Saltwell Harriers Internal Club Races

 

3 Miles Yacht (Open) Handicap

This open handicap race is held over the Joicey Road course, which was measured at 3 miles and 220 yards, according to the 1974-75 handbook. It is “open” in the sense that each runner is openly given a time allowance before the race starts.  The allowance is calculated by the Club Handicapper and is based on the runner’s potential speed, estimated from their past performances and in comparison to those of other Saltwell runners. The runner with the greatest time allowance starts first and the one with the least allowance (the potentially fastest) starts last.
 
If predictions were fulfilled, all runners would finish together.  However, no-one can predict exactly how runners will perform on the day, so that has yet to happen and there is always scope for surprises.
 
The first race featuring this type of handicap took place on Wednesday 17th December 1890 over the longer 6.7 miles Chowdene course.  About 30 runners took part and it was won by Charles Lyall, who was cheered into the finish by two or three hundred spectators.  Those were the days when there were no TVs and other distractions to detract people from the lure of real sporting activities.
 
The first record of the Saltwell Harriers 3 Miles Club Championship was on Monday 11th July 1892, won by H.C. Calvert in 16:21. The oldest full record of finishing positions for the 3 mile Yacht Handicap is for 1988, when Bob Waugh won the handicap and David Robertson was the fastest runner in 15:30. However, it is known that Dave Kelly set the record for this course in 1977 with a time of 14:33.
 
4 Miles Anniversary Shield and Junior Championship

This race is held over the Belle Vue course, measured at 4 Miles less 100 yards according to the 1974-75 handbook. Based on a sealed handicap system, all runners start together. Handicap times are revealed after the race and handicap results calculated accordingly. The Anniversary Shield is awarded to the winner of the handicap. The Junior Championship originally went to the fastest runner in the race with the proviso that they could not compete for the title in future years. Since the mid-1980s, former winners have participated in the competition, some finishing first, even though they cannot be awarded the title again. This now means that the Junior Champion is the fastest runner never to have won the race before.
 
The earliest record of this race is for 1913, when S. S. Stephenson won the race and with it the Junior Championship. In 1979, the course record was jointly held by Bill Robinson and Dave Kelly with a time of 19:19 and it has not yet been bettered.
 
10K Saltwell Harriers Senior Championship

The very first Senior Championship, in 1892, was a 3 miles race and, in some years of the early decades of its history, it was held over 1 mile. However, for most of its history, the race has been held over the longer Chowdene course, which was originally 6.7 miles but shortened to 6 miles and 300 yards, the measure given in the 1967-68 handbook.
 
All runners start together and the winner is the first one to cross the finishing line. The overall winner is awarded the Senior Championship trophy. A rose bowl trophy is awarded to the first lady.
 
The Senior Championship can be, and has been on many occasions, won more than once by the same runner. The Club rules provide for a miniature trophy to be given to anyone winning the Senior Championship three times. Athletes achieving that feat are as follows:
 

R W Hill                     1894, 1895 and 1896

F Melville                  1905, 1906 and 1907

W Irving                    1910, 1911 and 1912

F Milligan                 1920, 1921 and 1922

Davy Mole                1923, 1924 and 1925

J McShane                1926, 1927 and 1928

Jack Potts                 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938 and 1939

R T Brown                 1948, 1949 and 1950

M Atkinson              1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955

John Anderson        1957, 1958, 1959, 1961 and1962

John Hillen               1960, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1975

Dave Kelly                1976, 1977 and 1978

Kevin Forster           1979, 1981 and 1982

David Robertson     1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996

Fred Smith*             1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007

Jim Thompson*      2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014

* Results not available for 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2011
 
The Club record for the Chowdene course was set by John Hillen in 1965 with a time of 30:12. Only Mike McLeod (Elswick), in the annual Saltwell Road Race, has subsequently bettered that time over the same course.
 

St James’ Mile

This race has been included in the four traditional Club races, now known as the Legacy Series, since 1995 but its foundation lies in the original St James’ Mile event, which was held St James’ Park, Newcastle on Monday 2nd August, Bank Holiday, as a Newcastle Police Sports open event based on a pursuit handicap system. Saltwell’s T.R. McNaught (175 yards) won the event followed by S.D. Kernohan (129 yards), Gateshead Congers and R.H. Walker (156 yards), Palmers A.C.
 
The St James’ Mile trophy remained in Saltwell’s possession until the Club vacated its Denmark Street headquarters in 1983 (Ronnie Walker’s colourful explanation as to why can be found in my book). After going missing for some time, the trophy was returned to the Club and the idea to hold an annual mile race for the trophy was sparked.
 
