Blyth Running Club in the news

Articles from the local press - submitted by Keith Willshire

 

News Post Leader - December 07 - Blyth Sands Race

Blyth Running Club recently organised the annual ‘Sands Race’, which runs from Seaton Sluice to the South Beach at Blyth and back. This was the 48th running of the race and the weather conditions were practically ideal for running, although the runners had a slight headwind to contend with on the return journey. The tide was receding as the first runners were set off by starter Dave Kitching, under the unique handicap system based on age and sex these runners had 12 minutes start on the senior men runners. The height of the tide meant that some runners did run part of the race on the promenade as they were unable to climb over the groynes on the outward journey. Blyth runner Cath Young was a long time leader of the race but was passed in the last fifty metres by Morpeth veteran Archie Jenkins who was winning the race for the second time. In third place was North Shields Poly runner Leslie Miller, with Blyths evergreen Rob Hall in fourth place. The team prize was won by Blyth, with Cath Young leading Rob Hall, Helen Morris and Dave Cox to first place.

Fastest on the day was Lucas Longman of Heaton Harriers, who finished in 21st position overall, giving up to 12 minutes to most of the field, the fastest time by a Lady was set by Julia Atkinson on Newton Aycliffe, and there were 111 finishers.

Prizes were awarded in all age categories and were:
Winner: Archie Jenkins (Morpeth)   Second: Cath Young (Blyth)     Third: Lesley Miller (NSP)
Under 18’s Boy: Liam Baister (Gateshead)             Senior Man: Lucas Longman (Heaton)                    Senior Woman: Kirsty Mason (Blyth)
Over 35 Woman: Amanda Watson (Elswick)          Over 40 Woman: Julia Atkinson (Newton Aycliffe)    Over 40 Man: Dave Young (Wallsend)
Over 45 Man: George Harden (Sunderland)             Over 45 Woman: Lynne Marr (Tynedale)                  Over 50 Man: Peter Grey (Alnwick)
Over 50 Woman: Linda Charlton (low fell)               Over 55 Man: Rob Hall (Blyth)                                 Over 55 Woman: Janette Kilgour (Claremont)
Over 60 Man: Dave Cox (Blyth)                             Over 65 Man: Reg Checkley (Heaton)

On Saturday 15th December, Blyth Running Club are organising a cross country race at the East Cramlington Nature Reserve. Most of the regions top athletes will be competing and there will be Junior races as well. Walkers and dog owners should be aware that there will be over 300 runners using the area, with the first race at 12:30. Blyth Running Club apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause regular users of the Nature Reserve.

News Post Leader - November 07 - Gibside Trail Race

27 members of Blyth Running Club recently competed in the tough 7.5 mile Gibside Trail race, which is run on paths and trails around the Gibside Estate at Rowlands Gill. Stewy Bell of Chester Le Street won the race for the fourth successive year, the first Blyth runner was Paul Whalley who finished in fifth place with Leo Talbot the next Blyth runner in sixteenth place. The evergreen Rob Hall showed that he is beginning to regain some of his form and fitness by finishing as the first in his age category and 36th position overall. Other prize-winners from Blyth were Kevin Freeman and Joe Frazer who both finished second in ther respective age categories. Kirsty Mason was the first Blyth Lady back.

On the same days as the Gibside race, Davina Lonsdale was running her first marathon in New York and she completed the course in a very respectable time of four hours 30 minutes. Two weeks earlier Gary Jones was also competing in his first marathon in Amsterdam and he had an excellent run to record a very impressive time of 2 hours 45 minutes.

Sunday 2nd 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 the race now starts at Seaton Sluice and the runners head towards 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 07 - Autumn Relays

Blyth Running Club recently held their Annual Autumn Relay races around the Blyth Industrial Estate. Running conditions were ideal for the 21st running of the relays and there was a total of 12 teams. As the first runners finished their leg of 2.3 miles, the leading runner was 16 year old Adam Smith who passed onto Terry McCabe. Terry managed to hold onto first place and he then handed the baton onto Robbie Barkley who was never passed and won the race with a healthy winning margin.

The fastest runner on the night was Paul Whalley, while Kirsty Mason was the fastest Lady. The evergreen Rob Hall showed some glimpse of his form returning by being the fastest vet runner as he pulled his team from 9th position to 4th. 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. 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.

