The club’s Boxing Day relays moved to a virtual event for 2020. Registered runners were assigned to teams (named for club record holders on the track and road) at 10am, and photos of watches and GPS screenshots and links flooded in throughout the day.
Team Matt Shone (Rhys Edwards, Caroline Frith, Stefan Prince and Clair Stockings) ran out winners of the 2x2 mile, 2x1 mile virtual relay with a time of 39:43. They edged out Team Andy Morgan-Lee (Bertie Powell, Matilda Frith, Zoë Watson and Alex Wardle) on 40:41 and Team Jo Fenn (Tom Beedell, Charlotte Lovell, Jasmine Hall and Mark Adolphus) on 42:14. There were 44 individual participants across 12 teams.
James Stockings ran the fastest 2 mile leg of the day
Particular credit must go to all the parents and coaches who enabled the club’s younger members, friends and family safely to record a time by accompanying them and sharing their GPS watches. Full results are at http://bit.ly/wgel_boxingday. Here are the incomplete and unofficial awards from the day:
Fastest 2M male: James Stockings with 10:12
Fastest 2M female: Caroline Frith with 13:30
Fastest 1M male: Hugh Beedell with 5:43
Fastest 1M female: Kate Stockings with 6:42, with very honourable mention to U11 Jasmine Hall on 6:48.
Fastest 2M by an U13: Matilda Frith with 15:05.
Fastest 1M by U13s: virtual tie of Oliver Brown and Oskar Prince on 6:45 (allowing for slightly different recorded distances).
Most scenic course: Kavita Solder and Dan Bickford-Beers, on Paignton seafront.
Most remote course: Zoë Watson, on the moors of North Devon.
Most traditional course: Bertie Powell, on the original circuit at High Beach church.
Most challenging course: Gregor Samson, with a continuous uphill mile in North Weald to record 6:49 (only just missing out on fastest U13).
Best tribute to club’s history: Alex Wardle, for a point-to-point mile finishing at the Woodford Green working men’s club, where the club was founded in 1908.
Most exhausted parent: Joe Everitt, running his own mile leg and accompanying sons Zac and Leo, who were barely slower, meaning three challenging uphill finishes in Gunpowder Park.
Most finishers with the same surname: A tie between the Murphys, Friths and Princes, on 4 each.
Largest exceeding of family’s expectations: Amelia Beedell, aged 3, pulling out a 13:47 mile to beat the Boxing Day dusk and close in Team Phil Norman.
We very much hope that the relays can resume in their usual format on Boxing Day 2021. For now, thank you to all participants for making this year’s version fun to organize and follow, and a Happy New Year to everyone at the club.