Club Handicap 2011
[Thu 28th Apr 2011] The Seniors held their annual 6.5 mile handicap race on Wed 27th April, the route starts at the Beach Car Park, heads onto the promenade, then along the beach path, up Collywell Bay road, past the Delaval Arms pub, along the cliff tops to return to Collywell Bay road and then along the footpath next to the road back to Blyth.
Once again conditions were excellent for running, with a cool temperature, blue sky and little breeze as race organiser Dave Kitching set the first runner Alison Lowes away at 7:15 pm, from then on it was a steady procession of runners until Andrew Henderson set off some 25 minutes later. Running strongly Alison managed to hold onto her lead for virtually the whole race until she was passed by eventual winner Julie Lemin in the last 100 metres, Alison did manage to hold onto 2nd place by 15 seconds from 3rd placed finisher Louise Rawlinson. A clean sweep for the ladies, in fact the first 8 finishers were all ladies!
Fastest time on the night was recorded by Andrew Henderson with 37:07, and fastest lady was Julie Clark in a time of 43:32, which was also a new F35 course record.
There was a total of 28 finishers, unfortunately somewhat down on last year (maybe due to people saving themselves for the next Grand Prix race the following Sunday), but disappointing considering the effort put in by Dave and his helpers on the night, which included Terry, Gloria, Sandra, Aynsley, Rob, Sam, Iain, Dave, Dickie and Stephen.
The full set of results are available on the Handicap page of the web site.