This six leg relay kicks off at 4.30 am and consists of 2 red (long orange) courses, a light green course, an orange course, a yellow course which can have up to 3 starters (but only the first one in counts in the overall time) and finishes with a green course. There has to be at least one male & 1 female in the team, and runners have to be M12-M18. The competition also has trophies for “young” teams (teams whos total age is under 92) and for teams who come from “small” clubs.
Our team of Matt H, Heather C, Alfie S, Holly C, Joe H, Holly S and Gemma C-S saw debuts for Alfie, Joe and Holly S, with Alfie running his first ever light green course, definitely counted as a “young” team, with the total age of the counters coming to only 72, giving away over 20 years in age and experience to the fastest teams!
Matt flew around on first leg finishing in 4th place, and a good run from Heather saw Alfie not only heading out onto his first ever light green course, but doing it in the dark! He did well, but unfortunately managed to be caught when 2 lines headed out of the control circle for number 2 – one the line to number 3 and one a power line, and in the half light and trees, he missed out number 3 Holly C ran well on the orange, Joe flew round the yellow finishing in the 7th fastest time of the day, backed up by Holly S & her broken toe, before Gemma gave it her all on the green course, bringing the team in as the 10th team across the line, although disqualified.
Disqualified but not downhearted, a good time was had by all. Bring on PPJR 2015!!
Oh, and Happy Birthday, Mike & June!!