Dulwich teams were in action in two contrasting relay events over the weekend. Six Dulwich teams took part in the annual British Masters Athletics Federation Road Relays on an undulating 5 km course at Sutton Park in the West Midlands.
First up was the W55+ team, with Ros Tabor running the first leg in 24:06 keep Dulwich in good contention for a medal. Ange Norris then ran the third fastest time (21:29) of the age group to take Dulwich up to third. Clare Elms then ran the fastest time (18:45) by over two minutes to easily pick off the two runners ahead and win gold for the team by three minutes.
The M55+ A team of Steve Smythe (21:11), Tony Tuohy (17:51) and Michael Fullilove (20:35) gained a credible 10th place against strong opposition. Tuohy was in particularly good form recording the fastest second leg of any of the competitors. The M55+ B team finished 27thwith good efforts from Andy Murray (28:48), Ebe Prill (21:22) and Ian Sesnan (25:20). The Men’s M65+ team ran out 6th with Bob Bell (24:12), Hugh Balfour (21:31) and Barrie John Nicholls (25:03) enjoying the conditions.
In the M35+ race, Lee Fedden ran a storming 16:16 (4th place) in one of the club’s best ever M35 Masters performances on this course. Despite some excellent efforts from James Burrows (19:10), Ross Rook (19:46), Jonathan Whittaker (20:21), Martin Double (21:05) and Gary Budinger (24:53), Dulwich M35+ gradually lost places to the faster teams from the Midlands and the North, and finished 27th overall. In the M45+ race, Steve Davies (17:31) continued his good post marathon form to build on Charles Lound’s (18:33) opening run to take Dulwich to a race high of 10th. Credible performances from Mark Foster (20:34) and Andrea Ceccolini (20:51) saw Dulwich home in 19thplace.
Meanwhile a team of 11 from Dulwich finished 20th ran 22 stages over 220 miles in the Green Belt Relay around London. Andrea Pickup won Stage 10 in deepest Essex, and both Dylan Wymer and Tom South recorded podium positions on their respective stages. Special kudos to Ange Norris who made it down to Essex following her gold medal run at Sutton Park to race another 7.5 miles on the Saturday afternoon.
Members were also in action in various marathons. Jack Ramm followed up his excellent cross country season with a fine 2 hours 53 minutes to take bronze on a tough 3 lap Exeter Marathon course. Paul Devine improved on his London run, and despite tailing off in the closing miles, finished in 6th place with a ‘good for age’ time of 3 hours 4 minutes. Grzegorz Galezia’s hunt for a sub 3 hour marathon will continue for another day after a 3 hour 9 minute run in Copenhagen.
Photo: Clare Elms finishing in first for the W55 team in Sutton Park