Jackie Penn was given some early Christmas presents at the Blyth Sands handicap race. Not only did she pick up a prize for coming in 3rd but she was also awarded the under 20 prize and picked up a team prize as well. As well as Jackie, the women’s team comprised Alison Cummings (4th) and Katherine Davis (5th). Heather Lambert wasn’t far behind in 7th place, and first male runner in from the Poly was Greg Penn, chasing after his daughter. Alison received the 1st over 55 women’s prize and Katherine the 1st over 45.
The course proved to be very challenging with quicksand at one point and some very definite claggy areas. A brave Nina Cameron from Heaton Harriers took on the elements and found herself almost beaten by them. Picking her way over the course she literally found herself in deep water (waist high!) but managed to take up her race again and win it. Maybe Triathlon beckons? John Laws had a disagreement with a limpet covered groyne and ended the race with a gash on his leg. Other runners struggled against the shifting sands but following tea and mince pies made a full recovery.