Northumberland Half Marathon
[Sun 25th Mar]
It was a foggy morning that greeted the Blyth runners on Sunday morning for the 2nd Northumberland 1/2 at Wallington hall. But the sun was shining by the time the 10 Blyth runners and one honorary Blyth Canadian started the race.
The numbers running had almost doubled over last year's race ( 533 vs 286) with a good mixture of club and unattached runners. The start was not that well organised and we set off a little late. Unfortunately the hills that were there last year were still, unsurprisingly, still there this year, and the 4 on the home straight were particularly testing, again.
Considering Ian and Philippa had both done the Prudoe cross country the previous day they still finished in respectable times.
Julie knocked over 2 mins off last year, Davina just beat last year's time in a similar margin to myself, Mr Roberts was quite pleased to get round without injury and Mr Mallon was also pleased with his performance. New man Brian also did well on the difficult course considering he only started running again last November.
Heather Barrass also managed another great PB ,knocking off 7 mins over last year's time, helped along by Phillippa.
Finally Cath Young finished first in her age category in a time of 1:45, well done !.
All in all a great run out in the countryside, let's hope I can crack 1:40 next year !
Full results can be found on the Run Northumberland web site
Happy Running ( but no Bongos),
Blyth Runners Times
Steve Dobby 1:41:31
Cath Young 1:45:59
Dave Roberts 1:51:18
Davina Lonsdale 1:51:40
Julie Lemin 1:51:59
Heather Barrass 1:54:38
Phillippa Baxter 1:54:39
John Mallon 1:55:02
Brian Singleton 1:56:02