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

Senior Training Sessions

Tuesday 28th October – One North East- 1×6 Mins with 2 Mins recovery, 1×5 mins with 90 secs.recovery, 2×3 Mins with 1 Minute recovery, 1×2 Mins with 1 Minute recovery, then 1×1 Minute to end.

Thursday 30th October – Warburtons-3×1 Minute with 1 Minute recovery, then 6 x Hill, 5×1 minute to end

Sherman Cup / Davison Shield

This popular competition took place at a windswept but dry Temple Park, South Shields. As is normal now in the Harrier League huge fields were the order of the day, in spite of the handicapping system not applying at this event.
The afternoon started with the Under 11 race in which the club had two runners with OSCAR TUMIA finishing in 67th spot in his first race for the club, with KIRSTIN McLEOD close behind in 71st.


Yvette at Temple Park today

Joanne being tracked by Christine at Temple Park

Joanne being tracked by Christine at Temple Park








Next off were the Under 13 Boys in which we had 5 starters, and finished 4th team overall. BEN FLANAGAN -19TH, JAMIE McLEOD-26TH, SAMUEL EDMUNDSON-31ST, MATTHEW BARRON-36TH, and DANIEL ROWELL-60TH. Well done boys, just narrowly missing out on the medals. Not to be outdone the Under 13 Girls also performed really well, gaining 5th place through MARISSA O’ROURKE-20TH, HANNAH TUMIA-21ST, SUZANNAH FIELDING-22ND, with REGAN BUTCHART-48TH.

Catherine enjoying the run at Temple Park

Catherine enjoying the run at Temple Park

Paul having a strong run at Temple Park

Paul having a strong run at Temple Park








In the Under 15 Boys we only had two counters with JOE BARNES -33RD and DANIEL GIBSON-47TH.
A debut for CONNOR HOWD in the Under 17 Boys Race finishing 18th.
The Senior Women were 12th overall with ANDREA BANNER first home for Elswick in 24th, closely followed by GINA HOWORTH, on her return to competition-26th. MARY LISLE, CATHRINE LEE and YVETTE DEVLIN were 93rd, 116th and 155th respectively.

Gina running her first cross country after her break.

Gina running her first cross country after her break.

Lee back in action at Temple Park

Lee back in action at Temple Park








CHRISTINE LEE, still going strong, was 255th and JOANNE LUCKING finished 264th. The Veteran womens team were 19th.
The afternoon ended with the finish of the day with Nick Swinburn of Morpeth, and our own TADELE GEMEREW battling out for the winners spot over the final two laps. The result was in doubt until the home straight with Nick showing tremendous grit to grab victory in the dying stages. A terrific race from two fine runners. PHIL SANDERSON-16TH, PAUL TURNER-25TH and LEE BENNETT-27TH, enabled the club to take the Veterans title, great packing from the trio. New boy STEPHEN KNIGHT was next home in 116th, and STEVE ROBERTSON, having a rare Saturday run finished in 134th.
Great to see KEVIN STEPHENSON back again in 173rd spot.
DAVID JARDIN was still fresh enough after his efforts in tent erecting to come home in 195th. CHRIS PEARCE was 212th, with the Sultan of Oman, otherwise known as MARTIN CROWE 255th on his return to Blighty! Other Elswick finishers, on a day which saw the club have a fine turn out of 17 Seniors and Vets, BEN HALL-270TH, RICH ROBERTS-276TH, MIKE RUSSELL-300TH, JOHNNY LOWES-340TH, GRHAM LESLIE-349TH, ROB KEVAN-443RD, and MEL REED-445TH.

Andrea having a strong run at Temple Park

Andrea having a strong run at Temple Park

Phil leading the Elswick men at Temple Park

Phil leading the Elswick men at Temple Park








When all the points were compiled, with all races apart from the Under 11′s to count, the club finished 6th overall in the Sherman Cup and 12th in the Davison Shield.
A great setting for a Cross Country, and once again congratulations to the North East Harrier League and all who assisted in putting on a fine event.

