Middlemist takes the honours in series race

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FOR the fourth race in Blyth Running Club’s Winter Series the weather was warmer and drier, although the runners had to contend with a strong, gusty wind.

The conditions seemed to affect some more than others, with around half the 53 competitors slower than their previous race times and the other half faster – and some of those by well over a minute.

On an accurate 2.5 mile course the lead changed hands several times over the final mile.

The first back was Jordan Middlemist in his first race in the series; also posting the fastest time on the night with 14:23.

In second and third were Lois Kankowski and Charlie Hedley, two fast improving juniors who both ran their fastest times so far.

Fastest lady home on the night was Heather Christopher.

As usual the handicapping was extremely tight as more than 50 runners finished within three minutes of the winner.

Blyth Running Club are currently holding indoor mini athletic sessions for under-11s at Blyth Sports Centre on Wednesdays at 5pm.

They will introduce the FUNdamentals of the basic physical skills of running, jumping and throwing.

All sessions will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour.

Anybody wishing to register or wanting more information should call (01670) 362668.