Report by Angela Jackson
Race Date: Tuesday 26th June 2018
This was my first attempt at the Damflask relays and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It turned out to be an amazing experience!
The men’s teams are made up of 4 with the exception of the M60 category, which is 3 people, as are the women’s teams. Each runner does a lap around the Damflask reservoir of 3.5 miles (plus a few metres!). The route starts with a gently undulating and almost flat run down one side of the reservoir (for those that know the Percy Pud route it goes from the Plough Inn to the bridge). It then goes across the bridge and up the hill on the other side of Damflask. This hill goes on for quite a while, although not too steeply. The final mile is a glorious downhill back to the changeover area.
The changeover area is a sight to behold, and I think my best description is organised chaos. Incoming runners finish on one side of the road whilst the outgoing runners wait on the opposite side. Marshalls down the road shout which teams’ runners are nearing the finish so their next runner can move to the start area. The starter sets them off once he sees the incoming runner finish. The starter is continually shouting instructions to people to keep all runners in the correct place. With the difference in speeds of the various teams, there were people on second, third or fourth laps all coming in intermingled. I’m not quite sure how the organisers managed to record everything that was going on at the finish to come up with a set of results, but they did!
All the local clubs had put together a few teams but the green and gold was out in force, there were so many of us! Everyone who ran a leg did brilliantly, irrespective of their time, because it was their best effort on the night. A special mention to Nicola Birch who stepped up to our ladies first team on the day and the F55 team who came first in their age category (Jane Evans, Helen Eberlin and myself).
John Kilcoyne had the hardest job as he had so many teams to sort out and then juggle at the last minute when people dropped out. Thanks John!
The men’s race was won by Hallamshire Harriers in 74:15 and the women’s race was won by Rotherham Harriers (F35 team) in 63:03*.
* The South Yorkshire gold medal went to the ladies from Hallamshire Harriers who were the fastest Senior team in 64:59.
19 Striders Men’s teams and 12 Striders Ladies’ teams took part.
Our teams won 1st in the F55 category, 2nd in the M40, 4th in the F35, and 5th in the Senior Men, Senior Women, F45, M50 categories.
Link to full results here.
|5||5||78.19||A||Kristoff Boynton||18.32||B||Stu Carrack||19.52|
|C||Phil Skelton||19.53||D||Tom Halloway||20.02|
|10||10||82.40||A||Andy Norton||20.27||B||Ben Jones||20.11|
|C||Steve Canning||21.04||D||James Rose||20.58|
|25||18||88.18||A||James Garner||22.01||B||Tom Meager||21.13|
|C||Jonathan Cooper||21.35||D||Doug Banks||23.29|
|40||27||93.30||A||James Smith||24.16||B||M. O’Donnell||23.38|
|C||Matt Chappell||23.18||D||Richard Carter||22.18|
|56||34||99.09||A||David Forrest||22.36||B||Matthew Burgon||24.33|
|C||Ben Stittle||25.23||D||Dan Newton||26.37|
|69||37||103.33||A||Adam Newell||24.59||B||James Fisher||24.00|
|C||Guy Woodcock||26.14||D||J Woodthorpe||28.20|
|74||41||104.53||A||Steve Helmore||22.10||B||Sam Ainscough||24.49|
|C||Joe Lee||25.36||D||Adrian Good||32.18|
|75||42||105.06||A||Joe Dunne||24.44||B||Tom Brookes||25.39|
|C||Alex Green||25.00||D||Mo Ahmed||29.43|
|77||44||107.14||A||Ben Clithero||23.15||B||Nigel Barnes||23.23|
|C||Luis Bastidas||34.04||D||Sam Keen||26.32|
|13||2||83.54||A||Adam Brookes||20.26||B||Chris Guy||21.27|
|C||Matt Rimmer||21.25||D||Tony Ker||20.36|
|31||8||90.11||A||Jason Brannan||22.10||B||Dan Cook||22.59|
|C||Chris Bannister||21.31||D||Steve Smith||23.31|
|58||15||100.57||A||Al Cook||22.23||B||Mick Wall||24.19|
|C||Phil Dooley||26.59||D||Mark Davies||27.16|
|67||20||103.08||A||Mart Greenough||24.00||B||Ian Stinson||24.03|
|C||Andrew Lock||26.20||D||Matt Barton||28.45|
|71||21||104.18||A||Nick Burns||23.14||B||Dan Bell||26.18|
|C||Phil Davies||26.07||D||Gareth Pert||28.39|
|88||24||111.56||A||Nick Hails||25.34||B||John Bridgman||27.20|
|C||Phil Swirles||27.54||D||David Bownes||31.08|
|41||5||93.42||A||Terry Byrne||22.14||B||Nick Scott||22.22|
|C||Michael Slater||23.45||D||Nick O’Sullivan||25.21|
|49||7||96.45||A||David Maloney||24.48||B||Peter Brown||25.49|
|C||Ian Spencer||24.40||D||Stuart Jones||21.28|
|52||8||97.22||A||David Wilson||23.36||B||Andy Buck||23.20|
|C||Andy Woffindin||26.56||D||Paul Stuart||23.30|
|80||14||107.57||A||Phil Howson||25.11||B||Ryan Talley||28.49|
|C||Tom Nuttgens||27.25||D||Graham Hague||26.32|
|5||5||68.15||A||Nicola Birch||23.22||B||Caroline Brock||21.55|
|19||10||76.27||A||Chloe Haines||23.40||B||Rosa Sampson||27.43|
|39||20||83.52||A||Amy Earnshaw||25.29||B||Roxanne Green||29.13|
|47||22||86.15||A||Sarah Moore||28.17||B||Emma Williams||30.07|
|51||24||88.22||A||Vicky Barradell||25.17||B||Nicola Ross||26.21|
|69||31||91.44||A||Emma Beal||28.42||B||Gayle Dooley||35.14|
|12||4||74.13||A||C Narazonska||22.50||B||Jeni Harvey||25.46|
|46||15||86.08||A||Fran Allen||27.53||B||Magda Boo||33.06|
|97||28||109.43||A||Corinne Howse||33.52||B||Elaine Shortridge||39.55|
|45||5||86.06||A||Mandy Taylor||27.47||B||Dot Kesterton||27.34|
|75||12||93.26||A||C Greenough||28.38||B||Dawn Jackson||31.33|
|55||1||89.03||A||Jane Evans||28.36||B||Angela Jackson||29.39|