Just like waiting for a bus then 2 come along at once so it was the case last week with competitive races, when on Wednesday several endurance coaches organized some middle distance races on the track. Then Alis Army used Eastville park as a substitute for the traditional Sutton Park annual relays on Saturday.
Both events were very well attended & despite the appalling weather for the track races 40 young athletes turned up. There were some very competitive races ranging from 400m-800m & the consensus of opinion suggests possibly some 1500m time trails later in the Autumn is a possibility. This event was well supported by parents assisting with time keeping, track judging & despite the rain I did have a full set of results to hand thanks to the aga which dried them out nicely.
Everyone went home happy after consuming plenty of cake.
The weather could not of been more perfect for the relays & in total 4 full teams competed around the I mile lap in Eastville park. The teams consisted of new lads & old timers who have been with the group for several years .Despite the recent lack of competitive racing every one gave it their best shot & there were some surprisingly fast times especially form the younger contingent. The winning team were rewarded with chocolate medals & as the enclosed photos show except for the 2 sets of siblings social distancing did not stop the fun.
The excitement did not stop here as we finished off with a parents race. The winning time was 6.18 by Phil White.
The park lent itself very well for these informal relays & the general public appeared to be well impressed by the commitment from the lads who all gave a good account of themselves.
The highlight for me was the new toilet block recently built & open! What a relief.
Eddie 6.19 Felix 6.41 Joey 6.18 total 19.mins 18sec
Tom 6.05 Yasin 8.04 Oliver 6.10 20.mins 19sec
Max 6.30 Ravi 7.05 Ben 7.04 20.mins 39sec
Sean 6.03 Dudley 9.50 Vijay 5.44 21. Mins 37 sec.
Caleb 7.35 ( first reserve, in case someone failed to show on the day)