COMPETITION was fierce as Blyth Running Club held the final Winter Series race.
With a cool breeze to contend with times were never going to be as fast as the previous race, although there were still 13 who recorded a season’s best.
One of these was winner Louise Douglas who ran two minutes faster than her previous best in winning by what must be a record margin of 88 seconds. Second place went to Steph Ramsay, and Peter Holmback was third.
Both Ramsay and Holmback also ran season’s bests, with the latter benefiting from training for the forthcoming marathon.
Fastest finisher on the night was once again Jake Jansen with a time of 14min 3secs.
The race for fastest female was always going to be an interesting one as Heather Christopher and Charlie Hedley were starting off the same handicap, and although they had a great race, resulting in a close sprint finish they were both usurped by a guest appearance from Leanne Heron in a time of 15min 47secs.
Consolation for Christopher, however, as she lowered her own female veteran course record by five seconds to 16min 2secs.
First place in the individual competition went to newcomer Margaret Povey, whose consistency over her best five finishes (first, second, second, fourth and fourth) gave a remarkable low score of 13 points.
Second and third places were much closer, with only one point separating Julie Lemin from Phillippa Baxter in third.
The team competition also provided runaway winners in ‘The Broons’, who finished 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st and 3rd in the seven races to amass 160 points, congratulations to team captain Peter Brown and the remainder of his winning squad – Margaret Povey, Susanne Hunter, Hayley Masterman, Julie Lemin and Alison Lowes.
On Monday, April 23, Blyth Juniors will be holding their annual handicap race at the beach car park at 7pm.
Then the Seniors Annual Handicap race will be on Wednesday, April 25, starting at the Beach car-park and the first runner will be off at 7.15pm.
The races are only open to club members, full details are on the club’s noticeboard at Blyth Sports Centre.
For more information about Blyth Running Club contact (01670) 362668.