Robbie earns top ten finish in Newton Aycliffe 10k

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ON Sunday, 30 runners from Blyth made their way to Newton Aycliffe for the fifth race in the club’s Grand Prix series – the Newton Aycliffe 10k.

It was the first time the race had been included in the series, so was a new experience for most of the Blyth runners.

The race consisted of two-and-a-half laps around Newton Aycliffe’s housing estates, with the first half of each full lap being gradually uphill and the second gradually downhill.

First back for Blyth in a creditable ninth overall was Robbie Barkley with a time of 36:11, followed by Sam Dodd with 38:33 for a personal best and 20th place.

Next back for Blyth, and first Blyth Lady and third lady overall, was Julie Clark in a personal best 40:31, two seconds ahead of Graeme Stewart.

Heather Christopher, the fifth Blyth finisher, was awarded first prize in the F35 category.

On Saturday Blyth Running Club are organising junior races for children under the age of 15.

The races will all be held on Blyth beach and the first will be at 10.15am in the following categories: under-6s – 200 metres; under-9s – 400 metres; under-11s – 800 metres; under-13s – 1200 metres; under-15s – one mile.

There will be separate races for boys and girls in each category, with trophies for the first placed runners in each while all runners will receive a medal.

Children need to turn up at the beach car park to register and receive their numbers before the start of the race.

There will be a charge of £2 to enter. This year’s race is being supported by CE-Electric in partnership with England Athletics.

Any one who wants more information should ring Keith on (01670) 362668.