Juniors show their pace in autumn relay run

Blyth Running Club's Taylor Glover and Alice Dungworth with their  trophies for fastest boy and girl.
Blyth Running Club's Taylor Glover and Alice Dungworth with their trophies for fastest boy and girl.

Blyth Running club recently held the 11th running of the annual Junior Autumn Relays which saw a brand new course being used.

The new route started near the bandstand on the Links Road and went for a half a mile before returning along the same path.

On a clear, fine night for running there was 15 teams on the start line for the first leg with Jamie Hawkes (Team E) gaining a lead at the turning point and managing hold onto it as he passed onto his second leg runner, Emily McKeeken.

Lottie Christopher (Team B) was in second position after the first leg, while Zoe Saward was in fourth for Team X.

McKeeken was still in the lead as she passed on to Thomas Farmery to run the third leg, Olivia Watson running for Team X had moved from fourth to second and she passed onto Alice Dungworth for the third leg only one second behind the leader with Macy Robinson (Team I) passing onto Cameron McLaren in third position, three seconds behind Dungworth.

Setting the fastest time on the evening by a girl, Dungworth led her team of Saward and Watson to first place, while McLaren, Robinson and Emily Kennedy were second, with Kacey Brown, Ellie Campbell and Sam Browning in third place.

The fastest time of five minutes and one second, over a distance just over one mile, was set by Taylor Glover, who pulled his team of Katie Sellars and Ellie Hawkes from 13th to seventh position.  

Thanks went to the helpers and officials, and Joseph Dungworth and Joey Orange who led and followed the runners to ensure no one got lost.

As members of the North Eastern Counties Athletics Association, Blyth Running Club organise one of their Harrier League fixtures and this will take place this Saturday, October 11, at the East Cramlington Nature Reserve.

Most of the region’s top athletes will be competing and there will be junior races as well.

Walkers and dog owners are being made aware that there will be more than 600 runners using the area, with the first race at 12.15pm.

Blyth Running Club is apologising in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause regular users of the reserve.

Spectators are welcome as the reserve provides some excellent viewing facilities.

Blyth provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throwing 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.

Blyth juniors’ main training night is a Monday and the club have a high jump session on a Thursday evening. For further information email juniors@blythrunningclub.org.uk

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 then they just need to turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on one of the club nights, which are Monday and Wednesday at 6.45pm, email enquiries@blythrunningclub.co.uk or call (01670) 362668.