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Gan along now for the Virtual Blaydon Race

Runners quick to celebrate 40th Blaydon Race as a one-off virtual event.

Over 2100 lads and lasses have entered the Virtual Blaydon Race and will be gannin’ along 6 miles on 9 Joon. A fast time and good position their goal. They can run solo or with one other runner whilst practising social distancing and help Cash for Kids at the same time. There are a limited number of special edition technical T-shirts up for grabs. 

There are normally plenty of smiling faces at the Blaydon Race which since its debut in 1981 has grown to become a regular fixture for the region’s top athletes and is popular with runners of all ages and abilities. All 4700 places sell out in record time and demand is always high.

This year would have been the 40th anniversary of the iconic road race that follows the route mentioned in the famous song and was due to take place on 9 June. But the coronavirus outbreak meant the organisers Blaydon Harriers had to make a difficult decision and cancel the race. 

The organisers had a canny idea of a Virtual Blaydon Race to keep everyone motivated as we slowly move out of lockdown. There aim is for this to be their first and only virtual event. Runners choose their own course, preferably something that is fast and flat, and if with another, stay two metres apart. The 6 mile distance has to be completed in one session. 

Runners post before and after photos on social media and email their finish time and link to their Strava data or equivalent to timingupnorthltd.co.uk. The organisers will collate the results and post these by Saturday 13 June. 

There are prizes for the first male and female (overall) and first male and female in category. A £1 from each entry donated to Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids. 

Places are selling quickly so sign up now at the Virtual Blaydon Race website.

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