The first race of the Clubs popular Winter Series will be on Wednesday 21st November, further details are on the Clubs web-site and on the Notice-board at Blyth Sports Centre. Sunday 2nd 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 and on-lien at the Clubs web-site, although entries will be taken on the day at Seaton Sluice Community Association, Taylor Gardens, Seaton Sluice.

News Post Leader - September 07 - Tynedale 10m – Sunday 9th September

There was a record turn-out of over 500 finishers in this years Tynedale 10 Mile Road Race, with 19 from Blyth Running Club. On a tough hilly course from Hexham to Ovingham, with weather conditions cool and breezy, several of the Blyth runners managed to set personal best times for the distance of 10 miles. The race was won by Jon Archer of Low Fell, with Paul Whalley the first back for Blyth in tenth position overall, Paul managed to knock ten minutes off his previous best time for ten miles. Leo Talbot was the next Blyth runner back and he also set a PB, as did the third Blyth runner home Iain Singer. Joe Frazer was running his first race as a sixty year old and managed to win the first prize for the age category, with many a younger runner behind him. Also in the over 60 category Dave Cox finished third. The first Blyth lady was Cath Young who finished in third place in her category.

News Post Leader - September 07 - Blyth Links 10K – Tuesday 28th August

Every year Blyth Running Club organise a 10K race and they invite runners from other clubs in the region, this year’s race attracted a record entry of over 220 finishers and the clubs represented included Morpeth, Alnwick, Blackhill, Blaydon, London , Elswick, Claremont and North Shields Poly. 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. Running conditions were practically ideal on although there was a slight drizzle at times. The race was won by Morpeth runner Ivan Hollingsworth who set a record time for the course of 31 minutes 50 seconds. In second place was Ryan Stephenson of North Shields Poly, with Mick Fenwick of Wallsend in third place. The first Blyth runner was Leo Talbot in fifth place.
The first lady home was Angela Hibbs of Claremont, while Helen Morris was the first Blyth Lady home. Helen is busy training for the Veterans World Championships which take place in Riccione, Italy where she will be running the 5000 metres.

Every body in Blyth Running Club would like to thank 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 07 - Morpeth 10k, Jarrow 10k and others

Over 20 runners from Blyth took part in the recent Morpeth 10K which attracted ober 270 finishers, in good conditions on a testing course there were some excellent runs from the Blyth contingent. Leo Talbot was first Blyth finisher in 5th place and setting a PB for the distance, Paul Whalley was next Blyth runner to finish in 11th place. First Blyth lady was Jacqui Lumsden who was third in her age category, followed by Kirsty Mason, while Julie Lemin and Kersten Heckelsmuller both set PB’s. Joe Frazer and Dave Cox were both second finishers in their age categories. One week after running the Morpeth 10k, John Mallon ran the Helsinki Marathon and finished in an excellent time of 3 hours 28 minutes.

Six runners from Blyth ran in the Jarrow 10k and over a new course Paul Whalley finished in 4th position out of over 170 finishers. Joe Frazer was third in his age category.

At the recent Helensburgh half marathon, club member Gary Jones finished in 11th position in an excellent time of 1 hour 17 minutes

On Saturday 1st September, Blyth Sports Centre are holding an open day to mark the opening of the new facilities available. Officials and Club coaches from Blyth Running Club will be available to give advice to anybody interested in joining the Club, both Juniors and Seniors, or if anybody is doing the Great North Run then the coaches will also be able to offer some advice and tips.

News Post Leader - July 07 - Tynedale 10k, Coastal Run and others

Runners form Blyth running Club have had a busy time lately and have been competing over a variety of distances and terrains. In early July, 20 runners took part in a field of over 570 finishers in the popular Tynedale 10k race and in bright, humid conditions Gary Jones was the first Blyth runner home in 15th position, with Leo Talbot the next Blyth runner in 19th place. Cath Young was the first Blyth Lady home and was second lady in her age category. Joe Frazer continued his good recent form by finishing third in his age category.

