Norman Woodcock Memorial Team Relays. Saturday 25th November 2017.

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.

At the front: Morpeth’s Ross Floyd (team 38). Fastest time of the day. 8.06

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).

NSP’s winning team. Congratulations to (L to R:) Graeme Cook, Charlotte Penfold & Guy Bracken. Team Time: 26.25
Fastest Lady of the day: NSP’s Charlotte Penfold in 8.57

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.ย Below are some photos of the day. Also enclosed are the results here >ย 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.

Hello! from the tent ๐Ÿ™‚
2nd placed Gosforth Harriers
3rd placed Morpeth Harriers
4th place: Tyne Bridge Harriers. Well done!




Hello Dan – not a problem on the scrawl! – If I may, I will update the original and re-post mid week on our website: I’ll wait and see if there are others – if so I will correct them all in one go. This final re-edited version will be re-sent to sports soft for updating. Best Regards, Graham Bell (Men’s Captain).

Ellen Cole

Thanks for Saturday, great event! A quick correction for Heaton team 2 – Les Smith ran leg 2, not Scott Armstrong (correctly listed as leg 1 for team 3!).

Graham Bell

Hello Ellen, thanks for letting us know. We’ll amend the sheet and will be forwarded onto sports soft later this week.
The woodcock results are now on Sports soft. Pleased you enjoyed the day – if a tad cool! Thanks to your club & runners for supporting the race. See you all in again in 2018 ๐Ÿ™‚ Best Regards, Graham Bell (Men’s Captain).

Graham Bell

Hello. Thank you for the positive feedback on the relay event…..hopefully more teams and more prizes on offer next year. Regards, Graham Bell ( men’s Captain).


Looks like the relay format was a resounding success. Great initiative- well done to all involved. And long live the Norman Woodcock Memorial Race!

Graham Bell

Hello Anne. Thank you for contacting the club. The results are on sports soft which actually take you back to the clubs website for the results listings. As for the power of 10 publication – the club will have to look into that. Any news on this I will let you know. Regards, Graham Bell (Men’s Captain).

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