Wallace wins opening round of Blyth Running Club Winter Series

Diane Wallace won the opening round of this season's Blyth Running Club Winter Series.
Diane Wallace won the opening round of this season's Blyth Running Club Winter Series.
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Diane Wallace led from start to finish to win the opening round of this season’s Blyth Running Club Winter Series.

It was the first of five handicap races on a 2.5-mile course on the Riverside Trading Estate.

The races are open to all club members and the 58 starters were greeted with cold, calm conditions for running.

Wallace was first away on the handicap system and she led all the way to win by a margin of almost two minutes from second placed Michelle Castro, while Ellis Hetherington was third, some nine years after he last ran the series as a junior.

The fastest time on the night was set by Jake Masterman, while the fastest lady was Leanne Heron.

The runners thanked the marshals and timekeepers who ensured that the event went off smoothly.

Sunday sees the 57th running of the Blyth Sands race, which is unique in the north east for the handicapping system it uses.

Runners receive handicaps according to age/sex, for example ladies over 55 will receive 13 minutes start on the men under-40.

Runners and spectators should be aware that this year’s race HQ will be the Dave Stephens building at the Blyth Links car park.

The race will start on the beach in front of the building, run towards Blyth harbour, turn and head towards Seaton Sluice harbour and return to the Dave Stephens building, finishing on the beach, an approximate distance of five miles. The first runners will be off at 11am.

Further details and entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre and online at the club’s website www.blythrunningclub.org.uk and entries will also be taken on the day.