(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