Web Site update
This is from
The new web site has now been up and running for just over a year and in that time has received almost 15,000 hits, an average of 262 per week. Many thanks to all those who keep using the site.
I try to keep the site as up to date as possible, and I also hope to gradually improve some of the pages, especially the Results pages, to a standard format.
Now, two requests.
Firstly, the web site is for the benefit of you, the members of the running club, so if anyone has any thoughts, ideas on how it could be improved, new sections etc. then please let me know.
Secondly, if anybody does a race, a training run or something completely different that would be of interest to others, then please write a short report and send it to me for inclusion on the site, at WalkerSte@aol.com
By Easter 1982 the fifteen joggers had become runners, with aspirations.
In my 38th year I had discovered that I was quite
a good runner. The lads at the club were much younger but I always managed to
be first back on those very competitive Monday and Wednesday club nights. I had
even developed a sprint finish which I didn’t know I possessed! In the rugby
club bar someone brought in an entry form for the 8.5 mile Blyth Valley Fun Run
as it was known then. We decided that we would put in a team from
My diary for that time shows that in the 12 weeks prior to
our first club race I had averaged 25 miles per week which was mainly the three
club sessions which although they had no training pattern, were always pretty
quick and challenging. It was mystifying to visitors from other clubs that we
ran so hard in training. They maintained that we did our ‘best racing’ on club
nights! We must have done something right because when the Blyth Valley Fun Run
took place we did extremely well and even won the team prize, beating Morpeth
Harriers. The results had me in 13th place with
We were up and running!
Northern Cross Country Championships,
Just 3 weeks after the North Eastern Championships,
Sunderland Harriers hosted the North of England Cross Country Championships at
You are guaranteed several things at the 'Northerns' – top class athletes, large enthusiastic crowds (for 2 laps anyway) and plenty of mud! , although the mud didn’t seem to hamper the front two with Tom Lancashire having a storming last lap to overtake Andy Vernon (I know this because they were going hammer and tongs as they lapped me)
The organisers had been busy over the previous days setting out the course and there was plenty of room for the Club tents near the start and finish areas. The actual finish was an uphill stretch of about 100 yards – not ideal after you have ploughed through the mud.
The races were well organised and marshalled and the starts are quite impressive to watch. In Championships, each club are allocated a ‘pen’, where you have to start the race.
The first race was the U15 boys race, with Chris Sheffer
finishing in the top 100 and Joseph commenting “that they handed the winners
prizes out as he was finishing the race” – but as Kevin Freeman told him, when
they last held the Nationals there, he still had half a lap to go when he heard
the announcer wish everybody a safe journey home! In the U17 girls we only had
A heavy early morning snowfall,
plus an incessant rainstorm made conditions very difficult underfoot,and in
some places very near impossible. The
National Cross Country at
The Nationals were last held in Alton Towers in 2008 and on the same course (only longer) Ralph and I both ran 15 minutes quicker, also in 2008 Ralph uttered those immortal words “Never Again” – this time on the journey home he was discussing doing the Nationals in 2012 at Parliament Hill, London
Keeping A Training Log
Most people who run regularly want to improve their finish times at racing events. But what makes some people faster than others? Becoming a better runner involves a lot of factors such as strength, weight, stamina, training and lifestyle. When people first start out as runners they usually don't concern themselves with how fast they can run, but rather how far. However, after a while runners usually want to increase their run time as well. To improve both your distance and time it's best to follow a training program and that is why keeping a running log can help you to achieve your goals.
If you are going to participate in any road races, especially the longer distances like a marathon, then a logbook is essential to aid you in planning and following your training schedule. It really helps to look back and see the improvements in your running. A running log is also necessary if you want see how you are progressing with regard to your goals.
A running log is a place where you record your runs. It could be a notebook, spreadsheet or even a weblog. The details included in the logbook are individual choices, but most people enter the date, place, distance, time and general feelings about the run. If you want to be more thorough you can also record details on weather and terrain. The running log will help you keep all the information about your runs in one place. The most important information about each run is the date, mileage and the amount of time the run took. Additional information like how the run felt and any pain you may have experienced will allow you to track your progress and keep track of running related injuries and when you are over stressing your body.
There are various benefits that you can gain from your training log. Some of these can be given below:
What information should I put in a Running log?
