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A new venue for these popoular Relays was provided by Birtley Harriers at very short notice, this was held at Lord Lawson School on a very windy day, but that did not deter the athletes turning out in there numbers for the 3 Races on offer.

The first Relay of the day was for the Vets Men, the age ranging from 35+ through to 70+ which was split up into age categories with 3 members in each team. The club had 3 full teams competing across the age groupings, it turned out to be a really good performance club-wise with our “A” Team finishing in 2nd place overall this Team consisted of Martin Slater, Conrad Franks & Steve Asquith with Conrad having the fastest time of the day and Steve the 6th fastest, a great team effort. There were over 70 teams toed the line and our other 2 teams more than held their own within there age category, it was great to see such a good turn out from our Vets and can only auger well for things to come.

The Women were next race with the Vets & Senior Woman combined, the club having a tremendous turnout with seven teams competing and 6 of those teams finishing in the top 25, again with over 60 teams starting. The “A” Team consisting of Brigid Dennehy, Jane Giles & Liz Raven finished in 2nd position and the “B” Team of Aife McSheffrey, Chloe Wellings & Sarah Hill finishing a very creditable 5th position. Brigid was credited with 3rd fastest time of the day and Aife & Chloe(16yr old in her first senior competition) having the 8th fastest and Jane the 10th fastest. This just shows the strength in depth of our Ladies section and great credit to the coaches and Team Management.

The final race of the day was the Senior Men, the club having 3 Teams starting which turned out to be a very competitive relay, the “A” Team which consisted of Matt.Linsley, James Cripwell & Dan Johnson finished in 5th position, followed closely by the “B” Team (Dan Alexander, Charlie McMillan & Jonny Malley) in 7th place. Charlie McMillan (16 yr old, in his first senior race) finished 13th fastest on the day really good running.

So overall another very promising day for the club, thanks to Birtley for the organising on the day, and to our club stalwarts for their help and support.

 A mention for Steven Medd who ran the Brass Monkey Half Marathon on Sunday in extremely tough conditions with the very strong wind, but typical Steven battled through to finish in the mid-twenties, well done.

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