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.

Alnwick Harriers Coastal Run

A little late in posting……….There were 39 Elswick Harriers who made the trip up to Beadnell for the Annual Alnwick Harriers Coastal Run, the 35th year of running. The day started off a rather wet affair but slowly the rain eased, the clouds broke and we saw some glimpses of the sun, enough to get a little tan almost.


997 runners completed the tough, but satisfying race, with Morpeth Carl Avery crossing the line in first place with a time of 1:15:42, followed by Sunderlands Kevin Jeffress in 1:17:15. First lady home was Emma Holt of Morpeth in 1:29:36, with Amy Green of Keighly & Craven AC not far behind in 1:31:33.

Some great times were posted by the Elswick team as shown below. Well done to each one of you.


View our Flickr page for more photos courtesy of Derek Nelson
1:24:24 Jason Old (M) (3rd Veteran40),
1:28:46 Steven Robertson Senior M,
1:33:12 Jonathon Bolton (M) Veteran40,
1:38:02 Andrew Hartley (M) Veteran50,
1:39:27 Mark Crowe Senior M,
1:40:39 David Jardin (M) Veteran40,
1:41:29 Ben Hall Senior M,
1:43:01 Andrea Banner (F) Veteran40,
1:43:07 Patrick Gordon (M) Veteran50,
1:44:09 Harry Matthews (M) (3rd Veteran60),
1:45:16 Scott Brady Senior M,
1:47:04 Antony Beynon Senior M,
1:48:52 John Lowes Senior M,
1:49:42 Marie Louise Drozdowicz (F) (5th Veteran50),
1:50:33 Emma Turnbull (F) Veteran40,
1:50:56 Lee Coulson (M) Veteran40,
1:50:57 Angela. Richardson Senior F,
1:51:49 Phillip Colver (M) Veteran40,
1:54:03 Catherine Lee Senior F,
1:54:16 Steve Kyte (M) Veteran50,
1:55:14 James Richardson (M) Veteran50,
1:55:23 Andy Middleton (M) Veteran40,
1:58:36 Steve Curry (M) Veteran50,
1:58:44 Yvonne Swinhowe (F) Veteran50,
2:00:22 Mary Lisle VeteranF35,
2:00:49 Emma Fraser VeteranF35,
2:06:39 Kirste Worland (F) Veteran40,
2:07:32 Tracey Beaumont Senior F,
2:09:06 Mel Reed (M) Veteran50,
2:12:57 Susan Wilson (F) Veteran40,
2:13:33 Helen Young Senior F,
2:15:33 Micky Shore Senior M,
2:15:41 Sarah Stokoe (F) Veteran40,
2:18:44 Denise Huddleston (F) Veteran40,
2:18:44 Katie Robson VeteranF35,
2:18:46 Katy Goulding Senior F,
2:20:37 Joanne Lucking (F) Veteran40,
2:20:54 Jackie Avery (F) Veteran50,
2:52:01 Gillian Burliston VeteranF35

Justina is Northern Champ

The popular Sunderland Harriers 5k Road Race took place at Farringdon on a beautiful sunlit evening. This years event was split into two races, with the women and the O/50 Men facing the starter at 7.00pm with 133 finishers. Guy Bracken and JUSTINA HESLOP immediately stormed into the lead and were neck and neck for the first kilometre before Guy broke away to win the race in a remarkable time of 15:39. Justina had an outstanding run to claim the Women’s victory and become Northern Champion in a time of 16:28. Next home for the club was ALAN THOMPSON in 19th spot-18:28 with MARK McNALLY finishing in 30th place-19:26. ROB WILSON enjoyed a rare outing to record 20:37 in 48th. CATH LEE was second woman home for Elswick-54th -20:54. VAL WILSON ran her usual consistent race-65th-21:16.
MARY LISLE took 83rd place in 22:15, with STEVE CURRY close behind in 87th-22:29. The club once again had an excellent presence at the event with SARAH STOKOE-101st-24:13 making up nine finishers for Elswick. The O/50 Men claimed third team place.

