Margaret takes series lead with her second place

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BLYTH Running Club held the penultimate event in their annual Winter Series of seven races on a 2.5-mile course around Blyth Industrial Estate.

The cool conditions were perfect for fast times with 24 of the 40 recording season’s bests.

Running nearly two minutes faster than the previous race, Helen Bruce was first back as she set a PB for the series – and more than 30 seconds in front of the second place runner Margaret Povey, who continues to improve race by race.

Julie Lemin completed an all female one-two-three, just one second behind Povey.

Povey’s second place has made her the overall race leader with 45 points from her five best finishers. Lemin is in second place, seven points adrift, with long time leader Phillippa Baxter a further point back in third.

Fastest finisher on the night was Jake Jansen, breaking 14 minutes for the first time, with 13:51 and Heather Christopher was fastest lady in 16:13.

The veteran ladies of the club achieved further success at the weekend when they won the team prize at the Veterans’ Association Cross Country Championships.

Heather Christopher and Susie Hunter both won bronze and they combined with Helen Morris to win the team prize.

Further club success was achieved by Craig Birch as he became the club’s first ever winner of gold for the senior men at the North East Countries Athletics Association Indoor Pentathlon.

On Sunday, April 1, Blyth Running Club will be holding the Spirit Of The Staithes 10km run, starting at Blyth Quayside at 10am.

The club have introduced a limit of 600 entries, with nearly 400 in so far.

Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre, other sports centres in the region, or online at www.blythrunningclub.co.uk