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by Val Baxter

May 1, 2014

Report on the Vets’ Relays by YB

Another medal for the ladies…

It was a horrible evening for running, so I decided to take the tent with me. Vets relays, probably the best supported vet event by our club, growing in popularity now as we oldies actually had a travelling support come to watch and support us. Not sure how I ended up writing this cos our esteemed secretary was spectating, but obviously my spelling is better than hers so I got the job :). Anyway, backing up Val in supporting role were Ade, Conna, Danielle C, Lorna B, Lee, and Lisa’s dad, the support missing from last year being Sophie Burnett and mum.

Anyway when I arrived half our teams were sheltering under a tree and the ladies were preparing for the first race. The team was set for Lorna Graham to set the lasses off running first leg; a storming leg, North Shields Poly well clear in first place but after the first lap Lorna was comfortably in second place, and she extended that lead (over third) in the second lap, handing over to Lisa Debnam-Short. Lisa, commenting that she felt the pressure building, set off on her leg, maintaining the second place handed to her. To be honest the race was all but over for first place, the Poly were having a cracking run, but this was the first time our ladies had run as a team and they were doing a great job. Lisa handed over to Ruth, fresh back from London marathon, telling everyone she didn’t do run fast, she just did run long..well Ruth, I am told you had the fastest lap of the Birtley ladies (5:59), bringing us home as silver medalists. Well done to the three of you.

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The main event; not a great deal I can tell you about this cos I was running in it. The A team was Peter Gill, Jamie Graham and Shawn Laws, the v45-55 team was Dave Coulson, myself and Ian Goulding – if you look at the bairns they have produced, you can guess they were all good in their younger days, and our other team was Chris Blyth, Gavin Elliott and ‘Pedro’.

Observations I did make was that Dave Coulson wasn’t that far from Peter in the first leg (DC did a storming 5:34 second first lap – Val), I still have London in my legs (no excuses though) and Jamie extended the lead running against me, and Shawn seemed to be flying when he came round to take the glory for his team, Ian Goulding looking comfortable at the end for our team.

In an interview with a passer by (the ladies team) Chris Blyth’s team had put in a great performance; Chris, predominantly a cyclist, running in his first (or is it his 2nd) relay put in a good show for the first leg, Gavin taking over for the second leg, again fairly new to competitive running, but not letting the occasion get to him, handed over to ‘Pedro’, who put in a solid performance with a sprint finish to boot!

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The tent was well used, no rubbish left in it and taken down professionally, I have to say it was a great evening all round, then we went to the race headquarters for the presentation and drank hot coffee and cheered as the girls collected their silver medals!

Not sure about the times but if you want to know what I did, I would just ask Ruth what she did and take a second off for my time (chuckle)(only joking – she beat me!!)

Unofficial times for the ladies, recorded by Val – Lorna G 6:02 + 6:22, Lisa 6:12 + 6:19 and Ruth 5:59 + 6:13. You can spot the ladies in this video.

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