Some details have appeared about this year's Blaydon Race.
Online entry "will open on Monday February 4th". Like 2012, "online entry will be in four batches" - this year, "the batches will open at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm with 500 entries available in each batch". Each batch will fill.
"You will also be able to download the postal form on February 4th - it will also be available from sports shops and athletics clubs". Last year, the 2000 postal entries filled in 3 days.
In 2013, June 9th falls on a Sunday - the race has "an expected 3.00pm start" - this is what happened back in 2002 which was the last time the race took place on a Sunday.
"In 2013 we will be finishing at the Shibdon Playing fields on Shibdon Road as last year, a bit further on from the shopping centre - we'll be shortening a bit of the route through the Derwent Marina Section to keep the overall distance to 5.9M".
This year's Blaydon Race will use chip timing. If this is chip-to-chip (i.e., a timing pad at both the start and finish) rather than gun-to-chip (just a timing pad at the finish), then this is excellent news.
Details of the inaugural Yorkshire Marathon have now appeared. It takes place on Sunday September 20th. The race starts and finishes at York University. After wandering around the centre of York, the race heads out into the Yorkshire countryside taking in Stockton on the Forest, Scrayingham and Stamford Bridge. Looking at the map, only about 4K just after Stamford Bridge is on a main road (A166). The publicity says that it's a flat and extremely fast course. It will probably prove to be popular: so if you want to do it, enter soon. There are more details at http://www.northeastraces.com/#2013-10-20-York