Bob's Freeloaders Triumph
relay team showed they were made of sterner stuff
than their name implies when they came from behind
to clinch victory in the closing stages of last
Saturdays Dugdale Family Relays.
Amateur Athletic Club runners competed in six
five runners each, over a 1.9km
course. Each team consisted of 3 senior and a
junior runner, all completing two legs of the course,
and one sub-junior runner completing one leg
making 9 laps all up.
Freeloaders runners, Peter Blair, Stan Watson,
Bob Freeland, Emily Parnaby, and Elly Barnett.
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The sub-junior runners set
off first, with Steggall’s
Stragglers team member Liam Scott soon opening
up a big lead over Macca’s Mercenaries
Elly Barnett. Close behind was Liam Burns for
Saunterers, while Georgia Barnett from Bob’s
Freeloaders was in fourth place as they came
through for the first change.
Over the next
five laps, Steggall’s Stragglers
other team members of Peter Steggall, John
Kelly, Emma Kelly and Carol Lehmann kept their
the lead, although with an ever reducing margin.
Bob’s Freeloaders team members of Bob
Freeland, Peter Blair, Stan Watson and Emily
into third place ahead of Gary’s Saunterers,
Duke’s Dawdlers and Kelvin’s Crawlers.
3 legs to go, Peter Blair took Bob’s
Freeloaders to the lead, relegating Steggall’s
Stragglers to second place, before they slipped
further back on the next leg behind Macca’s
Stan Watson ran the final
leg for Bob’s Freeloaders,
and had to fight off a strong challenge from
John Kelly, who had already passed Gary Howden.
Watson hung on to give Bob’s Freeloaders
the win, with Kelly of Steggall’s Stragglers
not far behind in second place.
in third for Macca’s Mercenaries, cheered
on by the rest of the team of Ivan McDonald,
Shaun Parnaby and Elly Barnett.
Saunderers finished fourth, Duke’s
Dawdlers fifth, and Kelvin’s Crawlers
Full team details and times
are available here (pdf