Blyth Running Club

 History

1987 saw the first Blyth-Blaydon-Claremont social night, a race around the Town Moor followed by a social night.  In 1988, Blyth returned the favour and organised the Blyth Links 10K, although other Clubs were also invited.  Since then the event has grown, with several clubs incorporating the race in their Grand Prix.  The basic route and format has stayed the same, although the venue for the after race drinks has changed several times, we seem settled at the Quay pub now.  The race has always been on the Tuesday evening after the August Bank Holiday Monday.  The latest course starts at the bandstand on the seafront, runs along the footpath nearly as far as Gloucester Lodge Farm and then follows the dunes cycleway to Seaton Sluice.  From here it's a left turn onto Colywell Bay Road and then another left onto the cliff top path to the caravan park before turning right, up hill to the Delavel Arms pub.  Then it's back along Colywell Bay Road and the main road to the finish alongside the children's playground opposite the 'Mermaid' Cafe.  This is an annual event, where we invite runners from several local clubs to take part. They in turn return the compliment by inviting our members to their own similar events during the year. A buffet is provided by our members, free to our guests who all assemble in a local pub afterwards to have a drink to see the prizes being presented, and to complain about injuries and so on.  In recent years, North Shield's Poly have used the race as the first race in their Grand Prix handicap series.

Since the race's inception in 1991, the course has virtually been as at present with only a couple of minor differences and has always been a 10k.  On this basis, below is a list of the the ten best male and female times since 1991.

Posn

Male


Female

Name

Club

Time

Year

Name

Club

Time

Year

1

Ivan Hollingsworth

Morpeth Harriers & A.C.

31:50

2007

Stephanie Dann

NSP

37:47

2010

2

Steve Body

Bedford

31:58

2005

L. Williams

NSP

37:52

1999

3

S. O'Gara

Wallsend harriers

32:01

1992

Stephanie MaClean-Dann

NSP

37:54

2013

4

D. Swinburne

Morpeth Harriers & A.C.

32:09

2005

Gina Rutherford

NSP

37:54

2014

5

Ryan Stephenson

NSP

32:11

2007

Susie Stephen

Darlington H & AC

38:09

2010

6

P. Wright

Morpeth Harriers & A.C.

32:17

1992

Susie Rutherford

Darlington

38:21

2009

7

Ian Harding

Morpeth Harriers & A.C.

32:18

2010

Meryl Dodd

Bingley

38:32

2006

8=

Michael Morris

NSP

32:25

1996

Sarah Graham

Morpeth Harriers & A.C.

39:06

2005

8=

Ian Harding

Morpeth Harriers & A.C.

32:25

2011

Sarah Lister

Blackhill Bounders

39:15

2013

10

M. Brown

Morpeth Harriers & A.C.

32:33

1999

Louise Laverton

Unattached

39:16

2010

The best times by Blyth runners are:-      32:46 by Andy Brown in 1992 (13th best overall)

                                                           40:19 by Jacqui Lumsden in 1998

Thanks to all who have took part, and especially to all those who have helped.  Hopefully, we'll  see you all again in future years.

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Links 10k

7:15 pm on Tuesday 23rd August 2016

This race is free to enter for Blyth members, all that is asked is that you supply food for a buffet meal which is held at the Quay public house afterwards, members of other clubs may run by official invite only.  

As usual the club needs volunteers to marshal. Full details on the links below.

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