The ten days later over 20 runners form Blyth competed in the Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal run. The weather was warm and sunny for the 800 finishers as they followed the coastal path from Beadnell, through Embleton, Craster and onto Alnmouth for a distance of approximately 14 miles. Once again Gary Jones was the first Blyth runner back in 8th place, with Leo Talbot the next Blyth runner in 30th position. Julie Lemin was the first Blyth lady. Dave Cox was the second over 60 male finisher.

Three days later, over 20 runners then took part in a 5K race at Sunderland. Leo Talbot was the first Blyth runner back in 25th position, with Robbie Barkley the next Blyth runner four place further back. Helen Morris was the first Blyth Lady and was third in her age cathegory, while her brother Kevin Freeman was second in his age category as was Club Chairman Ralph Dickinson, with Dave Cox third in the over 60’s.

Just to show their adaptablity, 15 runners form Blyth then took part in the James Herriot Trail race in the Yorkshire Dales. The stunning scenery, steep hills and hot weather combined to ensure that it was a hard race. Paul Whalley was the first Blyth runner home in a very creditable 9th positions (out of 285 finishers), with Leo Talbot the next Blyth runner in 19th place. Julie Lemin was again the first Blyth Lady.

News Post Leader - July 07 - Barclays Kit Boost for BRC Juniors

Barclays has come to the aid of a Blyth sports club by donating a complete set of coaching kit and equipments to the junior section of the local running club. The award to the junior section of Blyth Running Club, has been made as part of the 30 million grassroots sports programme, Barclays Spaces for Sports. The donation is one of 1,200 packs being awarded each year to ensure teams across the UK will benefit from the three year scheme.

Although, the seniors have just celebrated their 25th anniversary as a club, the Junior section has only been running for about three years and any new equipment is always welcome as this helps to keep their subscription fees as low as possible.

Club Chairman Ralph Dickinson said “The number of Juniors are always increasing and the equipment will help the coaches to plan and implement their training nights. The coaching pack from Barclays is brilliant and will really help the club to progress”

Andrea Brown, Team Leader at Barclays North East Regional Services Centre, said “Barclays are delighted to be supporting the Juniors of Blyth Running Club and hope this coaching kit will encourage their interest in sport and lead them to greater success!.

Barclays Spaces for Sports, a partnership between Barclays, Football Foundation and Groundwork, will create sustainable sports sites and provide coaching kit and equipment to communities in most need of help across the UK.

News Post Leader - June 07 - Club Handicap Races

Blyth Running Club Juniors recently held their Annual handicap race of 2 miles which was based on a 2 lap course using the beach path and finishing on Blyth promenade. The runners were all handicapped according to their age and ability so that anyone of the runners could win. Over twenty five juniors lined up at the start, with the youngest runner on the night, Ryan Martin the first runner off. Young Ryan was never passed and led the whole race to win the trophy and shield. In second place was 12 year old Kane Spirit, with another of the younger runners Justin Hall in third place. Stacy Robinson set the fastest time by a girl, while Ellis Hetherington set the fastest time on the night.

Shortly afterwards, the Seniors held their Annual handicap on a 6.5 mile route which started at the Beach Car Park, along the beach path, up Collywell Bay road, past the Delaval Arms pub and then back along the cliff tops and then along the road back to Blyth. On the outward stage, the runners had to contend with a stiff breeze but this didn’t seem to affect Julie Lemin who had a large lead by the halfway mark and managed to hold on to the lead and win the race by over a minute from second placed John Mallon, with Dave Roberts in third place. Andrew Henderson set the fastest time of the night, while Helen Morris set the fastest time by a lady.

On Saturday June 16th, 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 the first race will be at 10:3000 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 placed runners in each race while all runners will receive a medal.. 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. There will be a charge of 1.00 to enter Anybody requiring further information can ring Keith on 01670-362668.

News Post Leader - June 07 - Keswick Half Marathon

Over 25 runners travelled to the Lake District from Blyth to compete in the recent Keswick half marathon. The weather conditions were atrocious, with heavy rain for most of the race. On a difficult, hilly course they enjoyed some success with Paul Whalley finishing in sixth place, while Club chairman set his fastest time ever for a half marathon. Nearer to home, Andrew Henderson finished in second place in the Les Alcorn 10K at Alnwick. Andrew was only two seconds behind the winner Dave Kirkland of Alnwick. Paul Whalley finished in fourth place and with Gary Jones finishing in sixth it meant that Blyth won the men’s team prize. During the winter several members of Blyth ran in North Shields Poly Winter Series and it was a team from Blyth who finished as the eventual winners. The team comprised Mark Walbank, Gary Jones, Iain Singer, Robbie Barkley, Louise Rawlinson, Peter Brown, Julie Lemin and Michael Brown.