The second race for the Senior and Vet O/40 Men again attracted a good field with 169 finshers. Carl Smith of Leeds City became Northern Champion with an excellent time of 14:37. The field was of the highest standard, with LEE BENNETT recording a P.B. Of 16:08 and still finishing in 32nd place, but claiming first 0/45 prize. Next home for the club was JASON OLD-59th-17:12. MARK CROWE who is slowly but surely getting back into competition finished-107th-18:38. He was chased home by ANTHONY BEYNON in 111th-18:43. BEN HALL was 113th in 18:54. The club had, as in the first race, nine entrants with JOHNNY LOWES-127th-19:59. LEE COULSON was 130th-20:07, with ROBERT EMSON-133rd-20:19, and DANIEL NETTLE finishing in 14th place-21:21.
A well organised event by Sunderland Harriers, with the awards being handed out promptly after the races.

T&F Match 2 Report – Wentworth Stadium, Hexham

T&F Match 2 Report – Wentworth Stadium, Hexham

First off, apologies for the late submission of the T&F report, however there were a few issues with some of the results, but these have now been largely cleared up.

It was a windy but sunny day that saw us take to the Track and Field at the Wentworth track in Hexham. This was somewhat an improvement over the last minute cancellation of Match 1, due to torrential rain, which left everyone feeling disappointed.

Our team is a combined effort with Blaydon Harriers & AC in the Northern 4E league where we compete with Chester-le-Street, Heaton, Tyndale Harriers, Jarrow and Hebburn & Tyne Bridge Harriers. We can field 2 athletes in each event, scoring with an A & B string.

4x100m relay runners Ben and Catherine

4x100m relay runners Ben and Catherine

There were a few début appearances at both the Track and Field events, in testing windy conditions. Continue reading

A Fine win at Weetslade Relays

A dank drizzly evening at the Weetslade Country Park failed to dampen the spirits as the club gained a great win at the 6th running of this very well organised event by Claremont Road Runners.
A record entry of 97 teams faced the starter in this unique race in which each team must include a Veteran, and a lady.

Elswick had an amazing turn out of 8 teams and provided the winning team with ADAM HANDS having a storming run on Leg 1 to bring the club home in a very respectable 6th spot in 13:51, before handing on to our supercharged veteran lady – JUSTINA HESLOP who ate up the course to come back in first place in the fastest female time of the night – 13:41. The glory leg was entrusted to PAUL TURNER who had an outstanding run to claim victory in a time of 13:37. Morpeth Harriers finishing in second spot. This was a very good performance due to two of our first team squad being forced to pull out at the last minute. Our second team also got into the Top Ten with JASON OLD – 14:19, GINA HOWORTH – 16:03, and new recruit JAMES HADFIELD – 14:57 having a promising run.
The team of MARTIN CONNELLY – 14:52, SARAH DAVIES – 16:55, and JOHNNY LOWES – 15:59 ran strongly to finish 25th, closely followed in by MARK CROWE – 15:17, SUSANNE STEPHENSON – 17:30, and PAUL JONES-15:02 in 27th place.
Good to see Susanne returning to competition, and Martin turning back the years with a strong run.
The next combination home for Elswick was BEN HALL – 16:01, CATH LEE -17:39, and RYAN DAVISON – 17:00. They were in 42nd position with BRENDAN CASEY – 16:31, SARA BLIGHT – 17:46, and our life member HARRY MATTHEWS bringing the side home in 17:22. Our two other teams were 56th and 72nd respectively, with STEVE CURRY – 18:49, MARY LISLE – 18:10, and DAVE JARDIN recording a very respectable – 15:56. VAL WILSON on Leg 1 – 17:59, MARK CARPENTER – 16:35, and MEL REED – 20:31. Good to see Mark and Val racing again.
Overall a good night for the club, and important that we keep at the sharp end of competition to enhance the profile of Elswick Harriers.