You can use a running journal/running log to record virtually anything you find important about your run. You would usually, as a bare minimum, use it to record each of your runs or workouts. In your entries, you should definitely record distance, length of the run, where you ran (e.g. the actual route) and how you felt the run went. Apart from that you can also record whether it was a morning, afternoon or night run and which food you ate before or after your run. If you are a professional then you can also record your heart rate, altitude gained, pre-run and post-run stretches in your running journal/running log.
Accomplishing any assignment requires the use of good tools to get the best results. If you are serious about achieving better running times and doing longer distance events then you'll benefit from a good training program and using a running log to record your progress. It is advisable to keep an electronic record of your runs as you will have the runs logged forever, you can analyse your runs better and you can share your runs with others
Winter Series 2010/11
After six races the top of the individual competition has reversed yet again, with Dave Roberts on 57 points reclaiming first place from Ken Turnbull, who is 4 points behind on 61, closely followed by Tom Lemin on 65 and Joseph Dungworth on 68. In fact the top of the table has closed up so much that any of the current top 9 could take first spot - all to play for in the last race on April 6th.
In the team competition
"Charlie And The Giraffe" won race 6, with 3 finishers in the top 10
their total score was a meagre 36 points, the lowest team score in the
competition so far. "The
Full results on web-site
Snake Lane 10M Pocklington
And so the Grand Prix season is upon us again. The first race this year was again the Snake Lane 10 at Pocklington near York, with 34 members of the club taking part, an increase of 2 from last year. In fine conditions with only a slight wind the race was won by Ricky Stevenson of New Marske Harriers in a course record time of 48:03.
First back for Blyth was Robbie Barkley in 37th position with a time of 1:00:16, followed by Sam Dodd in 1:02:52 for 59th place overall. First home for the ladies was Heather Christopher, 12th lady and 162nd overall. There were age group prizes for Heather, Suzie, Cath Young , Martin Gaughan and Rob Hall, who was making a long overdue return to racing. The men's team finished 8th and the ladies a very respectable 4th.
Many thanks to the supporters who travelled down to cheer the runners on and to Mal for organising the bus.
The Blyth results and the Grand Prix tables can be found in the Grand Prix section of the web site.
Haweswater Half Marathon
Just one week after the long trip to Pocklington for the first race in the club's Grand Prix series, members of Blyth Running Club were again on their travels, this time 29 runners and their supporters took the slightly shorter journey for the second race in the series, the Haweswater Half marathon. Starting and finishing in the small village of Bampton, a few miles from Shap, on the edge of the Lake District, the course is basically a hilly out and back affair from Bampton, along the side of Haweswater Reservoir to Mardale Head and back. Eden Runners, the organisers of the race, were once again blessed with good sunny weather although there was a cooling headwind on the outward half of the course.
Robbie was again first back for Blyth in 20th overall with a time of 1:22:22, followed by two newer members, Michael Butters with 1:23:16 for 23rd place and Sam Dodd with 1:25:13 in 32nd. First lady back for Blyth was Heather Christopher, 109th overall in 1:34:22 and some 6 minutes quicker than last year, with Susanne second back in 1:36:51.
At least three of Blyth's runners managed half marathon PB’s, very impressive running on a course with over 1600ft of ascent and descent, Dave Bradley by 2 mins, Chris Stone by 4 mins and Peter Holmback by an incredible 7 mins; what a difference a week made to Chris and Peter. Special mention to Rob Hall, whose time of 1:32:49 gave him first place in his age category. Blyth’s contingent of 29 runners was again the most from any one club taking part.
Big thanks to Robbie and Mal for driving the mini buses, which allowed the rest of us to re-hydrate afterwards in the local hostelry.
Royal Signals Relays
A big thank you and well done to all those who represented the club at
the annual Royal Signals Relays, held at Hetton Lyons Country Park,
Houghton-Le-Spring on Saturday 12th February.
It was encouraging to see some of the U17 boys taking part, racing against the "big boys" for the first team in a big event.
With only one fixture left it seems almost certain that
Harrier League Race 5 – Blaydon
Penultimate race of the League and it combined the Sherman Cup as well.
Conditions were really good for cross country running and
As predicted it would appear that the men are relegated into the third division.
Harrier League Race 4 – Wrekenton
The 4th Start Fitness NE Harrier League X-C of the season took place at
Wrekenton at Saturday 26th Feb. The
senior men's and women's teams were greatly reduced due to the club's first
Grand Prix race of the year taking place the next day. Well done to
The star of the day was
League Race 3 –
A big well done to every athlete who braved the atrocious weather to represent the club at the Town Moor for the third in the season's Start Fitness Harrier League X-C meeting on Sunday 6th Feb. In cold conditions with persistent rain and a strong wind there was a particularly good turnout from the male section of the club.
