The NE Counties Road Relay Championships were held on a testing, undulating course at Hetton Lyons Country Park on Saturday. Tynedale Harriers were represented by two strong Veteran Women’s teams. This was, unusually, a four-stage event with each team member completing 2 laps of the park, making a total distance of 2.25 miles per leg. The event had a record entry of over 100 teams and with a 1pm start for all male and female age groups the changeover area was a busy place!! This compact nature of the course was excellent for spectators and provided a great atmosphere at the event.
Karen Robertson gave Tynedale an excellent start on leg 1, recording the 6th fastest time on that leg (13.56) and bringing the team home in 2nd place in the Vets race. Steph White brought the other team home in 21st place with a time of 15.38.
On the second leg, Fran Little had Elswick Harriers to chase. She duly caught them and brought Tynedale up to 3rd in the overall race and 1st vet team (14.12, 3rd fastest on that leg). Jan Oliver ran 17.15 for the other team before handing on to Lynne Marr.
As the race progressed, it was difficult to tell just how well the teams were doing, as some competitors were on different legs and laps to others. The changeover marshals really had their work cut out!!
Joanne Lee ran the second fastest time on leg 4 (13.57) consolidating the lead over Elswick. As the sleet started, Steph Scott headed out on the anchor leg for the Tynedale vets, not knowing how far Elswick would come in behind us, but hoping that they weren’t too close! There was great support on the blustery course from the Tynedale men and even the Elswick team members. Steph ran the fifth fastest time on leg 4 (14.50) to bring the Tynedale ladies home victorious once again. Louise Griffin ran a strong leg for the other team in 17.35.
Tynedale Harriers were confirmed as the NE Vets Road Relay Champions, winning by an impressive margin of over 2 minutes. This completes a successful relay campaign for the ladies as they also won the NE Vets xc relays at Durham in January.
Tynedale senior men had 6 legs to complete, giving a total of 13.5 miles. They were represented by Andy Richardson, Phil Jameson, Chris Baker, Peter Murphy, Keith Lombard and Ian Bromley. Andy ran a blistering first leg in 11.05, recording one of the fastest times of the day. The team finished in a creditable 19th place in a total time of 78.20.