Norman Woodcock Relays, 5th November 2023

A bright, crisp morning for our runners at Newcastle Racecourse today. Heavy rain from the previous day had left one or two puddles, but it was otherwise great conditions for running.

Thankfully, unlike some of the relays this year, pretty much all Claremonters had assembled well before the race began, with the first leg runners from our 5 teams taking their place behind the crowded start line.

Unlike the most recent cross-country relays, this course, though a similar distance, is a straightforward 1.8 mile/2.7km loop around a relatively flat tarmac road inside the racecourse.

Despite the usual congested start, the field stretched out quickly, allowing us to settle into our running. After last year’s slightly fraught experience (nearly missing the start, falling over in mud hurrying to get there in time, running out of steam halfway round), I was very happy to execute an unusually good race, seemingly getting the pacing just right on this occasion.

All 15 of our runners put in performances to be proud of, especially those nursing a variety of niggles. Special mention to Helen Gavillet and Eric Adams, competing for the first time in the sky blue of Claremont and taking the (metaphorical) baton on 2nd leg for their respective teams.

Gill and Tom provided their customary sugary delights post-race, well-earned by everyone who ran. The next couple of relays in the calendar will be bringing back the mud and hills…

PositionRunnersTime
26Sarah Kerr
Eric Adams
Paul Robinson
10:20
9:40
9:53
74Laurie Johnson
Rose Hawkswood
José Gallego Parilla
9:34
14:11
12:13
86Tom Tinsley
Gill Milne
Lucy Keating
10:39
14:31
12:24
92Howard Maclennan
Lena Lou
Roberto Marzo
12:30
16:13
10:03
99Sonam Wangdi
Helen Gavillet
Ann Smith
10:09
15:26
16:09
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