Alison leads from the front in Winter Series run

Blyth Running Club recently held the second race in their Winter Series of five handicap races around a 2.5-mile course on the Riverside trading estate.

The races are open to all club members and with the weather being incredibly mild and with a complete lack of wind, times were notably much quicker than expected.

First away was Alison Warnes, who comfortably held her lead all the way to finish, running over three minutes quicker than her handicap suggested.

In second place was Lisa Scorer, who had also finished second in the first race, while Hayley Raithby finished third.

Fastest finisher on the night was Jake Masterman, while Leanne Herron and Rachelle Falloon shared the fastest lady’s time.

Over the Christmas period, more than 30 runners took part in the club’s annual Paarlauf event (a pair run, but a relay which can be done with two runners).

The names were randomly drawn out of a hat and the lead changed several times over the 12 laps, but eventually the winning team of Josh Fiddaman and Lauren Barrett hit the front on the last lap to win by a few seconds from Joseph Woods and Craig Birch, with Jon French and Gwen Forster in third.

The runners thanked all the marshals and timekeepers who ensured the events went off smoothly and without whom no race could take place.

Blyth is a well established club and is always on the lookout 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.

“Joining a club like this keeps you fit and you get to socialise and run with friends, which is great.

“We want people of all abilities to come along and join us. We have groups, from beginners to more experienced runners. We also have club handicap races so everyone can compete together.

“We meet twice a week and would love to have new members come along.”

Club nights are Monday and Wednesday and members meet at Blyth Sports Centre at 6.45pm. For details email or call (01670) 362668.

The club also have a thriving junior section and provide opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 to receive coaching in endurance athletics 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 can ring Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details.

The club currently run some indoor sessions on a Tuesday night at Bede Academy where 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 fundamentals of the basic physical skills of running, jumping and throwing, with the main aim of all round physical development in a fun athletics setting.

Children will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised UK:Athletics awards.

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