Team Craig have added a new member to the team as Holly is now old enough to compete for the ever growing all sibling team so a five leg relay was ideal for our debut. The John Lucas Memorial 50 Mile Race has slowly grown over the last few years under David Meldrums stewardship and the relay race alongside the cycle event certainly deliver an excellent event.
As team manager I had the thankless task of assigning runners leg order and in my mind had it perfected with Michael leading us off on leg 1 which was 10.8 miles. As we awaited his arrival at the first checkpoint there was mention of runners taking the wrong turn early on and unfortunately he was one of them going from 3rd/4th to last/second last. He was a bit disappointed and hoped it would not cost us a podium place and we did not let this drop all day, even though he had ran 11.9 miles and was a little gubbed after chasing all the back markers.
|Michael passes on to Kate (finally)|
Kate had pulled back a couple of places and Holly set off on her 6.3 mile leg into a swirling wind which just would not let up. Michael meanwhile had been handed a new job by the team.
|Demoted to tea boy|
for my recovery drink.
Still no let up with the wind I started picking off relay runners after a couple of miles and had a great moment when a lady cyclist shouted she was packing it in as I cruised past her up a hill. By the time I reached Auldhouse several cyclists had been demoralised and that lady certainly never seen again.
My Run leg on Strava
We headed back to the start/finish line in time to see several of the leaders finishing the full race and awaited Chris's arrival. The time lost on Michael's leg was now starting to eat in to our finishing position as 3rd then 4th team came in. Chris brought us storming home finishing in 8th place and a close look at the results below indicate how many positions Michael's mishap probably cost us and missing out on being the first mixed team home.
|Sprint finish from Chris|
Top 10 Teams from 30 finishing teams :
Great day out and a race we will hopefully be back to do again next year and improve on our finishing time now we all know the route!!!!
Many thanks to David and all of his team of stewards, helpers and timekeepers for a wonderful day out.