Leanne leads Blyth runners at cross country fixture

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There was an impressive turnout for the first North East Harrier League cross country fixture held at Tanfield.

Nearly 600 men finished the senior men’s race while there was just under 400 in the ladies’ race.

The first lady back for Blyth was Leanne Herron, who had an excellent run to finish in the top 20, while Joseph Woods was the first man back and can be well satisfied with his top 100 finish after starting from the medium pack.

For the juniors, Josh Fiddaman won the U15 boys’ race.

In the next fixture at Temple Park, South Shields, Herron was again the first Blyth lady back in 60th position, out sprinting her club-mate Heather Christopher in the final 50 metres.

The first Blyth male was Jon French, who finished just outside the top 100.

Josh Fiddaman continued his good form as he again won the U15 boys’ race.

Several Blyth juniors competed in the Minors’ Cross Country races at Jarrow and Sam Browning was a comfortable winner of the U11 boys’ race and was congratulated on his sportsmanship by the officials as he shook the hand of all the other finishers.

Blyth Running Club will be starting indoor mini athletic sessions for young athletes at Bede Academy, with the aim to provide young children with a fun and active experience of being part of a sports club.

The sessions will be on Tuesday evenings at 5pm and will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour.

The club also provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 to receive coaching in endurance athletics and also sprints, throws and jumping events.

Anyone interested should call Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details.