Wind slows competitors in final race of winter series

COMPETITION was fierce as Blyth Running Club held the final race in their Annual Winter Series.

Warm but windy conditions greeted the 51 runners taking part in the 2.5 mile race around the Kitty Brewster Trading Estate, the wind obviously having a detrimental effect as only six series best times were recorded, perhaps not surprisingly by the first six finishers on the night.

First back was Steph Ramsey, over a minute quicker than her previous best, in second place was Andrea Scott.

Ramsey and Scott were together for the first mile, but by the turning point the former had a lead of 60 metres and managed to hold on.

In third was Colin Seccombe, and fastest on the night was Gary Jones in 13.24 with Heather Christopher first lady in 16.46.

The race for the overall leader of the league had been close in all the seven races, but the individual prize went to junior Charlie Hedley, whose consistent finishes of second, second, third, 16th and 22nd gave her a total of 45 points, three in front of another junior, Calum Storey, with Dave Roberts and Lois Kankowsk joint third with 57.

The winning team comprised: Ron Ingram, Davina Lonsdale, Richard Shillinglaw, Ian Baxter, Heather Christopher and Steve Gillespie.

Each race winner won a ‘Yellow’ T-shirt and these went to: Jordan Wright, Kenn Turnbull, Richard Shillinglaw, Jordan Middlemist, Rachell Falloon, Emma Freeman and Steph Ramsay.

Once again the runners would like to thank all the marshals and officials.

On Monday, April 18, Blyth juniors will be holding their annual handicap race at the beach car park at 7pm.

The seniors’ Annual Handicap is on Wednesday, April 27, starting at the beach car park at 7.15pm.

The races are only open to club members, full details are on the club’s notice-board at Blyth Sports Centre.

Blyth Running Club are currently holding some indoor mini athletic sessions for the young athletes. The sessions will take place at Blyth Sports Centre and the aim is to provide young children with a fun and active experience of being part of a sports club and will introduce the FUNdamentals of the basic physical skills of running, jumping and throwing. With the main aim of all round physical development in a fun athletics setting. Children will also have the opportunity to work towards recognised UK:Athletics awards. The sessions are on Wednesday evenings at 5pm at Blyth Sports Centre. All sessions will be held by UK Athletics qualified coaches and will last about one hour. Anybody wishing to register or wanting more information should ring (01670) 362668.

Blyth currently have an expanding and active junior section and are looking to recruit new members, so if anybody between the ages of nine and 17 are interested in running, then if they turn up at Blyth Sports Centre on Monday nights at 6.45pm with their parents then they will be met by a club official or they can send an e-mail to and somebody will contact them.

A new running group for complete beginners is starting up at Blyth Sports Centre, the group will be led by Alison Lowes who has recently become 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 isn’t a barrier, fitness isn’t a barrier and, with guidance, health issues rarely present a barrier. Have more fun training in a group with other runners in and around Blyth.

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

If you’d like to give it a go or need further information, please contact group leader, Alison on 07792 860740.