Club partnership earns 4th spot in league

BLYTH Running Club Seniors have combined with Wallsend Harriers to compete in the North East Track and Field League.

After gaining promotion last year, they competed in the higher league for the first time on Saturday and performed commendably to finish in fourth position, with only 30 points covering the first four teams.

In the field events, Blyth had two winners – Kalvin Hurst winning the Long Jump and Craig Birch the Triple jump, while Scott Povey finished in second position in both the “B” triple jump and long jump.

For the women, Rebecca Nail was very impressive as she won the Long Jump and came second in the Triple Jump, managing to set PBs and new club records in both events.

On the track, Craig Birch was showing his versatility by winning the 110M hurdles, finishing second in the 400m hurdles and third in the 100m.

Two of Blyth’s newer members Dave Swalwell and Steve Dobby were making their debut and both can be pleased with their efforts as they gained valuable points for the team.

In the final race of the day, the Blyth quartet of Craig, Kalvin Hurst, Dave Swalwell and Scott Povey to were convincing winners of the mens 4x100m relay.

Blyth Running Club are currently holding some indoor mini athletic sessions for the young athletes, taking place at Blyth Sports Centre on Wednesdays at 5pm. All sessions will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour.

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

Blyth currently have an expanding junior section. Anyone interested between the ages of nine and 17 should turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Mondays at 6.45pm with their parents or email

A new running group for complete beginners has started at Blyth Sports Centre. For more information contact Alison Lowes on 07792 860740.