Penultimate race sees Emma take the honours

THE penultimate race in Blyth Running Club’s Winter Series saw another fine night and turnout, with 53 runners taking part in the sixth race of the season.

The conditions were conducive for good running as there were 29 season’s best times recorded with only a minute separating the runners finishing in sixth and 43rd places.

First back was Emma Freeman, running a minute quicker than her previous best, followed by guest runner Chris Nolan.

As a result of Chris’ performance, second and third places were awarded to those finishing third and fourth on the night – junior members Charlie Hedley and Joseph Woods respectively.

Both Hedley and Woods knocked approximately 40 seconds off their previous bests, remarkable in Hedley’s case as she had knocked a minute off in the previous race.

Robbie Barkley continued his trend of being fastest on the night with a time of 13.54, and Heather Christopher was again fastest lady in 16.07 – a new female vets record.

Blyth Running Club are currently holding some indoor mini athletic sessions at Blyth Sports Centre every Wednesday at 5pm for the young athletes.

The aim is to provide young children with a fun and active experience of being part of a sports club.

Children will have the opportunity to work towards recognised UK: Athletics awards. All sessions will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour.

Anybody wishing to register or wanting more information should ring (01670) 362668.

Blyth currently has an expanding and active junior section and are looking to recruit new members.

Anybody between the ages of nine and 17 are interested in running should turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Mondays at 6.45pm with their parents then they will be met by a Club official or they can send an e-mail to

A new running group for complete beginners is starting up at Blyth Sports Centre, led by Alison Lowes. 

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

Everyone is welcome to join up, whatever their age, size or ability.

For more information or to register, contact group leader Alison on 07792 860740.