Well it was a disjointed start to the relays with traffic and people dropping out causing a delayed start… Team Elswick still managed to get an excellent turnout with eight and bit teams competing…
The gun goes and there’s James Hadfield running a storming first leg for the Men’s Senior A Team handing over to Richard Davies then Mark Crowe – excellent running by all three. Men’s Senior B Team was lead out by Richard Houghton and what a run in his first relay/XC handing over to Scott Brady also a cracking run by another one of our newbies and finally Jonny Lowes fresh from the Alps ran the final leg, another excellent run by Jonny.
The Ladies Senior A Team were lead out by Gina and didn’t she do well handing over to Sarah Davies who ran her socks off to get round in an excellent time, the batten was brought home by our track guru Catherine… Our Ladies Senior B Team was led off to a flying start by young’un Charlotte followed by the fabulous Felicity and bringing it home fresh from her hols was Sara Blight – 2 runs in a week well done Sara and well ran ladies, excellent running by all of you!
The men’s A Vet Team was led out by vice-captain Lee Bennett who ran an excellent leg to hand over to Steve ‘the kit man’ Robertson who has been in fine form and this showed, excellent run by Steve who then passed to Martin ‘perma tan’ Crowe was on the final leg holding off a number of young pups to bring the team home in an impressive time. Our Ladies A Vet team was led out by Andrea Banner fresh from her success in France, great performance from Andrea who thought she’d missed the start, Bella was next up sporting some lovely pink socks – what a run to keep the team in contention even with a naughty shoe lace that untied itself, then our fabulous Justina powered through the course to bring the team home in first place. What a run by all you girls, well done ladies!
Our remaining old chaps did the club proud with Ant Beynon just back from his hols led the team out, followed by returning to form Dave Armstrong and myself Ben Hall ‘now the back has recovered from high jump’ teamed up well and no DQ’s this time, well done all. We then had Graham Leslie sporting the sweat band look, Stevie Curry who just keeps on running and the legend Steve Kyte running really impressive time. Unfortunately due to drop outs/traffic issues we had an incomplete team but the always present Mel Reed and Micky ‘Side Show’ donned the vest to both run excellent times. Onto our Ladies B Vet Team (surely these aren’t vets…) Marie ‘Going to the world champs’ was awesome as always handed over to Joanne who ran fantastic before handing over to Mary ‘little legs’ who powered the team home in impressive style.
Another great turnout by Team Elswick with some excellent individual and team performances. Well done to everyone that ran and big thanks to those who cheered us on and Frank Watson for organising the teams.
Results available via Durham City Harriers website
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