Five SE Fitness Teams entered the Showground Relays yesterday and did a cracking job! I’ve never been sure this type of competition is for us but needn’t have worried it was a well-organised, inclusive evening and a great change to be part of a team.
For those of you thinking about it for next year then you need to be at the Stafford Showground for 7pm. Less than an hour from Sutton and who doesn’t love a road trip with your mates on a summer evening?
We setup pitch under the SE gazebo for the all-important team shots. All the A’s set off first so there is a mass start if you are the A leg runner. The benefit is that you could really get pushed along but you do have to battle with the crowd. Later runners are more spread out. Two miles might not seem a long way but it’s a tough distance to run ‘flat out’ and everyone looked pretty cream crackered when they finished!
What I didn’t appreciate is how much fun the supporting / banter element would be. Because each runner takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete their leg it means the rest of the team can support and then make their way to the start for their own portion of the relay. All credit to the organisers Stafford Harriers because every runner gets a medal at the end plus a printed record of their own individual time and the team time. Thanks also to Emma Lines for organising and to Hazel for rallying the troops!
Running against some of the best athletics clubs in the Midlands I don’t think realistically we expected to win anything although there was a healthy element of competition between the SE teams. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was our mixed team of SE Fitness Leader Emma Lines with Simon Campbell and Speedworkers Olivia and Adam came in 4th in their category! Just missed a podium place!
One of the nice things is there are different categories so a few chances to shine! We missed entering a team of Female Veterans this year (4 ladies with a combined age of 160) or Female Super Veterans (4 ladies with a combined age of 200) and yet I’m sure there are a few of us at SE Fitness who fit into this category!
Once the run was over we settled down on our picnic rugs for the usual shared tales. A couple of our number brought along bottles of beer which added to the merriment. Tired and happy SE Fitness drove home in the dusk. All in all for the £6.50 entry fee I don’t think there’s much more fun to be had on a summer Wednesday evening! Who’s up for next year?!