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Runners to remember race creator
Blaydon Race
About 4,000 runners are expected to take part
Runners taking part in a traditional road race on the streets of Tyneside will remember the event's creator.

This year will see the 25th running of the Blaydon Race, but it will be the first without its founder Jim Dewar.

He died two days after the 2004 race, but the Blaydon Harriers club said it was determined to continue the event along with its Geordie traditions.

Entries have been open less than two weeks, but organisers have already received more than 800 applications.

Bob Houston, who was a close friend and club mate of Dr Dewar, is organising this year's event.

'Special race'

He said: "The 25th was always going to be a special running anyway.

"But the fact that Jim died just two days after the race last year, he was very much looking forward to the 25th anniversary, so the club felt it was right that the race should be in his memory."

Mr Houston said taking over the organisation had been a huge task as much of the detail had been in Dr Dewar's head, so he has had to learn a lot.

The 5.7 mile race from Newcastle to Blaydon is steeped in tradition. It takes place on 9 June every year and starts off with the singing of The Blaydon Races song, with the words of that used as the basis for the race.

About 4,000 runners are expected to take part.

Mr Houston said: "It's not just a road race, it's special because there are so many elements to it, there is all the tradition."


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