The 56th running of the Blyth Sands Race

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The 56th running of the Blyth Sands Race was convincingly won by veteran Karl Edwards of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers Karl Edwards of Hartlepool.

The race covered an out-and-back course from Blyth Harbour to Seaton Sluice starting at South Beach.

Thankfully Saturday’s high winds had eased down but the incoming tide, meant runners on the course had less sand, and more pebbles and rocks to deal with.

This favoured the faster Male runners, with the Veteran Women who usually dominate the event, making less impact on this occasion.

Edwards, in the Over 60 category, was off a handicap of 7mins and came home an easy winner over the 130-strong field.

The margin of victory was 1min 28secs over Kurt Heron of Tyne Bridge who running from Scratch, also clocked the fastest time.

Paul Waterson of Morpeth, in the Over 50 category and off 4mins finished third. Martin Barwood of Chichester, the fastest in 2014, had to give way to Heron, this time, but still finished a creditable eighth.

First lady home was Kath Davis of North Shields Poly, who in the Over 45 category was off 8mins. Fastest lady was Ruth Oldham of Gosforth, who as an Over 40 was off 7mins, and finished in 15th position. With four runners in 26, Hartlepool Burn Road won the team race for the first team.

North Shields Poly, winners for the past two years, finished a close second, with host club, Blyth in third place.

Prizes were awarded in all age categories and were: Winner: Karl Edwards (Hartlepool) Second: Kurt Heron (Tyne Bridge Harriers) Third: Paul Waterston (Morpeth)m Under 18 Boy Jake Masterman Blyth. Senior Male Martin Barwood Chichester M O/40 Kevin Lister NE Vets M O/45 Gary Hall Alnwick Harriers M O/50 Lawrence Johnson Low Fell M O/55 Peter Scaife Morpeth M O/60 Sam Daley Heaton M O/65 Terry McCabe Blyth M O/70 Arthur Potter SouthShields Senior Female Anna Bracegirdle U/A F O/35 Lisa Henderson NSP F O/40 Ruth Oldham Gosforth F O/45 Katherine Davis NSP F O/50 Judith Archbold Heaton F O/55 Alison Cummins NSP F O/60 Jan Young Elvet F o/65 Dorothy Cragg U/A

Blyth provides opportunities for young athletes between the ages of 8 and 17 years to receive coaching in endurance athletics events and also sprints, throws & 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 for further details.

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.

Blyth welcome any new runners of any age/ability, so if anyone wants to join Blyth then they just need to turn up at Blyth Sports Centres on one of the Club nights which are Monday and Wednesday at 6:45pm and somebody will contact them or ring 01670-362668.