Dulwich Runners’ annual Midsummers Relays and Children’s Fun attracted a bumper turnout in Dulwich Park last week.
Seventy-five children competed in the one-mile fun run with Joe Winlaw winning in 5:46. Samuel Little (6:08) and Romain Daly-Gourdialsing (6:13) completed the medal places for the boys. Jasmine Mahoney (6:31) just edged Hope Skinner (6:34) to first place for the girls. Salome Bouten (6:48) was third, pipping Jasmine Bell by one second.
A relay race followed with each of the 100 teams completing three laps with prizes for the best-placed men’s, women’s and mixed teams.
Arlo Ludwick of Herne Hill Harriers (4:52) just pipped Dale Seddon (4:54) to the fastest first leg with both storming around the course.
Josh Pewter (5:12) ran a controlled second leg to increase Herne Hill’s lead over their nearest challengers allowing Jack Broatchie to seal the glory in a five minute finishing leg. Kent AC’s team of Ben Cook, Barny Day and Ian Elwood took second place.
A Dulwich Runners team of Tony Tuohy, Ali Campbell and Dylan Wymer took first place in the mixed category.
Wymer ran the fastest third leg of any runner (4:54) to pass his rivals with nine seconds to spare. The Kent AC Heroes team of Peter Lighting, Georgina Wiley and Adam Patterson fought off a challenge by Reggie’s Rockets – Dale Seddon, Chloe Green and Ian Burnes – to take second place.
In the ladies category, Dulwich Runners’ team of Lucy Clapp, Anna Thomas and Yvette Dore enjoyed a tense battle with the London City AC team of Anastasia Bligh, Emer Kerr and Alice Aniello and the “Not Fast, But Kinda Furious (NFBKF)” team of Anna Box, Rachel Kearsey and Ellie Balfe over the three legs.
Box ran 6:14 to initially lead before London City went in front on the second leg with a strong run by Kerr (6:31).
Dore then anchored the Dulwich team to first place, overturning a small deficit to win by 15 seconds, with London City and NFBKF second and third respectively.