Virgin London Marathon

The club has been allocated 2 places for the 2017 event, and a draw for the places will take place at the next committee meeting on November 5th. Any member wishing to be in the draw must let me know by November 5th. Proof of rejection is required.


10 miles: 13.1miles: 26.2 miles & 120 mile weekend!

Some of our club runners have been very busy clocking up the miles!

Elswick’s Seamus Kelleher took part in a 120 mile (193km) ultra run, The Sandstone Way, originally a mtb trail….. starting in Berwick Upon Tweed¬†and finishing in Hexham. Total ascent stats: 10085ft or 3074m! A HUGE effort and congratulations to Seamus ūüôā No finishing results page just yet but details of this race and ones similar go to:

On Sunday, 23rd October, Elswick athletes travelled North to the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. Run Nation had organised the Bamburgh half and full marathon races. Conditions were tricky with a ‘fresh coastal breeze’ the course, quite tough.¬†In spite of this, Elswick Harriers performed admirably. In the 300 strong field of the half marathon, 9 of our club runners participated. The first 3 athletes home for the club were Martin Connelly in 1.23 (and 1st V50). Richard Houghton in 1.25. Peter Sloan 1.32 (and 3rd V55). Collectively they were 1st Team. Congratulations gents.

Further results from the team: Martin Caygill 1.37, Club Chairman Tom Hanson was 1st V60 in 1.38, Dominic Phipps 1.40, Simon Lynch 1.42 and¬†Rob Wilson 1.43 (6th V55). Conrad Franks from Gateshead Harriers won the race…..whilst Jane Hodgson from Morpeth A&C won the women’s race. Leanne Hymers from our club was the sole female athlete representing the club, running a finishing time of 2.13. Very well done to all 9 club runners.

In the marathon race, Elswicks Jeffrey Emmerson ran a fine 4.48 to take 44th place and second V60 age group spot. Congratulations Jeff. The race was won by East Hull Harrier Daniel Jones in 2.56. Mel Ellis from Tweed Striders won the ladies race in 3.25. The full listing of results from both races can be found below.

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Way down South…..Elswick’s Micky Shore ran the Great South 10 mile Run in Portsmouth and finished with a 1.20.53 and a 2701st placing. Micky ran through 5km in 22.35 / 10km in 48.02 and 15km in 1.15.06. ¬†Well done Micky!


Club championship table

Please find enclosed the updated standings on the 2016 club championship. club-champs_gibside

The last race to obtain points the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile road race on Sunday 20th November. Here is the entry form > b2c-2016-entry-form Good luck!

Thank you to Val¬†for all her¬†help in keeping the tables updated throughout the year. The latest cross country races¬†and last weekend’s Gibside race¬†are included.

A copy of this table can be found under the website’s tab heading of ‘club championship 2016’.

The 2017 championship (format/races) is dare I say, almost complete. We will share the¬†2017 calendar¬†with you all soon ūüôā

Cross country champs & Gibside trail run (club championship race)

Words by Dave Jardin – men’s XC Captain: Now that the first couple of Harrier League fixtures are done the club is looking for names ¬†of anyone who wants to run in: NORTH EASTERNS ‘ Aykley Heads (Durham) 10 December. NORTHERNS Knowsley Safari Park, Liverpool ¬†28 January. NATIONALS ¬†Woolaton Park, 25 February 2017. Aykley Heads has been a popular course in the Harrier League the past 2 years. For Knowsley there will be some of us making a weekend of it staying over in Liverpool but also we will be putting on a minibus for those who want to go there and back on the day ¬†(numbers permitting). Hopefully we can get teams out for Nottingham as well. The club pays the individual entries for these events so we will need to know definitely who is running. Any questions give Dave Jardin a shout (07495418515 or email Anybody wanting to run just let¬†me know (or Frank Watson). ¬†Lalage Brown is taking the names for the ladies.

On Sunday 16th October, Blackhill Bounders hosted the popular Gibside Trail Run from the National Trust property. 7 (ish!) miles of a testing, undulating course sees competitors run a scenic, traffic-free route. Blackhill’s Gary Wallace won the race in 40.12 and Morpeth’s Emma Holt won the women’s race in 45.00. Very well done to all of our athletes competing in this club championship run. We will update the scores and the league table will be published soon. In the meantime the results from¬†Sunday’s run and the 19 strong team of¬† Lee, Alan, Ben, Richard H, Susanne, Mary, Debbie, Richard R, Felicity, Charlotte, Mel, Jeffery, Melissa, Jennifer, Elaine, Michelle, Lucie, Kay and Emma¬†can be found here > or visit black hill bounders website and you will be re-directed. Congratulations to you all.




