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

Team Elswick at North Tyneside 10K

Well we were out in force on what was a lovely sunny morning at North Tyneside.


For those that don’t know the route it’s a lovely 10k from North Shields Fish Quay all along the coast to Tynemouth, sneaky hill up by the priory and then you follow the path all the way through Cullercoats, Whitley Bay and finish at St. Mary’s Lighthouse.  What a way to spend your Easter Sunday!  The headwind didn’t put us off and coming in first for Team Elswick were the fast lads …Paul Turner 10th – 35:26, Paul Jones 61st – 38:35, Steve Robertson 71st – 39:01, Mark McNally 126th – 40:32, Dave Jardin 237th – 43:06, Harry 125 Matthews 254th – 43:25, Lee Coulson 301st – 44:06, Phil Colver 403rd – 45:54, Lady Captain Kim Matthews 422nd – 46:12, Rob Emson 472nd – 47:02, little old me trying to hide behind tall people 474th – 47:03, Patrick Gordon 531st – 47:49, ever competitive Marie 573rd – 48:19, Micky Side Show 595th – 48:41, Emma Fraser 917th – 52:59, Michelle Coleman 972nd – 53:45, the Legend that is Christine Lee 1037th – 54:30, Jackie Long Legs 1127th – 55:36, flying Tina McIver 1320th – 58:23, Nigel Hollier 1417th – 59:59.

Thanks to all Team Elswick supporting on the day, Jo and Mel half way, Iain and kiddies at the park shouting encouragement, towards the home stretch little Stevie, Andy, Denise, Katy, Gary, Chris and many more, all cheering and taking photos as without you racing doesn’t happen.  A great day out and even though we lost most of our group when everyone put the Blue T Shirt on, I think I can say on behalf of all runners what a lovely morning at the seaside and am sure we all be there next year! Mary x


Well done on all the fantastic runs that everyone had at our own Good Friday relays, it was a wonderful day with record fields. I was very pleased to field 4 complete ladies teams. If there are any veteran women that would now like to do the relays at Bedewell park on wednesday the 30th April can you please let me know ASAP as I need to get the entries in. Let me know by tuesday 22nd at the very latest. 10 year age groups for this, from age 35 years, three to a team. I feel confidant that we can once again do well in this event.


‘Thank you!’ From The Good Friday Relay Races

A word to say a huge ‘thank you!’ to all the marshals, officials and volunteers to help make today’s Good Friday Relays, such a successful day. Thank you to all the Junior competitors & the 180 relay teams taking part in the Men’s & Women’s Senior & Vet races! (Results will be available on Sportsoft and a news article will follow in the local press). Thank you also to the club’s ’125′committee for organising the bottled beer and cupcake provisions…….and certainly not forgetting “Tina’s tootling trolley!” A great team effort by all at the club: you have done us proud! The club sends very best wishes to Margaret Anderson, who was taken for hospital treatment this morning from today’s event.














Finally there are 3 ‘found’ items: A north face coat, a free spirit coat and a pair of adidas trainers. Please contact the club’s secretary, Mr.Frank Watson on 07940 482 180 for further details. Enjoy the rest of you bank holiday weekend! On behalf of Team Elswick, Cheers! Graham Bell.

Seven compete at the London Marathon

The magnificent 7 of Dave Jardin, Mark and Emma Turnbull, Lalage Brown, Joanne Lucking, Mel Reed and Martin Connelly headed towards the capital this weekend to take part in the 2014 London Marathon.       

Edna Kiplagat takes the womens VLM 2014 title

Edna Kiplagat takes the womens VLM 2014 title

Wilson Kipsang Takes the VLM 2014 mens title

Wilson Kipsang Takes the VLM 2014 mens title

All those training miles paid off as all 7 came across the finish line with our club members having completed the 26 miles 385 yards. 
Congratulations to each and everyone one of them. I’m sure there will be a weekend report to follow, but in the meantime:   
Name   Category Place 10km Half-way Finishing Time
Martin Connelly 108th 38.40 1.22.07 2.55.34
Dave Jardin 723rd 45.34 1.36.01 3.20.58
Joanne Lucking 1049th 54.32 2.03.06 4.40.21
Mel Reed 578th 56.28 2.02.20 4.50.36
Emma Turnbull 549th 53.42 1.53.45 4.03.08
Mark Turnbull 78th 39.40 1.24.51 2.53.00
Lalage Brown 177th 54.32 1.58.03 4.06.34

 Well run everyone! Graham




Large Elswick Turn Out in Blyth Valley 10k Road Race

19 members of the club turned out in the first of the Club championship events for 2014/15 at the popular Blyth Valley 10k on Sunday 6th April. The race was first run in 2005 following on from its predecessor the Blyth Valley 10 mile event which was forced to end after 23 years of successful running due to police and road closure issues.


The 2014 race, which incorporated the North East championships, was won by Graeme Cook of North Shields Poly in a time of 33.24. First woman was once again Rosie Smith of Durham City Harriers in a new course record time of 34.12.
First across the line for Elswick was Paul Turner finishing 12th and 2nd M40 in 34.45. The ever consistent Phil Sanderson was 21st overall and 1st M45 in 35.49.
Martin Connelly, in a pre-London outing was 36th and 3rd M45 in 36.57. Also having a Pre-London run was Dave Jardin who finished in 41.51.
Next home for the club was the improving Anthony Beynon in 42.27. He was followed by Elswick’s 1st Lady, Gina Howarth in 42.34.


New recruit Ben Hall had a great run to complete the course in 42.43 just 9 seconds behind Gina.
Next in was Patrick Casey in 42.55 and he was closely followed by Harry Matthews who collected the 1st M65 prize in 43.15.
Club Chairman, Tom Hanson was just 21 seconds behind Harry and finished in 43.36 (7th M55). Peter Sloan was 9th M55 in 44.13.
Elswick’s 2nd woman home was the ever reliable Val Wilson who collected 2nd W50 prize in 44.41. Next was Rob Wilson in 45.44 with Stevie Curry having another good run in 46.05.
An improving Mary Lisle, Club Social Secretary, completed the course in a respectable 47.54. Sarah Stokoe who was running her first 10k demonstrated her potential finishing in 51.42. The ever present Christine Lee produced another excellent performance to be placed 2nd W60 in 55.55.
Jackie Avery came home in 56.09 and Rachael Turnbull finished in 56.54.
Well done to all the Elswick Reds.