Almost 50 compete in third race in winter series

THE cold weather conditions did not deter nearly 50 members of Blyth Running Club competing in the third race of the club’s annual winter series, although the lack of training and racing due to the recent bad weather may have contributed to some slower times.

Only a week after the previous race in the series, and using the new course from race two, but extended at the start to make the route the standard 2.5 miles, parts of the course were still quite tricky due to ice patches.

First back was Richard Shillinglaw, showing a tremendous sprint finish to stay in front of the fast finishing Steve Walker and Terry Hart in second and third respectively.

Ken Turnbull and Phillippa Baxter are currently tied for first place in the individual competition after the three events, with Dave Roberts four points behind in third.

Fastest finisher on the night was Sam Dodd with 14.39 and fastest lady in 17.35 was Helen Morris.

As usual the handicapping was extremely tight as over 40 runners finished within two minutes of the winner.

Once again mention must be made of all the helpers who ensure that the races go ahead smoothly without any problems.

Blyth Running Club are currently holding some indoor mini athletic sessions for the under 11s.

The sessions will take place at Blyth Sports Centre and the aim is to provide young children with a fun and active experience of being part of a sports club.

The club will introduce the FUNdamentals of the basic physical skills of running, jumping and throwing.

With the main aim of all round physical development in a fun athletics setting. Children will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised UK:Athletics awards.

The sessions are on Wednesday evenings at 5pm at Blyth Sports Centre.

All sessions will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour.

Anybody wishing to register or wanting more information should call (01670) 362668.