Blyth runners show their pace in annual Brampton run

MORE than 25 runners travelled from Blyth for the 60th running of the Brampton to Carlisle ten-mile road race.

Conditions were near perfect on what is considered to be one of the fastest ten-mile courses in the country.

The race’s reputation for producing fast times was well supported again this year with at least six Blyth runners producing personal bests.

First back for Blyth was Sam Dodd in 58th place with a time of 60:21, and first Blyth lady was Susanne Hunter in a time of 70:01 for 215th overall, while Cath Young finished first in her age category.

The race was won by Wallsend’s new recruit, Ethiopian Yared Hagos in an amazing 47:51.

On the following Wednesday evening, 56 runners completed the first race in this season’s Winter Series, a series of 2.5-mile handicap races.

First back was Steph Ramsay, followed by juniors Joseph Dungworth and Joseph Woods.

Gary Jones was the fastest finisher with 13:01, Leanne Herron was fastest lady with 16:05.

On Saturday several club members took part in the Harrier League Cross Country at Blaydon.

The best result for the club came in the under-15 boys where James Young finished in second position, with Joseph Woods in third.

Susanne Hunter was the first Blyth lady while Graeme Stewart was first Blyth man.

Sunday, December 4, 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 55 years of age 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 first runners will be off at 11.30am and entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre, online at www.blythrunningclub.co.uk and also on race day at the Dave Stephens building.

On Saturday, December 10, the club is looking forward to hosting the 106th annual championships at East Cramlington Nature Reserve.

It will be the first time the championships have been in Northumberland since 1994.

Most of the region’s top athletes will be competing and there will be junior races as well.

Walkers and dog owners should be aware that there will be nearly 1,000 runners of all ages using the area, with the first race at 11am.

Blyth Running Club apologise for any inconvenience this may cause regular users of the nature reserve. Spectators will be most welcome as the nature reserve provides some excellent viewing facilities.

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.

Anyone wishing to register or wanting more information should ring (01670) 362668.

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.co.uk

Blyth currently have an expanding and active junior section and are looking to recruit new members, so if anyone between the ages of nine and 17 are interested in running, then if they turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 6.45pm with their parents then they will be met by a club official or they can send an e-mail to enquiries@blythrunningclub.co.uk and someone will contact them.