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Port of Blyth 10k Review 2018

Going back to 2016 Blyth 10k was my first ever 10k race so it holds a special place in my heart. I absolutely love this event, the marshals are so friendly, there's lots of beach walkers egging you on and the first 5k of the route is pretty scenic. 

There is a 650 limit to entries for this run and there's usually a few numbers still available in the weeks before, so not a race you need to enter quick or you'll miss out. It's also great value for money, £13 for affiliated runners and £15 for unattached. 

Getting To The Start Line 

We left Durham at 8am and got there in plenty of time, there is ample parking and lots of marshals advising you where is best to leave your car. My race number sadly never arrived via the postman so I contacted Blyth running club and the arranged a new number to collect on the day. The process ran much smoother than I anticipated. 

^^^Yes, I did get ready in the back of a van. 

Pre Race 

There are 4 portoloos close to the start line but be warned, there is always a huge queue, this year some people missed the start of the race as they were still waiting but the race is chipped timed so won't make a massive difference to your overall time.

The Course 

The route is pretty flat and as I said at the start the first 5k is pretty scenic, you start outside The Commissioners Quay Inn and you basically run out along the coast road past the beach and then through the sad Dunes. There is a water stop and then the last 5k is along the A193, very flat and a great 10k is your chasing a PB! 

I managed to finish this year in 1:01:02 which I was very happy with considering how little I've ran since the start of February. 

Post Race 

As soon as you finish you're given a bottle of water and a t-shirt, however they did run out of larger t-shirts towards the end, so if you are of a larger being you may not be in much luck. 

Our tradition for a post race lunch is to head to the Coastline fish & chip shop (you run past on route) and is only around a 5 minute drive from the start/finish line for a traditional seaside lunch and ice cream. 

Blyth 10k is always such a good event and I look forward to it every year so it will 100% be on my radar for 2019. 

My next running event will be Liverpool half marathon, so I best get running.

Port of Blyth 10k Review 2018

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