Wessex Hardy Relays 2018
Just to prove that an accumulation of birthdays is no barrier to success, Sarum seniors put in good performances at the Wessex Hardy Relays at the weekend.
The event, held at Upton Country Park near Poole, was in the form of a Harris Relay in which teams of three had to visit all the 25 control sites between them. Being a Harris relay, there were six ‘spine’ controls which each team member had to visit. As an added twist, the first three numbered spine controls had to be collected before the last three. As the spine controls were scattered all over the map there was much running back and forth across the area – and this on a hot day!
The senior class was won by Wessex Raiders (who else!) with 6190 points in a handicap adjusted time of 21:05. In fourth place was Schnakvanopen, comprising former Sarum members Andy and Liz Snell, with 6190 points in 44:36.
Over the years our veterans’ teams have had a good record of success in this annual event, mixed with some instances of dramatic failure, and this year proved no different. Sarum Scarum (Liz Yeadon, Ian Peirce and Gwyn Davies) got the maximum 6190 points in a handicap-adjusted time of 40:31. They were followed home by Sarum Just 4 Fun (Dave and Denise Mullins and Charlotte Thornton) who scored 5190 points in 34:09. Unfortunately one Just 4 Funner missed one spine control, earning a severe points penalty, which handed the triumph to their club mates. Still, it’s good to see that Sarum keeps up its tradition of feast and famine in the Hardy Relays.
Full results for the Hardy Relays and Wessex Region Summer Series race are here.