Runners facing busy schedule

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MEMBERS of Blyth Running Club have had a busy time of late with cross country races on nearly every week.

The North Eastern Championships were held at Sunderland and club captain Iain Singer was the first man back, while Susanne Hunter the first lady.

Due to Northumberland schools cross country taking place the next day there was a poor turn-out for the juniors, only James Young and Jamie McDonnell representing the under-13 boys.

The next race on the cross country calendar was the Northern Championships on a muddy, hilly course at Sunderland.

For the seniors, Robbie Barkley was the first back, while Heather Christopher was the first lady.

For the juniors, Craig Birch, Scott Povey and Rebecca Nail all had finishes inside the top 100 against athletes from all over the north of England.

One week later, the action moved to the Town Moor where the weather was atrocious – cold, persistent rain and a strong wind – but there was still good performances.

In the under-13 girls, Charlie Hedley had a strong run to finish in the top ten and progress to the fast pack.

The under-15s did well to be first team on the day, with Chris Sheffer and Mark Nicholson progressing into the fast pack as well.

The best performance came from Chris Lillico, who finished in second and was awarded a silver medal, while Calum Storey also progressed into the fast pack.

Robbie Barkley was again the first Blyth male finisher, while Helen Morris was the sole Blyth lady representative.

One week later and the weather conditions were ideal as teams from Blyth contested the Signals Relays at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

Each runner ran a leg of 2.2 miles on a hilly path around the lake.

The first team back for Blyth consisted of six of the under-17 squad, and Scott Povey recorded the fastest time for them.

For the senior men, Robbie Barkley recorded the fastest time and was the fastest Blyth runner overall.

For the veterans, Dave Roberts recorded the fastest leg as they finished in fourth position.

For the women’s team, Leanne Herron recorded the fastest time as they finished in eighth position.

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

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