12 Jul (not) The Cosmeston Relays 12th July 2020

We mentioned in last week’s Weekend Roundup that the Club wanted to mark the occasion of the scheduled date (8th July) for the 30th Anniversary of the Cosmeston Relays….and we were able to persuade previous Club Chairman Clem Clement (that’s him in the cover pic above, on the right in rather fetching Scottish garb!) to pen some personal reflections on the origins of the event…which you can read here.

Our Race Director for the Relays is the indefatigable Lyn Evans, and Lyn likes a challenge. He dreamt up a way for the Club to celebrate the event by devising our own personal, in-house, 3 x 3 mile relay….with a few house rules. No running on the Cosmeston course. No actual physical handovers. Club Members only. But lots of fun features…inventive names, wacky selfies, mixed age group team categories…with a grand finale a live Facebook replay of the event on Sunday afternoon! A chance to get the beers in, bung another shrimp on the barbie and cheer your team mates on…albeit several days after they actually ran their leg! A great ‘reward’ for loyal Club members who are normally marshalling 200 teams / 800 runners on the night…..

The week running up to race day was frenetic, with several headcase members running three legs for three separate teams….here’s a montage of the various batons and secret communication going on…..

We’d never attempted anything like this before, but everyone got stuck in…here are the stats as we approached the Race Start at 4pm…..

And here are the Runners and Riders, with some rather interesting team names…..

Lyn had meticulously prepped up all the results and then started the clock on Facebook at 4pm on the dot…and the thread went bananas, with about 270 separate comments by the end of the day!

So what happened in the actual race? Well the out and out favourites were Socially Distanced Striders, and they didn’t disappoint, with a scintillating display of front-running. Nathan Christoforato blasted off from the gun, finishing well clear in 17:55, handing over to Ian Southwell who ran an almost identical time (17:57), which just left Andy Pearce to complete the ‘glory leg’ in 18:11….top work, fellas! They were followed in over four minutes later by Chalke and Two Cheeses, Andy Pearce again (19:13) followed by Kevin Chalke (18:39) and Simon Williamson (20:47). The third and final podium spot went to Cae Canol Chasers, which must be one of the fastest roads in Penarth! First off was Ian Southwell (18:37), followed by Kumi Southwell (23:38) and Catherine Barker (21:48).

There was a bit of a scuffle for the next three positions, but the wonderfully named 50 Shades of Blue and Yellow scraped home in 4th (Debbie Warburton, Lisa Cleary & Cath Tailby, all running very similar times), followed in by Chafing The Dream (the beer-swilling lot above, Kuldeep Singh, Melissa Smith and Andrew Gardner) and Diesel Engines (new member Mark Broughton, Kuldeep again and David Brown).

Special mentions to some geographically-distanced teams…the Salti Dragons were split between Glasgow (Janice and Clem Clement) and Cardiff (Judy Maragna), Peru and Dubai Runners having anchor leg Tim Beswick running in 41 degree heat in Dubai (the Peruvian connection being Sully resident Tania Miranda)….

And from end of the distance spectrum to the other….we had one team made up of the same household in Rhoose. Bruffy’s Reunited comprised of Mum Julie, Dad Mark and son Sam…well done the Broughton Family!

We were also delighted to welcome back to the P&D scene past Chair Yvonne Williams, who escaped from a bit of animal husbandry to run with the ‘mature’ Club 189 team (the clue’s in the name…) She teamed up with the present Chair Simon Williamson and RD Lyn Evans (how many RDs get to run in their own events?)

Full results and times here…and big thanks again to our wonderfully calm (and very humourous) Race Director Lyn, who kept us very entertained throughout proceedings.

Finally we should mention that running up to three separate 3 mile time trials was not enough for some of our members. This weekend saw another Cardiff Summer Series begin, with the new challenge being time trials over 1/2/3/4 km, instead of the earlier mile version.

Here’s a snapshot of the latest results….great running by Paul McGilvray up in Harrogate, and Tim Cummings, wow, that’s a super-fast time! As for Malcolm Bradley, well I don’t think anyone locally will get close to him in the M70 Age Category at ANY distance at the moment….great running Malcolm.

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