Cotswold Way Relay 21 review…

After returning to the event in 2019 with an overall finishing time of 15 hours 54 minutes and 16 seconds and finishing in 17th place the club decided to enter two teams into this years 2021 event, Severn AC Vets & Severn AC A team. The race is run as 10 leg relay starting in Chipping Campden and finishing at Bath with the route which is mainly trail following the beautiful but undulating Cotswold Way.

And what a great performance both teams gave with the Vets team 1st home for the club with a time of 14 hours 43 minutes and 19 seconds and were 3rd in their age category and overall they finished in 12th place. The A team finished in a time of 15 hours 23 minutes and 17 seconds and finished 13th in their category and in 22nd place. Both teams beating the previous time set in 2019.

Below is a breakdown of the each leg…

Leg 1 (12 miles) – Starting the event for both teams were Richard Boesley for the A team and Steve Hale for the Vets, both had impressive runs with Steve finishing 2nd in the vet category and 18th overall with a time of 1:37:01, next home was Richard in 39th place with a time of 1:46:16.

Steve Hale and Richard Boesley

Leg 2 (11.9 miles) – New member Carl Beard was 1st home for the A team finishing in 26th place with a time of 1:47:05 and close behind was returning member Murco Otherthrow who finished in 30th place in a time of 1:49:01.

Leg 3 (8.3 miles) – 1st home in this leg was Rich Frape of the Vets team who finished in 74th place with a time of 1:30:40 which was impressive considering he ran an extra 1.5 miles on the 8 mile leg, he was again closely followed Farook Mota (A team) who finished in 77th place with a time of 1:34:02.

Rich Frape and Farook Mota

Leg 4 (12.8 miles) – James Rose was 1st home in this leg for the Vets team finishing 3rd in the vet category and 18th overall with a time of 1:41:39, for the A team and finishing in 36th place was Andrew Bright with a time of 1:50:45.

James Rose and Andrew Bright

Leg 5 (11.8 miles) – The vets continued their performance with Adrian England finishing 3rd in the vet category and 23rd overall with a time of 1:36:25, Alex Jenkins represented the A team and finished in 34th place with a time of 1:45:33.th

Leg 6 (8.8 miles) – Returning member Oliver Starkey pulled out a fantastic performance for the A team finishing 2nd overall with a time of 1:03:54, Imran Hassanjee was representing the Vets and he finished in 59th place with a time of 1:33:58 a strong perfomance considering he picked up an injury at mile 5.

Oliver Starkey

Leg 7 (7.3 miles) – In this leg new member John Chapman was 1st home for the Vets finishing 3rd in the vet category and 19th overall in a time of 1:02:23, for the A team was Marcus Taylor who finished in 23rd place with a time of 1:04:57.

John Chapman and Marcus Taylor

Leg 8 (12.1 miles) – The Vets team continued their strong performance in this leg with new member Matt Hitchings finishing 3rd in the vet category and 13th overall with a time of 1:37:47, representing the A team was Neil Taylor who finished in 57th place with a time of 2:02:47.

Leg 9 (9.3 miles) – In the father and son battle, Dave Clarke 👑 (who also claimed to be the club’s Cotswold Way relay champion 🤔 to go with his claim that he is the club’s 5 mile champion 🤔) was 1st home for the Vets team finishing 2nd in the vet category and 9th overall in a time of 1:07:00, his son Sebastian finished in 27th place with a time of 1:14:30.

Seb and Dave Clarke

Leg 10 (8.9 miles) – In the final leg Chris Brown was 3rd in the vet category and 13th overall with a time of 1:07:25, for the A team was new member Dan Nurse who finished in 22nd place with a time of 1:13:28.

Dan Nurse and Chris Brown

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