Tadele giving Nick Swinburn a run for his money at Temple Park

Tadele giving Nick Swinburn a run for his money at Temple Park


Hello Everyone, A message on behalf of Frank Watson. On Saturday 25th October sees the annual staging of the Sherman Cup and Davison Shield Cross Country races.

VENUE: Temple Park Leisure Centre South Shields. NE34 8QN.

The park is adjacent to the A1300 road (The John Reid Road).

For general enquiries at Temple Park leisure centre is: 0191 456 9119

The first race is the Under 11′s @ 12.15 with the programme as follows: Under 13 Boys-12:25. Under 13 Girls-12:35. Under 15 Boys-12:45. Under 15 Girls- 12.55. Under17/20 Women-1:05. Senior /Vet Women- 1:15. Under 17 Men- 1:50. Senior/Vet men -2.15. Please try and be at the course at least 45 minutes before your race starts. Start times are approximate so runners are to listen for the call up whistle.

All races are ‘off scratch’: All races will be a mass start. Your Harrier League numbers are to be used, so please bring your race number with you.


Dave Jardin, XC Captain will be there with the club tent after his European half marathon exploits at the Amsterdam Half Marathon.

For any ‘race day questions’, please contact the club secretary, Frank Watson.



Saltwell 10k Road Race 2014

Anyone interested in competing in the Saltwell 10k this December please note the following information sent through by Saltwell Harriers.

The Saltwell 10K Road Race is on Saturday 20th December starting at 11.30 am. Online entries are now open at http://www.runbritain.com/

Entry forms can be download and posted to the race secretary Phil James. See the Saltwell Harriers website where race information can be found http://www.saltwellharriers.org.uk/

Please note that this race has been oversubscribed for the past four years. If the entry limit is reached before race day no on the day entries will be taken.


Keith Wood

Saltwell Harriers

Dave goes Dutch

Intrepid traveller DAVE JARDIN was competing today in the Mizuno Half Marathon in Amsterdam, finishing in 90:11.
The event had a strong North East representation with Marc Fenwick of Tyne Bridge Harriers in 5th spot followed by Brendan McMillan of Jarrow & Hebburn and Shaun Brown of Tyne Bridge 6th and 7th respectively.

Phil wins on his comeback race

PHIL HURST in his first race for a long time stormed to victory in the Givudan Ashford 10k race in Kent. The Canterbury athlete beat Robert Catala of Ashford.A.C. by nearly three minutes. Phil after taking the first 5k steadily, stepped it up in the latter half of the race to finish in 31:40. Our former North of England junior cross country champion was having only his second ever run over the distance, in an event that attracted 869 finishers. With Tadele, and Mark having fine performances for the club, Phil completed a great weekend for Elswick.