Also, many thanks to the supporters who turned out to cheer the runners
on and to
The U15 boys did fantastically well to be first team on the day, with
FROM 1st JANUARY 2011
startfitness BOYS VEST £ 9 . 50
startfitness MENS VEST £ 9 . 50
startfitness WOMENS VEST £ 9 . 50
See Mal Darbyshire to order and for other items..
Blyth Valley 10k – “Spirit Of The Staithes”
As usual we will require a large number of volunteers to ensure that the race goes off smoothly. We will probably require marshals, people to take late entries, man the drinks station etc etc
Anybody who can help, please let
Young Athletes League
Once again we will be competing in the Young Athletes League as a composite team with Alnwick Harriers.
The teams in this years league are Harrogate;
Birtley; Blaydon; Chester-Le-Street; Alnwick & Blyth; New Marske;
The dates are: Sunday May 8th (Jarrow), Sunday May 22nd (Jarrow), Sunday June5th (Jarrow) , with the final date to be confirmed
Good Friday Races
There are races in all age
categories, and are at
Wallsend Harriers are organising a
Junior Run on Sunday April 17th. Ages are 10-15, cost is 50p. Rising
Alnwick have a Junior Fun Run (8yrs – 16yrs) on Tuesday 10th May, start 18:30, cost £4.00 (T-shirt).
The probable date for this will be Monday 18th April. Usual 2 mile course.
Several of the Juniors represented Northumberland in the Regional U13 and U15 Finals at the Seaburn Centre, Sunderland
Several of the Juniors attended a Pole Vault session before the Harrier League at Blaydon and seemed to enjoy it. There are regular sessions on at Gateshead Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The High Jumping sessions have restarted again at Jarrow on Friday nights
If anybody is interested in the above then see
What’s what in track and field.
There are many different types of competition that members can get involved at various levels depending on ability and need. This is a guide to help you decide what you could or should be doing.
- There are two leagues
in which the club fully participates, i.e. the club affiliates to these leagues
and pays the fees (for all other meetings athletes are responsible for their
own entry fees)- the YAL (Young Athletes League) for u13, u15 u17
boys and girls, and the North of England T&F League for u17, seniors
and vets. These provide a reasonable standard of club athletics - each league
has a fixed format for each fixture. There is a mid-week league in which
athletes of all ages can compete, although the club does not treat them as a
team competition - the
- the first
level is North East Counties held usually at
Open Meetings - these are generally held early and late season - each meeting offers variety of events. The early season meetings often have „mid‟ distance track events e.g. 300m, 600m & 1000m 1500mSC as preparation for specialist events
British Milers Club events - These are held at various levels locally (at Jarrow) and regionally and nationally at distances of 800m+ The races are both paced and graded - and are where most middle distance runners set PB’s.
Veterans - whilst veterans can and do compete as seniors, there are league events and championships for those aged 35+ where there is a good standard of competition without the fear of being blown off the track by “young whizz kids”!
Fixtures – at the moment most of the dates are available on the website,
The Senior Team had has formed a composite team with
Wallsend and will be hoping to consolidate on their promotion or hopefully gain
another promotion in the Northern of
Dates are Saturday 5th
May, Saturday 4th June, Sunday 3rd July and Sunday 14th
The fixtures for the North Eastern Track League track season
are printed below. Any Junior who wants to run in the track league see Keith for further information as the races are
different at every event (i.e. one
meeting will have an 800m race while the next may have a 1500M race). Normally
athletes have to pay their own entry fees, although the Club may pay for any
relay races. These events are not just
for Juniors, if any Seniors are interested see
Wednesday Evening 18:30-21:30
27th April Monkton Stadium
25th May Monkton Stadium
22nd June Monkton Stadium
YOUNG ATHLETES MEETINGS 2011
(IN CONJUNCTION WITH Quadkids)
Sunday May 1st Sunday May 22nd Sunday June 12th Sunday July 10th Sunday August 7th
all meetings 9.30 – 12.30 sharp [registration from 8.45 a.m.]
