Thanks to Harry Matthews for this report on todays action at Durham:
15 Elswick women and 12 men turned out for the popular annual Durham Cathedral relays. The event was once again held at the Durham University Maiden Castle sports centre and the fast flat course provided Elswick athletes with the opportunity to excel l in the cold breezy conditions. The event incorporated the North East England Masters cross country relay championships.
The teams collected no less than 4 team championship medals.
Perhaps the best Elswick team performance went to the women’s 55 plus team of Marie Louise Droz 14.02, Kim Matthews 13.43 (2nd fastest W55 leg), Yvonne Swinhoe 14.22 who collected gold medals. The W45 team of Susanne Stephenson 13.17, Tracey Sturrock 13.33 and Val Wilson 13.51 brought home silver medals.
The two senior women’s teams finished 7th and 8th respectively with Catherine Lee having another excellent race in 12.02, Joanne Rea 12.35 and Jennifer Scarlett 12.39. Then we had Felicity Smith running a solid first leg in 12.58, Jill Bennett another fine run in 13.11 and Amy Brown 15.19. Our other women’s team placed a creditable 4th team in the W45 championship with Vicki McPhee 14.48, Lalage Brown 15.40 and an improving Melissa Bateson 14.25.
In the men’s championship, the Elswick teams also performed well winning the silver medal with the M45 team comprising of Iain Hardy (recovering from injury) in 10.40, Jason Old 10.22 and our speedy Lee Bennett in a very respectable 10.05 (2nd fastest M45 leg).
The M55 bronze medals went to Elswick with John Bell (this week getting the better of Dave Armstrong by a mere 1 second) in 10.52, Rob Wilson 13.12 and our Treasurer Peter Sloan in 12.26. Our M35 team finished 5th with Dave Armstrong 10.53, Ben Hall 11.16 and Dave Jardin (after running in the Prudhoe Parkrun yesterday completing the 3000m course in 12.24. Our other men’s team finished 7th in the M55 category with Harry Matthews (also returning from a long spell out) in 14.13, Graham Lesley 15.21 and our little star Steve Curry competing in his first race back after his enforced layoff in an excellent time of 14.36.
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