A slightly unexpected fine day awaited the athletes at Gosforth Race Course. A new event HQ at Parklands Golf Club, proved to be a very warm and welcoming place in which to host the event. With superb support from our event sponsors, Lookers Kia, Scotswood Road Newcastle and a sold out event with over 300 athletes, spectators and many volunteers, the race was ready. (Results are highlighted in yellow, at the bottom of this report.Thank You).
The 1.66 mile loop was a very competitive one from start to finish – From first placed Morpeth to mid placed teams to teams towards the back of the race field it was superbly contested with some excellent sprinting for the line!
Within an hour the race was over – And so back to Parklands for the results. As promised at 2.15pm and to a full and expectant crowd of team athletes: The winners were announced. Frank Watson gave a speech, followed by Elswick’s Club Chairman, Harry Matthews who handed over to Morpeth’s A team: the new, Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relay Trophy. Harry continued to hand out to all age group category podium winners their vouchers prizes. From Seniors, to V40 / V50 / and V60 – 1st 2nd and 3rd. It was pleasing to see everyone collecting their prizes and with that the 2018 team relay event was brought to a close by thank you speeches by Elswick’s Graham Bell and Harry Matthews.
The thank you’s specially mentioned Parklands Golf Club and manager Lynn and her team, event sponsors Lookers Kia, Scotswood and in particular, Eswick’s Steve Robertson. To all of the competing athletes who gave their best: YOU made the day a successful one. Finally to the un-sung heroes: The volunteers of Elswick Club, front of house and back stage who quite superbly, put on a grand day for local athletes. Please find the results enclosed here > NWR18 PDF & NWR18 xcel . Thank you. Cheers, Graham.