[Mon 7th Mar 2011] On a cold morning, 34 runners from Blyth joined over 300 runners on the road outside Wallington Hall for the start of the inaugural running of the Northumberland half marathon. The starters included Dave Cox who, having turned up without any running shoes, spent ½ hour stopping perfect strangers to try and scrounge the use of a pair of size 9’s! By the time we all set off on the first (downhill) mile, the weather had improved to give us near ideal running conditions. Following the laws of physics that states what goes down will have to go back up, we were soon hitting the first of many ‘undulations’. The course was scenic, although some of the winding country lanes were a bit narrow and blind bends were a bit of a worry, as was the 2 or 3 occasions that the runners had to cross from one side of the road to the other. Luckily the majority of the drivers using the roads were sensible.
The sting in the tail on this course was the hill at 12 miles – lots of cursing going on at that point – before a welcome downhill stretch back to the estate entrance. Slight problem at this stage as runners were competing with cars to get into the grounds and weaving between the cars became necessary at times. Congrats to the marshal’s for handling this situation well.
First back for Blyth in a very creditable 7th overall was Peter Brown with a time of 1:20:54, followed by Michael Butters with 1:23:12 for 12th place and Robbie Barkley with 1:25:26 in 16th . First Blyth lady and 3rd lady overall was Heather Christopher, 53rd overall in 1:33:28. Rob Hall, who finished 33rd overall, was first back in the men's O60 age category and Davina won her first ever prize as she finished first LV45. Also well done to two of the clubs newer members, Beverley and Mark Jennison, we hope you enjoyed your first run in club colours.
The full results can be found on the Team Decathlon 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