Ingram a convincing winner of opening race in Winter Series

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

The races are open to all club members and the first was held in cool, calm conditions with more than 60 members taking part.

The first Yellow T-shirt was won by Ron Ingram, who was a convincing winner ahead of second placed Taylor Glover, while third placed John Mallon was given the same time as Taylor.

The next 40 runners came in well bunched with only 60 seconds between them all.

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

On Sunday, December 7, the club are organising the 55th 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 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 race will start on the beach in front of the building, run towards the 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 and entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre and online at www.blythrunningclub.org.uk although entries will be taken on the day at the Dave Stephens building.

Blyth 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.

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

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 wants to join then they just need to turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on one of the club nights, which are Monday and Wednesday at 6.45pm. Email enquiries@blythrunningclub.co.uk and somebody will contact them or call (01670) 362668.