Organisers comments - Colin Hicks
Peartree Green and Woolston was the location for the second running of the Sunset and Beyond Relay.
As last year we had 9 teams competing, this year however, clubs struggled to get competitive teams and had to borrow runners from each other in order to create sensible teams. Most of the "borrowing" ocurred between WIM and BADO, but even SOC wasn't exempt, in having a guest from BKO. BADO also had one runner doing 2 legs. All that said the teams all seemed to enjoy the event and its format.
Competitors were surprised in the difficulty of Peatree Green and the small difficult pockets of woodland in Jurds Lake and Mayfield Park on the long legs at night.
Results - listed in a sreadsheet see results section
So with 5 competitive teams WSX Raiders retained the trophy by 50 minutes with a close race between SN and BKO for 2nd and third, with SN prevailing by just over 5 minutes after 5 and a half hours.
I have learnt more about this event and next year will use mass starts on subsequent legs earlier in order to keep the event moving.
So now to the thanks to the SOC volunteers, Anya Crocker for planning, and Philip Cooper WIM for controlling. A small band of SOC helpers all of which were vital in contributing to the success of the event, they were Julia Loring, Mary Nixon, Norman Wilson, Terry Sankey, Andy Nash and Kevin Bracher. Unseen by the event thanks to Terry Smith and David Currie in producing event software for entry, team declaration, download and results. Also to mention and thanks to Anya'a parents DEE who manned the map exchange on legs 1 and 6.
Thanks also to Up and Running who provided the race bibs.
Controllers comments to follow