Peter Palmer Relays
On Saturday afternoon a minibus containing 9 SO Juniors and 3 adults headed north to Tankersley Woods in Sheffield for the annual Peter Palmer Relays – a team race that starts in the dark at 05:00 in the morning (first alarm clock this year hit us at 3:55am!).
Stan Heap on the first leg brought the team back in an incredible 2nd place, handing over to sister Scarlet who put in another comfortable night leg, navigating through the complex contours and twisty path network. Emils Ummers, fresh from training in Latvia, impressed on the final night leg, delivering a brilliant performance on the tricky Light Green course. He handed over to Amelia Bartlett who capably interpreted the map in the morning light before handing over to the Yellow leg runners in a decent time. Tommy Heap, Ffion Jones and PPR first-timer Luke Temblett Wheatley sped round the course, working together to ensure the team came back in a decent position. On the final leg Sam Leitch brought us back in a commendable 7th out of 21 teams which is a brilliant result.
All the members from this year will still eligible to compete in 2019 so, with a team that are all a year older and with more training, we’re aiming to podium. It’s always a fun event with a great atmosphere and is going to be in the south next year so we hope to get out a second team (or three!). Huge congratulations to all the juniors for a great performance and for being a pleasure to spend time with. And of course thanks to Anna Bartlett and Rob Lines for taking us there - and Maddie for the team support!
A more detailed report will be in the Southdowner newsletter.
Alex Lines (Junior Team Manager)
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