35th Anniversary Relay

23rd October 2021 – Race Organiser’s report

RO Marc giving teams final instructions

No running club anniversary would be complete without a race and so, the Anniversary Relay was conceived to form a big part of the celebrations. With fifty-six club members racing in 14 teams of 4 plus marshals, event field helpers, photographers and film-makers, prize production elves and event organisers. Everyone gave it their all…and some a little more.

And they’re off

The course, a 4.65km loop from Stubb Field, was devised for the event to take account of juniors’ welfare, slower runners, potentially poor weather conditions and still provide some competitive racing and a good bit of bog snorkelling along the way. On the day, a few unexpected visitors arrived to spectate including a large herd of cows on the moor and four very excited horses in the first field. The runners took it all in their stride.

The race started with a decent climb to below and then behind Daisy Bank before levelling off for a long trod skirting the top of Broadhead Clough before turning right onto Erringden Moor to a boundary stone sporting a vintage club vest. The rest of the race follows the Winter Handicap route back down to Park Fold before a fast finish to Race HQ.

And we certainly got some exciting finishes with Andy Smith narrowly beating a tiring Andrew Davies to the line, a close finish between Sarah Noot and Charlotte Wetton on Leg 3 and junior, JD Anderson-Martin, putting in an amazing effort to hold the fast-approaching Martin Howard to a tie on the line with both teams finishing with an identical time. Martin also put in the fastest leg overall in 20:37.

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