Susanne wins gold in British Masters

MORE than 30 members of Blyth Running Club were among the 500 who took part in the popular Tynedale ‘Jelly Tea’ ten-mile race.

With the Great North Run this weekend, it was the perfect opportunity for runners to assess their fitness.

On a tough hilly course from Hexham to Ovingham, the weather conditions were warm with a slight headwind.

The conditions did not appear to affect the race winner, Ethiopian Yared Hagos, who completed the course in a fast time of 49m 32s, over four minutes ahead of second placed runner David Kirkland, of Alnwick.

The first Blyth finisher was Sam Dodd, who was in 41st position with a time of just over an hour.

The first Blyth lady finisher, and tenth lady overall, was Julie Clarke, who can be pleased with a finish inside the first 100 runners.

Other notable performances for Blyth Running Club came from Susanne Hunter, who was second in her age group, and Joe Frazer, who was third in his.

The race incorporated the British Masters Athletics Federation Championships, and Hunter won the gold medal for her age group while Heather Christopher won the bronze in hers.

One week later and the first cross country fixture of the season was held at Farringdon, Sunderland, in warm but dry and windy conditions.

For the senior men there was only one team, and Graeme Stewart, Ian Baxter, Steve Cairns and Robbie Barkley finished in 13th position.

The first race in the fixture was the under-11s and the winner in the boys’ race was Connor Marshall, of Blyth, while Jessica Locker was ninth in the girls’ race.

In the under-13s event, Lauren Robson was the first Blyth girl finisher with a top 20 position, while Harry McCabe finished in 13th as first Blyth boy.

In the under-15 races, Charley Hedley was the first Blyth girl with another top ten finish, while Joseph Woods had a top 20 finish as the first Blyth boy.

Blyth only had two under-17 men, with Chris Lillico finishing in ninth and Scott Povey a few seconds behind in 12th.

Blyth Running Club provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of eight and 17 years to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws and jumping events.

Anyone interested can turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 6.45pm.

Blyth currently run some indoor sessions on a Wednesday night at Blyth Sports Centre at 5pm.

Blyth Running Club welcome any new runners of any age/ability.

For more information on any of the sessions at the club e-mail or ring (01670) 362668.