The first “resurrected” St James’ Mile was held on Tuesday, 25th July, 1995 around a circuit on the Team Valley, where the Ingersoll Rand factory, Queensway North, once stood.  The race included a handicap, which was won by David Kinnafick, and the Mile trophy was awarded to Daniel Henderson, who was first across the line in 4:41.
 
The Team Valley venue was used until 1998 but, since then, the Club has endeavoured to hold the race on track – specifically Gateshead or Monkton Stadium – whenever possible; reverting to the Team Valley when a track has not been available. Ideally, the event would be held at St James’ Park but the Club’s initial application to do so was unsuccessful. According to Ronnie Walker, who ran in a two mile event there, seven laps of the pitch equated to one mile.
 
Due to the fact that stadiums, are more likely to be vacant on Friday evenings, the event has been held on a Friday for more than a decade.  Additionally, a social aspect to the event has now been established and everyone involved is invited to go on to somewhere nearby for refreshments together.
 
Since 1995, Fred Smith has featured prominently in most of the races along with, in the last decade, Jim Thompson. The fastest time recorded for the race is 4:32, set by Scott Anderson in 1996. Last year’s winner was Hiruy Mehari, 4:49.
 
In the women’s race, Joanne Howell claimed three successive victories, 2004 to 2006.  Gemma Bradley set the race record at 5:36 in 2015.
 
John Anderson and John Hillen, two of Saltwell’s best athletes during the 1960s glory days, had mile times of 4:03 and 4:02 respectively. They weren’t bad at the longer distances too, to make an understatement.
 
Walter Fraser
 

Recent race results

There has been a lot of racing activity lately and some great results by the Hoops, some worthy of note include :
 

The Angel View Run – Won by Abraham, Sarah G, 3rd Lady – full results at http://www.lowfellrunningclub.co.uk/results.php
 

Hamsterley 18.5m – Sarah G, 2nd female – full results at http://www.sedgefieldharriers.co.uk/hamsterley-marathon

Chevy Chase – Gemma, 1st Female, Saltwell 2nd team and Rob, 1st V40 in the walk. Full results at http://results.sportident.co.uk/home/event.html?eventid=7a58a8a5-3344-40de-9283-4450da3c8bd6

 
Tynedale 10k – Won by Abraham – full results at http://www.sportstimingsolutions.co.uk/rd.php?id=123
 

