Despite some boggy flooded routes, the March AC-organised annual Hereward Relay was a huge success.
With a record number of 112 teams the four leg relay from Peterborough to Ely following the Hereward Way cross country, the stage routes were more difficult than ever due to the heavy rain. Although many club members were marshalling and time keeping, March managed to have five teams in the race.
Many thanks to main sponsor MKM building supplies (King’s Lynn) and also to Morrisons of Wisbech who supplied the water. Norwich & Peterborough building society and Bartletts of Chatteris also supported the race.
March Men’s A came storming home to secure 14th place overall while March Ladies A came an impressive 32nd with Karen Patterson winning 1st Vet Prize for leg 2.
Times, March Mens’ A: Luke Fenner stage 1 1,40.39 13th, Lee Carey stage 2 1.11.50 19th, Mick Stacey stage 3 1.23.02, 36th, Simon Oldfield stage 4 1.09.43, 18th. Ladies A: Lynn Summerfield 48.10, 52nd, Karen Patterson 1.21.30, 47th, Debra Wait 1.24.03, 40th, Geraldine Larham 1.18.05, 45th, March Mixtures: Justin Elvidge 47.27, 45th, Billy Bremner 1.15.19, 27th, Suzanne Orr 2.18.02, 100th, Tim Boyd 1.19.07, 51st. March Ladies B: Lisa Donkin 57.36, 88th, Fay Scrivener 1.44.26, 99th, Michelle Seward 1.48.18, 94th, Dawn Veal 1.34.21, 93rd. March It’s All About Pat: Pat Norris 59.57, 96th, Brian Harding 1.29.30 71st, Shaun Donkin 1.48.
l Fenland Running Club had a record turnout of 12 teams. Some timing problems at the end of stage 3 left one Fenland team without results for Stage 3 and 4 but otherwise all 12 teams acquitted themselves well.
Stage 1 6.5 miles: 22nd Richard Hammond 42.16; 35th Colin Simpson 45.18; 49th Ellen Drew 47.51; 51st Richard Agger 48.07; 72nd Jane Holmes 52.29; 78th Sue George 55.43; 93rd Allison Patterson 59.24; 98th Jac Richards 1.01.03; 99th Denise Griffin 1.01.18; 100th Cheryl Chapman 1.01.28; 105th Tracy Farr 1.02.57; 108th Tracey Howard 1.04.49. Stage 2 10.5 miles: 22nd Andrew Plume 1.14.00; 28th Dan Wate 1.15.23; 32nd Tim Chapman 1.16.57; 33rd Paul Griffin 1.16.57; 40th Graham Milham 1.19.42; 41st John Chapman 1.19.42; 50th Andre Pittock 1.22.18; 58th Maire Irlam 1.25.08; 63rd Greg Tagney 1.26.05; 76th Marc Martin 1.30.49; 85th Ramune Raicheliene 1.32.55; 106th Tracy Veenendaal 1.51.46. Stage 3 11.3 miles: 32nd Stuart Follen 1.21.59; 52nd Adam Chown 1.28.02; 55th Mel Murdoch 1.28.26; 60th Tom Richards 1.30.30; 61st Katie Ward 1.30.34; 73rd Keith White 1.33.56; 85th Leanne Rickett 1.38.09; 89th Jay Gilbert 1.41.54; 95th Neil Bailey 1.51.35; 97th Larissa Follen 1.57.24; 98th 2.10.02; Adam Oakes no position or time recorded; Stage 4 10.4 miles: 19th Gary Bligh 1.09.49; 37th Clive Harrod 1.14.39; 42nd Dean Clark 1.16.09; 57th Ian Milburn 1.19.51; 58th Rod Sinnott 1.20.14; 62nd Richard Betts 1.22.32; 64th Nicky Jennings 1.23.57;67th Alan Bird 1.24.27; 72nd Sarah Gauvin 1.25.30; 84th Ann Trett 1.29.30; 92nd Paskey Ruggiero 1.36.30; Paul Wiegand no time.