Programme of events:
TIME School Year 6 School Year 5 School year 4 School year 3
(Under 12 years*) (Under 11 years*) (Under 10 years*) (Under 9 years*)
* all ages are as at 31st August 2010
8.45 – 9.30 REGISTRATION, RECEIPT OF NUMBERS, ETC
9.30 75m sprint Running Long Jump 400m Plastic Howler throw
10.00 Plastic Howler throw 75m sprint Standing Long Jump 400m
10.30 600m Plastic Howler throw 50m sprint Standing Long Jump
11.00 Running Long Jump 600m Plastic Howler throw 50m sprint
11.30 FINALS OF 75m and 50m Sprint EVENTS – year 6, year 5, year 4, year 3
N.B. a) In field events, all competitors will have the same number of attempts, but the number of attempts allowed will depend on how many can be fitted into the time allocation (which must be adhered to).
b) On the track, the 50m heats for years 4 and 3 will take place before the 600m distance races for years 6 and 5 (10.30, 11.00)
Entry Fees- closing date 1 week in advance of each meet: £2.00 per event, or £6.00 for all events on one day or £25.00 for every event in the series. Entry fees on the day: £2.50 each event, £8.00 for all four events.
Entries will be acknowledged by e-mail (where an e-mail address is included on the entry form)
Prizes: Medals will be awarded to the first three each event.
Quadkids Grand Prix: Points for performance will be awarded to all competitors in each event, and trophies will be awarded to the six competitors in each age group (boys & girls) at the conclusion of the series.
To ensure smooth running of the event (especially the field events) volunteers to act as helpers on the day will be welcomed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Minutes of meeting held 7th February 2011
The meeting commenced at 8:36 p.m.
Minutes of meeting held 10th January 2011 were read and
approved. This was proposed by
Track & Field
League– a meeting was held with
Winter Series – a new vote was undertaken after the latest race and the decision was to remain with the new course.
Since the last committee meeting the club held its AGM. Attendance was disappointing- nevertheless for those present, a respectful, democratic and seamless process was witnessed as all 3 officers and 8 committee members were returned, unopposed, charged with the management, governance and development of BRC for 2011.
Any member who would like to be part of the team should note
there remains 1 vacancy on the committee and to contact
For those who still have not paid their membership fees for 2011, I urge you to do so ASAP.
Finally, it was wonderful to see the senior men and women
return teams (the women for the first time ever in club history) in the
Northern Cross Country Championships held last month in
There have been no new members in January and no resignation. So far only a third of members had renewed their membership. I will send out a reminder to say that membership fees are due.
Men’s Captain Report
Iain had provided a report as follows;
Ladies Captain Report
Mal and Aynsley reported that they were busy formulating the leagues. They will review the format for 2012.
Aynsley had looked at various venues for the Presentation Night on Saturday 7th May, but had decided that we would be using the Sea Horse. It was noted that the Chairman and 1 other committee member were not happy with the chosen venue. Aynsley later confirmed that the only available date was Friday 13th May.
Aynsley was also looking at other functions; the first being a Ceilidh evening.
Winter Series – The postponed race will be on Wednesday 16th February.
Summer Cup –.
CVA Blyth Valley Funding - After meeting with CVABC to discuss funding, two letters have been sent off; one for first aid course, one for equipment for North East Cross Country Championships.
North East Cross Country Championships 2011 – This item was discussed at the NECAA meeting on 4th February. It should be turn of a club from south of region, and this will be discussed next week. NECAA will inform BRC ASAP.
Presentation awards evening -
Athletics camp - We will be organising a three day
athletics camp during May half term with 3 two hour sessions during Easter, at
the minute it will probably be
Club members concerns
Mens 12 Stage &
Womens 6 Stage Road Relay Championships – These championships take place on
Sunday 20th March 2011 at
The meeting closed at 9:47 p.m. Date of next meeting – Monday 7th March 2011, 8:30pm start
Sun 27th – Thirsk 10M, Thirsk
Sun 27th – Run Northumberland Half
Sat 02nd – Cartmel Trail Race, Cartmel
Sun 03rd –
Weds 06th Final Winter Series
Sun 09th – Allendale Challenge
Sun 10th – BUPA Great
Sun 10th – Sand Dancer 10K
Sun 17th – Virgin
Sun 17th – Wallsend 5M Multi Terrain Race
Fri 22nd – Elswick Good Friday Relays
Sat 23rd – Anniversary Waltz/Teenager with Altitude
Sun 24th –
Sat 30th – Coniston Fell Race
Sun 01st – Keswick
Mon 02nd – Tees Barrage 10K
Wed 04th –
Sun 08th – Leeds Half
Tue 10th –
Sat 14th –
Sun 15th –
Sun 15th – BUPA Great
Sun 22nd – Pier to
Pier Run 7.5M –
Sun 22nd – Windermere Marathon
Sun 22nd – EMF –