Gordon Smith Relays, 8th May 2019

I have to say that this is my least favourite of all the relays in the North East club calendar – I much preferred the old location on the paths by Segedunum. So I wasn’t looking forward to it when we left the house to venture out into rush hour traffic in heavy rain with the car’s thermometer showing a not-very-May-like 7°.

However by the time we got to the meeting place in Cobalt Business Park, the rain had relented a bit and there was already a good group of Claremonters assembled – most like me wondering “why do we do this?”. I think we do it for the camaraderie, team spirit, laughs and cake (but mainly the cake!). With a good turnout from Claremont, all of these elements were there to help us forget about the weather and have a good evening’s racing.

There was a particularly good turnout from the ladies with 6 female teams far outnumbering the 2 teams of men. And it was the ladies who were, as ever, the most impressive with a 14th placed finish for Catherine Young, Serpil Bulut and Hannah Mainprize. Indeed, they were the fastest Claremont team on the night with Catherine and Hannah being the 2nd and 3rd fastest Sky Blues of any gender – only our super speedy Spaniard, Daniel Mourenza, posted a faster time.

There was a good battle between the other 5 ladies teams, who all finished in a cluster. The “winners” of this battle were Nina Jentl, Violeta Tsenova and Gill Milne – largely to an excellent run from Violeta who was making her competitive debut for the club and posted the 3rd fastest time for a Claremont lady on the night.

It was also a close battle between the two mens’ teams with the lead changing hands on each leg, but Alasdair Wilson Craw took Kenny McCormick on the last leg to claim the prize for himself, Daniel and Dave Kear.

PositionRunnersTime
Ladies  
14Catherine Young
Serpil Bulut
Hannah Mainprize
Team Time
12:04
14:58
12:16
39:18
42Nina Jentl
Violeta Tsenova
Gill Milne
Team Time
14:46
13:55
17:03
45:44
47Julija Simpson
Nina Jensen
Julie Dumpleton
Team Time
15:51
14:46
16:32
47:06
49Hazel Juggins
Tara McCully
Ay Okpokam
Team Time
15:54
14:47
14:46
47:27
51Sarah Bowen
Alice Vialard
Mary Martin
Team Time
14:45
16:14
16:55
47:54
53Kat Truong
Marie Slack
Cath Robson
Team Time
15:29
16:45
17:09
49:23
Men  
62Daniel Mourenza
Dave Kear
Alasdair Wilson Craw
Team Time
11:41
16:54
14:14
42:49
64Tom Tinsley
Howard MacLennan
Ken McCormick
Team Time
12:29
13:29
17:22
43:20

I think David Lydall was first to spot the excellent co-ordination and synchronisation of the “Nina Jens”!

Thanks to Serpil, Howard and myself for the photos – now on Flickr via the link below:

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