Blyth Running Club win final fixture and secure promotion

Blyth Running Club went into the final fixture of the track and field season knowing a win would see them promoted to division two of the Northern League for the first time in their history.

The day got off to a positive start as the first event was the hammer and Steff Ramsay threw a club record and new personal best to get some points on the board. Sharon Richardson claimed second spot in the ‘B’ event.

Daniel N’Jai and Calum Storey followed this up by winning the 400m hurdles ‘A’ and ‘B’ races.

Peter Skirrow showed his versatility by winning both the long jump and high jump competitions, and for good measure set a personal best in both events.

Not content with one club record, Ramsay also set a personal best and new club record in the ladies’ shot.

Another club record was broken in the men’s steeplechase where Jon French proved the barriers were no obstacle as he won the race convincingly and added to the ever increasing points total.

The team spirit was embodied by all the Blyth athletes trying events to get points for the team.

Sprinter Dave Swalwell, who was unable to run, still managed to produce a club record in the men’s shot, while Leane Herron produced a personal best in the high jump shortly after running the 3000m.

Every Blyth athlete contributed to the day and it meant that by the time of the last events, the relays, Blyth had won the fixture and were set to be crowned champions and secure promotion.

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

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

Blyth 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.

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