Harding wins Blyth 10k for the second year running

BLYTH Running Club’s annual 10k race attracted a record entry with 272 finishers.

Clubs represented included Morpeth, Alnwick, Blackhill Bounders, Blaydon, Elswick, Claremont, Heaton, Wallsend and North Shields Poly.

The course used the path through the sand dunes, up to Collywell Bay, along the cliff top, past the Delaval Arms pub, back down Collywell Bay Road and then the return to the beach car park.

For the second year running the race was won by Morpeth’s Iain Harding.

He took the lead within the first 100 metres and only Ian Twaddle, of North Shields Poly, went with him.

However, at the half way mark Harding had a convincing lead and finished more than 90 seconds in front of Twaddle in second for the second year in a row.

In third was Ian Robinson, of Heaton Harriers.

Robbie Barkley was the first Blyth finisher and the first lady was Leanne Herron of the host club Blyth with an impressive top 50 finish.

The full results are available on the Blyth web-site at www.blythrunningclub.co.uk

The club thanked the marshals, time-keepers, stewards etc., who ensured everything went according to plan.

The next race in the club’s Summer Cup is on Wednesday, September 14, and is open to all club members.

Blyth Running Club is starting 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.

They 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 started on Wednesday at 5pm at Blyth Sports Centre. Anyone wanting more information should ring (01670) 362668.

Blyth provides opportunities for athletes between the ages of eight and 17 years 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 working with young people.

Anyone interested can ring Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details or they can turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 6.45pm.