Crowds cheer on youngsters in beach runs

The young winners from Blyth Running Club's annual beach runs.
The young winners from Blyth Running Club's annual beach runs.

Blyth Running Club recently held their annual beach races with just under 100 children aged between three and 14 taking part.

The weather was cloudy and windy, with a few spots of rain but it did not deter the youngsters from giving it their best.

All the races were on the beach with a large crowd of spectators cheering them on.

The first race, the 200 metres for Under six, saw Lia French take the girls honour while Max Smith won the boys race.

The under 9s ran a distance of 400 metres and Abbi Fiddaman was the first girl home while Leo Hawkins won the boys race.

In the under 11 categories the youngsters had to run 800 metres and Abbi Sheavils was the first girl, while Jack Goldsmith winning the boys race.

The under 13s ran a distance of 1200 metres, and it was a double for Blyth Running Club as Daisy Smith won the girls race and Taylor Glover won the boys race.

The Under 15s ran a mile and Daniel Tait of Blyth won the boys race, while Danielle Coulson of Birtley took the girls prize.

Elsewhere, the seniors at Blyth Running Club started their track and field season at Churchill Playing Fields and competed well to finish second behind a strong Middlesbrough Cleveland team.

Blyth had several notable victories with Chris Lillico winning the 100m and High Jump; Charlotte Ramsey stormed to victory in the 100m, but had to settle for second place in the 200m; Bethan Sproat was too strong for the opposition as she won the High Jump and she also set a club record in the 100m hurdles.

Several club members tried new events to good effect with Steven French setting a club record in his first ever Hammer throw competition.