Women lead the way at handicap race by sea

IT was a case of ladies first at Blyth Running Club’s annual handicap race, over a distance of 6.5 miles, from the beach car park, up Collywell Bay Road, past the Delaval Arms and back along the clifftops to Blyth.

Conditions were excellent for running, with a cool temperature, blue sky and little breeze as race organiser Dave Kitching set the first runner, Alison Lowes, away at 7.15pm. From then on, there was a steady procession of runners until Andrew Henderson set off some 25 minutes later.

Running strongly, Alison managed to hold on to her lead for virtually the whole race until she was passed by eventual winner Julie Lemin in the last 100 metres.

Alison did manage to hold on to second place by 15 seconds from third-placed finisher Louise Rawlinson, setting up a clean sweep for the ladies.

In fact, the first eight finishers were all women.

Fastest time on the night was recorded by Andrew Henderson with 37:07, and the fastest lady was Julie Clark in a time of 43:32, which was also a new F35 course record.

Julie is obviously in good form as the previous Sunday she ran the North Tyneside 10K and was the first finisher back for Blyth and third lady in her age category.

The full set of results is available on the Blyth Running Club website, www.blythrunningclub.co.uk

n Blyth Running Club are currently holding some indoor mini-athletic sessions for young athletes.

The sessions will take place at Blyth Sports Centre, and the aim is to provide young children with a fun and active experience of being part of a sports club.

The club will introduce the basic physical skills of running, jumping and throwing.

Children will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised UKAthletics awards.

The sessions are on Wednesday evenings at 5pm at Blyth Sports Centre, starting this week.

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 ring (01670) 362668.

n The club’s junior section is looking to recruit new members.

If anybody between the ages of nine and 17 is interested in running, they can turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on a Monday at 6.45pm with their parents, and they will be met by a club official.

Alternatively, they can send an e-mail to enquiries@blythrunningclub.co.uk

A new running group for complete beginners is starting up at Blyth Sports Centre, the group will be led by Alison Lowes, who has recently become a qualified Run In England leader.

If you’d like to give it a go or need further information on the club, contact Alison on 07792 860740.