Blyth Running Club in the news

Articles from the local press - submitted by Keith Willshire

 

News Post Leader - December 04 - Blyth Sands Race

Blyth Running Club recently organised the annual ‘Sands Race’, which runs form South Beach, Blyth to Seaton Sluice and back. This was the 45th running of the race and while weather conditions were ideal with very little wind and bright sunshine, the tide meant that the runners had to run the majority of the race on soft sand. The run is a handicap race, with the handicap based on sex and age, this meant that the last group of runners were set off 12 minutes after the first age group. Elswick veteran Steve White overcame the difficult underfoot conditions to win the race for the third time, by one minute from the 2003 winner Archie Jenkins. Blyth runner Cath Young improved one position on her 2003 run to finish in third place, and Cath also led the Blyth team to the team prize.

Fastest on the day was Rob Walker of North Shields Poly, who finished 10th, giving up to 12 minutes to most of the field. Fastest lady was Danielle Watts of Morpeth who finished in 9th place, with 125 runners finishing the race.

Prizes were awarded in all age categories and were:

Winner: Steve White (Elswick)
Second: Archie Jenkins (Morpeth)
Third: Cath Young (Blyth)

Under 18’s Boy: Marc Cochrane (Morpeth)
Under 18’s Girl: Lisa Tweddle (Sunderland)
Senior Man: Rob Walker (NSP)
Senior Woman: Danielle Watts (Morpeth)
Over 35 Woman: Susanne Hunter (Blyth)
Over 40 Woman: Lynne Marr (Tynedale)
Over 40 Man: Stevie Clark (NSP)
Over 45 Man: Martin Gaughan (Blyth)
Over 45 Woman: Cath Young (Blyth)
Over 50 Man: Chris Dentice (Morpeth)
Over 50 Woman: Anne Potts (Blyth)
Over 55 Man: Ian Richardson (NSP)
Over 55 Woman: Margaret Thompson (Elvet)
Over 60 Man: Arthur Potter (Unattached)
Over 60 Woman: Maureen Blackett (Elvet)
Over 65 Man: Reg Checkley (Heaton)

The team prize was won by Blyth Running Club, with Cath Young, Anne Potts, Rob Hall, and Martin Gaughan comprising the team.

News Post Leader - December 04 - Winter Series 3

Blyth Running Club recently held the third race in their Annual Winter Series. The weather was perfect for running with no wind or rain. As usual there was a healthy turn-out with 48 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. The runners were set off by Dave Kitching at regular intervals, with Sue Walker the first runner off, with Michael Stott and Robbie Barkley the last two runners off eight minutes later. For the second race running the finish was extremely close, Keith Willshire had taken the lead with about 800 yards to go and managed to hold on until the last ten yards when he was overtaken by Rob Hall. The evergreen Rob Hall had managed to pass over 40 runners who had set off in front of him. Third place was taken by 15-year old Raymond Kirkup who just beat Kevin Westwood into fourth place while Kirsty Huntingdon was fifth.
Special mention must be made to the handicapper, Andy Brown, as the first forty runners all finished within 60 seconds of the winner Rob Hall. Over 35 runners set their fastest time for the series so far. The fastest time on the night was again set by Robbie Barkley, while Leanne Pringle set the fastest time by a Lady.
The date of the next race in the series is Wednesday 5th January 2005.
Once again the runners would like to thank all the marshals and officials who ensured that the race took place.

News Post Leader - November 04 - Brampton to Carlisle 10m

Just over thirty runners from Blyth took part in the recent Brampton to Carlisle ten mile road race. Running conditions were ideal on this traditionally fast course for the 510 finishers with a lot of runners doing fast times. The race was won by Edinburgh student AC Muir, with the first Blyth runner back being Robbie Barkley who finished in 19th position, with Michael Stott the next Blyth runner in 33rd position. The third Blyth finisher was Martin Gaughan, all three Blyth runners finishing in under the hour. The first Blyth Lady to finish was Suzanne Hunter who finished third in her age group, while Cath Young was next one second behind. The third Blyth Lady was Anne Potts, who was second in her age group. These three combined to take the second team prize in the Ladies and the first team prize in the Lady Vets section.