News Post Leader - June 07 - Blaydon Race

One of the most popular races in the North East, is the annual Blaydon Race which is held every year on June 9th. This year’s race was over subscribed, and there were over 30 runners from Blyth in the field of 3338 finishers. In hot and humid conditions Paul Whalley finished in 42nd position, with Gary Jones finishing 51st. Club Chairman Ralph Dickinson was the first finisher in his age category and veteran runner Joe Frazer was third in the same category. The first Blyth female finisher was Cath Young and she was also the first finisher in her age category.

Another popular race in the North east calendar, is the Newburn River run which was also over subscribed and in a field of 330 finishers, Martin Gaughan was the first Blyth runner home in 21st position and was third in his age category. Cath Young was the first Blyth lady home, while Jacqui Lumsden was first in her age category.

News Post Leader - May 07 - Junior Beach Races

For the third year running, Blyth Running Club recently held some races for young runners and a record turnout of over 120 children took part, with the ages ranging from 2 years old to 14 years old.
All the races were on the beach and this year there was a shorter race for the Under 6’s. Croftway first school and New Delaval Middle School were particularly well represented and it was two children from Croftway who won the Under 6 races, with Calum Gray winning the boys race and Jade Stephenson the girls. The under 9’s ran a distance of 800 metres and Darcy Falconer was the first girl, while Cameron Blackett was the first boy. In the under 11 categories the youngsters had to run 1 mile and for the second year running Sarah Wilkes was the first girl, while George Skirrow of Alnwick was the first boy. The under 13’s also ran a distance of one mile, with Sophie Taylor from Birtley winning the girls race, while the organising Club’s Ellis Hetherington was the first boy. The Under 15’s ran a distance of 1.5 miles and the Girls race produced the closest finish of the day with Kirstie Johnson and Erin Rodgers getting the same time, and Erin was adjudged the winner on the line, while Scott Jenkinson of BCC won the boys race. Everybody who ran the race was given a medal and the race winners were presented with trophies.
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. Further details are available on-line at www. blythrunningclub.org.uk

Under 6's - 400 Metres

 

 

 

 

Girls

 

 

 

Boys

 

Jade Stephenson

 

 

1

Callum Gray

 

Katelyn Joice

 

 

2

Daniel Robson

 

Eleanor Gray

 

 

3

Darren Docherty

 

Lucy Anderson

 

 

4

Spencer Manning

 

Sophie Sewell

 

 

5

Cole Williams

 

Ellie McDowell

 

 

 

 

 

Katelyn Willshire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 9's - 800 Metres

 

 

 

 

 

Darcy Falconer

03:50

 

1

Cameron Blackett

03:46

Rebbecca Stoker

04:02

 

2

Jack Earle

03:50

Jade Farrer

04:05

 

3

Justin Hall

03:53

Xara Barbour

04:18

 

4

Harry Davey

04:03

Errin Robertson

04:34

 

5

Lewis Whalley

04:06

Cary Anne Whalley

04:37

 

6

Edward Stoker

04:13

Laura Smith

04:39

 

7

Matthew Morgan

04:25

Claire Brown

04:44

 

8

Kieran Taylor

04:39

Emily Walbank

04:50

 

9

Jame Loud

04:46

Olivia Weston

04:52

 

10

Daniel Brennard

04:54

Tia Holroyd

05:01

 

11

Josh Coe

05:02

Georgia Brown

05:10

 

12

Jack bell

05:11

Kirsty Palmer Kay

05:11

 

13

Michael Wilkinson

05:14

Beth Davison

05:24

 

14

Jack Walbank

05:14

Courtney Denton

05:25

 

15

Jamie Holroyd

05:18

Neave Herridge

05:32

 

16

Brandon Morris

05:26

Tyler Doherty

05:58

 

17

Alex Trinder

05:33

Ellen Riley

06:21

 

18

Thomas Brown

05:35

Amy Sewell

06:40

 

19

Daniel Holroyd

05:38

Shopna Miah

07:17

 

