A fantastic evening for a 3 by 2.75 miles relay on an undulating, loopy circuit of Golden Acre park. This is a very popular event with about 140 teams towing the start line, so it was a little disappointing that Otley only managed a single full team of president Matt Podd, Julian Mawson & the hon. handicapper, plus Jackie Ackroyd joining up with a couple other ‘spare’ runners from other teams.
A stirring speech from team manager Tom Hannah, fired up Matt to ignore his tired legs and have a good run, finishing with a time of 20.49. In his first race for several months Julian took the baton on leg 2 passing loads of teams to finish with a great split time of 16.20. The hon. handicapper took over on the last leg and was pleased to record a split of 16.31, again passing several teams en-route.
Running leg 2 for her composite team Jackie recorded a split of 21.46. (Note these times are all unofficial timings thanks to the team manager Tom). Full results will be available from the host club Abbey runners later here.