This Sunday (5th December) sees the Blyth Sands Race, which is unique in the north east for the handicapping system it uses. Runners receive handicaps according to age/sex ie ladies over 50 years of age will receive 12 minutes start on the men under 40. The race starts on the sands at the south beach of Blyth and the runners run to Seaton Sluice and back, an approximate distance of five miles. The first runners will be off at 11am. Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre, although entries will be taken on the day at the Wellseley School.

News Post Leader - November 04 - Winter Series 2

For the second race in Blyth Running Club’s Winter Series, there was another excellent turn-out of 47 runners. Unlike the previous race, the runners had to run into a strong headwind on the way out, although this would aid their return. Of the 47 runners, over 30 ran a faster time than in the previous race. Terry McCabe took the lead with about 600 hundred yards to go to the finish and he just managed to hold off a fast finishing Michael Stott; Terry winning by one second, with Gareth Hope finishing in third place. As usual the handicapping was extremely close as the first 35 runners all finished within one minute of the winner. Robbie Barkley again set the fastest time of the night and managed to pass over 30 runners who had set off before him. Once again, Anne Potts set the fastest time by a Lady.
Once again mention must be made of Ken Gibson, Jimmy Jones, Sandra Gaughan and Dave Kitching who ensure that the races go ahead smoothly and without any problems, also to handicapper Andy Brown. The next race in the series is Wednesday 1st December, first runner off at 19:15.

Sunday 5th December sees the Blyth Sands race, which is unique in the north east for the handicapping system it uses. Runners receive handicaps according to age/sex ie ladies over 50 years of age will receive 12 minutes start on the men under 40. The race starts on the sands at the south beach of Blyth and the runners run to Seaton Sluice and back, an approximate distance of five miles. The first runners will be off at 11am. Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre, although entries will be taken on the day at the Wellseley School.

News Post Leader - November 04 - Winter Series 1

Blyth Running Club recently held the first race in their annual Winter Series, which is a series of seven handicap races around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. The first race over the 2.5 mile course had a healthy turn-out of over 45 runners who were all looking to win one of the coveted ‘Yellow T-shirts’ awarded to the race winner.
Race organiser Dave Kitching was out early setting up the start/finish areas, while handicapper Andy Brown had used previous race times to set the handicaps. The runners had to contend with a stiff breeze on the return journey but at least it was dry for running as the first runner Jocelyn Smith was set off, followed by a steady stream of runners until seven minutes forty seconds after her Robbie Barkley set off in hot pursuit of the 44 runners in front of him. The first runner back was 16 year old John Curry who finished 20 seconds in front of 12-year old Stephen Kirkup, while another 12-year old - Liam Baister was in third place, after this it was a steady stream of runners all finishing within seconds of each other. The fastest time of the evening was set by Robbie Barkley while Cath Young set the fastest time by a Lady.
The date of the next race in the series is Wednesday, November 17th. The runners would like to thank all the marshals and officials who ensured that the race took part.

Sunday 5th December sees the Blyth Sands Race, which is unique in the north east for the handicapping system it uses. Runners receive handicaps according to age/sex ie ladies over 50 years of age will receive 12 minutes start on the men under 40. The race starts on the sands at the south beach of Blyth and the runners run to Seaton Sluice and back, an approximate distance of five miles. The first runners will be off at 11am. Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre, although entries will be taken on the day at the Wellseley School.