Chronicle Live

Great Day at Sunny Cramlington

The first Start Fitness Harrier League fixture was blessed with beautiful sunshine with all races attracting tremendous fields.
The afternoon commenced with 159 Under 11′s facing the starter over the 1.38k course, with BRADLEY FOGGIN leading for most of the race till being overhauled near the finish, still gaining a great 3rd spot in 5:03. Fine performances from our other five in red and white with GEORGE TURNBULL 23RD-5:47, EMILY ALLISON-36TH-6:00, CAITLIN FLANAGAN-67TH-6:30, and KIRSTIN McLEOD-91st-6:48.
The next race was the U/13 Girls with Elswick again performing well finishing 5th team, with SUZANNAH FIELDING 14th-15:27, closely followed by HANNAH TUMIA IN 15TH in the same time. MARISSA O’ROURKE running from the fast pack was 48th in 16:04, and new recruit LUCY CARDNO-51st-18:28. This race was run over a 3.32k course.
The youngsters continued their good afternoon in the next race – U/13Boys.
New recruit CHRISTOPHER MASON had a really strong run to come home in 8th place in 13:40, with BEN FLANAGAN up an age group, claiming 10th spot in 13:58 and MATTHEW GRANT close behind in 13th-14:16. LUKE GUADAGNO was 18th-14:22, and JAMIE McLEOD-20TH-14:27. SAM EDMUNDSON-21ST-14:29, superb packing by the boys.
MAX AUSTIN running strongly-31st-15:11 with JAMIE STYLES from the fast pack-13:42, and SAM BURRIN-42nd in 15:35. Another fine performance for Elswick to claim 3rd spot.
We only had the one entrant in the U/15 Boys race with new boy JOE BARNES finishing 27th-13:39 over the 3.32k course.
The U/15 Girls event saw a fine run from FRANCESCA BURRIN to finish in 3rd spot in 13:57, with ROBYN BENNETT running from the fast pack-15:16.
In the U/17/20 Womens event one runner from the club with new recruit CHARLOTTE BASTON 29TH IN 24:08 over the 4.9k course.
The Womens event was run over 2 laps, a distance of 6.52k, with the club having a marvellous turn out of 13 women. The total fields continued to grow as the afternoon progressed with 333 at the start. ANDREA BANNER continued her fine form with a 12th placing in 29:15, followed by new girl RACHEL WALMSLEY-19th in 30:28. Captain-KIM MATTHEWS and MARY LISLE finishing in 59th and 69th respectively in 31:42 and 31:54 made up the counters enabling the girls to claim 3rd Spot in Division 2.
TRACEY STURROCK was next home for the club in 112th-32:55, then YVETTE DEVLIN-157TH-34:02 just ahead of CATHRINE LEE in 157th-34:14. DENISE HUDDLESTON, KATY GOULDING, and JACKIE AVERY finished 211th, 218th, and 257th respectively in 35:30, 35:45, and 37:43.
Our other three ladies were MICHELLE COLEMAN-277TH-39:07, CHRISTINE LEE-282ND-39:28, and TINA McIVER-292ND-39:55.
A fine effort from everyone, with the aim to finish that bit higher at the next fixture!
Unbelievably the Senior/Vet Mens race had 590 finishers, making the total for both Women and Men over 900 competitors.
There was victory for the club as MARK McLEOD making a welcome return to the club strolling to a great win in 34:02 over the 9.9k course. Nice to see Mark back in the red and white vest again. New recruit JASON OLD had a fine debut -27th in 38:08, PHIL SANDERSON still seething over his problems on getting to the course scythed through the field from the fast pack to finish 71st overall in 34:44. New boy STEPHEN KNIGHT had a very promising debut -105th place in 40:40. Next home was IAIN HARDY running from the mediums-149th-39:04, with KEVIN STEPHENSON making a welcome return finished 174th-41.48, DAVID JARDIN -221ST-42:45, New recruit CHRIS PEARCE-235TH-42:58, SEAMUS KELLEHER-270TH-43:40, BEN HALL-296TH-44:08, SEAN CONNELLY-332ND-45:05, MICHAEL RUSSELL-354TH-45:44, ANTHONY BEYNON-361ST-45:49, JOHN LOWES-393RD-46:42, PATRICK GORDON-407TH-47:01, GRAHAM LESLIE-450TH-48:30, ANDY MIDDLETON-497TH-49:54, LEE COULSON-549TH-53:46, STEVE CURRY-561ST-55:23 and ROB KEVAN-566TH-57:04.
Summarising, there was a terrific turn out of members, and with the huge fields expected this current season it is essential that we maintain our position, as the Senior Men finished in 6th place overall in Division 2. This is a good base to work on and try to improve for the upcoming fixtures.
Thanks to all the encouragement to the runners around the course, in particular from Martin Connelly and the Heslops. Finally a big thank you to one of the unsung heroes – Dave Jardin for his sterling work in putting the tent up, and staying behind to clear up and dismantle.