Blyth cub gets Winter Series off and running

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Blyth Running Club recently held the first race in their Winter Series of five handicap races around a 2.5 mile course on the Riverside Trading Estate.

The races are open to club members and just over 50 had to contend with a strong blustery wind in the first race.

Given the windy conditions times were mostly down on what was expected with only five quicker than anticipated.

Most notable of these was Joanne Stobbart. First away on the handicap system she led from start to finish to win by a margin of almost two minutes from second placed Lisa Scorer, with David McGarry just holding off a fast finishing Tony Holland for third.

The fastest time on the night was set by Jake Jansen, while the fastest lady was Judith Nutt.

The runners thanked the marshals and timekeepers who ensured the event went off smoothly.

Sunday, December 6, sees the 56th running of 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 aged over 55 will receive 13 minutes start on the men under 40.

Runners and spectators should be aware that this year's race HQ will be the Dave Stephens building at the Blyth Links car park.

The race will start on the beach in front of the building, run towards Blyth harbour, turn and head towards Seaton Sluice harbour and return to the Dave Stephens building, finishing on the beach, an approximate distance of five miles. The first runners will be off at 11am.

Further details and entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre and online at the clubs website www.blythrunningclub.org.uk
Blyth Running Club will be starting some indoor mini athletic sessions for the young athletes.

The sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings at Bede Academy at 5pm and the aim is to provide young children with a fun and active experience of being part of a sports club.

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

The club also provides 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.

Anybody interested can ring Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details.