Wins for running club at number of local events

MEMBERS of Blyth Running Club have been showing their versatility recently across different distances and terrain.

New member Tony Holland ran in the Shepherds Walks Kielder Challenge, finishing first in a time of 3 hours 30 minutes.

The challenge is based around the Lakeside Way, as it circles the whole of Kielder Water. The event is open to both walkers and runners and saw more than 130 participants line up at the start.

On the same day, several Blyth competitors took part at the recent Vets 5K and 10K track championships at Monkton and they all came away with a medal.

In the Ladies 5k, Heather Christopher took gold in her age category with Helen Morris taking the silver in hers. Dianne Wallace, competing in her first championship, took silver medal in her age category.

Kevin Freeman returned to track competition to take gold in his 10K age category.

At the same venue, two Blyth members tried their luck at the Pentathlon Championships with Dave Swalwell competing in the Vets while Daniel N’Jai was participating in the Senior Men category.

Continuing his medal winning run, Swalwell was first in the Over 40 age category to take the gold medal, setting a club record in the Javelin.

In his first attempt at some of the disciplines, N’Jai can be pleased with his bronze medal.

On a busy day for athletics in the north east, the first cross country of the season took place at Farringdon in Sunderland.

Running in his first cross country, Josh Fiddaman was another athlete to carry on his winning streak as he easily won the U11s boys’ race.

In the U13 boys’ race, Connor Marshall was first back for Blyth in 13th position, just in front of Taylor Glover. James Young was the only Blyth runner in the U15’s, finishing.

In the U17 men’s, Mattie Jackson was first for Blyth then Chris Sheffer and Joseph Woods. The only girls running were Charlie Hedley (fifth) and Erin Scott (15th).

Claire Stewart was the only senior women, making her cross country debut and enjoyed the experience. The men’s race is a relay and Blyth could only muster one senior team of Jake Jansen, Peter Holmback, Graeme Stewart and Robbie Barkley and they finished in 11th.

On Sunday, September 9, new member Lindsay Chapman competed in the second running of the Hadrian Wall Half Marathon, finishing as first lady and in eighth position overall.

Anyone interested in joining Blyth Running Club should e-mail

Blyth Running Club will be starting some indoor mini athletic sessions at Bede Academy for the young athletes. The sessions will be on Tuesday evenings at 5pm from October 9.

For more information contact Keith on (01670) 362668.