I have run the Blyth Sands on many occasions since joining the striders. An age handicapped run along the beach and back. The 4th December 2016 was my 60th birthday and the race had been a target of mine for the last couple of years when I realised I would get some more time advantage and on my birthday as well. There may well have been other events on the same day and numbers of striders were – 2 – Richard Hocking and myself – previously striders have been in the team prizes but we did not have enough for a team.
The tide was low and going out which meant there were no groynes to negotiate this year. Advancing age means starting nearer the front, so it was possible to count the numbers of runners ahead. (When I first ran I was in the last group to start). By the turn round the oar at half way I had worked up into the top 10, but I knew there was one in my age group ahead. I lost a few places on the return to faster (younger runners) – but still managed a top 20 finish (one of my best placings in the race). Although no age prize, the organisers kindly gave me a bottle of wine. I will be back and hope more of you will join in. What else would you want to do on the first Sunday morning in December but run along the beach?
|Place||Time||Name||Team||Age Category||Actual Time|
|1||00:26:57||MCNALLY, Mark||Elswick Harriers||Men O / 65||00.35.57|
|17||00:30:37||WHITE, Conrad||Elvet Striders||Men O / 60||00.37.37|
|33||00:32:40||HOCKIN, Richard||Elvet Striders||Men O / 65||00.41.40|