Blyth athletes compete in Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships

Athletics.
Athletics.

Several runners from Blyth travelled to the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships at Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside.

Conditions were very heavy following overnight rain, which intermittently well into the middle of the day’s proceedings and the athletes struggled in the mud.

The senior men’s race had nearly 700 finishers and Brad Clough was the first Blyth runner back just outside the top 100, while in the ladies’ race, which had nearly 400 finishers, Leanne Herron was the first Blyth athlete home.

On Sunday, April 9, Blyth Running Club will be holding the ‘Spirit Of The Staithes’ 10 kilometre run.

The race will start at Blyth Quayside at 10am 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 10.10am, but hopefully they will not be too inconvenienced.

With over 500 finishers last year, the club have had to introduce a limit to the number of entries that can be accepted and this is 600.

Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre and other sports centres in the region or online at www.blythrunningclub.org.uk and www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/

The closing date for entries is Monday, April 3, although entries on the day will be accepted if they have not reached their limit.

Blyth is a well established club and is always on the look-out for new members of all abilities.

Club secretary Ralph Dickinson said: “We have a variety of sessions available from the complete beginner up to seasoned runners.

“We are a very friendly approachable club and would love to see you at any of our sessions.

“Joining a club like this keeps you fit, you get to socialise and run with friends, which is great.

“We want people of all abilities to come along and join us. We have groups, from beginners to more experienced runners. We also have club handicap races so everyone can compete together.

“We meet twice a week and would love to have new members come along. Even if someone hasn’t trained for years, now could be the time to get back involved.”

Club nights are Monday and Wednesday and they meet at Blyth Sports Centre at 6.45pm.

For more information email enquiries@blythrunningclub.org.uk or call (01670) 362668.

The club has a thriving junior section and provide opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws and 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 should call Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details.