20

Ryan Dickson

05:44

 

 

 

21

Jonathon Morgan

05:44

 

 

 

22

Jack Trinder

06:14

 

 

 

23

Leon Fairland

07:50

 

 

 

24

Jake Dickson

07:51

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 11's - 1 Mile

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Wilkes

07:23

 

1

George Skirrow

07:26

Charlotte Ramsay

07:26

 

2

James Young

07:30

Laurie Robinson

07:59

 

3

Harley Newman

07:36

Caitlin Hall

08:02

 

4

Reece McDowell

07:41

Rachel Smith

08:13

 

5

Peter Skinnow

07:50

Jessica Taylor

08:44

 

6

Daniel Murphy

08:03

Sophie Lyall

08:47

 

7

Kyle Mills

08:12

Rosie Murton

08:53

 

8

Luke Watson

08:37

Kimberley Long

09:31

 

9

Thomas Oliver

08:40

Bethany Jones

09:31

 

10

Drew Bell

08:53

Holly Burt

09:35

 

11

Liam McNally

09:05

Alex Bell

09:47

 

12

Jonathon Blackett

09:06

Jessica Vacher

09:48

 

13

Adam James

10:32

Laura Burt

10:42

 

14

Alex Robinson

11:54

Claudia Martin

11:12

 

15

Declan Walker

11:55

Chelsea Hilbert

11:25

 

 

 

 

Laura Pennington

12:06

 

 

 

 

Samantha Angus

12:58

 

 

 

 

Tyler Coe

13:01

 

 

 

 

Leah Angus

16:32

 

 

 

 

Tamzin Carpenter

18:57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 13's - 1 Mile

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Taylor

06:28

 

1

Ellis Hetherington

06:21

Sam Bell

07:26

 

2

Josh Barry

06:31

Megan Davis

07:49

 

3

Corey Robertson

07:02

Molly Murton

08:07

 

4

Mark Thomas

07:21

Naomi Walker

08:25

 

5

Jake Jansen

07:28

Natalie Cook

08:41

 

6

Kane Spirit

07:39

Jessica Carroll

08:52

 

7

Daniel Ramsay

07:50

Caitlin Kendall

09:34

 

8

Josh McDougal

07:52

Chelsea Adams

10:37

 

9

Conor Cavanighe

08:08

Shannon Wooden

10:42

 

10

Scott Lyall

08:10

 

 

 

11

Corey Newman

08:12

 

 

 

12

Daniel Hilbert

09:08

 

 

 

13

Chris Easton

09:15

 

 

 

 

 

Under 15's 1.5 Miles

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Rodgers

10:50

 

1

Scott Jenkinson

10:23

Kirstie Johnson

10:50

 

2

Sean Oliver

11:50

Stephanie Ramsay

13:51

 

3

Anthony Vacher

11:57

 

 

 

4

Sean Parker

15:56

Brown quick to make his mark By Bill McGuirk (From the Evening Chronicle, April 30th)

Mark brown had no trouble retaining his Transped-supported Blyth Valley 10km Road Race title. The 27-year-old Morpeth Harrier led throughout the race to win by more than a minute and a half, with Heaton's John Moore getting the better of Mark McLeod (Elswick) to take second place. Brown, who used to live in Blyth, had plenty of support as he crossed the line in 32min 4sec, just outside his own course record time he set last year. He said: "I was surprised I was out on my so early in the race because I started off quite steadily. Once we turned back from Seaton Sluice, there was quite a strong breeze in our faces so I just settled down to maintain the pace to the finish. It was pleasing to win again for I had bit of support seeing that I am a Blyth lad."

At the midway point a group of four were locked together - but it was track specialist Moore who had the kick on this occasion to take the runners-up spot from McLeod with new signing Andrew Henderson leading Blyth to team honours. Morpeth's Paul Waterson was the leading vet to finish, crossing the line in Blyth Harbour in seventh place. Sunderland's Louise Noble was a comfortable winner of the women's contest, finishing in 37th place overall in 37:59. Heaton's Jo Zoppi got the better of team-mate Helen Astley to finish runner-up in a race which attracted nearly 400 finishers. That was a huge improvement on the previous two years since the event came into being after the demise of the popular Blyth 10-mile promotion.

