Joanne takes running club’s overall Winter Series title

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Blyth Running Club recently held the final race their Winter Series, five handicap races around a 2.5-mile course on the Riverside trading estate.

On another good night for running nearly 50 took to the start line for the fifth and last race in the 2015-16 series.

As the leading runners ook the final bend together with 200 metres to go, it was all down to the sprint finish, with Leanne Davies pipping Joanne Stobbart to first place by five seconds, with a further four seconds adrift in third place was Paul Blackett, just holding off a fast finishing Robert Sharratt.

Fastest finisher on the night, and also recording the fastest time of this season’s series, was Jake Masterman with a time of 13:06, while Heather Christopher was the fastest lady with 16:48.

The overall winner of the series was Joanne Stobbart, who finished two points ahead of second placed Dave McGarry, with Andrew Grieves one point behind him in third place.

The runners thanked the marshals and timekeepers who have stood in the cold and wet and ensured that all the races went off smoothly.

On Sunday, April 3, the club will be holding the Spirit Of The Staithes 10 kilometre run.

The race will start at Blyth Quayside at 10am and all finishers will receive a T-shirt.

Walkers and cyclists using the beach path should be aware that the runners will be on the path from about 10.10am.

With over 500 finishers last year, the club have had to introduce a limit to the number of entries that can be accepted and this is 600.

Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre, other sports centres in the region or online at www.blythrunningclub.org.uk
Entries can also be made online at www.race-results.co.uk/results/2016/
The closing date for entries is Monday, March 28, although entries on the day will be accepted if the limit has not been reached.

Club nights are Monday and Wednesday at Blyth Sports Centre at 6.45pm or for more information email enquiries@blythrunningclub.org.uk or call (01670) 362668.

The club have a thriving Junior section and provide opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 to receive coaching in endurance athletics 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 call Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details.

The club currently run indoor sessions on a Tuesday night at Bede Academy where the aim is to provide young children with a fun and active experience of being part of a sports club.

Children will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised UK:Athletics awards.

Anybody wishing register or wanting more information should call the aforementioned number.