Newton Aycliffe 10k
[Mon 21st Jun 2011]
On an overcast Sunday morning, 30 runners from Blyth made their way down the A1 to Newton Aycliffe for the 5th race in the year's Grand Prix series, the Newton Aycliffe 10k This was the first time that the race had been included in the GP, so was a new experience for most of the Blyth runners. Due to problems obtaining parking at the usual venue, the race headquarters had been moved to the Oak Leaf Sports Complex, a 10-15 minute walk from the start and finish areas. The race itself consists of 2½ laps around Newton Aycliffe's housing estates, with the first half of each full lap being gradually uphill and the second half gradually downhill. Although not the most scenic of courses a big plus was the road closures, resulting in nice traffic free running. The rain managed to hold off for most of the time with the odd shower being welcome in the warm, still conditions.
First back for Blyth in a very creditable 9th overall was once again Robbie Barkley with a time of 36:11, followed by Sam Dodd with 38:33 for a pb and 20th place. Next back for Blyth and winner of the prize for 3rd lady overall was Julie Clark in a pb of 40:31, just 2 seconds ahead of Graeme Stewart. Heather Christopher, the 5th Blyth finisher was awarded first prize in the F35 category. Well done Julie and Heather. Unfortunately, while in the top ten, Michael Butters turned his ankle half way through the race and had to pull out.
Both Martin Gaughan and Claire Riches are missing from the results, I have done my best to insert them in the correct finishing positions, if anyone knows better please contact me via the link at the bottom of the page.
The full results can be found on the UKresults web site by clicking HERE
Some photos of the day are on the Photo's page of the web site, for the full collection see Dave K's photo's site by clicking HERE