Autumn Relays 2003
The seventeenth running of the
Top House Autumn Relays was held on Wednesday the 22nd of October, as ever at the Kitty
Brewster Industrial Estate. The weather wasn't too bad; cool and damp, it was a bit
windy though, although we've had worse! Thirteen full teams (three more than last
year) lined up at the start line, and were away into the dark right on time. Once again
keeping both of their attendance records going were Steve Gillespie, who has the only 100%
record for this event, and George Young, who has run all bar one of them.
The lead changed after each of the legs; first it was team F, with team K in the lead at the start of the third leg. Finally (and most importantly) Ian Richardson of team A led all the runners home, just as he did last year. The victorious team A runners were: Dave Bradley, Gareth Hope and Ian Richardson, in a time of 44:21, 40 seconds or so faster than last year's winning time. In second place, 13 seconds adrift were team F; Mal Derbyshire, Eddie Stott and Ralph Dickinson. Almost a full minute behind were the third team home, they were team K; Kenn Reay, Barry Metcalfe and George Young .
Fastest on the night was Robby Barkley, and the fastest Lady was Helen Morris. Rob Hall was fastest vet, recording the evening's third fastest time in the process.
I hope everybody appreciates the effort needed to organise this race; this task was undertaken by Dave Kitching and Andy Brown. This is a lot more work than most people realise; Dave and Andy are to be congratulated and thanked for putting on a very enjoyable and well contested event.
Thanks also to those who marshalled; Jim Jones and Ken Gibson; those who did the timekeeping and recording; Eddie Woods and Sandra Gaughan.
For those of you who enjoyed the event, but who thought conditions weren't cold or windy enough, the Winter Series dates are now confirmed:
Race 1. Wed. 19th November. Race 2. Wed. 3rd December. Race 3. Wed. 10th December.
Race 4. Wed. 28th January. Race 5. Wed. 4th February. Race 6. Wed. 25th February.
Race 7. Wed. 24th March.
Full results are as below:
|1||A||Dave Bradley||7||16:07||16:07||Gareth Hope||3||14:04||30:11||Ian Richardson||1||14:10||44:21|
|2||F||Mal Darbyshire||1||14:49||14:49||Eddie Stott||2||14:38||29:27||Ralph Dickinson||2||15:07||44:34|
|3||K||Kenn Reay||2||14:54||14:54||Barry Metcalfe||1||14:29||29:23||George Young||3||16:05||45:28|
|4||J||Cath Young||5||15:48||15:48||Aynsley Herron||4||15:20||31:08||Michael Brown||4||14:50||45:58|
|5||I||Kirsty Huntington||9||17:34||17:34||Marc Cochrane||6||14:23||31:57||John Mallon||5||14:08||46:05|
|6||M||Sue Walker||13||20:17||20:17||Sean Kirtley||12||13:16||33:33||Robby Barkley||6||12:40||46:13|
|7||D||Nina Reveley||8||17:24||17:24||Raymond Kirkup||10||15:32||32:56||Rob Hall||7||13:29||46:25|
|8||E||Ron Ingram||6||15:53||15:53||Terry McCabe||9||16:48||32:41||Martin Gaughan||8||13:48||46:29|
|9||L||Helen Morris||3||15:39||15:39||Mark Martin||7||16:35||32:14||Steve Walker||9||14:23||46:37|
|10||C||Dave Cox||4||15:39||15:39||Dave Roberts||5||15:39||31:18||Kevin Freeman||10||15:33||46:51|
|11||B||Louise Farmer||10||18:02||18:02||Steve Gillespie||8||14:31||32:33||Dave Morris||11||15:10||47:43|
|12||G||Pauline Cunningham||11||18:08||18:08||Kevin Westwood||11||15:23||33:31||Adam Robinson||12||14:44||48:15|
|13||H||Debbie Henderson||12||19:54||19:54||Dale Smith||13||14:27||34:21||Mark Walbank||13||14:28||48:49|
|1||Robby Barkley||12:40||14||Eddie Stott||14:38||27||Dave Cox||15:39|
|2||Sean Kirtley||13:16||15||Adam Robinson||14:44||28||Cath Young||15:48|
|3||Rob Hall||13:29||16||Mal Darbyshire||14:49||29||Ron Ingram||15:53|
|4||Martin Gaughan||13:48||17||Michael Brown||14:50||30||George Young||16:05|
|5||Gareth Hope||14:04||18||Kenn Reay||14:54||31||Dave Bradley||16:07|
|6||John Mallon||14:08||19||Ralph Dickinson||15:07||32||Mark Martin||16:35|
|7||Ian Richardson||14:10||20||Dave Morris||15:10||33||Terry McCabe||16:48|
|=8||Marc Cochrane||14:23||21||Aynsley Herron||15:20||34||Nina Reveley||17:24|
|=8||Steve Walker||14:23||22||Kevin Westwood||15:23||35||Kirsty Huntington||17:34|
|10||Dale Smith||14:27||23||Raymond Kirkup||15:32||36||Louise Farmer||18:02|
|11||Mark Walbank||14:28||24||Kevin Freeman||15:33||37||Pauline Cunningham||18:08|
|12||Barry Metcalfe||14:29||=25||Dave Roberts||15:39||38||Debbie Henderson||19:54|
|13||Steve Gillespie||14:31||=25||Helen Morris||15:39||39||Sue Walker||20:17|