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by Val Baxter

April 24, 2015

Coastal runs – report by Pat Kelly



North Tyneside 10K, Blyth 10K, Sand Dancer 10k

Races in early April all have a theme running through them, Coastal. Always remember if going South the Sea should be on your left hand side and going North on the right hand side. If not you are in bother. The weather for the races was as variable as April could be, going from Warm sunshine to strong winds and rain.

The North Tyneside was organised by the Council and had Chip timing. It is an extremely pleasant and scenic route. The only hard point of the course is the stretch from North Shields pier past the Priory to the Coast Road. It goes past the remnants of the Spanish City and the funfair on the Links. It is normally sold out so book early if you want to run it. This year was it was very warm. I remember running via a blizzard a few years ago. The race was hard going, being the first 10k race ran for a considerable period of time.

Blyth 10K starts from the harbour at Blyth and follows a route to Seaton Sluice via the Dunes. The return is via the path on the Coast Road. It is as flat a course as it could be with only minor undulations. The race was well organised with the facility to pay on the day. The race started with a strong headwind and slight rain. The wind was in your face for the first three miles but when running via the dunes where it was sheltered so it was not really felt. Running back via the road the weather started to worsen. It had started to get heavier rain and it was significantly colder than the previous week.

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The Sand Dancer is one of those races that should be a must do (at least once in a lifetime) for the Road Season. The race starts outside the Sand Dancer Pub and follows the path up the cliffs to the links and ends with a lap of the Gypsies Green Stadium. The course is a true Multi Terrain course and is testing. Again very well organised with pay on the day. The T-shirt earned for completing the race this year has a great design. It was windy and cold but once started to run you soon forgot about this. Thanks to YB for the support he provided to the Birtley AC athletes on the day, it really is appreciated.

There was a Birtley presence at all three races above and congratulations to all those that entered and finished the races.

Editor’s notesPat is too modest to say this, but he improved his time in each of the three races, with finishing times of respectively 66:57, 63:55 and 61:26 – well done Pat! I’d also like to pass on congratulations to Stephanie Young and Shannel Curtis who both set new PBs, and an extra special congrats to Ruth Dadswell, who not only knocked a minute off her PB to come in at 41:35, but also finished 4th female overall – brilliant running Ruth!

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