The Neptune Relays, organised by Sedgefield Harriers, once again proved to be a massive hit with club runners across the region as 118 teams made their way to County Durham to compete last Wednesday (26 April). Split into four stages of 1.7 miles, the course makes a figure of eight route around the Serpentine Lake.
First hosted by Sedgefield Harriers in 2008 with 13 teams taking part, the Neptune Relays has grown steadily over the years, but enjoyed a surge in participation in 2012 when clubs from across the North East and North Yorkshire made their way to Hardwick Park.
On the race front, the event saw Durham City Harriers retain their title in the men’s field, followed by Middlesbrough & Cleveland and Birtley AC. In the women’s race, Crook & District AC also won for a second successive year, with Birtley AC in second and Elvet Striders third. Billingham Marsh House Harriers won the men’s veteran 50 race and Sedgefield Harriers triumphed in the women’s veteran 45.
Event director Ean Parsons commented: “The tenth running of the Neptune Relays was a big success, with even more teams than in 2016. As always, there was keen competition at the front of the field and some impressive running on show by club athletes from around the North East. It was also great to see so many runners of all ages and abilities taking part in what we have always promoted as a welcoming and inclusive event.”
Ean added: “Once again, we are very grateful to Hardwick Park for allowing us to host the relays in such a beautiful setting, and to the many volunteers from Sedgefield Harriers and the wider North East athletics community who make grass roots races like this possible.”