Blyth Running Club in the news

Articles from the local press - submitted by Keith Willshire

News Post Leader - December 08 – Winter Series 1

In the first race of Blyth Running Club’s Winter Series, there was an excellent turn-out of 54 runners. The handicapping system gives all the runners a chance of winning, and the first 50 runners all finished within three minutes of the winner. The race was won by Steve Bush who was running the race for the first time. In second place was one of the Junior, with ten year old Jacob Hall finishing three seconds behind Steve. In third place was Leanne Heron, who set the fastest time by a Lady. The fastest time on the night was set by Andrew Henderson. who finished in 21st position despite setting off last.
Race two of the series saw 50 finishers and 35 of the runners set their best times for the race, with Garry Jones setting a new course record. The race was won by Sarah Kaminski and once again it was one of the Juniors in second place, with Matthew Jackson finishing second in front of third placed Aynsley Herron. Cath Young 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 7th January, first runner off at 19:15

News Post Leader - December 08 – Blyth Sands Race

Blyth Running Club recently organised the annual ‘Sands Race’, which this year started on the beach at Blyth. The runners then had to run to the South Pier, Blyth and run around an oar in the sand and then head towards Seaton Sluice and then back towards Blyth. For safety reasons, they were then directed onto the cycle path for a short distance, but the majority of the 5 mile race was on the sand. This was the 49th running of the race and the weather conditions were practically ideal for running and the tide was receding as the first runners were set off by starter John Mallon, under the unique handicap system based on age and sex these runners had 12 minutes start on the senior men runners. Lesley Miller of North Shields Poly was in the first group off and she proceeded to lead the entire field home as she was never passed by any runner. Blyth runner Cath Young was a long time second but was overtaken by Terry O’Gara on the final groyne and she couldn’t catch him on the run in. The team prize was won by Blyth, with Cath Young leading Helen Morris, Ash Henderson, and Garry Jones to first place.

Fastest on the day was Andrew Henderson of Blyth, who finished in 8th position overall, giving up to 12 minutes to most of the field, the fastest time by a lady was set by Lesley Miller as she won the race. Prizes were awarded in all age categories and were as follows:

Winner: Lesley Miller - (NSP) Second: Terry O’Gara - (Wallsend) Third: Cath Young - (Blyth)

Under 18’s Boy: Andrew Wilson - (Blaydon) Senior Man: Ash Henderson - (Blyth) Over 40 Man: Chris Walker - (NSP)

Over 45 Man: George Arthur - (South Shields) Over 50 Man: Martin Gaughan - (Blyth) Over 55 Man: Rob Hall - (Blyth)

Over 60 Man: Brian Hume - (Low Fell) Over 65 Man: John Stephenson - Crook)              Over 70 Man: Reg Checkley - (Heaton)

Under 18 Girl: Zoe Armstrong - (Morpeth) Senior Woman: Leanne Herron - (Blyth) Over 35 Woman: Nina Mason - (Elvet Striders)

Over 40 Woman: Michelle Moran - (NE Vets) Over 45 Woman: Lynne Marr - (Tynedale) Over 55 Woman: Jan Young - (Elvet)

The second race of the Clubs popular Winter Series will be on Wednesday 17th December, first runners will be off at 19:15. Further details are on the Clubs web-site and on the Notice-board at Blyth Sports Centre. Also on the same night the Club will be holding its Annual general Meeting, all members are invited to attend. The meeting will start at 20:30 at Blyth Sports Centre. Further details are on the Club web-site.

News Post Leader - November 08 – Grand Prix and Winter Series

Every year Blyth organise their own Grand Prix Leagues which consist of twelve races, with the runners divided into leagues according to ability. The runner’s best six scores count towards their league position. The races spread from the Lake District to Beadnell Bay, Carlisle to North Yorkshire and covered distances ranging from three miles to 14.5 miles.

The last race in the 2008 League was the Brampton to Carlisle Ten Mile road race and the outcome of the leagues has been decided. In Division One, Paul Whalley was a convincing winner, placing first in his six counting runs. In second place was Peter Brown who had a three point lead over Robbie Barkley, while the Vets award went to Martin Gaughan. Division Two was a more competitive and close fought league with Steve Walker and Joe Frazer tying for first place with the same number of points, while Mal Darbyshire was next just one point behind Steve and Joe, with Ralph Dickinson winning the Vets award. Division Three was another close affair, with only three points separating the first two, Dave Cox having the advantage over Terry McCabe, while Dave Bradley took third place. Again, only two points separated the first two in Division Four, which was won by Ron Ingram from Davina Lonsdale

The first race of the Clubs popular Winter Series will be on Wednesday 26th November, further details are on the Clubs web-site and on the Notice-board at Blyth Sports Centre.

