Last Wednesday evening (6 July) saw the re-scheduled Shugborough Relays around the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire. Young and old, runners and non-runners pushed themselves to the limits around a punishing course.
This event was due to take place on 15 June but extreme weather conditions combined with the Staffordshire 70.3 (Half Ironman) meant that the course was unsafe for use. The race organisers had a difficult decision to make and consequently, postponed the event until the 6 July.
The relays are a perennial favourite with clubs across the region who relish the competitive aspect as well as the camaraderie. It’s efficiently organised by Stafford Harriers and open to teams of four people including not only running clubs but also groups of friends, work colleagues, families and other sports clubs, e.g. badminton.
The 2016 route had changed from last year for logistical reasons and was slightly longer at 2.3 miles. It provided a mixture of tarmac and woodland areas that had a ‘cross country’ feel to them and according to several runners, was physically demanding to say the least! It may have been short but it is maximum intensity from start to finish.
Prizes awarded for fastest male and female in all categories: these included male and female teams, veterans teams, super vets teams, ultra super vets teams, boys teams, girls teams, mixed teams, works teams and family teams. It also included prizes for the winning Staffs County Council (SCC) inter-departmental team and best team name.
New for 2016 were medals for all finishers.
Ben Gamble’s winning streak helped his Tipton Harriers team, ‘Ball Park Striders’ win the Male Team Open prize in a total time of 47:58. Birchfield Harriers ‘Cockayne Flyers’ won the Female Team Open prize in a total time of 55:41.
All the results are available on the Stafford Harriers website.