Monday, 11 April 2011
A day out at the NATIONAL ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS.
1968 event which took place in Leicester. Same format at last Saturday. 6 long legs and 6 short legs. I was somewhat surprised when I looked back at my records to see I had run a long leg rather than a short one as is usually the case with junior men. We finished 16th of 25 teams. The winners, Coventry ran 4:14 the last team, Blackpool & Fylde, ran 4:36. Only 8 of those 25 teams were present on Saturday but the absence of those 17 was more than compensated as 59 teams finished this year at the now regular venue of Sutton Park, Birmingham. The last team taking 5:35 hours....it was a long day!
TIPTON HARRIERS were 5th in 1968; won the event when I ran in the BINGLEY team in 1978 and won again last Saturday. But it was a close run thing and never "in the bag" until the last leg as Tipton,
NEWHAM and Northern champions , MORPETH fought out the 12th short leg. Newham just nudging out Morpeth to take second. Still the Morpeth lads were all smiles after, proudly wearing their medals and their FASTRAX jackets which we had supplied in recognition of their Northern win at Catterick.
But not the case; several late 20's and five well into the '30s. Maturity and experience prevailed.