VAA-NEE Road Relays – 12th June 2013

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Just days after pounding the streets of Newcastle and Blaydon, the Tyne Bridge Harriers golden oldies were out again in strong numbers, this time at the VAA-NEE Road Relay championships at Bedewell Park, Jarrow.

The event, for athletes aged 35 and over, began with the Ladies race, and teams had to consist of three members, each running 2 laps of 1.5k. Competing for TBH were Julie Shaw, Lisa Walker, Lucy Matheson, Kerry Reed, Sara Sedgley and Sinead Coffey.

 

Julie Shaw

Julie Shaw

 

Lisa Walker

Lisa Walker

 

Lucy Matheson

Lucy Matheson

 

Kerry Reed

Kerry Reed

 

Sara Sedgley

Sara Sedgley

 

Sinead Coffey

Sinead Coffey

 

Next up were the Men, with the club fielding four teams in the V35-44 category and two teams in the V45-54 age group. As with the earlier race, teams consisted of three members, all having to run 2 x 1.5k around Bedewell Park.

The beauty of having short laps is that they pass by quite quickly, and spectators don’t have to walk far to watch the action unfolding. It does mean, however, that it tends to be an all out dash for the duration of the race, which wasn’t helped by the murky conditions on the evening.

After less than 30 minutes of racing, the main results were in, and Tyne Bridge had came 2nd in both age categories.

Despite the best efforts of the V35 A-team (Matty Tomlinson, Dave Moir and David Anderson), they had to succumb to overall race winners Low Fell and settle for silver medals. In the V45 age group, Sunderland Harriers emerged victorious, with their trio of runners beating the TBH team of Kenny Mac, Paul Hilton and Keith Smith.

Many congratulations to both clubs on their well deserved victories.

Although slightly disappointing not to pick up Gold medals, it was still a great evening for the club, with several members making their debut in this type of race environment. For Michael Blench, Steve Douthwaite and Alan Hodgson (making his debut in the club vest) the experience will be invaluable and will pay good stead for future races.

 

Kenny

Kenny

 

Paul Hilton

Paul

 

Keith Smith

Keith

 

Matty

Matty

 

Dave Moir

Dave Moir

 

David Anderson

David Anderson

 

DD

DD

 

Simon Pryde

Simon Pryde

 

Alan Hodgson

Alan Hodgson

 

David Appleby

David Appleby

 

Keith Rooney

Keith Rooney

 

Dave Young

Dave Young

 

Alex Lockwood

Alex Lockwood

 

Steve Douthwaite

Steve Douthwaite

 

Kevin Cheetham

Kevin Cheetham

 

Mal Gibson

Mal Gibson

 

Michael Blench

Michael Blench

 

Finally, a great big thank you to all the members who went along to support the runners and a special mention to Ron Murray for the photographs.

Tyne Bridge Harriers

Tyne Bridge Harriers

 

Sorry folks, still waiting for the results to be published

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    • Anji on 13th June 2013 at 09:54
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    Well done everyone x

    • Hodge on 13th June 2013 at 10:25
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    After 6 long months out, I finally made my debut for TBH , the team spirit and desire is second to none. Thanks to everyone for your support

    • John JH on 13th June 2013 at 13:20
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    Great effort folks!

    • Colin Dilks on 14th June 2013 at 17:07
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    looks like you’re all putting a lot of effort in to it by the photographs. Well done! Looks like fun.

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