RESULTS - 1 M Brown (Morp) 32:04; 2 J Moore (Heat) 33:35; 3 M McLeod (Els) 33:44; 4 A Henderson (Blyth) 33:47; 5 D Kirkland (Aln) 34:05; 6 P Whalley (Blyth) 34:49; 7 P Waterston (Morp, M40) 34:52; 8 G Moore (NSP) 35:07; 9 G Jones (Blyth) 35:18; 10 L Talbot (Blyth) 35:25; 11 R Floyd (Morp) 35:34; 12 P Dixon (Els, M45) 35:35; 13 A Dent (Blay, M45) 35:45; 14 A Wear (Birt) 35:47; 15 C Jackson (Sun S) 36:04; 16 D Armstrong (Els) 36:37; 17 D Lydon (Sun S) 36:40; 18 H Matthews (Els M60) 36:43; 19 G Perkins (Scun, M50) 36:48; 20 R Barber (unatt) 36:56. M45: 3 S Brown (Tyne) 36:57. M50: 2 G Pemberton (NE Vets) 38:42. M55: 1 E Wilson (SSh) 40:13; 2 I Richardson (NSP) 40:29. M65: T O'Gara (Walls) 41:02. M70: P Bassett (Morp) 45:34. Teams: 1 Blyth 19; 2 Morpeth 19; 3 Elswick 31.

Women: 1 L Noble (Sun) 37:59; 2 J Zoppi (Heat) 39:24; 3 H Astley (Heat) 39:29; 4 M Holt (Sun) 40:00; 5 Y Thiru (Els, W40) 40:06; 6 J Dooley (Tyne) 40:30; 7 L Laverton (unatt, W35) 41:44; 8 E McFarlane (Els) 42:16; 9 H Morris (Blyth, W40) 42:35; 10 K Huntington (Blyth) 42:48; 11 G McKernan (Blay, W45) 43:13; 12 S Calvert (Morp, W40) 43:28; 13 K Crowther (Even) 43:45; 14 J Kilgour (Clare, W55) 44:12; 15 L Miller (NSP, W45) 44:32. W50: 1 L Valentine (Sun) 46:32; 2 S Parr (CleS) 47:08. W55: 2 P Woodcock (Morp) 47:32. W60: P Gold (Heat) 51:00. Teams: 1 Sunderland 23; 2 Elswick 30; 3 Heaton 36.

News Post Leader - May 07 - Blyth Valley 10k

There was a record turn-out of over 380 finishers at the TRANSPED BV10K, which took place on Sunday 29th April. It was quite cool for running with a slight easterly breeze. Last years winner Mark Brown of Morpeth was obviously intent on keeping his crown and by the halfway mark at Seaton Sluice he had built up a commanding lead over the rest of the field. He kept up his pace and momentum on the return journey and managed to win by over 90 seconds from second place runner John Moore of Heaton Harriers. Mark McCleod of Elswick Harriers finished in third place, while Andrew Henderson, making his debut for Blyth was fourth, with Dave Kirkland of Alnwick in fifth. As usual the organisation of the race was impressive, and this is due to a lot of hard work from the members of Blyth Running Club, with over 30 members helping on the day led by the race organisers Dave Kitching and George Young. The first Lady home was Louise Noble of Sunderland Harriers, who finished in 37th position overall and just missed the course record by 30 seconds. Jo Zoppi of Heaton Harries was second while her club mate Helen Astley was third. The first Blyth lady was Helen Morris. The Men’s team prize was shared between Morpeth (Mark Brown, Paul Waterstone and Ross Floyd) and the organising club Blyth (Andrew Henderson, Paul Whalley and Gary Jones). The Ladies team prize was won by Sunderland Harriers with Louise Noble, Michelle Holt and Kathryn Watt making up the team.

The trophies were presented by TRANSPED directors John and Tulla McSparron at the Quay public house and the club would like to thank TRANSPED for their sponsorship and also Alan and Christine for the use of the Quay public house.

The next major race in the Club’s Calendar is the Annual Handicap race which is taking place on Wednesday 9th May. Both the Junior and Senior handicaps are taking place on the night with the first Junior runner off at 18:30, while the first Senior runner will be off at 19:15 from the Beach car-park. The race is only open to Club members, full details are on the Club’s Notice-Board at Blyth Sports Centre.

