Record number of finishers in Blyth Valley 10k

Weather conditions were far from ideal for the 11th running of the Blyth Valley 10K.

But this did not stop a record number of finishers completing the run.

The blustery wind meant the runners ran into a headwind on the way out to Seaton Sluice, but the wind was on their back for the return.

After two miles a group of ten had broken away from the majority and up until the final mile any one of them could have won the race.

Just as the leaders approached the finish, the heavens opened, which made it difficult for the timekeepers and officials.

The eventual winner was Chris Smith, of Morpeth, who recorded his second win of the weekend as he was part of Morpeth’s relay team who won the National 12 stage relays on the Saturday at Birmingham.

In winning the race, he set a personal best for the distance.

In second was Jordan Bell, of Blackhill Bounders, and he knocked over a minute off his previous best time for the distance.

In third was Karl Taylor, of Morpeth, who just managed to hold off Thomas Straughan, also of Morpeth.

The first Lady back was Michelle Nolan, of Gateshead Harriers, who had a top 50 finish. Stephanie Maclean-Dann of North Shields Poly was second lady, while Claire McManus, also of North Shields, was third.

Despite the weather, the organisation of the race was impressive due to a lot of hard work from the members of Blyth Running Club, with over 40 helping on the day led by race organiser Dave Kitching.

The first Blyth man was Sam Dodd with a top 20 finish, while Claire Calverley was the first Blyth lady.

Blyth Running Club thanked the sponsors, which included Transped Logistics and Port of Blyth, Start Fitness, Herrons The Jewellers, John Gunn, The Quay Public House and Blyth Lifeguards 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 –

Over 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.

The club have also introduced a new running group for complete beginners, to be led by Alison Lowes, 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.

Age is not a barrier, neither is fitness, and, with guidance, health issues rarely present a barrier.

Everyone is welcome to join up, whatever their age, size or ability, and fully trained group leader Alison will make sure you are well looked after and having loads of fun.

For more information email

Blyth Running Club provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 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 juniors’ main training night is a Monday. For more information e-mail