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Cathedral Relays, Durham, Sunday, January 12, 2014


Simon Gardner

After the success of the Summer Relays I was delighted when our club secretary Katy sent an email around asking for interest in the winter event which is called the Cathedral Relays – the relay races are a great event to run in and also make fantastic viewing.


So on a bitterly cold morning I picked Katherine up and we made our way to the clubhouse just near the old Durham parkrun finish to meet our fellow team mates. I was originally in a team with Will Horsley and James Garland with myself taking the final leg.

As we approached the start there was no sign of either Will or James so it was decided that I would take the opening leg which was also the first race of the day (Male veterans) which would give James and Will more time to turn up. I’d had a second place finish at Tees’s barrage parkrun the day before so while I was nowhere near peak fitness it had given me some confidence going into the race.

I decided to start near the back to stop me going off to hard, I managed to judge the first part fairly well and when I approached the last 500M of the first lap I felt fairly good. Onto lap 2 and I could see a couple of lads from Crook AC some way in front of me so that was my target. One lung bursting and hideously painful last push and I finished just behind the lads from Crook AC . I was shattered but really pleased with my time 11:41.

At the finish I was greeted by Katy saying “well done, how do you fancy doing the last leg as well?”    NO….. NOT A CHANCE…..

So 12 minutes later I was on the 3rd leg which understandably was a lot slower than the first! (12:31), it transpired that Will and James thought they were running the senior race which started later. The classifications were different for this race so they were classed as veterans not seniors but as I found out in the summer relays it’s a lot more work than people realise so I’ll take the opportunity thank Katy once again.

Katy legging it across the frosty turf.

Speaking of our Club secretary she had a great battle with Rachel Terry which was great to watch. The performance and commitment of all our teams on a bitterly cold day was great and that shows that not only is our club growing but the standard of running is increasing which is fantastic.

Cathedral Relays, Sunday, January 13, 2013

3 x 3km

Fiona Shenton

Elvet Striders fielded two teams for the 29th Durham Cathedral Relays hosted by Durham City AC. The women were represented by Rachel Terry, Katherine Preston and Fiona Shento, the men by Adam Walker, James Garland and Jerry Lloyd. With each leg being just under 3k the pace was fast and furious, but both teams finished well up in the middle of their fields. Very respectable seeing as all the women were vets, and two of the men. Special mention to Rachel Terry (10:51) and Adam Walker (9:10) who lead their teams out in style.

We all agreed the event was great fun, at the sharp end there are some truly speedy men and women. The senior men’s race was particularly spectacular with the first three home within 10secs of each other, Durham City’s anchor man sandwiched between two Morpeth lads. Anyway NEXT YEAR we should get some more teams out ourselves, I can’t promise we’ll get such excellent weather conditions as last Sunday but it’ll be their 30th anniversary. As you’ll see from the times there’s a wide spread so DON’T BE AFRAID!

Cathedral Relays, Durham, Sunday, January 22, 2012


Jan Young

While lots of Striders had a trip away last Sunday, 5 stayed home and flitted round 1.8ml/3k in this local relay. The route, fast and flat, was two loops of the cricket field and riverbank past the bandstand.

While the fastest time of the day was run by Dan Garbutt of DCH (8.52), our Will Horsley (10.35) and Matt Claydon (11.58) did their best to close the gap, but unfortunately were one man down. Striders’ ladies fared better, with Fiona Shenton leading the first charge (13.03), handing over to Louise McGolpin (16.07) and Jan Young bringing the team home (14.58). The team finished 26/32. Speediest lady: Ashley Gibson of Morpeth (10.32).

Don’t be put off by fast times and quality of the field … we weren’t! A good time trial run for us all on a windy day.

Cathedral Relays, Saturday, January 22, 2011


Jan Young

Keri going round the bend.

Twenty four North East clubs competed on a fast, flat course, with good running conditions like the Brass Monkey, but soooo much shorter at 3000m and no travel time!

OK, we couldn’t compete with Stacey Smith of Gateshead, running 9.43, but we all had a good workout, especially Keri who ran two legs in her team.

Unfortunately, Fiona missed out on fastest FV50 award, which went to Ingrid Hope of S’land in an impressive time of 11.50!

Elvet 'A':   Keri 11.57    Angela 14.37    Keri  11.55    16/32 teams
Elvet 'B':   Nina 12.42    Jan    13.42    Fiona 12.44    19/32 teams