harriers 359 01:25:33    
Paul Henderson 7265 Elswick Harriers 12345 02:00:34    
Jordan Heslop 7703 Elswick Harriers 2131 01:37:57    
Denise Huddleston 14701 Elswick Harriers 5467 01:48:01    
Paul Jones 3930 Elswick Harriers 522 01:27:53    
Mary Lisle 7004 Elswick Harriers 5007 01:46:52    
MARK POWELL 1748 Elswick Harriers 414 01:26:30    
Callum Railton 5135 Elswick Harriers 995 01:32:00    

 

Name BIB Club Pos Finish Time Gun/Chip Compare
Kevin Rathmell 10353 Elswick Harriers 6303 01:49:51    
Mel Reed 17957 Elswick Harriers 2521 01:39:34    
Andrew Riley 14469 Elswick Harriers 16818 02:08:29    
Steven Robertson 665 Elswick Harriers 332 01:25:11    
Paul Keith Robinson 10171 Elswick Harriers 6400 01:50:04    
Katie Robson 6712 Elswick Harriers 1976 01:37:16    
mike russell 4989 Elswick Harriers 2084 01:37:46    
Amy Scott 16698 Elswick Harriers 13110 02:01:53    
michael shore 11072 Elswick Harriers 3654 01:43:17    
Elizabeth Souter 43235 Elswick Harriers 27788 02:28:35    

 

Name BIB Club Pos Finish Time Gun/Chip Compare
sarah stokoe 18887 Elswick Harriers 8147 01:53:35    
charlie townsend 3944 Elswick Harriers 1314 01:33:55    
Emma Turnbull 6814 Elswick Harriers 7598 01:52:34    
Mark Turnbull 730 Elswick Harriers 204 01:21:58    
Alison Warnes 34653 Elswick Harriers 24657 02:22:32    
Steven Wilkins 7402 Elswick Harriers 6593 01:50:28    
susan wilson 23748 Elswick Harriers 17171 02:09:06    
Helen Young 16156 Elswick Harriers 17863 02:10:22