On a chilly day, bright sunshine greeted us on a sheltered Blyth beach: possibly the best weather yet on the 49th running of the race. The sand next to the sea was firm to run on, but unfortunately we had to plod through the ‘caster sugar’ sand higher up the beach, as part of the course was re-routed onto the dunes footpath because of a higher tide. We managed to keep our feet dry, jump over one outlet pipe, jump six feet off a groyne, climbing over a groyne on the return.
I was off running first, as the running order depends on age. Didn’t help much, as I was soon passed by lots of runners, including Nina who set off 5 minutes after me! However, Nina and I were awarded age group prizes, possibly because we were the only runners in our age groups. Well, you have to be in it to win it!
Come on Striders. How about giving it a go next year, the 50th running of this popular race?
How fast is Lesley Miller? I’m not letting on that I set off at the same time as her!
|1||Lesley Miller||North Shields Poly AC||FV50||27:06||39:06|
|2||Terry O’Gara||Wallsend Harriers||MV65||29:08||38:08|
Running time after deleting handicap times