Cameron returns to take Blyth Sands Race title

The 55th running of the Blyth Sands Race was held in sunny conditions but with a cold westerly wind.

Although the tide was at its lowest point of the day during the race, several runners misjudged the depth of some of the pools of water and ended up wading in up to their waists.

The race attracted its largest entry for nearly 20 years and the runners congregated on the beach outside the Dave Stephen’s building as they prepared to head north towards Blyth Pier, where they turned and headed along the water’s edge to Seaton Sluice.

Due to the unique handicapping system, the first group away were the ladies aged over 55 and then the subsequent age groups set off.

Nina Cameron of Heaton Harriers had finished tenth the previous year but returned in 2014 to win the race by just over ten seconds from second placed Lesley Jackson-Bell of PB Fitness.

Under-18 athlete Jacqueline Penn of North Shields Poly took third place, while her dad Greg had a top ten finish.

Fastest time on the day went to Martin Barwood of Chichester Harriers, who because of the age handicap system was in the last group away but worked his way through the field to finish 12th overall.

The fastest Lady on the day was Jacqueline Penn of North Shields Poly.

Prizes were awarded in all age categories.

Winner: Nina Cameron (Heaton Harriers); U18 Boy: Richard Harland (UA); Senior Male: Martin Barwood (Chichester); Male O-40: Kevin Lister (NE Vets); Male O-45: Jeremy Smith (Claremont); Male O-50; Greg Penn (NSP); Male O-/55: Steve Brown (Swaledale); Male O-60: Alan Storey (Blaydon); Male O-65: Terry McCabe (Blyth); Male O-70: Arthur Potter (South Shields).

U-18 Girl: Jacqueline Penn (NSP); Senior Female: Hannah Shilitoe (Heaton); Female O-35: Julie Lemin (Blyth); Female O-40: Ruth Oldham (Gosforth); Female O-45: Katherine Davis (NSP); Female O-50: Judith Archbold (Heaton); Female O-55: Alison Cummins (NSP); Female O-60: Jan Young (Elvet).

Blyth Running Club 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 can ring Keith on (01670) 362668 for further details.

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

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