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Bishop's Stortford Running Club members out in force at Reg Tansley Relay



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More than 100 Bishop’s Stortford Running Club members took part in the highly-anticipated Reg Tansley Relay.

The 116 entrants met at the clubhouse for the annual event, named in memory of a founding member, which was organised by head coach Mark Lawrence.

Thirty-eight teams of three or four raced in relay around a 2.5-mile course with teams calculated by Ben Pickford to be evenly matched with a predicted finish time of 1hr 11min.

The first team to finish was #20, who were led off by Emma Barnes. Andrew Wilson took the baton for the second leg before passing on to Lara Wheeldon to break the tape at the finish line in 1:01.10, a clear 20 seconds ahead of #16 in second place.

A further prize went to #5 who finished closest to their predicted time, just 43 seconds ahead of schedule. Eleanor Rodgers, Claire Boylan and Laura Hollis claimed victory in this category.

Races and events are winding down for summer now, but there was a small turnout of members taking part in Westmill parkrun, which was a championship event, on the hilly trail based at Three Lakes campsite near Ware.

Bishop's Stortford Running Club members, from left, Tony Chada, Matt Ironside, Gary Jones, Lara Wheeldon and Andy Wheeldon (58355636)
Bishop's Stortford Running Club members, from left, Tony Chada, Matt Ironside, Gary Jones, Lara Wheeldon and Andy Wheeldon (58355636)

Sam Pedley was first to finish from 113 parkrunners, in 17min 50sec, and claimed 50 championship points for his efforts.

Lara Wheeldon claimed top points in the women’s championship, finishing as fifth lady and 51st overall. Matt Ironside and Gary Jones finished sixth and seventh respectively, with Tony Chada in 37th and Andy Wheeldon in 66th.

Vicky Simpson ventured to Norfolk for the Worstead 5, organised by the North Norfolk Beach Runners, and earned a massive PB of 33.11, having not raced the five-mile distance for a while.

She finished as fifth lady from almost 500 runners and placed first in her age group to earn an engraved beer glass.

BSRC has spaces for children aged nine to 15 in the Junior Run section of the club from September.

Varied sessions cover a range of activities to improve speed and endurance running, as well as agility, balance and co-ordination. Email Ian McClymont at juniors@bsrc.org.uk to find out more.



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