Norman Woodcock Memorial Relay.

Gosforth Park. Sat. 24th Nov.

This is AW Report / Result.
NORMAN WOODCOCK MEMORIAL RELAY
Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Morpeth Harriers were convincing winners of the second edition of this revised event, which used to be a 5M Road Race. With conditions mild and bright, it was not surprising that all last year's inaugural records for this Mixed Relay were broken, as it was bitterly cold here in 2017.
Promoted by Elswick Harriers in memory of their former chairman, 112 teams lined up, which was 38 more than last year's figure.
Morpeth took an early lead through Alistair Douglass who came home ahead of Nathan Reed (Sunderland B), Zac Wylie of Gosforth, and Kevin Jeffress (Sunderland A).
On the second leg Alice Smith took Sunderland into a slender lead ahead of Alyson Dixon, who had moved Sunderland Strollers from 13th position on Leg 1. Morpeth through Rachelle Falloon were just behind in third. Not surprisingly, Dixon's time was easily the fastest female clocking on the day.
Tom Straughan took Morpeth into a 20secs lead on the final leg with the day's quickest overall time. Sunderland Strollers held on for second through Mark Anderson, with Sunderland's Ian Ritchie finishing in third place.
This year, Veteran categories were included in the results, with Gosforth winning the Over 40 event. North Shields Poly led after Leg 2, with Guy Bracken their second runner, not surprisingly the quickest overall. Sarah Seymour was the fastest lady before Andrew Heppell anchored Gosforth to victory.
The Poly also won the Over 50 race, with first leg runner, John Baty, the quickest. Heather Robinson was the fastest lady running third-placed Jarrow's 2nd leg.
Sunderland Strollers were successful in the Over 60 race.
ROAD
3x2.7km (Mixed)
Senior
1 Morpeth H 25:35 (A Douglass 8:05, R Falloon 9:32, T Straughan 7:58); 2 Sunderland Strollers 25:55 (C Dwyer 8:48, A Dixon 8:48, M Anderson 8:19); 3 Sunderland H 26:00 (K Jeffress 8:14, A Smith 9:19, I Ritchie 8:27); 4 Sunderland H B 26:53 (N Reed 8:12, G Pullan 9:06, S Knight 9:35); 5 Elvet Striders 26:54 (G Hebdon 8:44, F Brannon 9:24, G Pritchard 8:46); 6 Heaton H 26:55 (J McKenzie 8:39, H Nagel 9:51, J Meader 8:25); 7 Tyne Bridge H 27:15; 8 Jarrow & Hebburn 28:03; 9 Tyne Bridge H B 28:06; 10 Heaton H B 28:09; 11 Gosforth H 28:12; 12 Sunderland H C 28:27; 13 Blaydon H 28:32; 14 Jarrow & Hebburn B 28:43; 15 South Shields H 28:51
Fastest: Straughan 7:58; Douglass 8:05; Reed 8:12; Z Wylie (Gosf) 8:13, Jeffress (M35) 8:14; Anderson (M35) 8:19
Women: Dixon (W40) 8:48; Smith (W35) 9:19; Brannon 9:24; Falloon 9:32; Knight (U20) 9:35
Veteran (40-49)
1 Gosforth H 26:38 (A Johnson 8:26, S Seymour 9:40, A Heppell 8:32); 2 North Shields Poly 27:20 (S Maley 9:16, G Bracken 8:10, C Maley 9:54); 3 Sunderland H 27:54 (R Walker 8:22, J Thirlwell 11:08, S McMahon 8:24); 4 Morpeth H 28:53; 5 South Shields H 29:44; 6 South Shields H B 30:05
Fastest: Bracken (M55) 8:10; Walker (M45) 8:22; McMahon (M40) 8:24; Johnson (M45) 8:26; Heppell (M40) 8:32
Women: Seymour (W40) 9:40; Maley (W40) 9:54; H King (Morp, W40) 10:01
Veteran (50-59)
1 North Shields Poly 29:19 (J Baty 9:05, K Gunn 11:04, T Brannon 9:10); 2 Morpeth H 29:25 (P Walker 9:14, J Briggs 10:50, P Waterston 9:21); 3 Jarrow & Hebburn 30:36 (M Woodward 10:11, H Robinson 10:45, M Thornton 9:40); 4 Morpeth H B 31:09; 5 Crook & District 33:29
Fastest: Baty (M50) 9:05; Brannon (M50) 9:10; Walker (M50) 9:14, N McAnany (Morp B, M55) 9:19
Women: Robinson (W55) 10:45; Briggs (W50) 10:50; Gunn (W50) 11:04
Veteran (60+)
1 Sunderland Strollers 33:20 (M Cox 10:51, L Valentine 11:21, W Kirk 11:08); 2 Elvet Striders 33:35 (C White 10:39, G Davis 10:28, R Layton 12:28); 3 Morpeth H 35:06 (L Cavill 10:59, P Woodcock 12:43, G Bayne 11:24); 4 Morpeth H B 35:47; 5 Blaydon H 35:55
Fastest: Davis (M60) 10:28; White (M60) 10:39; M Steven (Morp B, M60) 10:44
Women: Valentine (W60) 11:21; Layton (W65) 12:28; L Chapman (Morp B, W60) 12:31

Additional Comments: Results courtesy of Graham Bell / Elswick team (5.00pm). 109 teams completed (last time: 47:15, splits courtesy of D Gilmore 10:48, J Kilgour 17:54 and G Routledge 18:33). Heaton B team splits were: C Townsend 9:24, E Roberts 10:09, I Robinson 8:36.