On Saturday 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.

Over 150 of the finishers at the BV10K were unattached runners and Blyth Running Club would like anybody who is interested to try one of their training nights and they will be made welcome. 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 Blyth Running Club can be contacted by e-mail at enquiries@blythrunningclub.org.uk

News Post Leader - April 07 - Blyth Valley 10k

On Sunday 29th April, the third running of the “Spirit Of The Staithes” 10K run takes place, which is being sponsored by local company TRANSPED. Already nearly 200 runners have entered and these include last years winner Mark Brown. The race starts on the road at the north end of the Blyth Enterprise Centre on the Quayside at 10:00am. As well as attracting some of the regions top runners, the race always attract a large majority of unattached runners who receive tremendous encouragement from the marshals and officials. The course has been officially measured and ratified; it's very flat and will provide an excellent chance of fast times. The last date for postal entries is Saturday 21st April and entry forms and further details are available at Blyth Sports Centre or online. Entry costs 8.00 for Club runners while unattached runners pay 10.00

Runners will be able to enter on the day at ‘The Quay’ public house until about 09:45, but the entry fee on the day is 10.00 for Club runners and 12.00 for unattached runners. All finishers will receive a T-shirt. Walkers and cyclists using the beach path should be aware that the runners will be running along the path from about 10:10 but hopefully they will not be too inconvenienced.

Members of Blyth running Club have been busy lately and have achieved some degree of success. At the recent Good Friday races the Juniors enjoyed a successful day, with Stacey Robinson finishing third in the Under 13 girls race, while Kirstie Johnson was seventh and together with Sam Bell they won the Under 13 Girls Team Trophy, in the Under 13 boys Ellis Hetherington finished in seventh place despite tripping and falling down half way around. On the Sunday, Paul Whalley finished a very creditable 12th out of nearly 1400 finishers in the North Tyneside 10K. Veteran Dave Cox won the Over 60 category, while club chairman Ralph Dickinson was second in the Over 55. Cath Young was the first Over 50 Lady. One week later and Paul Whalley finished in third place in the Wallsend Multi-Terrain five mile race, while Joe Frazer was second in the Over 55 category and Dave Cox again won the Over 60 category.

News Post Leader - April 07 - Blyth Valley 10k

On Sunday 29th April, Blyth Running Club will hold the third running of their off road 10 Kilometre run which replaced the popular Blyth Valley Ten Mile road race. The course starts on the road at the north end of the Blyth Enterprise Centre on the Quayside and runners then follow the road south along the Quayside and round Ridley Park. They will then run on the pavement along Belgrave Crescent and Wenslydale Terrace to Beach Road where they will turn left on to the promenade. The course then follows the promenade, and onto the dunes pathway to the children's play area opposite the Astley Arms at Seaton Sluice. At the children's play area, runners run round the south side and across the grass to the main road, where they turn right on to the pavement, and follow the road back to the Mermaid car park and then on to Ridley Park. They follow the pavement around the park, and then on reaching the Quayside will be directed on to the pavement and the straight run in to the finish at the 'Spirit of the Staiths' sculpture. The course has been officially measured and ratified; it's very flat and will provide an excellent chance of fast times.

The runners will leave Blyth Quayside at 10:00am, and all finishers will receive a T-shirt. Walkers and cyclists using the beach path should be aware that the runners will be running along the path from about 10:10 but hopefully they will not be too inconvenienced.

Entry forms and further details are available at Blyth Sports Centre or online. Entry costs 8.00 for Club runners while unattached runners pay 10.00. Runners will be able to enter on the day at ‘The Quay’ public house until about 09:45, but the entry fee is 10.00 for Cub runners and 12.00 for unattached runners.

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

News Post Leader - March 07 - Winter Series Race 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 40 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate, with 20 of the runners setting their fastest times of the series. Jocelyn Smith had a slight advantage over Trish Goodwin just after the half way mark and these two managed to hold their lead over the fast finishing pack, with Jocelyn taking the Yellow T-shirt from Trish in second place, with John Herron in third place. The fastest time on the night was set by Paul Whalley, while Kirsty Huntington again set the fastest time by a Lady.
For six races, Barry Metcalfe had been the League leader for the overall series, however on the last race 12 year old Stacey Robinson produced her best time to finish in ninth position on the night. Her record of four top ten positions, with two second places, meant that she won the League by three points with Barry in second place, two points in front of third place Shaun Dodd. The winning team comprised: Cath Young, Dave Logan, Helen Morris, Jane Eastham, Kerry Logan, Ralph Dickinson.