Druridge Bay Cross Country & A ‘Run / Talk’ Initiative in association with MIND

On Sunday, the NEHL band waggon rolled onto Druridge Bay. In almost summer type conditions, the league saw a record turnout by athletes from around the region.¬†In summary: the U11‚Äôs Boy‚Äôs and Girl‚Äôs races were individual ones: well done to the ‘young¬†contingency’. The U13‚Äôs Boys and Girls were placed 9th and 5th respectively. The U15‚Äôs Boys and Girls were placed 5th and 9th respectively. In the U17 Girls race, the young ladies were placed 8th overall. In the Senior & Vet Women‚Äôs race (405 finishers & combined with the O/60 vet men (n/c)) the ladies were placed 10th overall, a great effort as they are now in the first division. The Senior men & Vet men‚Äôs race (with 584 finishers) saw the gents placed 8th overall in Division 2, again a great effort. Well done to ALL the juniors and seniors at the club yesterday, a good day at Druridge Bay! Next up the Sherman Cup & Davison Shield at Temple Park on the 19th November, a week later the NEHL goes to a new venue at Thornley Farm, near Peterlee, County Durham on the¬†26th November….get those spikes cleared of mud!¬†Results:¬†

Hello Team Elswick. With club member Emma Simblett, England Athletics & MIND health charity, the club will be hosting¬†a ‚ÄúRUN / TALK initiative‚ÄĚ & everyone from the club, together with, friends, family & colleagues are invited ūüôā¬† The idea is for people from all walks of life to join a group of like-minded people and enjoy a run / walk together (As a guide, you can Run / Talk between 1 & 5 miles at a pace you feel entirely comfortable with). It will take place this Thursday on October 13th from the Activity Centre. We will meet in the usual way, gathering in the sports hall from 7.15pm. We will leave the sports hall at 7.30pm to warm up. Run / Talk Info Poster 20160726_194320_resized

We will meet up on the playing field at around 7.45 to 7.50pm. The club will ‚Äėmanage‚Äô the Run / Talk by allowing the juniors to run their session, the senior group to run theirs & the beginners & intermediate running groups run their mile/s around the playing field, this way we can keep everyone off the roads, safely all together. A warm down will finish the Run / Talk. To round off the evening we would encourage everyone to join us in the function room of the activity centre for a well-deserved glass of cordial!


To help raise funds for the evening a collection box will placed inside the sports hall. ALL proceeds will be donated to MIND. Please do spread the word amongst your, friends, work colleagues and family to join us this Thursday. The club supports MIND and your co-operation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. ([18124]_210_140_0_0



5km Run at TBH & This weekends Tent duties at Druridge Bay

Three Elswick Harriers took part in a 5km run hosted by TBH last night. In spite of the easterly breeze around the course, Peter Sloan (V55)¬†took more seconds off his PB¬†to run a¬†19.54. Since Peter’s serious biking accident (which required¬†hospitalisation & rehabilitation)¬†coupled with¬†a “minor repair” to his heart recently, it just shows what consistent running &¬†hard work can achieve.¬†Rob Wilson (V55)¬†ran well¬†with a ¬†21.30 and Tom Hanson (V60)¬†ran a 22.08.

Dave Jardin is kindly requesting for someone to return the tent from the¬†Cross Country at Druridge Bay on SUNDAY 9th OCTOBER. Steve Robertson will be there early to assemble the tent for the Juniors¬†to use but the tent needs to be taken down & returned after the last race. If you can help, please inform Frank Watson before Saturday evening or place a note on the club’s FB page. Thank you.

Elswick Harriers Christmas Party

It’s that time of year to announce the Elswick Harriers Christmas Party will be held on Friday 16 December 2016 at Blucher Social Club for ALL members, juniors included so pop the date in your diary and your names below so I can get a rough idea for food 😊 final price to be advised but it will be along the lines of presentation night prices 👍 can’t wait to see you all there xx Mary