Sunday the 6th of 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 on the promenade at Blyth, the runners will head towards Blyth harbour and then back to Seaton Sluice, returning back to the promenade at Blyth, 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 Fort House at Blyth beach.

News Post Leader - October 08 – Cumbrian Half Marathon & Gibside Fruit Bowl

Members of Blyth Running Club have had a busy time lately and been traveling far and wide to find races in which to compete. 12 members traveled to Carlisle to run the Great Cumbrian Half Marathon. On a cool, showery day Paul Whalley finished in seventh place and set a personal best time for the distance. Peter Brown was the next Blyth runner home in 22nd position, followed by Joe Frazer who was the first Over 60. Cath Young was the first Blyth Lady finisher and second in her age category. On the same day Gary Jones traveled to Holland to run the Amsterdam Marathon and had an excellent run to finish as 9th Briton in a time of 2 hours 43 minutes. Dave Logan traveled to the Borders to run the Jedburgh Half Marathon and on a tough, windy course he was rewarded with a PB for the distance. While Suzanne Hunter traveled to County Durham to run the Hellhole 10K and finished in 74th position.

The following week over 30 members competed in the Gibside Fruit Bowl race, which due to weather conditions was reduced to a distance of just over 6 miles, but was still a very demanding course. Paul Whalley was again the first Blyth runner home with an excellent run to finish in third position out of over 400 finishers, Peter Brown was the next Blyth runner home in ninth position. Once again Joe Frazer was the first runner back in his age category, while Suzanne Hunter was the first Blyth Lady to finish.

The first race of the Club’s popular Winter Series will be on Wednesday 26th November, further details are on the Club’s web-site and on the Notice-board at Blyth Sports Centre

Sunday 6th 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 the race now starts on the promenade at Blyth, the runners will head towards Blyth harbour and then back to Seaton Sluice, returning back to the promenade at Blyth, 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 Fort House at Blyth beach.

News Post Leader - September 08 - Tynedale 10 miles - Sunday 14th September

With the GNR just a few weeks away this was the perfect opportunity for runners to assess their fitness and no doubt attributed to the astonishing turn-out of 600 runners on the day in this years Tynedale Ten Mile Road Race, with 19 from Blyth Running Club. On a tough hilly course from Hexham to Ovingham, Weather conditions were ideal for running, cool, overcast and just a slight tailwind. The race was won by Nick Swinburn of Morpeth, with Paul Whalley the first back for Blyth followed by Peter Brown and Cath Young was the first Blyth Lady home.

Blyth Running Club will be holding their Annual Autumn Relay races around the Kitty Brewster trading estate on Wednesday 8th October. There will be 3 members per team, with the first runners off at 19:15 over a 2.5 mile course. Only paid up members may run, further details are available on the Club Notice-Board at Blyth Sports Centre.

Blyth provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of 8 and 17 years to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws & jumping events. All coaching is by qualified UK Athletics coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people. Anybody interested can ring Keith on 01670-362668 for further details or they can turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 18:45

News Post Leader - September 08 - Summer Cup Race 7

Blyth recently held the last race in their first ever Summer Cup competition, a series of seven handicap races held along the dunes beach path over a distance of 2.5 miles. There was a strong southerly wind for the runners and this contributed to some slow times, with only a few runners setting their fastest times of the series. Once again there were over 40 runners competing, while over 70 runners have run in one race or more. The final race was won by 17 year old Craig Birch, with Graeme Stewart in second place and Terry Hart in third. The fastest time on the night was set by Andrew Henderson , while Cath Young set the fastest time by a Lady. Once again the handicapping was exceptional with forty runners finishing within two minutes of the leader.
The overall winner of the league was Peter Brown, with 11 year old Charlotte Ramsay in second place and Terry McCabe in third. The winning team comprised: Terry McCabe, Joe Frazer, Mal Darbyshire, Steve Richardson, Shaun Dodd and Dave Logan. Each race winner was presented with a trophy and these went to: Charlotte Ramsay, Louise Douglas, Julie Lemin, Richard Shillinglaw, Kevin Westwood, Iain Singer and Craig Birch.

