Blyth senior men gain promotion in cross country league

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It was a muddy end to the season for the Start Fitness North Eastern Harrier League 2017, with the final fixture held at The Pastures, close to Alnwick Castle.

Despite a deluge of overnight rain, which continued into the early morning, proceedings got under way on time, and all ten programmed events were completed, mostly in a murky, misty atmosphere.

The first success for Blyth came in the U15 boys’ race, where Josh Fiddaman had a battle with Samuel Charlton of Wallsend. Both started from the fast pack and Fiddaman eventually won by a second to set the fastest time.

The victory ensured he finished third in the individual league table.

The senior men had been leading their division all season but still needed to win the final event to ensure promotion.

With two runners back in the first 15, Blyth managed to get the victory they needed to win the league and gain promotion.

In his first cross country run of the season, Dave Beech was first back for Blyth in sixth place, while Ellis Hetherington continued his impressive run of form to finish 14th from the medium pack, and next season he will be running from the fast pack.

Running from the fast pack, Brad Clough set the fastest time by a Blyth runner.

The ladies consolidated their position in division three and finished fifth out of 35 teams. Lisa Scorer was the first Blyth lady home.

On Sunday, April 9, Blyth Running Club will be holding the Transped Blyth Valley 10k.

The race will start at Blyth Quayside at 10am and entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre. The closing date for entries is, April 3,