Bright sparks take part in annual beach run

NEARLY 100 youngsters took part in Blyth Running Club’s annual beach races at the weekend.

Children aged from three to 14 took part in the various run distances on the beach.

The event was sponsored by CE Electric, with their mascot ‘Vic Voltage’ starting the races and warning the children about the dangers of electricity and to recognise danger of death signs and electrical hazards.

All the races were on the beach and the Under 6s ran 200 meters, with Lottie Christopher, of Bede Academy, winning the girls race and Matthew Rawlinson, of St Andrews, winning the boys race.

The Under 9s ran 400 metres and Eve Devereux, of new Hartley First School, was the first girl, while Lewis Percival, of St Andrews, won the boys race.

In the Under 11 category, the youngsters ran 800 metres and Rhian Purvis was the first girl, while Harry Davey, of Burnside, was the first boy.

The Under 13s ran 1,200 metres, with Dannielle Coulson, of Lord Lawson School in Birtley, winning the girls race, while Ryan Green, of Newminster, took the boys prize.

The Under 15s ran one mile with the girls race being won by Charley Hedley, of Cramlington Learning Village, with Elliot Kelly, of Marsden, taking the boys trophy.

Every child who ran the race was given a medal and the race winners were presented with trophies by Vic Voltage.

Full results are at

Blyth Running Club are holding indoor mini athletic sessions for under 11s every Wednesday at 5pm at Blyth Sports Centre.

All sessions will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour.

Blyth have also organised specialist coaching sessions in various disciplines of athletics, including the long jump, high jump, javelin, shot, discuss, pole vault, triple jump and sprint coaching.

The running club also has an expanding and active junior section.

Anyone interested should turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 6.45pm with their parents or email