Running club prepare for cross country run at reserve

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BLYTH Running Club are organising a cross country race at the East Cramlington Nature Reserve.

Most of the region’s top athletes will be competing in the event on Saturday, October 27, 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.

Spectators are being welcomed as the nature reserve provides excellent viewing facilities.

Blyth members have been scattered far and wide lately with some opting for rather more demanding events than the Cumbrian half marathon, which was the penultimate race in this year’s Grand Prix competition.

First in action were the juniors, with a minors cross-country event taking place at Bedewell Park, Jarrow on Saturday.

Blyth had two juniors competing, Daisy Smith who finished 13th in the under-11 girls’ race and Josh Fiddaman, who continues his amazing start to the X-C season by making it three wins from three by winning the boys’ under-11 race.

On Sunday seniors Iain Singer, Suzanne Hunter, Adele Lonsdale, Julie Lemin and Davina Lonsdale took part in the Kielder Marathon, finishing 90th, 112th, 566th, 705th and 706th respectively in times of 3:30.35, 3:36.40, 4:28.46, 4:42.44 and 4:42.44.

Jake Jansen and Peter Holmback both travelled to Scotland – Jansen to Edinburgh for the BUPA Great Edinburgh Run 10k, where he finished a highly creditable 41st in a time of 37:54, while Holmback ventured even further north for the Glencoe Trail Marathon, mostly off-road and with 1,608 metres of ascent. He finished 39th in a time of 4:56.16.

Also on the Sunday, 16 members travelled to Carlisle to take part in the penultimate race of the Clubs Grand Prix competition.

First back for Blyth was Martin Gaughan (third in his age category) with Heather Christopher the first Blyth lady and second in her age category, as were Cath Young and Terry McCabe.

The next race for Blyth’s members is the club’s annual relays.

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 welcome new runners of any age/ability, so if anyone wants to join in then they just need to turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on one of the club nights – Monday and Wednesday at 6.45pm e-mail or call (01670) 362668.