Blyth Running Club in the news

Articles from the local press - submitted by Keith Willshire

 

News Post Leader - November 05 - Winter Series2

Blyth Running Club recently held the second race in their popular Winter Series. Weather conditions were extremely cold and the runners had to run out into a stiff breeze. Once again there was another excellent turn-out of over 50 finishers. The first runner home, and winner of a coveted “Yellow T-shirt”, was long time club member Stevie Gillespie, Stevie was actually the winner of the very first Winter Series over ten years ago. In second place was Dale Smith, with Iain Singer in third place. In fourth place was Kirsty Huntington who set the fastest time by a Lady. The fastest time of the evening was again set by Sean Kirtley. The handicap system again worked well, with the first 48 runners within two minutes of the winner. The runners would like to thank all the marshals and officials who ensured that the race took place.

Sunday 4th 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 i.e. ladies over 50 years of age will receive 12 minutes start on the men under 40. Runners and spectators should be aware that this years’ race will now start at Seaton Sluice and run to Blyth harbour and then back to Seaton Sluice, 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 Seaton Sluice Community Association, Taylor Gardens, Seaton Sluice.

News Post Leader - November 05 - Gibside Run & Winter Series1

Nearly 30 runners from Blyth took part in the popular Gibside Bowl run. The seven mile race takes part in the grounds of Gibside Estate; the race attracted a record turn-out of just over 450 runners. Luckily for the runners the rain had stopped just before the race started and conditions, although heavy underfoot, were pleasant for the runners. The course includes two fairly steep hills as it follows the paths through the forests. The conditions were obviously ideal for Chester-Le-Street runner Stewy Bell as he won the race for the fourth time. The first runner back for Blyth was Robbie Barkley who finished in 28th position, with Peter Brown next for Blyth in 34th position.
Darlington's Alison Raw, whose form over the Fells would have helped on the course, won the Women’s' race finishing in 42nd place overall, while Sharon Percy was the first Blyth lady to finish.

On the following Wednesday night, Blyth held the first race in their popular Winter Series. The first race over the 2.5 mile course had a record turn-out of 56 runners who were all looking to win one of the coveted ‘Yellow T-shirts’ awarded to the race winner. Although it was a cold night, and the runners had to contend with a stiff breeze on the outward journey, at least it was dry for running. The first runner home was long time member Steve Bangs who overtook Jacqui Mallon in the last half mile, with Jacqui hanging onto second spot from Dave Bradley who just held off Neil Hedley into fourth place. Last years series winner, 14 year old Adam Smith continued his fine form to finish fifth. The fastest time of the night was set by Sean Kirtley, while Paul Whalley running his first Winter Series ran the second fastest time. The fastest lady was Kirsty Huntington. The next event in the series is on Wednesday 23rd November.

Sunday 4th 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 i.e. ladies over 50 years of age will receive 12 minutes start on the men under 40. Runners and spectators should be aware that this years’ race will now start at Seaton Sluice and run to Blyth harbour and then back to Seaton Sluice, 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 Seaton Sluice Community Association, Taylor Gardens, Seaton Sluice.

News Post Leader - October 05 - Derwentside 10 Mile race

The recent Derwentside 10 Mile race attracted a record turn-out of just over 170 runners with 21 from Blyth taking part. The course is an undulating route on country roads and tracks and the weather conditions were bright and blustery with a cool northerly wind. For the second year running the race was won by Steve Potts of Sunderland. The first Blyth runner back was Robbie Barkley in 13th position, the next Blyth finisher was Martin Gaughan who finished in 15th. Tracey Laws of Chester-Le-Street won the ladies race for the third successive year, while Helen Morris was the first Blyth Lady in 5th position.

On Wednesday 9th November, Blyth will be holding the first race in their annual Winter Series, a series of handicap races run over a 2.5 mile route around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. Entry is open to all Club members.

Sunday 4th 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. Runners and spectators should be aware that this years’ race will now start at Seaton Sluice and run to Blyth harbour and then back to Seaton Sluice, 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 Seaton Sluice Community Association, Taylor Gardens, Seaton Sluice.

We at Blyth Running Club currently have an expanding and active 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 ring Keith on 01670-362668.

