Thirteen teams braced one of the hottest afternoons of the year for the inaugural Wenlock relays. We were delighted to have entries from a good selection of regional athletics and running clubs, a variety of ages (from 9 to 64) and a huge variety of abilities, novice runners to seasoned competitors; at least three were not-so-fresh on their legs after having competed in the triathlon earlier in the day! It was really fantastic to see so many families running together and to see the terrific support all the runners gave each other.
The 1.16 mile (x4) course took place mostly along the Wenlock cross country course. A large part of the run was shaded, but the sting in the tail was a brutal trek up and down Windmill Hill in the mid-afternoon heat.
Teams jostled for positions as each of the four runners took their turn but by the third leg, the Gibbons family from Bridgnorth Running Club had established themselves in front. They held their lead and finished first in a time of 32m.26s. Second was Wenlock AC’s own Rawlinson family team (33m.05s), and the bronze medal went to the Gillbody family of Bridgnorth AC (33m.38s).
The mixed category (two adult women and two adult men) was won by the Wenlock Warts in a time of 44m.22s and second was the Richardson group in 51m.21s.
Runners stayed behind for well-earned hog roasts afterwards.
We would like to thank the race referee, Grace Hough, all the marshals and the first aiders without whom we could not have run the race. The relays will become a permanent fixture in the Wenlock Olympian Society Calendar and we are looking forward to welcoming runners back next year.