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Report by Richard Allan
2018-06-28 12:30:59

East Kent Road Relays Samphire Hoe

The latest leg of the road relays series took us to Samphire Hoe on Tuesday evening where we had a good turnout from the ladies again but unfortunately reduced men’s teams due to work commitments, illness and injury.

As usual for Samphire Hoe there was a stiff breeze which chilled the air although the sunshine for the first part of the evening warmed us a little. The course was the same as in previous years, encompassing a stretch of just under ¾ mile on the sea defence wall before turning into the nature reserve. The nature reserve section starts with a gravelly uphill and then undulates around the reserve for just under a mile and then back onto the sea defence wall for the final run back to the finish. Fortunately, the nature reserve wasn’t in full sunshine by the time we were all running so the local population of adders were tucked away from the trails! The course is just over 2.3 miles but the combination of the gravel hill and the breeze in our faces for the last ¾ mile means you have to work pretty hard on the course!

Once again, looking through the results, the runners from TRAC had a strong run and clearly worked hard to get the well-deserved great times, especially as many of the runners had been racing at Sandwich or at the North Downs on Sunday. There were notablystrong performances from the ladies’ Senior and V35 teams and the men’s V60 teamall finishing second in their categories.

As usual the encouragement of team mates during the races helped a lot, especially for the final sprint to the finish. Hopefully all the runners enjoyed both the running and supporting their team mates.

The next leg of the relays is on Tuesday 11th July at Canterbury and we’d encourage anyone that wants to run to speak with Richard Purton or Claire Greenaway, the team captains for the men’s and ladies’ teams as we are sure you will have great fun. As this one will be the last of the season the tradition is to have a bit of a picnic after the races whilst waiting for the overall results and presentations to take place so bring some bites to eat with you.


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