Tuesday 17th December saw we the annual HHH Christmas Cracker relay on Tooting track, which comprised a parlauf where teams of 3 ran as many 200m reps as they could within a time limit of 20 minutes.
This is a continuous relay where Christmas crackers were used as batons and was enjoyed by a bumper turnout of 30 teams of 3. The winners were team number 5, all of whom train with James McDonald’s young athletes middle distance group. Team 66 were 2nd and team D placed 3rd among the usual mayhem.
Then on Sunday morning 22nd December the club hosted a quieter, but no less enjoyable festive annual Christmas “Road” Relays on Tooting Common.
Flooding on one of the usual paths meant a shorter leg for each runner with one lap per stage of approx 1.4 miles each.
The race attracted mainly the young athletes in the club, but the three fastest individual legs of the day were recorded by senior men with under 13 Josh Lee-Baum the 4th quickest.
There were also some parents among those in the 12 teams of 3, at least a couple of whom would not be out of place if running as part of our club teams.
Most heartwarming of all was seeing coach James McDonald himself running a leg showing his athletes how it is done (and not taking any wrong turnings!), amazing after all the medical tribulations James has endured in recent years.
Results are as below:-