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Staggering 117 teams entered this year around Hereward Way


By Pete Woodhouse


Fenland Running Club entered the 2018 Hereward Relay and Ultra which was first run in 1998 when 14 teams took part.

Now, 20 years on, a staggering 117 teams entered this year.

The race starts in Peterborough at the athletics track and follows the Hereward Way over 38 miles to the Ely City FC over challenging terrain including crossings bridleways, fields, bridges, river banks and muddy farm tracks.

FRC runners 2018 Hereward Relay (5766053)
FRC runners 2018 Hereward Relay (5766053)

Teams consist of four members who each run one stage. Stage 1 – Peterborough to Whittlesey 6.9 miles, Stage 2 – Whittlesey to March 10.3 miles, Stage 3 – March to Welney 11.5 miles and Stage 4 – Welney to Ely 10.9 miles.

FRC submitted nine teams comprising a competitive male team and female team, plus seven teams of mixed ability and gender, on a crisp, sunny November morning.

FRC Hereward Relay Alan Bird. (5761582)
FRC Hereward Relay Alan Bird. (5761582)

First-timers participating were Gary Axter-Muttingley, Adrian Searle, Rachael Nichols and Mandy Coleman – who all graduated from the club’s beginners course this summer – plus Rimvydas Muduras and Steve Bennington.

FRC Hereward Relay Ryan Jones. (5761573)
FRC Hereward Relay Ryan Jones. (5761573)

Carly Read smashed her second attempt at Stage 1 with a personal best of 1 minute and 5 seconds. The male competitive team notched a very impressive sixth position.

FRC Hereward Relay Mandy Coleman (5761584)
FRC Hereward Relay Mandy Coleman (5761584)

Full results in stage order: Team A – Ryan Jones 41:14, Lewis Saunders 1:05:00, Stuart Follen 1:19:52, Sean Connolly 1:08:58; Team B – Rimvydas Muduras 42:22, Richard Hammond 1:09:18, Graham Milham 1:20:37, Richard Agger 1:20:37, Team C – Ellen Connolly 50:27, Jay Gilbert 1:23:29, Nicky Jennings 1:31:50, Bethan Everson 1:11:21, Team D – Adrian Searle 1:01:53, Paul Weigand 1:21:40, Lucy Hicks 2:13:32, John Shaw 1:19:21, Team E – Gilly Anderson 1:09:17, Max Pearson 1:25:50, Ian King 1:46:54, John Chapman 1:29:17, Team F – Rachael Nichols 1:02:22, Cat Duce 1:33:42, Jane Greenwood 1:48:01, Stuart Webb 1:15:49, Team G – Carly Read 1:00:12, Paul Griffin 1:17:06, Maire Kay 1:34:01, Rod Sinnott 1:19:46, Team H – Mandy Coleman 1:07:19, Sarah Gauvin 1:33:12, Ann Trett 1:37:03, Andre Pittock 1:21:57, Team I – Gary Axter-Mattingley 57:29, Larissa Follen 1:38:57, Tim Chapman 1:22:47, Alan Bird 1:33:32.

FRC Hereward relay Rachael Nichols. (5761586)
FRC Hereward relay Rachael Nichols. (5761586)


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