Dozens take to the sand for annual races

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NEARLY 100 children took part in Blyth Running Club’s beach race.

Ages ranged from three to 14, with Northern Power Grid’s mascot ‘Vic Voltage’ among those cheering the youngsters on.

England Athletics were the other sponsors of the races.

The torrential downpour of the previous days had ceased and it was bright sunshine as the course was marked out.

However, by the time of the first race a thick fog had appeared and it was difficult to see the first turning point which was only 100 metres away.

All the races were on the beach and there was a large crowd of spectators and children as the first event got under way – a 200 metres race for the under-6s with Vic managing to run the first ten yards before being overtaken by the runners.

The first girl was Zoe Robson with Aidan Gray winning the boys’ race.

The under-9s ran 400 metres and Rhiannon Hedley was the first girl while Robbie Cleghorne won the boys’ race.

In the under-11 categories the youngsters had to run 800 metres and Jessica Locker of Blyth Running Club was the first girl, while Josh Fiddaman made it a double for Blyth by winning the boys’ event.

The under-13s ran 1200 metres, with Lauren Robson, not to be outdone by younger sister Zoe, winning the girls’ competition, while Kieron Hedley also followed his sister into the winners enclosure by taking the boys’ prize.

The under-15s ran one mile and for the second year running Charley Hedley won the girls’ race with Joseph Woods making it another double for Blyth Running Club by winning the boys’ event.

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

Anybody between the ages of nine and 17 interested in running should e-mail or call (01670) 362668.