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by Brian Bailes

August 13, 2017

Durham Summer Relays 10th August

Good job we talk at the club, I was expecting this to be round the course at the cricket ground, you know, past the band stand???? Got that one wrong, same place as last time at Houghall college, well Maiden Castle.

Parking wasn’t any easier at this site as there were development works going on which completely took up one of the car parks. Never mind that loss of parking capacity was amply catered for with the use of the college across the road.

By the time we arrived the young race had started, and Eve, Grace and Sophie had made up a team for the young girls, and Dillon, Louis and Michael made a team for the lads, who won a medal, finishing third.

There wasn’t a senior ladies team, but the girls borrowed Lorna from the masters and along with Chloe and Lydia they romped to victory, Lydia running the fastest ladies leg of the evening.

The masters had one ladies team, and three men’s teams. Ruthy set the team off running first leg, and handed over to Stephanie, who gave Shannel her start in the glory leg. Generally speaking I believe everyone was happy enough with their performance.

The lads , well …… Dads…. Had three teams, A team was Peter Gill first leg, I had Gary taking a break from coaching running my first leg, and Ian leading off for the other team. Peter came round first and handed over to Mark Hornsby and Gary to me, with Ian handing over to Jeff Johnston. The course was just about the same as last year with only the run in changed. It was along one side of the field, through into the next field, and then round the rest of the first field……twice. Probably the flattest course I have run, that reflected in my time as there was only 5 seconds between my each lap pace, that was steady. :).

I handed to Lee Drummond, a familiar feeling of deja vu although this time we weren’t in lanes so we didn’t get disqualified. Jeff handed to Pat Kelly and by now Jamie had already taken over from Mark Hornsby. Again, a good social event, as often the relays are.

After the race the team photograph was taken, including Gerard, who isn’t having a good time at the moment. Nice photographs with your friends Gerard, we all wish you well.



Following the presentations, we went to a local hostelry, and shared Jeff’s pizza with him. (Sonia wouldn’t share her soup. :o)


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