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February 13, 2011

Royal Signal Relays, Plus results 12/02/2011

Saturday’s racing conditions, were made perfect by a mild warmth and no wind, which is a sure sign that Spring is in the air. This is the second year that the Royal Signal Relays have been run at Hetton Park. The Signal Relays are the North East road relay championships and Birtley Men showed the depth in strength by almost fielding three teams (18 runners). On the day we settled two complete teams. The squad is in an optimistic position for the remaining harrier leagues (Currently lying second in D2) and the fast approaching 12 stage relays on the 20/03/2011.  Fingers crossed that next year we will have three teams for the Men and see a Women’s Birtley team in the results; picked from the ever increasing number of Ladies we now have training.    Excellent runs by all and a special mention to Brian Bailes, who pulled on his vest at the last minute to run the anchor leg completing the A team.  Race review by Adrian Bailes.  It was about my third appearance running for the senior’s team and this time I felt a lot more relaxed about it. I was in the B team with Dan Turner (running his first senior race), Josh McEnaney, Dave Scott, Dave Coulson and Michael Keenan. The race was run over two laps of a 1.11 mile loop in Hetton Lyons country park. I jogged a lap of the course in my warm up and I thought that it seemed quite an easy course with two hills that were more of long drags than short steep ones. The first lap I found ok – very fast though! – but then the second lap hurt! The second hill towards the end of the loop seemed quite short on the first lap but by the time I got there on the second lap I’m sure it had grown! I finished the first leg in 12:47 and handed over to Dan. Dan has been having a niggling injury in his knee for a while now but he still managed to get round the course. Well done Dan! Meanwhile, Dave Kelly had finished his leg letting me run with him for the first lap but then in the second lap he showed his strength and left me doing the last lap on my own! Dave then handed over to Richard. Richard ran a really good leg and I think I remember him saying he was 20 seconds faster than last year running 12:04! After Dan had finished his leg he handed over to Josh who ran his leg very well even though he’d been suffering with a cold. On the third leg it became apparent that the A team was going to be an incomplete team, so Brian became a last minute substitute and ran the last leg to make sure the A team got a finishing position. Running the third leg for the A team was Lee, with his wife chasing him round all of the way. He handed on to Karl on the fourth leg who came sprinting home to hand over to Shawn. Shawn put in a very solid performance it seems like you’ve been sneaking in some secret training having not seen you at the club for a while ha ha. Good to see you back Shawn! Didn’t see Dave Coulson, Dave Scott or Michael Keenan running as I was busy looking for some money for a piece of cake (sorry lads) but having seen the results it looks like you all had good runs. The A team came home in a time of 78:39 finishing 14th overall. The B team finished in 22nd place overall with a time of 83:34 Birtleys favourite non-Birtley runner (who is now a second claim member of Birtley) got the third fastest leg in the girls race. Well done Tracy! Full results can be found on this link. http://www.new-marske-harriers.co.uk/attachments/article/195/Signals%20Relays%202011.pdf

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