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.

Annual Presentation Evening Saturday, 21st March 2015.

It was a great evening for the club at this year’s annual presentation awards. Special guests, Bill MCGuirk and Elswick’s newest GB senoir athlete, Phil Hurst took to their seats along with over 100 club members, friends and family.


Smile everyone, your on camera!

Proceedings were started by welcoming everyone to the evening.Mary Lisle was applauded for her work in bringing the night all together. Harry Matthew’s speech was followed by the presentation of the charity cheque (for the sum of £2000 :)  )


Some of the 1 2 5 members along with the charity representatives

Mark Carpenter and Phil Hurst combined to speak and hand out awards to the junior athletes. It was pleasing to see a great turnout by juniors and their parents! Lalage Brown’s speech was followed by the ladies of Elswick receiving their awards.


Senior Women’s Champion, Mary Lisle.

Graham Bell’s speech was followed by the men of Elswick receiving their awards.


Ben Hall with Phil Hurst. 1st Senior Male 2015.

Bill McGuirk presented Lalage Brown with the female quantum award. Bill McGuirk presented Harry Matthews with the male quantum award. Guests were also informed that Harry Matthews was to be made a life member of the club. 

Phil Hurst gave a speech to the audience (key advice: run for fun!). Martin Crowe then handed over (to a very surprised Phil Hurst!) a cheque from Elswick Harriers.

Graham Bell rounded off the speeches by saying some words about Kevin Stephenson and followed this up by proposing a toast to Kevin and absent friends.

Fine food and delicious ice cream followed, (courtesy of Kevin’s contact at Beckleberrys!) Frank’s famous pictorial quiz bamboozled contestants! And finally, the raffle took place and ended a very nice evening for the club. See you all again in 2016!

Cragside 10km

Catherine Lee takes up the story…..(A sincere acknowledgement for the pictures taken by Hippie Nixon Photography).

The race took place on an overcast Saturday morning, the Elswick squad travelled up to the Cragside NT Estate, in Rothbury (Northumberland). The pre-race plan was to car share, with Jonny and myself picking up Holly from Prudhoe and Ben and Mary picking up Lalage after she managed to secure a last minute race place. The race started at 09.30am and we all arrived in good time, to help keep warm we found shelter in Jonny’s car until it was time for the last toilet stop. We bumped in to fellow team mates Daniel and Melisa, a nice surprise. We all enjoyed a slow jog up the hill to the start line. Holly bumped into, well, everybody! She seemed to know every other person, from her time marshalling whilst out with injury last year.  

Some of team Elswick AFTER the run!

Johnny Lowes balances a yellow bike on his head after a 10km race….Impressive!

The race seemed well structured with the athletes being organised into their predicted race times. The course is a 9km loop, starting at the 9km mark, running one whole loop, then an additional kilometre through the finish at 0/10km. This has the added benefit that you run through first and last kilometre with a fast downhill section. With a short blast of an air horn the race was underway, and having gravity on our side we quickly made ground in the decent. With the first kilometre marker passing in 3.49 Daniel mentioned how quick we had ran. At this point I felt good, but soon the doubts started to creep in. So as the course started to level off I eased myself into a steady pace and managed to keep Daniel in my sights. As the race went on the sun came out and I managed to take in some of the beautiful scenery within the Cragside Estate. As the half way point came up I couldn’t help but think had indeed possibly gone off too quick. Having had a look at the course profile and talking to others who’d raced here previously, I was aware that all of the time we’d made up running downhill would be off-set by a significant climb. Trying not to tire myself out, I slowed a little. Having had some decent 5km and Cross Country runs I feel that I need to remember to slow myself down for a longer distance 10K race.  Before long, the course came to a long gradual ascent and by this point I found myself getting fatigued, and the distance between Daniel and me increased. On a couple of occasions I struggled to keep pushing, and at times found myself getting overtaken by other runners.  

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The scenery helped to take my mind of the run for a little while, passing picnic tables and as the climb levelled out, a most picturesque lake with a bridge. As soon as I saw the 7K mark and the course now close to level I found my stride and off I went, telling myself I was nearly there. Seeing the now familiar start line and 9km marker we found ourselves racing back down the steep incline towards the finish.  

Now getting too hot, I had to adjust my headband in an attempt to cool down, but decided this wouldn’t be a great look as I neared a photographer, a quick readjustment was needed. Now nearing the finish, the line in sight, being cheered on by Ben, I sprinted for the line. Already tired, I just couldn’t keep that pace up. Now closing in on Dan, who glanced over his shoulder, I offered him some words of encouragement. This must have helped Dan as he found another gear, and we both raced into the finish and over the line. Looking at the results it was no wonder I felt tired, I have managed to take nearly 2.30 minutes of my 10K time to result in a PB!! 

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Some of team Elswick AFTER the run!