News Post Leader - November 04 - Autumn Relays

Blyth Running Club recently held the 18th running of their Annual Autumn Relay race around the Kitty Brewster trading estate. Handicapper Dave Kitching had his work cut out to ensure that all the teams had an equal chance to win. Although it was a damp, cold night running conditions were ideal as there was no wind. There were 11 teams and the first 11 runners were set on their way by starter Dave Kitching and just over 15 minutes later, Dave Cox returned first just in front of second placed Dave Bradley. Second runner Cath Young had a healthy lead over John Patterson, but Alex Sewell managed to move his team from 8th position to first and handed a good lead onto the third runner, Michael Stott. Michael managed to hold onto this lead and led the team to victory, while Rob Hall managed to move his team form 4th position on the second leg to second place overall.

The winning team was: Aynsely Herron, Alex Sewell and Michael Stott, followed in second position by Sharon Percy, Dave Roberts and Rob Hall, while the third team comprised Dave Cox, Cath Young and Kevin Freeman. The fastest runner on the night was Robbie Barkley, while Cath Young was the fastest Lady with Andy Brown recording the fastest time by a Vet. Although not a prizewinner this time, special mention must be made of Stevie Gillespie, who is the only person to have run in all the autumn Relays since the event started.

Before the Seniors event, the Junior section held their own relays on a one mile route and 11 year old Lucy Gray was the first runner back and she handed over to Adam Smith, Alex Crate was the second runner back and she handed over to six year old James Young. On the second leg, 11 year old Holly Bone was the first runner back and she handed a slight lead over to Tom Crate, with Victoria Mallon handing over to Liam Baister in second place. On the third leg, Steven Kirkup moved from third to first at the half way stage, but Liam timed his run perfectly to take the lead in the last 100 yards. The winning team was: Sophie Cunningham, Victoria Mallon and Liam Baister.
The runners would like to thank all the marshals and timekeepers who ensured that the event went off smoothly and without whom no race could take place.

Sunday 5th December sees the Blyth Sands race, which is unique in the north east for the handicapping system it uses. Runners receive handicaps according to age/sex ie ladies over 50 years of age will receive 12 minutes start on the men under 40. The race starts on the sands at the south beach of Blyth and the runners run to Seaton Sluice and back, an approximate distance of five miles. The first runners will be off at 11am. Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre, although entries will be taken on the day at the Wellsley School.

Blyth Running Club is well established as one of the leading clubs in the area and as well as the running they also arrange various social nights/activities. Blyth welcome any new runners of any age/ability, so if anyone is interested in coming along to training nights, or learning more about the club, then leave your name and contact number at Blyth Sports Centre and a member of the Club will contact you to discuss, or send an elmail to the address below.

Blyth currently have a small Junior section and are looking to recruit new members, so if anybody between the ages of 12 and 17 are interested in running, then if they turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights with their parents then they will be met by a Club official or they can send an e-mail.

Blyth Running Club can be contacted by e-mail at enquiries@blythrunningclub.org.uk

News Post Leader - October 04 - Junior Great North Run

In the recent Junior GNR, several Blyth Running Club Junior members ran the race for the first time. The 4K race started outside the Baltic Centre, then crossed the swing bridge and finished by the Millennium Bridge. Liam Baister managed to get a good starting position amongst the 4000+ starters and seemed very comfortable in his first GNR and finished in the top 100, while both Craig Lamb and Michael Bradley seemed to enjoy the occasion. Sophie Cunningham was another one enjoying the occasion as did brother and sister Jacob and Ismay Kitson, with 9 year old Jacob finishing in front of 11-year old Ismay. However, the best run by a Blyth runner must surely be that of 6 year old James Young who finished as second boy and third place overall, out of a 1000 runners in the Under 8’s mini Great North Run – a tremendous effort! To see James and his trophy click here.

Blyth Running Club will be holding their Annual Autumn Relay races around the Kitty Brewster trading estate on Wednesday 20th October. There will be 3 members per team, with the Junior race starting at 18:30 over a 1 mile course, while the Senior race will start at 19:15 over a 2.5 mile course.

