Ekiden Scorchio Relays with Bronzed V35 ladies!
17 July 2016 - By Anita Grainger
On what felt like the hottest day of the year WRC took part in the annual Ekiden relays in the grounds of Woodbridge School, Suffolk. The proud bumblebee Gazebo took it’s prominent position next to the course alongside the multicolour array of other running club gazebos, numbers were collected from Race HQ, the abundant cake supplies arrived and all that was left to do was run or attempt to run in the soaring temperatures, or should we have relocated for a day on the beach?!
4 Junior teams started off the WRC participation showing the waiting adults how it should be done. It was rather amusing to watch David Grainger trying to keep up with Edward at the end of his leg where children have this habit of stepping it up about 4 gears for the final sprint and us adults have to try and hang on….. look out for the junior report from Tracey and Shawn.
In the adult section we fielded 8 teams; 5 Mens and 3 Ladies. The adults ran a marathon distance over 6 legs; one leg of 7.2km, 2 *10km legs and 3* 5km legs. This involved 2.5k laps around the picturesque school grounds, the exception being the first 7.2km leg that did a shorter 2.2km first lap.
I’m pleased to say after all the team personnel changes everyone turned up, remembered to run the correct distance and successfully did legal takeovers. Well done everyone!
Dave Campbell was going so fast on his 7.2km leg that his chip couldn’t keep up with him and bailed out somewhere round the 3rd lap. Chip timing have now sorted out his correct time. The only PB I’m aware of is Paul Chandler which is hardly surprising in the heat and I think the focus of most was to get round in one piece. That said there were some respectable times posted and we should all be proud.
The Ladies V35A team had a storming performance, completely un-phased by the Mens teams around them, finished 3rd . Well done ladies!
Thanks to our photographers for catching us in action look out for pics in the gallery.
Full times below, including team positions.