News Post Leader - October 05 - Autumn Relays

Blyth Running Club recently held their Annual Autumn Relay races around the Kitty Brewster trading estate. Before the Seniors event, the Junior section held their own relays on a one mile route with nine teams taking part. With no wind, running conditions were ideal as the first nine runners were set off. Ten year old Mark Freeman was the first runner back and he passed a slight advantage onto Victoria Mallon, 11 year old Lucy Gray was close behind and she passed onto Chloe Beckwith. On the second leg 11 year old Stuart Landers managed to pull his team from third place into first and sent Brooke Cochrane away in the lead on the third and final leg. Brooke managed to hold onto the lead until the final 150 yards when she was overtaken by Liam Biaster and Liam managed to hold onto the lead and finished in first place, with Brooke in second; Brooke had the consolation of setting the fastest time by a girl, while Liam set the fastest time by a boy. The winning team was: Molly Fisher, Luke Todd and Liam Baister.

For the Seniors there was 8 teams taking part in the 19th running of Blyth Running Clubs Annual Relays and the first 8 runners were set on their way by starter Dave Kitching and just under 15 minutes later, Dave Roberts returned first, just in front of second placed John Mallon. Second runner Stevie Gillespie was soon overtaken by Helen Morris as she moved her team into first place and she handed over to Mal Derbyshire for the final leg, Steve Walker had moved his team from 4th to second while Ged Baister handed over to Robbie Barkley in third place. Robbie managed to pass the two runners in front and brought the team home in first place. Mark Walbank managed to hold onto second position while Sean Kirtley moved his team from seventh to third with his run and in the process set the fastest time of the night.

The winning team was: Kevin Westwood, Ged Baister and Robbie Barkley, followed in second position by Aynsley Herron , Steve Walker and Mark Walbank, while the third team comprised Paul Dunholm, Keith Willshire and Sean Kirtley. The fastest runner on the night was Sean Kirtley, while Helen Morris was the fastest Lady with Martin Gaughan 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. Plus for the first time ever, father and son were both in the winning teams, with Liam Baister in the Junior winning team and his father Ged in the Seniors.

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 4th 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. Runners and spectators should be aware that this years’ race will now start at Seaton Sluice and run to Blyth harbour and then back to Seaton Sluice, 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 Seaton Sluice Community Association, Taylor Gardens, Seaton Sluice. You can view a printable form by clicking here.

News Post Leader - September 05 - Farringdon cross country

The first Cross Country of the year was recently held at Farringdon School, Sunderland and Blyth Running Club had several youngsters running their first race. Apart from the Under 11’s everybody ran a lap of the same course and it was quite a testing little 1.7 mile loop. In the Under 11’s, James Young and Mark Freeman finished 14th and 17th ; while in the under 13’s Girls, Stacey Robinson finished 10th with Brooke Cochrane finishing in 12th position; for the boys Stuart Landers and Ryan Barclay both finished well up the pack running against boys a year older than them. In the under 15 boys, Liam Baister finished in 8th, while Adam Smith was another runner doing his first cross country and can be well pleased with his run. In the women’s race Helen Morris was 11th with Kirsty Huntingdon two places behind her. The men’s race was a relay and Peter Brown, Adam Robinson, Mark Walbank and Robbie Barkley finished in 15th position in the Seniors, while Alex Sewell, Kevin Freeman, Ged Baister and keith Willshire finished in 6th position in the Veterans race.

Blyth Running Club will be holding their Annual Autumn Relay races around the Kitty Brewster trading estate on Wednesday 5th 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, further details are available on the Club Notice-Board at Blyth Sports Centre.

News Post Leader - September 05 - Tynedale 10 mile race

There were just over 310 finishers in this years Tynedale 10 Mile Road Race, with 18 from Blyth Running Club. Conditions were far from ideal for the runners as the temperatures reached 80F and on a tough hilly course from Hexham to Ovingham , only four runners managed to get under the hours for the ten miles. For the second year running the race was won by Tynedale Harrier Andy Caine, who had managed to pull away from his main rival Stewy Bell of Chester-Le-Street at the eight mile mark, with Bell managing to finish in second place. The first Blyth runner home was Martin Gaughan, who finished in 28th position overall, next back for Blyth was Peter Brown in 36th position, while Joe Frazer was the third Blyth runner home. The first Blyth Lady was Helen Morris.

Blyth Running Club will be holding their Annual Autumn Relay races around the Kitty Brewster trading estate on Wednesday 5th 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, further details are available on the Club Notice-Board at Blyth Sports Centre.