News Post Leader - September 04 - Links 10k

Every year Blyth Running Club invite runners from other Clubs in the region (Morpeth, North Shields Poly, Blackhill, Claremont and Blaydon) to a social night which includes the Links 10K run. Nearly 200 runners took part in this years run with Blyth and North Shields providing over 30 runners each. Club Official Dave Kitching had marked out an accurate 10K course which used the path through the sand dunes, upto Collywell Bay, along the cliff top path, past the Delaval Arms pub and then back down Collywell bay road onto the dunes path. The first runner home was Robert Walker of North Shields Poly, with 18 year old Nathan Shrub of Morpeth in second place and Tommy Brannon of North Shields Poly in third place. The first Blyth runner home was Robbie Barkley in 12th position, while Andy Brown was the second Blyth runner home in 16th position. H. Wooton was the first Lady home in 22nd position overall with Anne Potts the first Blyth Lady home.

After the race all runners were invited to Blyth Sports Centre where Blyth had provided a buffet. Everybody at BRC would like to thank all the marshals, time-keepers, stewards etc who ensured that everything went according to plan and without whom no race could take place.

News Post Leader - September 04 - Tynedale races & Coastal Run

Blyth Runners have had a busy summer period, taking part in several races throughout the region. Nearly 550 runners took part in this years Tynedale 10K which was held on a Wednesday night in July, with BRC supplying over 40 runners. The race starts at Ovingham and then follows the banks of the Tyne to Wylam, where the runners cross over the Tyne and head back to Ovingham. The weather was overcast and quite blustery. The race was won by Mike Openshaw of Birchfield, while Robbie Barklay was the first Blyth runner back in 14th position, with Martin Gaughan in 37th and Rob Hall in 40th (3rd in his age group), Blyth men were the third placed team. Leanne Pringle was the first Blyth Lady to finish, while Anne Potts won the prize for first lady in her age group. Then 10 days later over 30 runners from Blyth took part in the popular Coastal run from Beadnell to Alnmouth. With over 700 advanced entrants, the race was started at 10.30 from Beadnell Harbour in sunny conditions and the tide favourably well out. However, the 14-mile run to Alnmouth was predominantly into a head wind. The race was won by Ray Ward of Hunters Bog Trotters of Edinburgh, once again Robbie Barklay was the first Blyth runner back in 33rd position, while Martin Gaughan was next back for Blyth in 48th position, the first Blyth Lady was Susan Hunter. Next the runners headed south of the Tyne to take part in the Jarrow and Hebburn Riverside 6 Road Race., which was won by Simon O’Donnell of Chester-Le-Street.The tough course attracted a record entry of 220, with 28 runners from Blyth. After a long time out injured, Andy Brown was the first Blyth runner back in 18th position. Anne Potts was the first Blyth Lady back and was the first Lady in her age category, also winning a prize was Joe Frazer who was first back in his age category.

The latest race has seen 28 Blyth runners take part in the Tynedale 10 Mile Road Race.On a tough hilly course from Hexham to Ovingham , the runners had the benefit of a strong wind on their backs for the majority of the course. The race was won by Tynedale Harrier Andy Caine in a time of 50:40. The first runner back for Blyth was Andrew Brown who finished in fourteenth place, next back for Blyth was Robbie Barkley who finished in just over the hour in 18th position, while Michael Stott finished in 29th position. Cath Young was the first Blyth Lady home, recording a time of just over 72 minutes. Cath finished as ninth lady overall and third in her age group. The next Blyth lady was Suzanne Hunter, who was second in her age group. Also second in her age group was Sheila Greener, while Pauline Cunningham was third back in her age category.

News Post Leader - June 04 - Club Handicap

On a warm Wednesday night Blyth Running Club recently held their Annual handicap, which due to road-works was run on a new, two lap course, with one long lap of four miles and a shorter second lap of 2.5 miles. Nearly 40 runners met at the Beach Car Park to check their handicaps.
Race organiser Dave Kitching had worked out the individual handicaps based on past performances and had also been at work very early putting the mile markers in place. The race officials of Jimmy Jones, Sandra Gaughan, Andy Brown, Sheila and Alan Greener were all in position by to ensure that the first runner was set off at 19:15 and from then on it was a steady procession of runners until over 22 minutes later Michael Stott was the last runner off. Although slightly warm, conditions were ideal for running and the first runner home was Dickie Cole, with long time race leader Trish Goodwin in second place and Gareth Hope finishing in third place. The fastest time of the day was set by Rob Barkley, while Leanne Pringle set the fastest time for a lady.
On Wednesday June 9th Blyth will be taking over 70 runners to run the Blaydon Races, transport has been arranged and information is on the Club notice-board.

