Blyth 10K: Race Report

Danielle Rutherford sends this report from yesterdays Blyth Valley 10K

Having decided to do the Blyth 10km only the day before I wasn’t sure how things would go. I arrived to the late registrations around 9:10 and was given my number pretty quickly. After pinning my number on and dumping my things in the car I bumped into Jude and Kate who had come along to take part in the race. We took a short walk around the start/finish line and bumped into a few more TBH members hanging around the start. I was feeling good the weather was nice – sunny but not too hot and a slight wind but nothing compared to some of the winds faced on the moor on a Saturday morning. This was only my second 10km race, having only run one last June when I was fairly new to running so I was looking for an improvement and to get as close to 60mins as I could manage.

The whistle went and we were off! Lots of coloured vests from different clubs went past and we turned out of the port onto a residential area. This road took us to the beach where headed on to the promenade then onto a path which took us through some small dunes next to the beach. As I approached the 3 mile mark I could see runners coming back on the other side and they were flying! I saw some TBH vests and this gave me a little boost but the dreaded mistake of starting too fast had took it’s toll and I stopped to take a breath, I then saw Kate waving at me on the other side of the road and off I went again. We hit the half way point where I was greeted with a much needed drink of water and then I knew I was heading back, which is always a good feeling.

Miles 3-5 were tough as we were in the open and I could feel the wind pushing against me. I saw someone a little in front of me and tried my best to keep up with them right till the end telling myself not to stop. Once I hit the residential area again with a bit of shelter I knew there wasn’t far to go and clapped by the marshals and other runners who had finished the race I stuck in and headed to the finish. The run to the finish always seems so much further away than it is but as I approached the finish line there were two runners ahead and a supporter shouted ‘go on you can take them’ I picked my pace up and went for a sprint finish and overtook them which I must admit felt fantastic!

The course was lovely, flat as promised and very well organised; I’ll be back next year to have another go!

Danielle Rutherford

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    • Double D on 2nd April 2012 at 21:52
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    Cracking report Danielle, and I’m sure you’ll run even quicker next year.

    • on 2nd April 2012 at 22:51
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    excellent report Danielle and well done on your new PB.. 4 mins is a lot to knock off .. really good going

    • Ian Jackman on 2nd April 2012 at 23:38
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    Great report and run Danielle.

    • Andy H on 3rd April 2012 at 08:27
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    Great report Danielle, your adopting the Sparrow Morley, take em all out in the last 100 metres approach from now on then. Well done.

  1. Great race report Danielle, makes me wish I’d done the race now.

    • Denise on 3rd April 2012 at 13:42
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    Congratulations on the PB Danielle! Thanks for the report.

    • Anji on 3rd April 2012 at 21:09
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    Well done Danni, very proud of you and a great report xx

    • Steve A on 4th April 2012 at 19:37
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    Well done Danielle, keep up good work, I’m sure another PB will be coming soon!!!

    • Diane on 4th April 2012 at 23:36
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    Really well done Danielle. Dead proud of you x

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