News Post Leader - September 05 - Blyth Links 10k - 30th August

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. Club official Dave Kitching had marked out an accurate 10K course which used the path through the sand dunes, up to Collywell Bay, along the cliff top path, past the Delaval Arms pub and then back down Collywell bay road onto the dunes path, and for the first time the finish was on the promenade. Running conditions were ideal on a bright, warm sunny night although the runners had to run into a slight breeze on the outward journey the wind would aid them on the return. For the first time ever the race attracted over 200 runners with Blyth, North Shields, Morpeth and Blackhill Bounders well represented. However, the first runner home was an athlete from Bedford Harriers, Steve Body winning the race from Morpeth Harrier Dave Swinburne. Steve and Dave had contested the lead for the majority of the 6.2 mile course, with Steve gaining an advantage in the last mile and winning in an excellent time of 31 minutes 58 seconds, some 11 seconds in front of Dave. Peter Newton of Claremont Road Runners was third home, with one of the countrys leading vets Les Atkinson in fourth position. The first lady home was Sarah Graham of Morpeth, while Helen Morris was the first Blyth Lady home. The first Blyth runner was Robbie Barkley.

After the race all runners were invited to Blyth Sports Centre where Blyth's members had provided a buffet for everybody.

Every body in Blyth 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 - August 05 - Grand Prix races

Runners from Blyth Running Club have had a busy period lately and have completed the first three races in their annual Grand Prix. The first race in the Grand Prix was the Newburn River Run over a distance of 6.5 miles. A warm, sunny night attracted a record field of 321 finishers, with over 30 runners from Blyth. The first runner back for Blyth was Martin Gaughan who finished in 10th position overall, while Helen Morris was the first Blyth Lady and she was also the first finisher in her age category. Suzanne Hunter was also first in her age category. The next race in the Grand Prix was the popular Coastal Run, approximately 13 miles from Beadnell to Alnmouth along the beaches and cliff top paths. On another hot day for the runners Mal Darbyshire was the first Blyth runner back, while Suzanne Hunter was the first Blyth lady, with Suzanne, Anne Potts and Cath Young winning the Ladies Team prize for Blyth. The third race so far was the Jarrow & Hebburn Riverside, which was run on another hot and humid evening. The testing course attracted a field of over 160 runners with 30 of them from Blyth. Robbie Barkley was the first Blyth runner back, in 12th position overall while Helen Morris was again the first Blyth Lady. Helen was the first lady back in her age category as was Cath Young and together with Kirsty Huntingdon; they combined to take the third Ladies team prize. The men went one better as Robbie Barkley, Gareth Hope and Pete Brown were the second men’s team.

News Post Leader - July 05 - Blyth Junior Beach Races

Blyth Running Club recently organised some races for young runners and over 50 children took part, with the ages ranging from 4 years old to 14 years old.
All the races were on the beach and the under 9’s ran a distance of 800 metres, with Caitlin Hall winning the girl's race and James Young winning the boy's race. In the under 11 categories the youngsters had to run 1 mile and the first girl was Neomi Walker and the first boy was Stewart Landes. The under 13’s also ran a distance of one mile, with Holly Spratt winning the girl's race, while Stephen Cochrane was the first boy. The Under 15 girl’s race was won by Victoria Mallon, while Adam Smith won the boy's race. Click here for photos of the under 9 line ups for both boys and girls races.

 

Under 9's - 800 Metres

 

 

 

 

 

Girls

 

 

 

Boys

 

1

Caitlin Hall

04:03

 

1

James Young

03:26

2

Amy Fawcus

04:22

 

2

Thomas Wood

03:34

3

Jessica Vacher

04:29

 

3

John Kirkup

03:41

4

Rachel Brown

04:34

 

4

Sam Johnson

03:54

5

Cally McKenzie

04:45

 

5

Luke Freeman

03:54

6

Jessical Connelly

05:01

 

6

Ryan Jones

04:07

7

Serena Griffin

05:02

 

7

Martin Hopper

04:33

8

Ella Wood

05:04

 

8

Robert Johnson

04:50

9

Mellissa Heron

05:26

 

9

Mark Grey

04:54

 

 

 

 

10

Robert Barkley

05:36

 

 

 

 

11

Ryan Hall

05:48

 

 

 

 

12

Adam Barkley

06:18

 

Under 11's - 1 Mile

 

 

 

 

 

1

Neomi Walker

07:38

 

1

Stewart Landes

07:15

2

Samantha Bell

07:55

 

2

Elliot Clark

07:25

3

Hayleigh Watson

09:21

 

3

Mark Freeman

07:32

4

Sophie Richardson

10:28

 

4

Luke Todd

07:52

5

Moll Short

10:28

 

5

Sean Straker

07:54

6

Caitlin Nolan

13:18

 

6

Josh Harbey

08:08

 

 

 

 

7

Gary McLeod

08:12

 

 

 

 

8

Gareth Henderson

08:28

 

 

 

 

9

Jordan Wilson

08:42

 

 

 

 

10

Declan Walker

08:54

 

 

 

 

11

Tim Barnes

09:02

 

 

 

 

12

Jamie Hartley

09:02

 

