Turing Trail Relay

Formerly a semi-open relay race with teams from many clubs, in more recent years this race has morphed into an annual invitation match between Ely Runners and local Hash House Harriers, St. Radegund.

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Formerly a semi-open relay race with teams from many clubs, in more recent years this race has morphed into an annual invitation match between Ely Runners and local Hash House Harriers, St. Radegund.

The agreed rules of engagement being to field evenly balanced teams of three, rather than all-out ability grouping. This produces a friendly spirit and surprisingly close racing, with all teams finishing within 50 mins of each other.

Stage 1 is 11 scenic miles from the cathedral Gallery to Waterbeach via the West bank of the Cam. Stage 2 is 8 miles from Waterbeach on into Cambridge to cross the Cam at the Green Dragon in Chesterton, returning via muddy Fen Ditton then retracing the tow path to Waterbeach. Stage 3 is 12 miles from Waterbeach along the East side of the cam, via the legendary ‘Chalk Pit’ to return in Ely, ascend Cherry Hill and lap the cathedral to finish. These paths are at their best in the early spring when the race traditionally takes place, on the third Sunday in March. Vegetation is low, and midges not yet awake.

This year sunny, pleasantly cool and only moderate northerly breeze. Little rain preceding made going firm(ish) under foot. Low-key and self timed, entries are also welcome from individuals, though the pewter cup is for the fastest team of three.

Two runners took the solo challenge, with Ely’s Craig Holgate unhitching even the fastest team at some point during stage two to stretch out the fastest time over distance on the day by 10 mins.

The racing was self timed this year, and as if to emphasise the informality, St. Ragegund entered using encrypted code names, with their only solo competitor, Jesus, actually competing on three different teams. They did however provide a buffet lunch at the Price Albert afterwards, so can be excused the informality.

Results:

ER: Craig Holgate 03:52
St. Rad Yorkshire Whippet Groin Strain: John H 04:04
St. Rad: Joe B Norbert B Fence Fecker 04:08
St. Rad: Jesus (1) John L Ed C 04:15
St. Rad: Bimbles Xiaolin W Satan 04:21
ER: Samantha Collins-Shirley Graham Chapman Richard Hill 04:22
ER: Jose Perez Ben Morris Ben Morris 04:30
ER: Kirstie Blencowe Peter Wood Kieren Drane 04:30
St. Rad: Gareth R Ale Mary Jesus (3) 04:52
St. Rad: Kristy Jesus (2) Alun L 04:52

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