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Norman Woodcock Team Relays: 2pm Saturday 25th November 2017 @ High Gosforth Park
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm
A new format for 2017 sees a three person team relay for clubs & unattached runners.

Norman Woodcock Memorial Road Race

Since 1974, the 10 km road race took place around Westerhope, in memory of Norman Woodcock who kept the club afloat after the Second World War.

In 1989 and due to Metro rail line extension work, the course was moved to Gosforth high park.

Due to road closure difficulties, the course was recently moved again, to inside Gosforth race course race course. This now five-mile road race that is flat and traffic – free. New for 2017 is a trial run of a 3 person team relay event, which is also open to un-attached runners. Each runner now runs 1.66 miles per lap.The race over it’s history has had many famous winners including Brendan Foster, Steve Cram, Paul Davies-Hale, and Elswick’s GB international athlete and Olympic track star, Mike McLeod who has won it on no less than 10 occasions!

Look out for entry form on club noticeboard and add your name should you wish to enter

Please send cheques (payable to: Elswick Harriers) & entry form to: M. Coleman, 13 Falcon Terrace, Wylam, Northumberland. NE41 8EE

download entry form here


Harrier League Match 4, Herrington Country Park @ Herrington Country Park
Jan 6 all-day
The fourth Harrier league fixture of the season will be held at Herrington Country Park. A map of the course is shown below, brought to you by the Wearside Athletic Network – there is an inner loop which will enable all of the relevant distance requirements to be provided on the day. 2017-01-06-20-15-34






A map plotted by me is also available on Mapometer – this shows approx distance and also elevation/gradient.

fb_img_1483380669191 Directions
Herrington Country Park is easy to access, situated just off the A183 with the entrance being opposite the famous Penshaw Monument. There is a cafe on site and one across the road, so you shouldn’t be short of a cuppa if it’s a cold day! Although there is a reasonable amount of parking, it will still be advisable to carshare wherever possible as league events are always very popular, resulting in parking difficulties at many of our venues.

Club tents will be pitched in the area south-east of the start, while the warm up area is to the north of the finish; as usual, no warming up on the course please.

Car parking will incur a cost of £2, the parking area will be marshalled by the Sunderland Rotarians, and all of the monies collected will go to their charities.

Don’t forget to bring your Birtley vest, spikes if you have them, safety pins, a bag for your muddy things afterwards, and most important of all,  YOUR NUMBER! If you have already competed in a harrier league event, you will already have a number – this will be your number for the whole Harrier season so please look after it! If this is your first event of the season, you will be given a number by one of our coaches when you arrive, or it will be in the club tent ready for collection – look out for the Birtley flag flying outside!

If this is your first cross-country, you will find some useful advice on what to bring, wear etc. here.

Here is a list of the currently registered Birtley athletes – if you’re not listed but would like to take part, please contact the club using the details given above. The list shows your age group and which pack you will be running from – please ensure you start from the correct pack or you may be disqualified.

The timetable is as follows, but remember this is only a guide – please make sure you listen for the referee’s whistle or shout to ensure you don’t miss the start of your race!

  • 12.15 Under 11 Boys & Girls
  • 12.25 app Under 13 Boys
  • 12.35 app Under 13 Girls
  • 12.45 app Under 15 Boys
  • 12.55 app Under 15 Girls
  • 13.05 – 13.10 app Under 17 & Under 20 Women
  • 13.10 – 13.15 app Senior & Veteran Women
  • 13.50 – 14.00 app Under 17 Men
  • 14.15 – 14.25 app Senior & Veteran Men

  • Results will appear very soon after the race on the Harrier League website.