Runners close to record times in Blyth Running Club's Winter Series
Blyth Running Club held the penultimate race in their Winter Series, five handicap races held around a 2.5-mile course on the Riverside trading estate.
On what seemed a perfect night for running, cool with very little wind, just under 50 competitors lined up at the start, and exactly half recorded their fastest times so far.
First back and recording a 90-second season’s best was Lesley Falkous, with Rachelle Falloon almost 40 seconds adrift in second, with Craig Harmon a further four seconds back in third.
Falloon, in recording the fastest female time on the night, was only eight seconds away from the current female course record.
Likewise with the males, Jake Masterman’s fastest on the night time of 13 minutes dead was eight seconds away from the male course record.
Paul Whalley’s time of 13:59 is a new male vet’s record, beating Peter Brown’s time of 14:10 set in 2012.
With one race to go the overall individual competition is close with Ellis Hetherington leading Josh Fiddaman by 43 points to 44, Colin Brown is in third on 54 points.
The runners thanked the marshals and timekeepers who ensured the event went off smoothly.
On Sunday, April 9, Blyth Running Club will be holding the Transped Blyth Valley 10k.
The race will start at Blyth Quayside at 10am.
Walkers and cyclists using the beach path should be aware that the runners will be using the path from about 10.10am, but hopefully they will not be too inconvenienced.
With more than 500 finishers last year, the club has had to introduce a 600 limit to the number of entries. Entry forms are available at Blyth Sports Centre and other sports centres in the region or online at www.blythrunningclub.org.uk
Entries can also be made online at www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017
The closing date is Monday, April 3, although entries on the day will be accepted if they have not reached their limit.
Blyth is a well established club and is always on the look-out for new members of all abilities.
Club secretary Ralph Dickinson said: “We have a variety of sessions available from the complete beginner up to seasoned runners.
“We meet twice a week and would love to have new members come along. Even if someone hasn’t trained for years, now could be the time to get back involved.”
Club nights are Monday and Wednesday at Blyth Sports Centre at 6.45pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01670) 362668.
The club also has a thriving Junior section and provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws and 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 should call Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details.