H90J were privileged to have a team running the Green Belt Relay over the weekend of the 20/21st May this year.
The event is a 220mile, 22 stage relay race around London on Towpaths, Footpaths, Bridleways, the Essex Way, the North Downs etc.etc. and has some of the loveliest runs to be found in the South East. My stage, 18, which ended at Box Hill in Surrey has the most spectacular views of any run I have ever done, looking out from the top of Box Hill over the downs at the finish is just breath-taking (or was that the run to get there?).
We had a team of 11 runners who did fantastically well, some at very short notice, as injuries and withdrawals left us facing only having runners for 19 of the 22 stages, but in the end we managed 21 of the 22 stages, which was a logistical triumph, even if it didn’t exactly reflect in the over all results.
So Well Done and a big thank-you to Ron Dobie, Neil Moses, Amanda Keasley, Mark Dalby, Sue Spong, Brian Parish, Keith Penfold, Mike Diver, Steve Cipa and Andi Wright. Ed Note - special thanks to Denis Mole for organising, pushing and managing our team.
As a club, H90J, came last, bottom of the table, we’d have been relegated if it was a league. Out of 50 teams, 30odd clubs, we were the slowest overall. We might have only come last in one stage but overall we need to be faster and have a FULL TEAM.
The club needs to have a re-think as to how we organise this event if we want to participate in the future, more runners and more reserves comes to mind as the obvious, but it needs to be a Club event and should be one of the highlights of our year.