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Blaydon Race Review 2018

The Blaydon Race, arguably the best race the North East hosts and it is defiantly my favourite in the racing calendar! 

And as the famous Geordie folk song goes, the race always takes place on the 9th of June. 

Pre Race 

This years holding pen was around Greys Street in Newcastle, with over 4,300 runners to have in one place before the race, I thought this was the best place for us! As usual there was local music playing and there was a real buzz within Newcastle, the atmosphere felt awesome and I was so excited to get running. 

The race starts in Newcastle and ends in Blaydon, it's best to park your car at the end as the queue for the buses to take you back to the start post race can take a good while. There is a bus service at the end of the race to take you back to Newcastle, I believe the bus tickets can be bought when you buy your race number however they can also be purchased on the day for £1.30 (no change given). 

There was a slight delay on the start by around 20 minutes but I don't know why this was. 

It was so hot and I really wish I'd brought a drink with me. 

The Course 

You start on Collingwood Street in Newcastle and head out towards Scotswood Road over the river Tyne and 'on the way to Blaydon'. 

The route isn't the post picturesque but I absolutely love it. There is plenty of people to talk to along the way.  

The Blaydon Race is really flat, it is a cracking course if you're chasing a PB! 

As the race is less than a 10k I always find it goes over super fast (and I'm not a mega quick runner either!) It took me 55 minutes and 3 seconds to complete the 5.67 miles. It wasn't my best time however as the weather was so hot I was pretty impressed with my time. 

Post Race 

I love the goody bag at Blaydon, it's the best, sandwich, crips, t-shirt and a bottle of beer. There is also tents where you can get black pudding and pickled onions which are lush! 

There is also a huge crowd gathered at the end of the race where runners and spectators gather drinking their well earned beer in the sun (weather permitting) eating their post race sandwiches and probably debriefing anyone who will listen on how their race went! 

Sadly, this year while getting my race bag out the back of the car my bottle of beer smashed. I'm a bit gutted about that as I have all 2 previous bottles. But never mind, I'll get next years! 

Things To Note About The Blaydon Race 

As it's not a 10k run there is no requirements for the course to have a water stop, thankfully there is but it's not till mile 4. It's worth keeping this in mind if it is a hot day like this year as I was choking for a drink post race!

Entries to 2019 Blaydon Race will open February. 

Blaydon Race Review 2018 

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