Wow!!! What an amazing day!
This year saw 40 teams from lots of different clubs from around the area totaling 160 runners enter the Relay Race. A very well organized event and we thank all involved who made the day so special and who enabled £2000 to be raised for the Havens Hospice Charity.
The race saw the 22.1 mile Roach Valley Way being split in to 4 different legs: 5.3 miles, 4.2 miles, 5.6 miles and 7.0 miles.
Each team of 4 was allocated a leg to run, with every leg having a dedicated start and finish line, and every runner starting at the same time at the start of every leg. Runners were allocated points for finishing (1 point for 1st, 2 points for 2nd and so on) meaning that the team with the lowest points wins.
6 Teams were entered from Rochford Running Club this year and right from the first leg it was clear that it could be another close competition between Rochford Running Club’s (RRC’s) top team and Rochford Endurance Distance’s (RED’s) top team, after REDs put in an impressive performance on the first leg with two of their runners finishing 1st and 2nd place ahead of RRC’s runner coming in a close 3rd.
By the time the first 3 legs were run, RRC managed to regain the lead after winning leg 2 and 3 with REDs coming in 3rd and 2nd respectively, meaning that it was extremely close and would be decided on the last leg.
Well…. REDs put in a very impressive last leg and their runner was first home over RRC coming in 2nd….. This means both teams finished tied on points and it would go down to the wire with the total completion time for the 4 legs being the decider between the two teams…..
With all remaining RRC teams now safely home despite a couple of injuries picked up on the difficult terrain, everyone knew it would be very close as we all headed to the Malborough Arms in Rochford for a well deserved beer in the garden in anticipation of the results and prize giving.
And the results were in….. with less the 2 minutes between the two teams, RRC’s team “The Clive Bailey Appreciation Society” only just pipped RED’s “The RED Arrows” team to take the top spot! What an amazing way to finish the day.
Well done to all the runners from all of the teams. With this event grown hugely from last year, hopefully even more teams will be inspired to enter next year and see the event grow even larger.