News Post Leader - August 08 - Blyth Links 10K – Tuesday 26th 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 and then return to the beach car-park. Running conditions were practically ideal on the night, the first runner home was Michael Dawson of North Shields Poly who had a commanding lead over the second place runner Gary Moore also of North Shields Poly. In third place was Morpeth veteran Paul Waterston, while Paul Whalley was the first Blyth runner home in fourth position. For the second year running the first lady home was Angela Hibbs of Claremont, while Jacqui Miller was the first Blyth Lady home.

 

News Post Leader - July 08 - Summer Cup Race 4 / Coastal Run

The fourth race in Blyth Running Clubs Summer Cup, saw a record turn-out of 44 finishers and another course record. Running conditions were obviously very good as over half the entry set their fastest times so far, while Andrew Henderson improved on the course record for the 2.5 mile race. Richard Shillinglaw was one of the early runners off and improved his time by nearly thirty seconds to win the race by one second from a fast finishing Frazer Will, with Aynlsey Herron a further five seconds back in third place. Once again the handicapping was extremely tight as the first 40 finishers all finished within two minutes of the winner. Cath Young set the fastest time by a lady. The next race in the series is Wednesday July 30th and is open to all Club members.
Three days later and over 20 runners form
Blyth competed in the Beadnell to Alnmouth Coastal run. The weather was again ideal for running with a slight northerly wind 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. Paul Whalley was the first Blyth finisher in an impressive 16th position, with peter Brown the next Blyth finisher in 25th position. The evergreen Rob Hall was the next Blyth finisher and was the first Over 55 male finisher, Rob, Paul and Peter combined as Blyth finished third mens team. Also amongst the prizes was Martin Gaughan who was second Over 50 and Joe Frazer who finished as third Over 60. Natalie Clarke was the first Blyth Lady finisher.

News Post Leader - July 08 - Young Athletes League / Summer Cup Race 3

In the third fixture in the Young Athletes League, the Blyth/Alnwick alliance consolidated again for the third match of the Young Athletes League, at Monkton Stadium. With winds approaching gale force down the home straight, all hopes of fast times were blown away; however, once more Blyth & Alnwick rose to the challenge to finish third team. And with only one more match to go, Blyth & Alnwick currently lie third overall.
On the track Charlotte Ramsay showed her versatility by winning the 1200 meters and then finishing first in the 70M hurdles ‘B’ race, with Alix Eastham was first in the ‘B’ race 1200 meters . Bethany Barker was second in the ‘A’ race 1500 meters, while Stacey Robinson was a comfortable winner of the ‘B’ race.
Blyth & Alnwick fared better in the field events. Joseph Mallen comfortably won the Long Jump. Matt Hardy also gained maximum points for Alnwick/Blyth in the High Jump and he triumphed once more in the Triple Jump, winning the event with an incredible jump of 12.35 M, while John Lazzari won the ‘B’ Triple Jump and finished first in the Long Jump, Kirsty Johnson won the Long Jump. Making his debut for
Blyth, Craig Charlton won both the Discus and Javelin. The final Young Athletes League Fixture is on Sunday, 20th July at Monkton Stadium.

As well as competing on the track, several Juniors took part in the third race in the Clubs Summer handicap Series, following a 2.5 mile route using the promenade and the beach path. Running conditions were very good as over half the entry of 41 runners set their fastest times so far and Gary Jones improved the course record. Running nearly three minutes faster than her previous best time, Julie Lemin was a comfortable winner of the race, with Mandy Hindle in second place, while Trish Goodwin was third. Cath Young was the fastest lady. The next race in the series is Wednesday July 16th and is open to all Club members.

Blyth provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of 8 and 17 years to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws & jumping events. All coaching is by qualified UK Athletics coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people. Anybody interested can ring Keith on 01670-362668 for further details or they can turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 18:45.

