The 21st Sheffield Way Relay 24th September 2017
A Report by John Crossland
The Sheffield Way Relay has now become a fixture in club calendars and is an event not to be missed. It appears to have the unique blend of excitement, challenge and pure joy with a dash of competitive edge mixed in that brings out the very best in runners.
This year 18 teams and 2 ultra runners took up the challenge of the 50 mile course on a day that was beautifully set for running.
Congratulations to Totley AC A Team for being first home in a new course record time displaying the most consistent quality of running this event has ever seen completing every leg between 1:02:31 and 1:05:32. The only surprise being that the team only took one leg record that being leg 2 in 1:02:37 a mere 3s faster than the previous record. Congratulations to Steve Franklin and Jake Lane. Steel City Striders did the double last year taking both trophies and it was Totley’s turn this year with the Ladies A Team winning the Roy Kitson Founder’s Trophy, a trophy not unfamiliar to them winning it for a record seventh time; well done Ladies.
Congratulations also go to James Norton’s 9 Edges Team who beat off the challenge of the other Striders teams to win the Janet Price Trophy.
Well done to Steve Haake and Nick Burns who completed the ultra in 9:13:53 a run they can both be proud of.
All the results and current records can be found on the Striders website.
Nether Edge Bowling Club home of the post event bash was once more teeming with running banter and post event chat not to mention a beer or two.
Finally I want to give my most grateful thanks to My Team without whom this event simply not would take place.