George Ogle Memorial Race

The 2020 George Ogle Memorial Race was due to take place on Wednesday (27 May), and when we postponed the event in March, we hoped that we would be able to reschedule to September. However, as we continue to follow English Athletics guidelines and with no indication when restrictions around mass events will be lifted, Derwent Valley Running Club think the most appropriate and safest thing to do will be to cancel this year’s race and focus on 2021 being the best one yet. 🤜💪

Thank you all for your continuing interest in the George Ogle Memorial Race and we look forward to seeing you on the other side in 2021. Stay safe.

Claire Knox
Race Director


2019 Results

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Airborne! George Ogle Memorial Race 2019

About the race

The George Ogle Memorial Race is the perfect way to spend a summer evening, with plenty of fellow competitors for some serious competition, but also the space to find your own pace.  We hope you’ll join us in 2019.  All speeds and styles welcome.

The 5.5-mile route explores the Derwent Valley, taking runners to places other races don’t reach. Not only the fast sections of surfaced trail on the Derwent Line, including over Seven Arches Viaduct, but also on footpaths that climb above the Line and down along the River Derwent in the meadows area beneath it (so not all flat).

For those who fancy taking part in 2019, here’s a video of the course, taken before last year’s race.


  • Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019
  • Fully UKA licensed event organised by Derwent Valley Running Club
  • License: 2019-37636
  • Fully marked course, with chip-timing and finishers’ gift
  • £18 in advance (£16 for EA affiliated club runners). No on the night entries available – SOLD OUT

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Thank you once again to our friends at Sunderland Strollers who help us with online booking and chip-timing.


George Ogle 2019


This trail race – in 2019 it will be its tenth year – explores Gateshead’s lovely Derwent Valley in the Land of Oak & Iron.  The race is approximately 5.5 miles and starts and finishes at Swalwell Juniors Football Club, Derwenthaugh Park, with free parking. The undulating mixed-terrain course includes sections of the Derwent Line and footpaths in local woodlands and fields and alongside the River Derwent.  Look out for the hill section near the start!  It is organised by Derwent Valley Running Club. The race is chip-timed and all online entrants will receive a finisher’s gift.

Check out the video of the route.

George Ogle Memorial Race 2018

George Ogle Memorial Race 2017


The George Ogle Memorial Race takes place each May, in memory of George Ogle, army runner, Tynedale Harrier and volunteer race official, who died in 2010. It is organised by Derwent Valley Running Club.

Race day information

More detailed information about the race day logistics can be found on our Race Info for George Ogle Memorial Race

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Supporters and sponsors

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters for their help in making the race happen in 2019, including:

…and all our volunteer marshals from Derwent Valley Running Club!


Race contacts:

For information and general queries: Claire Knox, Race Director, Derwent Valley Running Club,

For payment queries: Harry Harrison, Payment Processor, Sunderland Strollers,

George Ogle start line 2017

Start line 2017


Here are the results: Race Results 2018

First male: Mike Snowball, Morpeth Harriers (32.40)

First female: Elaine Heslie, Jarrow & Hebburn AC (39.11)


Here are the results: Race Results 2017

Photos are available through a link shared on our Facebook page @georgeoglememorialrace



First male: Gary Wallace, Blackhill Bounders (31.52)

First female: Elaine Leslie, Jarrow & Hebburn (37.12) – *FEMALE COURSE RECORD* (beating her own record of 2015!)

Here are the results: George Ogle Memorial Race 2016 results 


First male: Jordan Bell, Blackhill Bounders (31.41)

First female: Elaine Leslie, Jarrow & Hebburn (37.35) – *FEMALE COURSE RECORD*

George Ogle Nine Arches Main Photo

2015 results:…


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