A brilliant 18 Harriers took part in the last of the Spring/Summer Relays on a warm and sunny evening on Wednesday 22nd June, the Weetslade Relay. This event, organised by Claremont Road Runners and held at Lockey Park in Wideopen, is different to the previous relay events in that its not flat! The 2.5 mile course takes in an old slag heap as well as grass sections, rather than the dead flat courses at the Elswick and Wallsend Harriers events. We took the maximum number of places available putting out 6 teams, which is more than we’ve done previously. On a very good night for the club we had our highest ever finish at the event thanks to the A team trio of Richard JOHNSON, Ella BROWN and Phil HEMSLEY who finished 8th of the 96 teams.
On the night Phil ran the fastest leg, a very impressive 14.24. Next quickest was Richard in 15.11 and Dean STACKHOUSE in 15.31 for the B team. Ellas time of 15.36 was the 6th fastest by a female on the night, an excellent performance. Second fastest female for us was Tracey SAMPLE in 18.54, followed 3 seconds later by Diana WEIGHTMAN.
8-“A Team” Richard JOHNSON 15.11, Ella BROWN 15.36 and Phil HEMSLEY 14.24. Overall 45.11.
34-“B Team” Adam SPILLER 15.41, Diana WEIGHTMAN 18.57 and Dean STACKHOUSE 15.31. Overall 50.09.
47-“C Team” Zoe ROBSON 19.08, Tim FALCONER 16.58 and David HINDMARSH 16.48. Overall 52.54.
58-“D Team” Steve STUDLEY 18.56, Tracey SAMPLE 18.54 and Jon DUFFY 16.56. Overall 54.46.
80-“E Team” Mary PLUMLEY 20.32, Ruth DOCTOR 20.35 and Mark DOCTOR 17.15. Overall 58.22.
89-“F Team” Sue SKIRROW 22.42, Rachel McCOY 19.41 and Andy STEPHENSON 19.50. Overall 1.02.13.
Finally many, many thanks to Adam SPILLER, Zoe ROBSON and Dave HINDMARSH who stepped up at the last minute to replace 3 comrades who pulled out on the morning of the event. Many thanks to all the Harriers who’ve turned out for all the relays events this season. Its been a very good season!