Team Elswick Selfie…………And Johnny STILL HAS a yellow bike perfectly positioned on his heed!!! :)

We rounded an excellent morning’s work off with tea/coffee and cake/bacon sarnies/fruit bowls. The kind lady at Tomlinson’s in Rothbury gave all us runners a free coffee or tea which was a lovely gesture. Cragside 10km 2015 Race Results:-

23rd, John Lowes 41:27 32nd, Ben Hall 42:16 74th, Daniel Nettle 45:48 76th, Catherine Lee 45:54 93rd, Mary Lisle 47:36 143rd, Lalage Brown 51:15 146th, Melisa Bateson 51:23 , 268th, Holly Kelleher 1.01:35.

Thank you to Catherine Lee for the Race report. Cheers, Graham.



Thirsk 10 & Wimslow Half

A successful day for ELSWICK at Thirsk today. The star of the day was Justina Heslop who placed First Lady in a super fast time of 58.15. Next came London Marathon bound Andrea Banner 2nd W40 in 66.01, the improving Charlotte Baston was next placing 13th Senior Lady in a PB time of 75.17. Kim Matthews closed in at 2nd W55 in 78.20. We expect the women to collect team prizes as well as their individual awards but team results have yet to be declared.

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In the men’s section Elswick had three representatives with Dave Jardin finishing 41st M40 after a spell out with a leg injury in a time of 69.03, next came Harry Matthews in 6th M65 in 71.07. Phil Baston ran well to finish 58th M45 in the event that incorporated the Yorkshire Veterans championships as well as attracting a high class field in both male and female senior athletes in 78.56.

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Very well done to all the Elswick squad in Thirsk.

Further south, in Cheshire TADELE GEMEREW kept up his recent good form by claiming 2nd spot in the Wilmslow Half Marathon in a time of 65:23 behind winner Ben Siwa. There was a field of over 4000 runners in this event.

Elswick Harriers Good Friday Relays

Would all Race Secretaries please note that entries for this years
race close on MONDAY 23RD MARCH.
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control this year
there will be NO LATE ENTRIES taken. Also a reminder that
registration this year is at Newburn Leisure Centre, and registration
will close 45 MINUTES before each race.
Any queries please contact 07940482180.

Final round of the NEHL from Wrekenton.

The end of season finale to the NEHL cross country took place on Saturday at Wrekenton. For some athletes it was a chance to secure points and position, as it was a counting event for the club’s championship. For the club, it was the opportunity to secure and consolidate division 2 status for both the women’s and men’s teams.

For many though, this day was to pay our respects to our dear friend and fellow Elswick Harrier, Kevin Stephenson, who passed away on Thursday, 12th March 2015.


Mary Lisle provided black ribbons for the club’s athletes and Team Elswick spectators. As more and more club members gathered around the tent, you just knew this was going to be a fine turnout for Kevin and the club. People greeted each other. We consoled one another. We re-kindled memories of Kevin, but as the minutes passed by, the time had arrived when it was time to compete and so the day started with the junior races. Once again the juniors got the day off to a fine start.


Juniors From Team Elswick & a photo bomb from coach Mark!

First up were the U11  boys. Results: Zak Old, 16th in 6.59. Omar Tumia, 23rd in 7.12. Next the under U11 girls. Results: Emily Alison, 9th in 7.05. Caitlin Flanagan 21st in 7.51. Well ran Juniors, there were all very good times J. Next were the U13 boys. Results: Jamie Styles, 23rd in 11.14. Ben Flanagan, 25th in 11.15. Matthew Grant, 33rd in 11.39. Well ran lads. You were placed 8th out of 47 clubs. Well Done.

U13 Boys off and running!


Next the U13 girls. Anna Styles, 35th in 12.35. From the fast pack: Marissa O’Rouke 38th in 12.37. Also from the fast pack Hannah Tumia and Susannah Fielding 48th & 49th respectively and both receiving a time of 12.58. Well ran everyone. Collectively you were placed 7th overall out of 47 teams. Congratulations.



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From the U17 girls and U20 women and running from the fast pack another fine XC run from Charlotte Baston running to a 15th place in a net time of 29.13. Well ran Charlotte. For the season: U13 Boys 6th. U13 Girls 7th. U15 Girls 29th. U15 Boys 37th. U17 Girls 27th. U17 Boys 44th. Well done everyone.

Charlotte Baston in fine form

Charlotte Baston in fine form


Elswick’s women’s team

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The women’s race: Another superb turnout by the ladies of Elswick. Once again they did not disappoint (Times are net): Judith Nutt 9th 26.34. Sarah Davies 22nd 29.10. Sara Blight 30th 29.22. 38th Mary Lisle 29.31 (Kevin would have been proud of you). 63rd Emma Turnbull 29.31. 80th Marie Louise Drozdowicz 80th 30.11. Claire Tumia 81st 28.11. Andrea Banner (Fast Pack) 99th 26.24. Kim Matthews 125th 30.46. Catherine Lee 143rd 29.03. Jill Bennett 227th 33.09. Lalage Brown 232nd 33.19. Melissa Bateson 255th 34.34. Michelle Coleman 283rd. 36.33. Congratulations to all the women racing today. Collectively you were placed 1st on the day and finished the season in an excellent 4th position overall :)

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Back in action in Alnwick, Back in Action here at Wrekenton its Our Smiley Jude!



