More than 400 runners set for 10k race

THIS Sunday Blyth Running Club will be holding the Spirit Of The Staithes 10k run sponsored by Transped.

The race will start at Blyth Quayside at 10am and all finishers will receive a T-shirt.

Walkers and cyclists using the beach path are being made aware that there will be more than 400 runners on the path from about 10.10am, but hopefully they will not be too inconvenienced.

Further details are available at Blyth Sports Centre or online at

Entries on the day will be taken at the Quay public house until about ten minutes before the start, although the entries will be £10 and £12.

Several Blyth members took part in the final cross country of the season at Prudhoe in bitterly cold conditions.

The U13 boys were first away and Taylor Glover won the race with Connor Marshall in sixth position and Adam Swalwell in 14th, they finished as second team on the day.

Glover and Marshall are now promoted to the fast pack.

Similarly the U15 girls were second team on the day with Erin Scott also gaining promotion to the fast pack.

Charlie Hedley finished in fourth position but this was enough to give her third place in the league.

In the senior men’s race, Peter Holmback was first back for Blyth and led the team to first position in division three as they finished the season as third overall.

Making her debut in the fast pack, Phillippa Baxter was the sole Blyth lady to run and finished in the top 60 on a hard, demanding course.

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

The club welcomes new runners of any age/ability, and if anyone wants to join then they should turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on one of the club nights, Monday and Wednesday at 6.45pm, e-mail and somebody will contact them or call (01670) 362668.

The club have a running group for complete beginners, which will be led by Alison Lowes who is a qualified ‘Run In England’ leader.

Beginners will take things very much at their own pace, and the group will encourage people of all abilities and ages to try running.

For further information contact Alison on 07792 860740.