Dwindling participation in recent years (and a cancellation or two) resulted in a reboot of the event to a three person team relay for 2017.
Cold, dry, blustery conditions did not deter 80 teams and 240 odd runners taking part. An excellent turnout by local North East clubs to this historical event.
The race: From the whistle start, it was Morpeth’s Ross Floyd,who in spite of his appointment with Newcastle United F.C. at 3 pm – took off on the 1.66 mile lap and posted the fastest time of the day, recording a time of 8 mins 06 seconds.
The fastest female was North Shields Poly’s Charlotte Penfold (Commonwealth Games athlete) who posted a superb 8 mins 57 seconds. The first four positions: In 1st place and winning the inaugural Norman Woodcock Team Relay Event for 2017: NSP in a time of 26.25. In 2nd place, Gosforth Harriers in a time of 27.19 (with a young team of Zack Wylie, Rhian Purves & Helen Warburton. Very well done Gosforth’s ‘A’ Team). In 3rd place, Morpeth Harriers in 27.31. In 4th place, Tyne Bridge Harriers in a time of 27.44. A sincere thank you to our club and race sponsors, Lookers Kia, Scotswood Road, Newcastle (our appreciation to Steven Robertson – Kia Senior Sales Executive).
Very well done to every competitor and every spectator on Saturday your ‘being there‘ made for a successful event. A special appreciation to Tom Hanson, Derek Nelson and Keith Batey for their extra support in the days leading up to and on the day of the event. Below are some photos of the day. Also enclosed are the results here > Norman Woodcock 2017 Results. (they will also be published via the sport soft website, late Monday 27th November). Bill McGuirk will be scribing a report on the event. We believe it will be published in Thursday’s (30th Nov) Chronicle / Journal newspaper. Cheers, GB.