Peter smashes course record in 10k

Competitors start the annual Blyth Staithes Run on the Quayside.
Competitors start the annual Blyth Staithes Run on the Quayside.

HUNDREDS of runners took part in the annual Blyth Valley 10K run organised by Blyth Running Club.

There was a record entry and finishers plus a new course record in the annual Blyth Valley 10k run at the weekend.

Peter Newton, of Morpeth, smashed his own record by nearly one minute as more than 500 runners crossed the finish line.

In the early stages there was an initial group of five who took up the pace, but by the three mile mark Newton had a 40 yards lead.

Newton eventually won the race for a third time in 30mins 33secs.

Ian Harding, also of Morpeth, finished in second, while Daniel Bradford, of Shettleston, managed to pull away from Ross Floyd in the last half mile to gain third.

The first lady home was Lorna Young, of Heaton Harriers, who finished in 24th overall, with Tracey Milmore, of Chester-le-Street, in second position, while Stacey Rogers, of Wallsend, was third lady.

As usual the organisation of the race was impressive and this is due to a lot of hard work from the members of Blyth Running Club, with more than 40 members helping on the day led by the race organiser Dave Kitching.

The first Blyth man was Robbie Barkley, with a top 40 finish, while Julie Clark was the first Blyth lady.

As the race was run on Mother’s Day, the organisers arranged for a bouquet of flowers to be presented to the first mother to cross the line – Sonia Morley, of Tynedale Harriers.

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The race this year also incorporated the North East Counties Athletics Association 10k Championships – the 10k Road Champions for 2011 are Peter Newton of Morpeth and Tracey Milmore of Chester-Le-Street

Blyth Running Club would like to thank all their sponsors which included Transped, NCC, BVAL, Start Fitness, Herrons, John Gunn, Scheppes Abbey Well, The Quay Public House and St John’s for their assistance, and all the marshals, helpers and officials for once again making this a successful event.

The full set of results are available on the Blyth Running Club website More than 150 of the finishers at the BV10K were unattached runners and Blyth Running Club would like anybody who is interested to try one of their training nights and they will be made welcome.

Blyth welcome any new runners of any age/ability, so if anyone is interested in coming along to training nights, or learning more about the club, then leave your name and contact number at Blyth Sports Centre and a member of the Club will contact you to discuss, or Blyth Running Club can be contacted by e-mail or ring (01670) 362668.