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Peter Palmer Relays 2022

Podium Finishes for both Junior Teams

Last edited: Tue 13 Sep 2022

We entered two teams in the Peter Palmers relays on Sunday 11th September. A team of six in the Peter Palmer relay competition came fifth overall but third in the Peter Palmer Joan George age adjusted category. This team consisted of Jocie Hilton, Aidan Hilton, Charlotte Slade, Ethan Daplyn, Charlotte Lovegrove and Tommy Rollins. Everyone in the team ran well navigating the early morning in Sutton Park, West Midlands. Jocie started the team in the dark at 4.30am handing over to Aidan on the second leg. Subsequently, Charlotte Slade and Ethan Daplyn both ran strongly. After being handed over by Charlotte Lovegrove on leg 5, Tommy had a big chase to catch the Happy Herts team's leg 6 junior which he managed to do by seconds in an exciting photo finish just after 8am.

A team of five in the Daybreak Bowl competition also came third with Laura Barrett, Jake Hilton, Livia Daplyn, Henry Little and Rebecca Lovegrove. Again, all the juniors ran well. After a good run from Laura, Jake on leg 2 brought the team up into third place overtaking the Walton Chasers runner. Rebecca was handed the "baton" by Livia and Henry and she ran carefully and smoothly to secure the third place.

The annual relay competition is purely for juniors and a great social occasion as teams arrive to all be together from Saturday afternoon. This year teams came as far as East Anglia, Lake District, South Yorkshire and Southdowns. Thanks Peter Daplyn for the photos and parents enjoyed seeing the videos of the sprint finishes and handovers almost as they happened - it was an excited whatsapp group! Thanks also to the other travelling coaches Carol Lovegrove and Katie Clarke sacrificing a night’s sleep for the junior teams.

This was the first Peter Palmer relays to take place since 2019. Look out for next year and getting involved if you weren't able to this year.

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