Bringing it all home for the women’s team, Michelle Coleman


Mary Lisle with good friend Alison from NSP :)


Men of Elswick. There for Kevin.

A superb athlete: Kevin Stephenson


Kevin at the 2013 Sherman Cup. Competitive but ALWAYS with a smile :)


Juniors. Ladies. Gents. There for Kevin.


Just before the minute’s silence………..

The men’s race started with an announcement to the first pack on the start line that there would be a minutes silence for Kevin. It was perfectly observed. There were tears shed, arms around each other and heads bowed. The whistle was blown and the men’s race commenced. What a picture it was. Hundreds of athletes headed off towards the first hill. After the first pack was away it was followed by the medium pack and then the fast pack athletes (Kevin at his peak was a consistent Fast Pack Athlete. He loved cross country :)).


Close friend Iain, giving his all.


Through triathlon, Good friends of Kevin,Conrad and Harry



Elswick’s Vocal support – More out on the course too! “Come on ELSWICK!!”



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It was easy to spot that Red, White & Black vest with the black ribbon. You could see that every Elswick athlete gave it everything. It made you proud. There were many a fine time produced today, some excellent pack work, resulting in high finishing positions, given the total numbers of athletes competing (502 runners crossed the finish line). The men’s results are as follows (Times are net):  First home for the club, Chris Pearce 54th 37.49. Steven Knight 57th 35.22. Jonny Bolton 97th 38.28. Richard Carr 103rd 38.32. Bradley Clough 105th (Fast pack N/C) 33.32. Jason Old 111th 36.07. Iain Hardy 112th 36.07  (Kevin would have been proud of that run). Steven Robertson 117th 38.43. Seamus Kelleher 148th 39.03. Lee Bennett (Fast Pack) 151st 34.03. Andrew Lee 176th 39.30. 177th Alan Thompson 39.30. Dave Jardin 207th in 40.00. Anthony Benyon 212th 40.01. Ben Hall 219th 40.12. Mark Turnbull 226th 37.47. Mark Carpenter 228th 40.17. John Lowes 241st 40.29. Paul Turner (Fast Pack and returning from a broken collarbone injury) 267th 36.00. Tom Hanson 322nd 42.31. 350th Harry Matthews 43.38. Daniel Nettle 387th 44.46. Robert Emson 412th 45.36. Phil Baston 416th 45.48. Steve Curry 472nd 49.15. Last but by no means least, Jeff Emerson 490th in 53.47. Twenty six ‘Men of Elswick’ ran today. The best turnout yet. Collectively you were placed 4th on the day and overall for the season you were 6th placed team. A fine reward against tough opposition in greater numbers. Once Jeff was back at the tent, Team Elswick jogged back to the start line (along with other club runners who knew Kevin). 


Iain about to lead out the tribute lap. A large turnout and so many thanks for staying back!

Iain Hardy announced that “This one is for you Kevin” and with a mix of juniors, men and women athletes, set off on a tribute lap. Some folks walked a shorter lap. In time, one by one, group by group, the runners made their way across the finish line. They were all warmly applauded by quite a number of spectators. It was a moving site. Throughout the day, photos were taken, with the final ones taken after the tribute lap.


The first of tribute runners at the finish line

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HIP HIP HORRAY! The day ends with beer and cake ;)


Ironman Austria 2014. (Kevin definitely having a beer with us in the tent :) )

We rounded off the day with a beer and delicious cake! We said our good byes to one another, dismantled the tent and headed home.  

I would like to say an indebted ‘Thank You’ to everyone who turned up to support Kevin and his beloved Elswick Harriers on Saturday.

Each and every one of you were magnificent. A special thank you I feel must go to Mary Lisle, Steve Robertson, Catherine Lee, Dave Jardin and Lalage Brown who helped in many ways today. 

I have no doubt that Kevin’s family and his ‘work family’ would have been deeply touched by all of your efforts on Saturday.

In my humble opinion, togetherness and friendship at such a heartbreaking time is what makes our club special.  

We will all miss you Kevin. Rest in peace.

You were quite simply:

A great man.

Senior Training Sessions

Tuesday 17th March – One North East- 1×6 Mins with 2 mins recovery, 1×5 Mins with 2 Mins recovery, 1×6 Mins with 2 Mins recovery, then 1×5 Mins to finish.

Thursday 19th March – Warburtons – 3×1 Mins with 1 minute recovery then 6 Times hill with jog back recovery then 3×1 Mins with 1 Minute recovery

Important: Your club requests your help.

Hello Team Elswick. The club’s annual Good Friday Relays (Friday 3rd April) will have it’s race HQ at Newburn Leisure Centre. The race course will be at One North East Business Park, Lemington. The club requires marshals at various points between the centre, en-route to the start line and on the course itself. If you can support your club to successfully host the race, then please forward your name to either Frank Watson, Club Secretary or Graham Bell, Men’s Captain before Wednesday 1st April. Thank you :)