2015 Event Report
Thursday 25th June 2015, Witton Park, Blackburn
The 3rd Summer running of the Witton Park Trail Relays produced an overwhelming turnout with the 100 team limit set for this event reached before race day. In the end 98 teams took part from 13 different clubs which was a record turnout and helped us raise in excess of £600 for the two good causes that the event was supporting this time.
Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team received £300 and the Run4Nepal initiative lead by Garry Wilkinson from Clayton ended up with £315.
Chris Farrell from Horwich recorded the events first sub 14 minute leg with 13:53 on leg 3 for the winning Senior Mens team from Horwich RMI who had 3 of the fastest 6 legs with Michael Cayton and Nick Leigh making up the team. Barlick’s “The Special Ones” had the lead after a storming leg 1 run from Jimmy Craig, but once the Horwich trio got their noses in front they stretched to a convincing win from Barlick and “Two Reds and a Blue”, the non-counting mixed team from Bolton and Horwich.
The Vet Mens was another victory for the Horwich “Old Gits” as Gareth Booth ran the fastest leg with 15:07 ahead of Dave Jackson and Paul Massey. Again it was a Barlick Team that chased them home, this time “Harriers v Cyclists” and 3rd place went to Wesham Road Runners A.
The Junior Boys was an all Clayton affair with the A team of Ryan Clarke, Tom Bradley and Curtis Holt taking the honours. The fastest MJ leg was run by Blackburn Harrier Josh Boyle on Leg 2 for the Run4Nepal A Team.
Clayton Harriers 1 took the Ladies Team award with a fast leg 1 run by Laura Hesketh. Claire Vincent and Helena Leathley completed the trio who finished ahead of Preston Harriers Ladies and Barlick’s “Ladies of the Night”. The fast SF leg was Joanne Nelson on leg 1 for Darwen Dashers F1.
Trawden AC took the VET Ladies award with TAC red with Molly Ralphson and Fiona Hall setting up Kelly Whiteside to bring them home on leg 3. Kelly also took the fastest FV award.
The Junior Girls award was taken by hosts Blackburn Harriers “Down to the bare bones”. Track runners Maddie Elliott and Hannah Cookson set the team up for victory and Liz Greenwood took the fastest leg award on leg 3, bringing them home first female team overall ahead of Clayton Junior Girls A made up of Mille Stubbs, Eleanor Root and Briony Holt.
Junior winning teams received chocolates and sweets, winning Senior and VET teams received bottles of wine and there were some bottles left over to reward some of the marshalls that had stood around the course being bitten for getting on 2 hours.
Many thanks again must go the marshalls and start/finish officials. They are at the heart of every successful event and many of ours at Blackburn are out most weeks at track, road and cross country as well as our occasional fell/hill events.
To mark the first ever EHR registered event, fastest leg runners were rewarded with EHR technical T Shirts, the first 6 ever in circulation. They will soon be more widely available to buy on the EHR website.
Please pencil in June 30th 2016 as that is the likely date for the next event where we will look to increase the limit to 120 teams. Lapping of runners is the main reason for the limit, so I will be consulting with some of the front end leg 3 athletes as well as the tail end leg 2 athletes to see if they encountered any problems in running before a decision is made.
Hopefully you guys will spread the word and we may get a few other clubs coming along. I’ve seen how many of you have done that already on the event Facebook Page and I’d like to thank you all for your positive feedback.