News Post Leader - May 04 - Juniors

Blyth Running Club Juniors have had a busy period lately, with 12 year old Alex Crate, 14 year old Craig Lamb and 6- year old James Young taking part in the 5K fun run which preceded the Clive Cookson 10K, and all three runners completed the course in under 29 minutes. On the following Sunday, 14 year old Raymond Kirkup won the Raby Castle 5K fun run by beating 176 runners on the hilly course, while his brother Steven finished in the top thirty. While over 3000 runners were taking part in the Blaydon Race on June 9th, Raymond, Steven and Craig took part in the Juniors run before the main race, with Raymond finishing in third place, while Craig and Steven both had good runs in a large field. Both Raymond Kirkup and James Young have qualified to run in the Junior Games at Gateshead Stadium later this month, these Games take place before the International Grand Prix on June 27th.

News Post Leader - April 04 - London Marathon

Runners from Blyth Running Club have had a busy period lately with many of the runners doing races every week. Thirteen runners from the club took part in this years London Flora Marathon, with Steve Walker the first Blyth runner back with a time under three hours. Then one week later the Club organised the Blyth Valley Ten Mile road race form Concordia to Blyth Sports Centre and 18 runners from Blyth took part with Michael Stott the first Blyth runner back with a time of 58 minutes. Two weeks later about a dozen runners from Blyth took part in the Wansbeck Riverside 10K and Michael Stott was again the first Blyth Runner home. This was followed two weeks later by the Club’s Annual 6.5 mile handicap, which was won by Dickie Cole, with Robbie Barkley setting the fastest time of the night. Then about twenty runners from Blyth took part in the recent 7.5mile run from South Shields Pier to the Pier at Roker. The field of nearly 600 runners had to run into a slight headwind for the entire race, the race started at South Shields Pier and passed Marsden Rock, Souter Lighthouse and along the cliff tops to descend onto the beach at Whitburn and then along the beach to the Pier at Roker. The first Blyth runner home was the evergreen Rob Hall who finished in twentieth position and was the first runner home in his age category. Four days after the Pier-to-Pier race, over 20 Blyth runners took part in the Clive Cookson 10K at Monkseaton. Robbie Barkley was the first Blyth Runner back in 12th position while Leanne Pringle was the first Blyth Lady and 10th lady overall. Prior to the 10K, Alex Crate, Craig Lamb and 6- year old James Young of the Juniors took part in the 5K fun run with all three completing the course in under 29 minutes. On the following Sunday,14 year old Raymond Kirkup won the Raby Castle 5K fun run by beating 176 runners on the hilly course, while his brother Steven finished in the top thirty.

News Post Leader - April 04 - Grand Prix

The last race in Blyth Running Club's Winter Series was also the last race in the Club's Grand Prix for 2003 – 2004. There are five divisions in the League and the nine races were over varying distances from 2.5 miles to half marathons. This year all the leagues were quite close at the end with Robbie Barkley winning Division 1 by one point from the ‘evergreen’ Rob Hall. This is the second time Robbie has won Division One, there was a tie for third place between Martin Gaughan and Dale Smith. In Division two, John Mallon won by two points from Steve Walker, with Phil Dickinson in third place. It was also close in Division Three, where Michael Brown won by two points from Barry Metcalfe, with Ken Turnbull in third place.
Michael won Division Four last year, so will probably be hoping to win Division Two next year. In Division Four Jacqui Lumsden also won by two points, with Dave Roe in second place and Sharon Percy in third. Dave Bradley won Division Five by three points from second placed Gary Potts, with Pauline Cunningham in third place.

