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by Val Baxter

January 12, 2015

Durham Cathedral Relays – The ladies win by a mile (well, a minute anyway!)

The hardy souls of Birtley AC braved the blustery and occasionally damp conditions yesterday at Durham Cathedral Relays to put in some first class performances. The course was pretty much the usual one, 2 laps of 2 fields with a nasty little short but steep slope between them – a total leg killer, especially on the second lap!

First up were the veteran men, with 2 teams out – A team consisting of Dave Kelly (having his first run of the day), Dave Coulson (the birthday boy who valiantly ran despite a bad case of man flu) and Jamie Graham, finishing in 19th place overall out of 91 teams, and the B team of Peter Gill, Mark Bell and Mark Wilson making an appearance in the top half of the results. Both teams performed well, and full results can be seen here.

Next up were the senior and veteran women. Sophie Burnett headed up the A team, and got off to a strong start in the first leg, handing over to Amber Leigh in second place with the third fastest leg of the day, 11:12. Amber Leigh and Robyn Waugh also ran their socks off, both featuring in the 20 fastest legs of the day, and the team finished an incredible full minute before second placed Morpeth Harriers. Full results here.

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Two of the A team – Sophie Burnett and Amber Leigh showing off the silverware!

Birtley seniors B team also put in some fine performances, with Anna Fawcett, Danielle Coulson and Danielle Elliott finishing in a creditable 21st place from almost 90 teams.

The veteran ladies were very ably represented by Ruth Dadswell in a strong first leg (coming in only 3 seconds behind Anna Fawcett), with Val Baxter second leg and a brave performance from Stephanie Young, running despite being off all week with a bad chest.

Finally, the senior mens race, and another two teams for Birtley – A team Neil Allan, Conna Carruthers and Tom Goulding finishing in a commendable 16th place from 61 teams, with Tom just missing out on a top 20 fastest leg. B team saw Trevor Crewe setting the pace with the first leg, followed by a determined Dave Lamond and finally Dave Kelly making his second appearance of the day – slightly slower than the first one but still pretty nifty! Well done lads – full results here.

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