Claremont RR in the news

Taken from the Chronicle Live website, CRR are mentioned in the Blyth Links 10k report:

TWENTY-SIX years ago Claremont Road Runners invited members of Blaydon Harriers and Blyth Running Club for a friendly race around Newcastle Town Moor.

Little did the Northumbria University-based club know then that it would grow into one of the most popular events on the North East calendar.

The Blyth club returned the compliment in 1988 and organised the Blyth Links 10k when a number of local clubs were also invited to attend.

It is now firmly established in Blyth and the event has mushroomed enormously with the basic route and format staying the same, although the venue for the post-race food and drinks has changed several times!

The free-to-enter race has always been on the Tuesday evening following August Bank Holiday Monday, and this year there were 264 finishers, just eight short of the record figure of 2011.

On a summer’s evening, the out-and-back course from Blyth seafront to Seaton Sluice and back along the dunes to the Mermaid Cafe is a magnet for athletes looking for a not-too-competitive outing, though when the weather is unkind, numbers invariably drop.

After the action is over, everyone retires to a local hostelry, where a hearty free buffet is provided by Blyth members and friends.

For the record, Morpeth’s Ian Harding was first across the line once again, winning for the third year in a row.