One of the most hotly anticipated and iconic events in the north east, the Blaydon Race, will celebrate its 36th year on Thursday (9 June), the date on which the race is always set. Such has been the popularity of this year’s event, all of the entry quota (4,400 and upwards) sold out within an hour of going live.
As is customary, runners will begin 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 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.
2015 saw local favourite Jonny Taylor secure top billing in 26:23, with Run Fast’s Jonah Chesum second (26:36) and Tipton Harriers’ Ryan McLeod third (27:07). Sunderland Strollers’ Aly Dixon was leading female in 29:34, with Teresia Omosa (30:06) and Justina Heslop (30:40).
As ever, it is expected to be tight at the top for the upcoming race, with most of the north east’s quickest runners competing. Look out for our report next week.