News Post Leader - July 08 - Summer Cup Race 2 / Tynedale 10k

Blyth Running Club recently held the second race in their new Summer Cup - a series of seven 2.5 mile races following a route using the promenade and the beach path. On a sunny warm night there was an excellent turn-out of nearly 50 starters and running conditions were obviously ideal as over half the runners recorded their fastest times so far. Running nearly two minutes faster than the previous race, Louise Douglas stormed through the field and won by thirty seconds. In second place was 15 year old Emma Freeman, setting the fastest time by a Lady on the night, she finished two seconds in front of third placed Dave Logan. Robbie Barkley set the fastest time on the night. The next race in the series is Wednesday July 9th and is open to all Club members.
On the following Wednesday a group from Blyth ran in the popular Tynedale 10K race, in a field of over 600 finishers Gary Jones was the first Blyth finisher in 15th position, while Paul Whalley also had a top thirty finish. The first Blyth Lady finisher was Jacqui Miller. The men finished as 7th team while the women finished 6th team. On the Sunday Gary Jones travelled to Middlesborough and won the Albert Park 5K race.

News Post Leader - June 08 - Junior Annual Beach Races

Blyth Running Club recently held their annual beach races and nearly 100 children too part, with the ages ranging from 2 years old to 14 years old.
All the races were on the beach and the Under 6’s ran 400 meters, with Eleanor Gray of Croftway winning the girls race and George Wilkes of Warkworth winning the boys race. The under 9’s ran a distance of 800 metres and Kirsty Palmer-Kay was the first girl, while Harry Davey of Blyth Running Club improved from fourth position last year to win the boys race. In the under 11 categories the youngsters had to run 1 mile and Florence Mcpate of Gosforth Harriers was the first girl, while Jacob Hall of Blyth Running Club was the first boy. The under 13’s also ran a distance of one mile, with Yasmin Shatiq of Alnwick Harriers winning the girls race, while Robbie Lorraine travelled up from Birtley to take the boys prize. The Under 15’s ran a distance of 1.5 miles and the Girls race was won by Sophie Taylor of Birtley who had won the Under 13’s race last year. Ellis Hetherington of organising Club Blyth won the boys race and he had also won the Under 13 race last year. Everybody who ran the race was given a medal and the race winners were presented with trophies.
Full results are available at www.blythrunningclub.co.uk

News Post Leader - June 08 - Summer Cup Race 1

Blyth Running Club recently held the first race in their new Summers Cup - a series of seven 2.5 mile races following a route using the promenade and the beach path. The handicapping system allows all ages from the Club to compete and in a tight finish it was one of the Junior section who won the race, with Charlotte Ramsay pulling away from Ron Ingram in the final 200 metres. The handicapping was extremely close with the next thirty runners all within 2 minutes of the winner. Gary Jones set the fastest time on the night, while Cath Young was the fastest lady. The next race in the series is Wednesday June 25 and is open to all Club members.

News Post Leader - June 08 - Young Athletes League

Blyth Running Club have combined forces with Alnwick Harriers to compete in the Young Athletes League. Entering in the second division, this is the first year that either club have been represented at this national competition and despite being several athletes ‘down’, the Alnwick/Blyth coalition showed much potential, finishing third out of seven clubs, hinting at better things to come.
There were a number of notable performances from both
Blyth and Alnwick athletes. Stacey Robinson took a victory for Blyth in the U15 Girls 1500M and won the ‘B’ Long Jump, while Kirstie Johnson won the ‘A’ Long Jump and finished second in the 800 metres, while Chris Sweeney won the Under 13 boys 800m.
In the field events, Kieran Foy of Alnwick won the Shot Putt and there was a double for the team as Matt Hardy won the ‘A’ triple jump and John Lazzari won the ‘B’ competition.
For the second match at Gateshead Stadium, the weather conditions were atrocious with persistent rain all day. Once again, however there were a number of notable performances from the
Blyth and Alnwick athletes. There was a notable double in the 800m with Chris Sweeney again winning the 800m while his brother was first in the ‘B’ race. Louise Mullen of Blyth won the Javelin competition
Of the Alnwick/Blyth alliance, junior coach keith Willshire said ‘Blyth Running Club and Alnwick Harriers have always enjoyed good relations, so it made good sense to unite for the purpose of the Young Athletes League. In forming a combined team, we were able to produce the numbers needed to compete and also maximise the strengths and minimise the weaknesses of each club. This competition has also been a useful exercise in demonstrating that whilst there can still be a healthy rivalry between local clubs; at the end of the day, we’re all out to promote, develop and enjoy athletics in the region.’
As well as competing on the track, several Juniors took part in the Clubs very first Summer handicap Series, following a 2.5 mile route using the promenade and the beach path. And it was a Junior who won the race, with Charlotte Ramsay pulling away from Ron Ingram in the final 200 metres. The handicapping was extremely close with the next thirty runners all within 2 minutes of the winner. Gary Jones set the fastest time on the night, while Cath Young was the fastest lady. The next race in the series is Wednesday June 25 and is open to all Club members.
On Saturday June 21st,
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 10:30 and the categories will be: UNDER 6’s will run 400 METRES / 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 Beach Car-Park to register and receive their numbers before the start of the race. There will be a charge of 1.00 to enter. This years race is being generously supported by Herrons the Jewellers of Blyth. Anybody requiring further information can ring Keith on 01670-362668
Blyth provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of 8 and 17 years to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws & jumping events. All coaching is by qualified UK Athletics coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people. Anybody interested can ring Keith on 01670-362668 for further details or they can turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 18:45

