Blyth Running Club’s Barrett and Ramsey set new records

Blyth Running Club's Lauren Barrett winning the Northern Track and Field League winning the 100m hurdles.
Blyth Running Club's Lauren Barrett winning the Northern Track and Field League winning the 100m hurdles.

Blyth Running Club held the second race in their Summer Cup - a series of five 2.5 mile races following a route using the promenade and the beach path.

The races are handicapped so that every runner has an equal chance of winning, and nearly 60 started and finished.

On a warm, sunny night with a cooling sea breeze, it was one Blyth’s elder statesmen, Allan Kenny, who won by three seconds from one of the newest members, Lewis Freeman, with Mark Nicholson in third a further eight seconds adrift.

Sam Dodd set the fastest time of the night, while Leanne Herron was the fastest lady.

The seniors recently travelled to the new stadium at Middlesbrough for the second fixture in the Northern Track and Field League.

Weather conditions were far from ideal with a gale force wind affecting all the athletes.

However, this did not stop Lauren Barrett from setting club records in the 100m and 400m hurdle races.

In the hammer and shot, Steph Ramsay showed that the wind was not affecting her performance as she also set two new club records.

The performances of Barrett and Ramsay spurred the rest of the Blyth team on and the lead fluctuated between the two, but New Marske proved slightly too strong and Blyth finished a few points behind, but they still lead the league at the half way mark.

Blyth provides 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 call Keith on (01670) 362668.

Blyth Juniors’ main training night is a Monday and there is a high jump session on a Thursday evening.

For further information email

Blyth Running Club is well established as one of the leading clubs in the area and as well as the running they also arrange various social nights and activities.

Blyth welcome any new runners of any age or ability, so if anyone wants to join then they just need to turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on one of the club nights, which are Monday and Wednesday at 6.45pm, email and somebody will contact them or call (01670) 362668.