On Sunday 25th April Blyth Running Club are organising the 23rd running of the Blyth Valley 10, which is one of the top ten-mile races in the country. The Blyth Valley Ten is a certified accurate ten mile road race starting at Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington, and finishing at Blyth Sports Centre, via Seaton Delaval and Seaton Sluice. Motororists should be aware that the race starts on Westmoreland Way, outside Concordia Sports centre at 10:00 and the roads around the Sports centre will be congested with runners until approximately 10:15 and that there will be delays all along the route of the race. The route then goes along Dudley Lane until the runners turn off along the footpath past Alexandria park. They then run along the High Pit road and turn down past East Cramlington and along Astley Road to the Avenue, which they turn down. When they reach Seaton Sluice they will then turn left along the Links road towards Blyth, at the round-about they will head along Rotary Way and then along The Broadway, turning left up to Blyth Sports Centre. It is expected that there will be traffic delays at all the major road junctions and round-abouts on the route, also access to Blyth Sports Centre will be very limited from Newsham Road until about 12:30am.

Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre or online at www.blythrunningclub.org.uk Entry costs 8.00 for Club runners while unattached runners pay 9.00 Runners will be able to enter on the day at Concordia Sports Centre until about 09:40, but the entry fee is 10.00 for Cub runners and 11.00 for unattached runners.

News Post Leader - April 04 - Winter Series 7

Competition was fierce as Blyth Running Club held the final race in their Annual Winter Series. Conditions were excellent for running and there was a healthy turn-out of 40 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. Ian Cansfield had taken the lead just after the half way mark and held it until the last 100 yards when he was overtaken by Martin Gaughan who produced his fastest time of the series to win by 5 seconds from Ian, who was also running his fastest race, with Dave Bradley finishing a further 10 seconds back in third place. The handicapping system meant that all 40 runners finished within 90 seconds of the winner. In total, 21 runners did their fastest times of the series, these included Robbie Barkley who set the fastest time on the night, the fastest time by a Lady was set by Leanne Pringle.
The overall winner of the series was Barry Metcalf, with Stephen Nendick in second place and Robbie Barkley in third. The team prize was won by Dave Bradley, Dave Roberts, Barry Metcalf, Dale Smith, Steve Walker and Adam Robinson. Each race winner won a ‘Yellow’ T-shirt and these went to:
Steve Bangs, Keith Robson, Ian Bates, Stephen Nendick, Keith Willshire, Dave Cox and Martin Gaughan.

Once again the runners would like to thank all the marshals and officials who ensured that the race took part.

News Post Leader - March 04 - Winter Series 6

Blyth Running Club recently held the sixth race in their Annual Winter Series. Once again there was a strong, cold northerly wind that the runners had to contend with, but there was still a healthy turn-out of 38 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. The first runner home was one of the Club’s founder members Dave Cox. Dave took the lead just after the half way mark and managed to hold on for a convincing win over second placed Kevin Freeman, with Steve Walker three seconds behind in third place. No one runner is dominating the series and Dave was the sixth runner to claim a yellow T-shirt so far this series. Despite the cold wind, several runners set their fastest times of the Series, while Robbie Barkley set the fastest time on the night, with Helen Morris the fastest Lady.
The final race in the series is Wednesday 24th March 2004.

News Post Leader - March 04 - Winter Series 5

Blyth Running Club recently held the fifth race in their annual winter series. On a bitterly cold, clear night there was still a healthy turn-out of 40 runners who took part in the 2.5 mile race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. Starter Dave Kitching set the runners off at regular intervals, with Christine Willshire the first runner off and Robbie Barkley the last runner away, some eight minutes after the first runner. The runners had to run out into a strong wind which helped them on the return journey, Keith Willshire was the first runner back, while Christine Willshire managed to just hold off a fast finishing Michael Stott to hold onto second place. Robbie Barkley set the set the fastest time of the night, while Helen Morris was the fastest lady. On a freezing cold night all the runners would like to thank the marshals: Sandra Gaughan, Dave Kitching, Ron Hope, Jimmy Jones and Ken Gibson who ensured that the race could go on.