1 Under3's - 1 Mile

 

 

 

 

1

Holly Spratt

08:06

 

1

Stephen Cochrane

06:03

2

Lucy Grey

08:12

 

2

Stephen Kirkup

06:14

3

Dannielle Leggatt

08:34

 

3

Nicholas Clasper

06:51

4

Kirstin McKenzie

10:04

 

4

Anthony Vacher

07:09

 

 

 

 

5

Kyle Hartley

07:27

 

 

 

 

6

Jonathon Smith

07:52

 

 

 

 

7

Daniel Hume

08:03

 

 

 

 

8

Jason Finlay

08:07

 

 

 

 

9

Aaron Major

08:09

 

Under 15's - 1 Mile

 

 

 

 

1

Victoria Mallon

08:17

 

1

Adam Smith

06:37

News Post Leader - June 05 - Blyth Junior Beach Races

On Saturday June 25th, Blyth running Club are organising some Junior races for children under the age of 15. The races will all be held on Blyth Beach and entry will be free. The first race will be at 11:00 and the categories will be:

UNDER 9’s will run 800 METRES

UNDER 11’s will run ONE MILE

UNDER 13’s will run ONE MILE

UNDER 15’s will run ONE AND A HALF MILES

There will be separate races for both boys and girls in each category, with trophies for the first, second and third placed runners in each race. All ages will be as on the day of the races. It is hoped that as many children as possible will turn up and they just need to turn up at the Mermaid Car-Park to register and receive their numbers before the start of the race. Anybody requiring further information can ring Keith on 01670-362668

News Post Leader - June 05 - Club Presentation evening

Blyth Running Club recently held their Annual Presentation Night at Blyth Golf Club. Nearly 100 members and guests turned up to show their appreciation to the trophy winners. Every year Blyth organise their own Grand Prix Leagues which consist of eight races with the runners divided into leagues according to ability. In 2004 - 2005, the races spread from the Lake District to Beadnell Bay, Carlisle to the Kitty Brewster trading estate and covered distances ranging from 2.5 miles to 14.5 miles.

For the second year running Division One was won by Robbie Barkley who was winning the award for the third time, in second place second was Martin Gaughan, while Michael Stott was third, the Vets award went to Steve Walker. In a very tight Division Two, Mal Derbyshire won by one point from Barry Metcalfe who was one point in front of third placed Joe Frazer, while Eddie Stott was the leading Vet. In Division Three the first two runners could not be separated as Alex Sewell and Dave Roberts finished on the same number of points. In third place was one of the Club’s longest serving members Dave Cox, while Keith Willshire won the Vets prize. Division Four was won by Suzanne Hunter who had a comfortable lead over second placed Anne Potts, with David Roe taking third position. The Vets prize was won by Terry McCabe. Division Five was won by Pauline Cunningham, who had a slight advantage over Louise Rawlinson with Kirsty Huntington taking third position and Joe Potts winning the Vets prize.
The trophies for the Club’s Annual Handicaps were also presented and these were: Helen Morris with Clinton Young second and Ged Baister third, while Lucy Gray won the Junior Handicap.

The winners of the Winter Series also received their prizes, with the seven individual race winners all receiving a Yellow T-shirt, these were: John Curry, Terry McCabe, Rob Hall, Ron Ingram, John Mallon, Sue Walker and Stevie Gillespie. The team trophy went to “Kirsty’s Boys” who were: Kirsty Huntington, Keith Willshire, Liam Baister, Adam Smith, Craig Lamb and Rob Bradley. The overall Winter Series winner was 13 year old Adam Smith.

Finally, the members also voted for their Sports Personalities of 2004. Members used different criteria for their votes: which athlete had improved most during 2004, which athlete had contributed the most to the club during 2004 or who was the best runner during 2004. The Men’s Award was won by Club Secretary George Young, while the Ladies Trophy was won by Suzanne Hunter.

On Monday 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 - March 05 - Blyth Valley 10k

The Blyth Valley Fun run was first run in 1982 and since 1991 has been organised by Blyth Running Club. This year would have been the 24th running of the popular run which went from Concordia Sports Centre to Blyth Sports Centre via Seaton Delaval and Seaton Sluice. Over the years the race had progressed and became the biggest ten mile road race in the North East. However, this year Blyth Running Club failed to get Police support for the event and the Club had to reluctantly cancel the race. In its place Blyth Running Club are pleased to announce a new 10 Kilometre (approximately 6.2 miles) race for the North East, run from Blyth Quayside to Seaton Sluice and back, along public footpaths and cycle ways. We have had this new ‘Spirit of The Staithes’ 10k course officially ratified; it's very flat and will provide an excellent chance of fast times. We hope that everybody will turn out in force to make the race as successful as the 10 miler has been. The race takes place on Sunday 24th April and starts at Blyth Quayside at 10:00am. All finishers will receive a T-shirt.