Each race winner won a ‘Yellow’ T-shirt and these went to: John Heron, Joe Frazer, Aynsley Heron, Ron Ingram, Julie Lemin, Michael Brown and Jocelyn Smith.

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

News Post Leader - March 07 - Winter Series Race 6

Blyth Running Club recently held the sixth race in their Annual Winter Series. On a bitterly cold night, there was also a strong westerly wind for the runners to contend with but there was still a healthy turn-out of over 40 runners. The handicapper had once again done another good job as the first 30 runners were all within 60 seconds of the winner Michael Brown. In second place was 12 year old Stacey Robinson, who was the only runner to improve her time on the previous races, with Shaun Dodd in third place. Michael is the sixth runner to claim a yellow T-shirt so far this series. The fastest time of the evening was set by Leo Talbot, while Kirsty Huntington again set the fastest time by a Lady. The final race in the series is Wednesday 21st March 2007.

News Post Leader - February 07 - Winter Series Race 5

Blyth Running Club recently held the fifth race in their Annual Winter Series. Weather conditions were ideal for running with virtually no wind, and this was shown in the performances of the runners, with over 30 runners setting their fastest time so far. Once again there was another excellent turn-out of 44 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 Paul Whalley the last runner away some nine minutes after the first runner, Sue Walker. The winner of the race and a coveted yellow T-shirt was Julie Lemin who beat her previous time by over 90 seconds. In second place was twelve year old Ellis Hetherington, with Jocelyn Smith in third place. Leo Talbot again set the fastest time on the night, with Kirsty Huntington again setting the fastest time for the Ladies.

News Post Leader - February 07 - Winter Series Race 4

For the fourth running of Blyth Running Clubs Annual Winter Series there was once again a strong westerly wind which the 40 runners had to run into for the first part of the race. The strong wind obviously affected the times on the 2.5 mile handicap race, although this did not bother Ron Ingram who convincingly won the race to claim the yellow T-shirt and set his fastest time so far this year. For the second race running, 13 year old Kirstie Johnson was again second, holding off Iain Singer who finished third. Although times were generally down, Paul Whalley set the fastest time on the night while Helen Morris the fastest time for the Ladies. The date of the next race in the series is Wednesday 21st February. The handicapping system once again worked well with all 40 runners finishing within 90 seconds of the winner.

News Post Leader - January 07 - Winter Series Race 3

Blyth Running Club recently held the third race in their Annual Winter Series. A strong westerly wind made it hard for the runners on the outward journey, although it was on their backs for the return. Once again there was a turn-out of over 40 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 Leo Talbot the last runner away over nine minutes after the first runner. For the first time ever the first two runners were given the same finishing time, with Aynsley Heron crossing the line first, just in front of 13 year old Kirstie Johnson. This may well also be the first time that we have had a father and son winning T-shirts in the same series as Aynsley’s son John won the first race. Once again the handicapping was extremely tight as all the runners finished with 90 seconds of the winner. Leo Talbot again set the fastest time on the night, with Kirsty Huntington again setting the fastest time for the Ladies.

News Post Leader - January 07 - Winter Series Race 2

For the second race in Blyth Running Club’s Winter Series, there was another excellent turn-out of 40 runners. The weather conditions were ideal as proved by the majority of runners setting a faster time than the previous race. The race was won by long time member Joe Frazer who finally managed to get one of the coveted “yellow T-shirts” awarded to the winner. Joe had to work hard in the final 100 metres to win by one second from Kirsty Huntington, with Adam Robinson finishing in third place. As usual the handicapping was extremely close as all fourty runners finished within two minutes of the winner. Leo Talbot set the fastest time of the night and managed to pass over 30 runners who had set off before him., while Kirty Huntington set the fastest time by a Lady.
Once again mention must be made of all the helpers who ensure that the races go ahead smoothly without any problems.
The next race in the series is Wednesday 17th January, first runner off at 19:15.

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