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by Brian Bailes

May 6, 2017

NEMAA Road Race Relay Champs, Bedewell Park

For some of us it was the fourth race in 8 days, but for most of us is it was the third, it is definitely getting into the heart of racing season.

NEMAA is a great community of runners, in the more mature of age groups, but  nevertheless, still some very good runners, and very competitive competitions.  This event was the 3man relays. We have graced this with our presence for about 5 years now, and as ever we started off with one team, and gradually over the years we have had more interest shown, this we can accredit to the ladies who have a great track record at this event.  This year we had 3 men’s teams, and two ladies’.  We had  the three regulars, Lisa, Lorna and Ruth in the A team, they had medalled in the two previous years, last year Maria made a cameo appearance.

Ruth was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to support Lorna and Lisa having missed so much training, but we were all confident, and  made her run in the A team, and the confidence was rewarded with a solid run.  Lisa ran first leg and handed over in 5th, Ruth  ran a solid leg and handed over one place better, and Lorna ran the glory leg  and brought the team home for a bronze medal in an exciting finish that saw her almost get the silver position in a great sprint for the last 150m.

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Two new ladies to this event, I didn’t even realise they were old enough to be Masters  ;).   Shannel ran first leg and handed over to Stephanie, and Stephanie handed over to Kay Drummond.  Think Shannel enjoyed the event, Stephanie said she had felt good all the way round, and Kay said she had loved the night and it was the best way she had ever spent her wedding anniversary.  So that was the second celebration of the night as one of the ladies shared out the malteaser cheese cake two days ahead of getting her next ‘v’ as she moved into the next bracket.  It wouldn’t be gentlemanly of me to say who. 😉

The lads had 3 teams, and as ever we were in the shadow of our super ladies teams.  We had some new faces at a NEMAA event with Peter Llewellyn and Dave Francis.  Great craic all round, no medals for us but most of us happy with what we did,  and as is becoming the thing after a relay event, a couple of social  sarsprillas.

Great night, and great to see Ruthy back out with the team.  Time for a rest now, couple days off, and then we start again.

YB

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