Parkland Relays success

The Windmilers had a very enjoyable and successful night at the Parkland Relays on Wednesday, racing to fourth place against highly-competitive fields in both men&;s and women&;s races and claiming the men&;s vets prize for the second year running.

In all, 64 Windmilers - organised into eight men&;s and 11 women;s relay teams - run a leg of the 2.8-mile course on a lovely spring evening in Richmond Park.

The senior men&;s team of Mark Bridges, Hamish Maclean, Nathan Andrews and Matt Nutt went one place better than last year&;s fifth place effort, finishing in a time of 1:02:02.

The leading ladies team of Kate Carter, Samantha Pickford and Clare Mullenger were also fourth (and third in the 35-and-over category), narrowly missing out on a podium finish with a total time of 55:07. Not far behind was the senior team of Bernadette Maher Allan, Lucy Snowball and Julia Donovan, finishing in 57:32, good for ninth place overall. 

In the men&;s 40-and-over category, our vet&;s A team successfully defended its title from last year, with Neil Guthrie, Simon Newton, Michael Daniels and Mark Rabbetts taking home the beer in a winning time of 1:05:57. There was also a fine performance from the vet&;s B team of Sandy Pfeifer, Guy Surtees, James Whale and Norman Urquia to finish in second in the same category.

Both men&;s and women&;s races were won by Clapham Chasers.

Quickest individual splits in the ladies race were by Lucy (18:00), Samantha (18:04) and Kate (18:17), all three showing that their excellent London Marathon efforts hasn&;t blunted their speed over the shorter distances.

For the men, the fastest times were recorded by Matt (14:50), Hamish (15:25) and Mark Bridges (15:39). Matt&;s superb run made him not only the third quickest individual on the night, but was also the first-ever sub-15 minute performance on the course by a Windmiler.

Thanks on behalf of the team captains to everyone who ran or supported on the night. It was great to see so many Windmilers enjoying both the race and the post-event social in the Telegraph. The tourism award goes to Clare who travelled from Dubai to make it, and an honourable mention too to John and Francesca Carter for flying home from Spain on the day. Thanks too to Thames Hare & Hounds for their excellent organisation - the event deservedly goes from strength-to-strength.

Our next relay event - the Surrey Road Relays - takes place at Wimbledon Park on Saturday 5 September. Further details nearer the time!