The ninth of June saw, just as it has done each year since 1961, a wonderful celebration of running when almost 4,200 headed to the North East for The Blaydon Race. Friday’s field was treated to some fine summer weather on a lovely evening and, as anticipated, a succession of impressive times were recorded, with Peter Newton and Sonia Samuels top in their respective competitions.
One of the most hotly anticipated and iconic events in the region, the race saw participants depart from Balmbras in Newcastle towards Collingwood Street and along the Scotswood Road past Armstrong’s factory, ending at Shibdon Road playing fields in Blaydon.
As is customary, the run began 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 starter also used the handbell referred to in the song.
Peter Newton of Morpeth Harriers successfully defended his title in a winning time of 27:45, with clubmate Carl Avery second (28:01). Abraham Twelde of Saltwell Harriers took third in 28:05. Morpeth Harriers took six of the top ten places.
Sale Harriers’ Sonia Samuels managed a sub-30 performance to take first in the women’s competition in 29:46, ahead of 2016 winner Aly Dixon (30:43) and Danielle Hodgkinson (31:29).
A recent post on the event Facebook page said: “Thanks to all runners for the support, the little we make on the race keeps Blaydon Harriers going, we couldn't get by without. We do appreciate it and really hope to see you again next year!”
Full results are available on our race listings page.