Entry forms and further details are available at Blyth Sports Centre or online at www.blythrunningclub.org.uk
Entry costs 8.00 for Club runners while unattached runners pay 10.00
Runners will be able to enter on the day at Blyth Sports Centre until about 09:30, but the entry fee is 10.00 for Cub runners and 12.00 for unattached runners

News Post Leader - March 05 - 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 another excellent turn-out of 45 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate, with 24 of the runners setting their fastest times of the series. 15 year old Tom Crate had taken the lead just after the half way mark and managed to hold it until the last 100 yards when he was overtaken by Stevie Gillespie who produced his fastest time of the series to win by yards from Tom. In third place was 13 year old Adam Smith who was only one second behind Tom. The fastest time on the night was again set by Robbie Barkley, for the second race running the fastest time by a Lady was set by Kirsty Huntingdon.
Although over 20 runners did all seven races, Adam Smith was the only runner to improve his time in every race and over the series he has improved his best time by nearly three minutes – a tremendous achievement. His consistency meant that in five of the races he finished in the top ten and his points total was the lowest of everybody and ensured that he was the overall winner of the seven race series, with Keith Willshire in second place, one point in front of Cath Young. As well as winning the individual event, Adam was also a member of the winning team, “Kirsty’s Boys” which comprised Adam Smith, Keith Willshire, Kirsty Huntingdon, Craig Lamb, Rob Bradley and Liam Baister.

Each race winner won a ‘Yellow’ T-shirt and these went to: John Curry, Terry McCabe, Rob Hall, Ron Ingram, John Mallon, Sue Walker and Stevie Gillespie.

Once again the runners would like to thank all the marshals and officials who ensured that the race took part.
Blyth Running Club are 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. We also have a small Junior section and are looking for new members, so if anybody between the ages of 11 and 17 are keen then they can either turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 18:45 or e-mail the following address enquiries@blythrunningclub.org.uk and somebody will contact them.

News Post Leader - February 05 - Winter Series 6

Blyth Running Club recently held the sixth race in their Annual Winter Series. On a bitterly cold night, there was also a strong north-easterly wind for the runners to contend with but there was still a healthy turn-out of 38 runners. Sue Walker was the first runner set off and no one managed to catch her over the 2.5 mile course around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. In second place, five seconds behind Sue was 16 year old Ryan Robinson, who was making his debut in the race. Cath Young was in third place, with Kirsty Huntingdon setting the fastest time by a Lady in fourth. Once again the handicapping was tight with less than two minutes separating the first 36 runners. No one runner is dominating the series and Sue was the sixth runner to claim a yellow T-shirt so far this series. The fastest time of the evening was again set by Robbie Barkley. The final race in the series is Wednesday 2nd March 2005.

News Post Leader - February 05 - Winter Series 5

Blyth Running Club recently held the fifth race in their Annual Winter Series. Once again, while weather conditions were far from ideal with a bitterly cold strong northerly wind, there was still an excellent turn-out of 47 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile handicap race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. The runners were set off by organiser Dave Kitching at regular intervals, with Robbie Barkley the last runner away some eight minutes after the first runner, Sue Walker. Jocelyn Smith was a long time leader of the race but unfortunately she lost to a fast finishing John Mallon in the final ten yards, while Joe Frazer and Raymond Kirkup were given the same time, Joe just managed to finish in front of Raymond to the line. Robbie Barclay again set the fastest time on the night, with Susanne Hunter again setting the fastest time for the Ladies. The handicapping system once again worked well with 45 of the runners finishing within two minutes of the winner.

News Post Leader - January 05 - Winter Series 4

Blyth Running Club recently held the fourth race in their Annual Winter Series. Once again, while weather conditions were far from ideal with a bitterly cold strong northerly wind, there was still a healthy turn-out of 42 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile handicap race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate. The runners had to run into the strong wind for the first part of the race and this obviously affected times, although this did not bother Ron Ingram who convincingly won the race and claimed the yellow T-shirt. 14 year old Adam Smith continues to improve and managed to pull away from Pauline Cunningham in the last 100 yards to finish second while Pauline had to settle for third place. Although times were generally down, Robbie Barclay set the fastest time on the night while Susanne Hunter set the fastest time for the Ladies. The date of the next race in the series is Wednesday 26th January 2005. The handicapping system once again worked well with over 36 of the runners finishing within two minutes of the winner.

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