News Post Leader - March 04 - Grand Prix

Blyth Running Club’s Annual Grand Prix season is building towards an exciting conclusion with only two events left: - the Redcar Half-Marathon on Sunday March 14th and the last two races in the Winter Series. The first race of the Grand Prix was the Keswick Half marathon in May 2003, and continued throughout the year with races of varying distance across the north-east. The majority of Leagues are still pretty close and the final places probably won’t be decided until after the final event – which will be the last Winter Series race on March 24th.

Division One is currently led by Rob Hall who is two points in front of Robbie Barkley, while Dale Smith and Martin Gaughan are three points further back. Although injured with a broken bone in his foot, I’m sure Rob will be going all out to hold onto his advantage. In Division Two John Mallon has a commanding lead over second placed Stevie Walker, while Ralph Dickinson is in third place, one point in front of Phil Dickinson. Similarly in Division Three, Michael Brown has a sixteen point lead over second placed Barry Metcalf, with Kenn Turnbull in third place, three points behind and three points in front of fourth place Dave Roberts. Division Four could be quite close as Jacqui Lumsden currently leads Sharon Percy by six points, but Jacqui has not entered the Winter Series so she won’t pick up any points there. In third place Dave Roe has a one point lead over Steve Bangs – but like Jacqui, Dave hasn’t entered the Winter Series. In Division Five, Dave Bradley currently has a two point lead over Gary Potts, while Pauline Cunningham is three points further back in third place.

The Club Grand Prix is in it’s eighteenth year, and continues to go from strength to strength. Next year’s will start up in early May. Before then though Blyth Running Club will be organising the top ten mile race in the region, the annual Blyth Valley Ten Mile race, which takes place on Sunday 25th April, starting from Concordia Sports Centre at 10:00am. Entry Forms are available from Blyth Sports Centre or online at http://www.blythrunningclub.org.uk/

News Post Leader - January 04 - Morpeth to Newcastle / Winter Series 4

Blyth runners have had a busy time lately with several runs taking place in early part of the year. In early January nearly 40 runners from Blyth took part in the Morpeth to Newcastle half marathon, running into a strong headwind for the 13.1 miles many times were down on previous years. There were over 1000 finishers and Robbie Barkley was the first Blyth runner back, finishing in the top 50, the first Blyth Lady was Cath Young. The unluckiest runner must have been Blyth’s Rob Hall who stood on a can of pop in the first few miles broke a bone in his foot. Here’s hoping it’s not too long before Rob is running again.

One week after competing in the North of England Cross Country Championships, 14-year old Raymond Kirkup took part in the Durham Pine Harrier Cross Country League at Chester-Le-Street and had a strong run to finish second. Indeed, Raymond was leading until the last 10 yards when he was overtaken. In the senior race, Robbie Barkley was another runner who enjoyed the conditions to finish in the top thirty.

On the following Wednesday both Robbie and Raymond were amongst the 42 runners who took part in the latest race in the Club’s Winter Series around the Kitty Brewster Trading estate. The runners had to contend with a strong head wind on the way out but apart from that the conditions were quite good for running. The first runner back was Steve Nendick who is using the Winter Series as part of his training for the London Marathon, Steve finished in front of Jocelyn Smith with Kisrty Huntington in third place. Once again, the handicapping system worked well with all 42 runners finishing within two minutes of the winner. The fastest time of the night was once again set by 17-year old Sean Kirtley, while Helen Morris set the fastest time by a Lady.

This years London Marathon is on Sunday 18th April and several Blyth members will be taking part. The club will be organising a coach and hotel for the week-end and places will be available for any other runners who have entries for the marathon, full details are on the Clubs web-site and the notice board at Blyth Sports Centre.

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