The dash to secure registration for the 2017 edition of the Blaydon Race is likely to be as fast as the 5.6 mile course itself, with prospective runners braced for registration opening at 7pm this evening (Wednesday 15 February). General entries will open the following day and it is anticipated the entry limit will be reached.
As is customary, runners will commence the 5.6 mile run with a recital of the 1862 Blaydon Races song, which opens with 'Aa went to Blaydon Races t'was on the Ninth of June'- the ritual singing of the song takes place at the start every year.
The race, which falls on Friday 9 June, starts from Balmbras in Newcastle heads down Collingwood Street and along the Scotswood Road past Armstrong’s factory, ending at Shibdon Road playing fields in Blaydon.
2016 saw a host of the region’s top names lace-up with Peter Newton securing first place in a speedy 27:09, some 16 seconds ahead of Ryan McLeod, with Newton’s club mate, Ian Hudspith, in third (27:27). Some well known faces were at the front of the female field too with Sunderland Strollers’ Aly Dixon enjoying an impressive victory in 29:44, with Rosie Smith second (30:43) and Justina Heslop third (31:03).
Registration will be available here. Entry is priced at £26.