News Post Leader May 08 - Annual 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 the club organise their own Grand Prix Leagues which consist of twelve races with the runners divided into leagues according to ability and the runners best six scores counting towards their league position.. In 2007, the races spread from the Lake District to Beadnell Bay, Carlisle to the North Yorkshire and covered distances ranging from three miles to 14.5 miles.

Division One was remarkably tight with both Paul Whalley and Leo Talbot winning six races each but Paul came out on top and won the league by one point. In third place was Robbie Barkley while the Vets award went to Martin Gaughan. Division Two was won by Iain Singer who was the first runner home in his league in eight out of the eleven races that he did. Once again, competition was tight in this group and Joe Frazer and Ralph Dickinson tied for second place, with Dave Roberts winning the Vets award. In Division Three only two points separated the first two, with Shaun Dodds having the advantage over Dave Cox, while Terry McCabe was third and Dave Bradley took the Vets award. Division Four was won by Julie Lemin, with Dave Kitching second and Angie Brown third. The Vets prize was won by Jocelyn Smith.

The trophies for the Club’s Annual Handicaps were also presented and the Seniors was won by a Junior, Kirstie Johnson with Helen Bruce in second place and Paul Whalley third. Danile Tait won the Junior Handicap, with Harry Davey second and Drew Herrington third. The winners of the Winter Series also received their prizes, with the seven individual race winners all receiving a Yellow T-shirt, these were: Stephanie Ramsay, Chris Lillico, James Young, Verity Brady, Kalvin Hurst and Sarah Balmer.
The overall Winter Series winner was Jocelyn Smith. With the Junior section expanding, the coaches voted for the inaugural Junior Personality of 2007 and this was won by 15 year old Stephanie Ramsay.

Finally, the members also voted for their Sports Personalities of 2007. Members used different criteria for their votes: which athlete had improved most during 2005, which athlete had contributed the most to the club during 2004 or who was the best runner during 2005. The Men’s Award was won by Junior Coordinator Keith Willshire, while the Ladies Trophy was won by Cath Young.

On Monday June 9th
Blyth will be taking over 50 runners to run the Blaydon Races; transport has been arranged and information is on the Club notice-board.

News Post Leader - May 08 - Club Handicap

Blyth Running Club recently 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 a warm, sunny night running conditions were ideal as starter Dave Kitching set the first runner, junior Kirstie Johnson, off and from then on it was a steady procession of runners until Paul Whalley was the last runner off. Running steadily Kirstie managed to hold onto her lead for the whole race and was never challenged or passed by any of the runners and came home a convincing winner. In second place was one of the Clubs newer members, Helen Bruce who had a commanding lead over the third place runner Paul Whalley. Despite setting off last Paul managed to pass the majority of runners and set the fastest time on the night, passing Cath Young in the last one hundred yards, with Cath setting the fastest time by a lady.
The full set of results are available on the Blyth Running Club web-site: www.blythrunningclub.co.uk

News Post Leader - March 08 - Winter Series 5

Blyth Running Club recently held the fifth race in their popular Winter Series and there was an excellent turnout of 50 runners. Running conditions were obviously ideal as 28 of the finishers set their best times so far. Newcomer Verity Brady was the first runner set off and then proceeded to show the other runners the way home and was never passed in the 2.5 mile course. Once again there was a strong contingent of Junior runners and they took the next three places with Ellis Hetherington finishing in second place, Adam Smith in third and Chris Lillico in fourth. Gary Jones set the fastest time on the night while Kirsty Mason set the fastest time for the Ladies. The date of the next race in the series is Wednesday 26th March. The handicapping system once again worked well with the first 40 runners finishing within 90 seconds of the winner. Once again the runners would like to thank all the marshals and officials who ensured that the race took part.

