Veteran Mark McNally wins Blyth Sands race

Competitors in the Blyth Sands Race
Competitors in the Blyth Sands Race
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The 57th running of the Blyth Sands Race was run in ideal conditions for the runners with only two or three pools of water of varying depths to negotiate.

The race covered an out-and-back course from Blyth Harbour to Seaton Sluice starting at South Beach and was won by Elswick veteran Mark McNally, in the Over 65 age-group and running off a Handicap of nine minutes.

McNally held off the challenge of Jacqueline Keavney, of Richmond & Zetland, who as an Over 50 Woman was running off the same mark.

Lawrence Johnson of Low Fell in the Over 55 age-group and running off 5mins finished third.

Kurt Heron running off scratch as a Senior finished fourth, also clocking the fastest time of the day, while Jacqueline Keavney was the fastest lady.

Morpeth won the team prize, with Blyth second and Elswick in third place.

Prizes were awarded in all age categories and were:

Winner: Mark McNally (Elswick Harriers)

Second: Jacqueline Keavney (Richmond & Zetland)

Third: Laurence Johnson (Low Fell)

Under 18 Boy Jake Masterman Morpeth, Senior Male Kurt Heron M O/40 Paul Whalley Blyth M O/45 Chris Waite North Shields M O/50 Peter Waterstone Morpeth M O/55 Steve Brown Swaledale M O/60 Gavin Bayne Morpeth M O/65 Harry Matthews Elswick M O/70 Alan Kenny Blyth, Senior Female Hannah Shillitoe Heaton F O/35 Vanessa Armstrong Elswick F O/40 Joanne Beddow Hartlepool F O/45 Katherine Davis NSP F O/50 Julie Cross Claremont F O/55 Kim Matthews Elswick F O/60 Jessica Anderson Tyne Bridge F o/65 Janette Kilgour Heaton

Blyth provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of 8 and 17 years to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws & jumping events.

All coaching is by qualified UK Athletics coaches who are trained and have been screened for their suitability for working with young people.

Anybody interested can ring Keith on 01670-362668 for further details.

Blyth Running Club are well established as one of the leading clubs in the area and as well as the running they also arrange various social nights/activities. Blyth welcome any new runners of any age/ability, so if anyone wants to join Blyth then they just need to turn up at Blyth Sports Centres on one of the Club nights which are Monday and Wednesday at 6:45pm enquiries@blythrunningclub.co.uk and somebody will contact them or ring 01670-362668.