Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

More Than 4,000 Run Geordie Ridley's Route

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

More Than 4,000 Run Geordie Ridley's Route

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Byline: By Julia Kennard

Thousands of runners took to the streets to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Blaydon Races last night.

More than 4,000 people ( from world class athletes to fun-runners ( tackled the 5.7miles from Newcastle to Blaydon.

The event was the first since the death of its creator and president of Blaydon Harriers Dr Jim Dewar.

Dr Dewar died at his home last year, three days after last year's event.

It was he who came up with the idea of the race, which tries to stay as faithful as possible to Geordie Ridley's song about the horse race of the same name.

Last night his wife Irene rang Jackie Brown's 1862 hand bell, as mentioned in the song, to start the race.

She said: "I am very happy to be here and start the race in honour of my husband.

"He would be thrilled to see the spirit of this fantastic Geordie tradition still going strong."

Among the runners were Sharon Fox, 34, and her husband David, 35, Sarah Fothergill, 38, Michelle Woodhall, 41, James Henaghan, 29, and Simon Evans, 37, who were all taking part to raise money for Winlaton West Lane Primary School in Gateshead. …

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