Two days later,
Blyth entered several teams into the Senior races at the Elswick Good Friday runs and over 20 juniors took part as well.
Conditions were far from ideal with a strong, blustery wind and wintry cold showers. In the under 13 boys, Kalvin Hurst finished in fourth place. one second in front of team mate Ellis Hetherington, Matthew Jackson had a top twenty finish to ensure that
Blyth finished as second team. In the Under 13 girls, Stacey Robinson was the first Blyth runner home in sixth position, while Kirstie Johnson was the first Blyth runner home in eight position in the Under 15 girls race.
For the Senior Men
Gary Jones was the fastest runner for Blyth, whiel Adam Robinson was the fastest Vet.

Currently Blyth Running Club are preparing to hold the “Spirit Of The Staithes” 10 kilometre run, sponsored by TRANSPED, on Sunday 27th April. The race will start at Blyth Quayside at 10:00am. 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 at www.blythrunningclub.org.uk. Entry costs 8.00 for Club runners while unattached runners pay 10.00

News Post Leader - February 08 - Winter Series 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, which obviously affected the times on the 2.5 mile handicap race. Newcomer Verity Brady was in the lead for a long time although she was passed in the final few hundred yards, first by Junior member James Young and then by Alan Kenny. James and Alan then proceeded to swap positions over the final 100 yards, with James eventually winning the race, although they were both given the same time. Verity did have the satisfaction of holding onto third place. Although times were generally down, Robbie Barkley set the fastest time on the night while 14 year old Kirstie Johnson the fastest time for the Ladies. The date of the next race in the series is Wednesday 20th February. The handicapping system once again worked well with all 40 runners finishing within 90 seconds of the winner.
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, or Blyth Running Club can be contacted by e-mail at
enquiries@blythrunningclub.org.uk

Blyth Running Club Junior section are always looking for new members, so if anybody between the ages of 9 and 17 are keen then they can either turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 18:45, e-mail the following address
enquiries@blythrunningclub.org.uk or ring Keith on 01670-362668 and somebody will contact them.

News Post Leader - January 08 - NE Harrier League 4

There were good performances all round from Blyth Running Club Juniors at the fourth fixture of the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League held at Farringdon School, Sunderland. Kalvin Hurst marked his debut run for the Juniors with a winning performance in the Under 13 boys. Running from the slow pack, St. Wilfreds School pupil, Kalvin led over the 1.7 mile course and finished a comfortable winner by a margin of 12 seconds. Club mate Ellis Hetherington finished in eight position, running fron the fast pack and set the fourth fastest time of the race. Ably supported by Chris Lillico and Corey Robertson, Blyth finished as third team.

In the Under 13 girls, running form the fast pack Stacey Robinson was the first
Blyth girl home in fifth position and set the third fastest time of the race. Combining with Sam Bell and Charlotte Ramsay they finished as fourth team. For the Under 15 Girls, Kirsty Johnson was the first runner home in 9th position and set the sixth fastest time of the race. and along with Louise Mullen and Stephanie Ramsay they finished as fifth team.

For the Senior Men Robbie Barkley was the first Blyth Runner home, while Helen Morris was the first
Blyth lady.

News Post Leader - January 08 - Winter Series 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. Once again the race was won by 14 year old Stephanie Ramsay who had won the first race. Despite having her handicap adjusted, Stephanie managed to run the race over a minute faster than the previous time to and passed the long time leader Jocelyn Smith in the last 600 metres. Jocelyn had the satisfaction of finishing in second position in front of Dave Roberts. As usual the handicapping was extremely close as all fourty runners finished within two minutes of the winner. Robbie Barkley set the fastest time of the night and managed to finish in 17th position despite setting off last, while Helen Morris 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 16th January, first runner off at 19:15.

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 an expanding Junior section and are looking for new members, so if anybody between the ages of 9 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

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