Following the cold frosty mornings of the previous few days, yesterday turned out to be mild., with temperatures of around 6C, for the 3 x 3400m legs of the annual cross country relays at Durham.
Blaydon had one team entered (unfortunately for Alan S and Brian who are both in the over 55 category) in the 45- 55 year old category. As they say in horse racing parlance the going was firm to soft on this flat two loops per leg course.
I ran first leg and set of at what felt like a reasonable pace, covering the first loop in 5.26 and lying in 13th place. Unfortunately, half way around the second loop I started to struggle, loosing 3 places to hand over in 16th place in 11min 07 sec. Not a time to set the world alight but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was great to be back racing after such a long lay off.
Brian who took over from me on second leg completed his leg in 12.24 and 22nd place, while Alan S ran 11.32 (second fastest M55 time) to bring us home in 17th position overall (5th M45 - M55 team).
Full results of the race can be found at http://www.northeastraces.com