Seniors take second place in track and field event

BLYTH Running Club Seniors travelled to Middlesbrough on a wet and windy day for the second fixture in the North East Track and Field League.

Despite having a depleted team, they performed commendably to finish in second with only 30 points covering the first four teams.

In the field events Blyth had two winners, with Kalvin Hurst winning the long jump and Rebecca Nail the triple jump, while Scott Povey won the ‘B’ triple jump, as did Steff Ramsay.

On the track, Craig Birch showed his versatility by winning the 110m hurdles, finishing third in the 400m hurdles, third in the 200m and third in the 100m, setting a personal best in the process.

Ian Baxter and his wife Phillippa made their season debuts and both can be pleased with their efforts as they gained valuable points for the team.

The next day, Blyth Juniors had their own competition at Harrow and finished second behind Harrogate.

Again, Ryan Povey started proceedings by winning the hammer, while Bethan Sproat won the first track event, the 80m hurdles race.

As usual, the juniors tried several events with some notable performances, Tamsin Brown won the 100m and the discus, while Kalvin Hurst improved slightly on his long jump the previous day to win his event and then followed that by winning the 1500m as well as the triple jump.

Rebecca Nail was again successful in the triple jump and managed to win the 300m hurdles on her first attempt, as did Scott Povey at the 400m hurdles.

Chris Lillico managed to win both the high jump and 800m – setting a new club record in the process.

Blyth were then successful in the final two relays of the day, the boys’ under-17 100m race and the girls’ under-17 100 metres race.

The final event is on Sunday, June 19, at York.

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

All sessions will be held by UK Athletics coaches and last about one hour.

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

Blyth have an expanding and active junior section and are looking to recruit new members, between the ages of nine and 17.

Anyone interested should turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 6.45pm or e-mail

A new running group for beginners has started at Blyth Sports Centre, led by Alison Lowes. For more information contact 07792 860740.