Saltwell Harriers Fell Race Results 2016

Saltwell Harriers Fell Race Results
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Pos Race Number Name Club Category Time
1 47 Harry Coates Wallsend Harriers M Senior 41.15
2 9 Andy Blackett Durham Fell Runners M Senior 42.15
3 5 Andrew Berry Durham Fell Runners M Senior 42.48
4 2 Jim Mann Durham Fell Runners M Senior 43.25
5 60 James Osborn Durham Fell Runners M Senior 44.03
6 16 Scott Ellis North Shields Poly M Senior 44.15
7 75 Andy Green Tynedale Harriers M 45 44.51
8 20 Bob Neill Saltwell Harriers M Senior 45.55
9 6 Gary Robson North Shields Poly M 45 46.10
10 67 Steve Everett Durham City Harriers M 55 46.55
11 41 Chris Bird Durham Fell Runners M Senior 47.40
12 13 Ian Armstrong Saltwell Harriers M Senior 49.02
13 15 John Baty North Shields Poly M 50 49.05
14 48 Tim Nicholson Wallsend Harriers M Senior 49.55
15 38 Michael Askwith Durham Fell Runners M 45 49.58
16 42 Paul Hodgson Durham Fell Runners M Senior 50.00
17 65 James McElrue Blackhill Bounders M Senior 50.10
18 102 Graham Lewis-Dale North Shields Poly M Senior 50.58
19 1 Fred Smith Saltwell Harriers M 55 51.07
20 92 Al Rook Derwent Valley Running Club M Senior 51.28
21 51 Phil Green Heaton Harriers M 45 52.09
22 61 Thomas Reeves Elvet Striders M 50 52.18
23 39 Ian Hutchinson Derwent Valley Trail Runners M Senior 52.31
24 55 Dan Rhodes Durham Fell Runners M 45 53.31
25 72 Chris Metcalfe U/A M Senior 53.40
26 69 Karen Robertson Northumberland Fell Runners W 45 53.41
27 17 Andy Carpenter Saltwell Harriers M 45 54.20
28 28 Andrew Dick Derwent Valley Trail Runners M 40 54.44
29 8 Mark Smith North Shields Poly M 40 54.51
30 73 Simon Long Saltwell Harriers M 40 54.59
31 62 Penny Browell Elvet Striders W 40 55.09
32 101 Kathrine Davies North Shields Poly W 45 55.37
33 18 Scott Garrett Saltwell Harriers M 40 55.46
34 52 Alan Langford Heaton Harriers M 45 55.59
35 99 Iain Ralphson Derwent Valley Trail Runners M 40 56.15
36 77 Chris Chase Tyne Bridge Harriers M 40 56.42
37 27 Chris Dwyer Sunderland Strollers M Senior 56.43
38 35 Peter Mullarkey Saltwell Harriers M 55 57.22
39 53 Allon Welsh Northumberland Fell Runners M 50 57.28
40 59 Alan Wallace Northumberland Fell Runners M 45 57.28
41 68 Ian Young Blackhill Bounders M 40 57.40
42 78 David Nicholson Morpeth Harriers M 60 57.55
43 22 Michael Bennett Elvet Striders M 60 58.07
44 30 Robert Allison Durham Fell Runners M Senior 58.09
45 3 Chris Eggett Northumberland Fell Runners M 45 58.14
46 37 Les Bellis Heaton Harriers M 50 58.52
47 29 David Jackson Derwent Valley M Senior 59.05
48 74 Marie-Louise Ridley Durham Fell Runners W 50 59.28
49 81 Christopher Boyd Blackhill Bounders M 50 60.10
50 32 Denise Tunstall Durham Fell Runners W 50 60.17
51 84 Bernie Gibson Derwent Valley W 50 60.24
52 71 Claire Mathews Durham Fell Runners W 40 60.29
53 98 Joseph Parker Saltwell Harriers M Senior 60.50
54 100 David Robilson Derwent Valley Running Club M 45 60.54
55 46 Philip Johnston Allen Valley Striders M Senior 61.10
56 45 Jason Taylor Blackhill Bounders M 45 61.32
57 54 Andrew Softley Saltwell Harriers M Senior 61.59
58 96 Mike Leonard Derwent Valley Running Club M 40 62.57
59 85 Dawn Cooper Derwent Valley W Senior 63.02
60 31 John Pushon Northumberland Fell Runners M 55 63.10
61 91 Patrick Geoghegan U/A M Senior 63.25
62 70 Sandy Cramb Durham Fell Runners W 50 63.35
63 25 Andrew Knox U/A M 55 63.48
64 82 Ian Maddison Derwent Valley M 50 64.06
65 34 Brian Richardson Blackhill Bounders M 50 64.45
66 63 Louise Priestley Blackhill Bounders W 45 64.58
67 26 Terry Topping Sunderland Strollers M 50 65.18
68 19 Jim Murphy U/A M 60 65.37
69 58 Sharon Cook Heaton Harriers W Senior 66.06
70 56 Stephen Parkinson U/A M 45 66.16
71 12 Camilla Lauren-Maata Elvet Striders W 50 66.26
72 93 Katherine Robson Derwent Valley Running Club W 40 66.33
73 40 Gary Lawrence Walker U/A M 40 66.42
74 83 Laura Peacock Derwent Valley W Senior 66.52
75 95 Linsay Smith Derwent Valley Running Club W Senior 67.14
76 66 Stephanie Piper Elvet Striders W Senior 67.32
77 79 Shane Harris Blackhill Bounders M 45 67.48
78 57 Chris Rowe North Shields Poly M 40 68.40
79 88 Andy Fowler Derwent Valley M 40 68.45
80 86 Sasma Ban Derwent Valley W 45 69.12
81 104 Lynn Simmonette Derwent Valley W Senior 69.54
82 7 Catherine Vicarage Saltwell Harriers W Senior 70.06
83 23 Rosa Crowley-Bennett U/A W Senior 71.36
84 4 Phil Owen Elvet Striders M 50 72.41
85 94 Claire Knox Derwent Valley W 40 73.12
86 76 Nick Burden North East Vets M 65 73.34
87 24 Frank Wilkinson Saltwell Harriers M 50 74.58
88 64 Bianca McElrue Blackhill Bounders W Senior 75.59
89 87 Nicola Hazon Derwent Valley W 40 78.02
90 89 Helen Heavisides Derwent Valley W 40 78.02
91 44 Matthew Banner Durham Fell Runners M Senior 80.27
92 43 Leah Hobson U/A W Senior 80.37
93 21 Joe Garbamno Northumberland Fell Runners M 70 82.00
94 10 Catherine Smith Elvet Striders W 40 87.54
95 11 Earyn Irmchard Elvet Striders M Senior 87.55
96 103 Sally Ann Greennell Derwent Valley W Senior 88.06
97 90 Megan Williams Derwent Valley W Senior 88.40