Run, run with your soul’s
You are bound to succeed
That you want to do
That you want to become
~ Sri Chinmoy
There was a record number of 45 Teams competing in this year’s exciting and energising 3 × 1 mile relay race. The numbers were swelled by Bristol & West AC seniors and in addition their junior runners, along with the ever present Great Western Runners, and new to our series were runners from Emersons Green RC and Frampton Cotterell Harriers.
First team over the finish line were the Men’s Bristol & West AC D Team in a fast time of 14:37, each mile time get faster and faster with splits of 5:03, 4:50, and fastest mile of the night of 4:44 from Robert Stewart, Jarlath McKenna and Mark Edwards respectively. Nearly over 2 minutes behind in a time of 16:40 were another Bristol & West AC Men’s team, Mark’s Merry Men, with Mark Burley (5:33), Charlie Pantlin (5:30), and Tom Watkins (5:37). In hot pursuit and in third place the Men’s Frampton Cotterell Harriers team, Frampton Manscaping with a time of 16:56 – Jason Bidwell (5:44), Brue Sellers (5:53) and Nick Bennett (5:19).
The first Women’s team were the Bristol & West AC Racy Racers in a time of 18:11 and 6th place overall with Tracy Allan (6:09), Imogen Peck (5:57) and Marianne Britten (6:05). Second women’s team was Team Taylor from Bristol & West AC with a time of 19:01 and 10th place overall, and another Bristol & West AC women’s team, Team Owen with a time of 19:28 were third and 15th overall. Maria Jones of Bristol & West AC for Team Owen was the fastest woman on the night with a time of 5:55.
This year we were excited to see so many Junior runners and we have to thank Bristol & West AC’s Ali Hurford for bringing them along to the event. First Junior Boys team was the Hurricanes of Caleb Owen (5:59), Joseph Hulls (6:21) and Charlie Hodges (6:17) coming in a time of 18:37 and a tremendous 8th overall. Second Junior Boys team was the Blizzards in a time of 19:29, followed by Grease Lightning in a time of 19:41. Joe Meands (Bristol & West AC) of the Grease Lightning Team was the fastest Junior with a time of 5:48 and at the first mile they were 5th overall. The first Junior Girls team was KMG, all from Bristol & West AC of Katie Jones (6:02), Molly Orchard (6:18) and Grace Evans (6:44) with a time of 19:04 and 11th overall. They edged out the first Mixed Team Burge’s Babes (Graham Wright, Joe Bereza and Steve Burge) from Emersons Green RC with a time of 19:07.
The first Non-club team with a time of 19:52 was Bakan Tuesday with Emma Baker (6:22), Dan Kanaris (7:20) and Richard Antrobus (6:10).The first Women Vets Team (all over 50) was won by The Three Muskateerettes of Bristol & West AC in a time of 21:37, with Christine Burren (7:41), Maggie Salter (7:23) and the unstoppable Rosey Mushens (6:33). The first Family team were Relayted in a time of 22:24 of Ella, Sue and Ewan Campbell.