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Sing Relay 2020 Results

Rhys Mildon

It started out like any other sunny Saturday afternoon.

Although the entry numbers were down, our spirits were not, and with only 17 adult runners one dog and 2 kids it was going to be a small field full of quality runners.

With myself wrongfully thrown into fastest runner position I teamed up with the ever reliable Gilbert McDonald, after a few misunderstandings between the two of us about the turnaround and the baton change rules we soon figured it out and took the start line…… although momentarily held up by the fact I had a horse race to watch in the closing seconds of the start countdown (thank you all for your patience and no it wasn’t a winner)

All 8 teams took the start line plus Mark Scott and his k9 companion Max, as usual Rob went like a cut cat from the outset and set a torrid pace, soon to be caught be me and later by the many Margueritas he slurped back the night before.

At the turn around I lead narrowly from Rob followed by a mass group chasing us down, Rob turned earlier than I and after that I barely saw another soul and my pace dropped dramatically till I sighted Gilbert who was dawdling towards the finish line waiting for me to catch up, when I yelled out I was approaching he sprinted that fast I couldn’t even get near him (man’s got a good turn of foot)

The victory went to Mark Cornaga and Paul Ewart narrowly over Mark Scott and Max.
With just over 2.1/2 minutes covering the whole field over the finish it was a very even and brilliantly organised race thanks to Dave Gunn and co.


Link to event photos <<here>>

[Foot note – the two running the kids race seemed to have an absolute blast as apparent in the great finish line photo! Fantastic seeing young ones enjoying themselves…]

And a different perspective from Dawn…

Sing Relay

Dawn Tuffery

Sing Relay coincided with a gorgeous Saturday as a keen gang of Hawks congregated in Memorial Park. This one has a fun format – teams of two head out on an out-and-back, with the slower person carrying a baton. The faster runner turns at the turnaround, takes the baton from their teammate when they meet them, and heads back once more to the turn, while the other runner can head back. The aim is for both runners to cross the line together, in as fast a time as they can collectively muster. Cue the always-fun line-up from (alleged) slowest to fastest, where there was a lot of this:

 Marc was the odd person out, so got paired with his dog Max. Was this a bold burglary attempt? Time would tell.  Everyone sped off optimistically. I was paired with Kirsten, kept her mostly in sight while puffing behind, and changed baton around the top of the last uphill. We appeared to be in a good position, so I didn’t get to relax as much as I fancied, in case she appeared behind me too early. I caught Marc and Max, and contemplated throwing a stick for canine distraction but it would have taken too much effort. Paul zipped by in a strong (non-24-minute-5k) pace, having handed over his baton to Mark C. Ultimately this strong duo would take it out, from Mark and Max who had a woofing good end rally, and Kirsten and I followed. 

Great storytelling Dawn!
 There was reportedly only 2.5 minutes or so between all teams, so well done to everyone, and thanks to Dave and helpers for setting it up. Marc produced some refreshing homebrew, some Hawks had a beverage at the Eastside, and a good time was had by all. 

Sing Relay 2019 Results

Results from this weeks club event with race report to be posted in the next couple of days.

Chris Smith and Madison Rattray20.05
Marcus Daws and Tanja Miller20.13
Glenn Sexton and Zarah Rattray20.31
Joe Mace and Dave Clark20.39
Bridget Deverell and Iain Rattray20.45
Paul Reynolds and Mak Cornaga21.02
John Crane and Kerry Rattray21.04
Marc Scott and Connie Daws21.05
Dave Gunn and Sue Hunter21.29
Chris Keith and Toshimi Farrell21.37
Les Miller and Nichola McMahon21.38
Shona Dewson and Aimee Ferguson21.55
Sandra Jensen and Paul Ritchie22.05
Lucie Kibblewhite and Charli Miller22.25
Vaughan Swale and Rob Townsend22.40
Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie and Debboe Morris25.33

Sing Relay 2018 Results

Report by Glenn

The first event of the year kicked off with 26 relay runners and a couple of 2k runners in overcast and warm conditions. After teams were picked we started off in the direction of Cobham Bridge and into the bush section by Peacockes Road. At the front of the field were Lance and Simon with a string of MM runners following closely behind. At the turn around there was the usual guessing about who was ahead of who. I was the first to reach the turnaround the 2nd time but I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold the other guys out. The good thing about this event is no one really knows how they are going until it is close to the finish line. Luckily no one crossed the river or ran past the turnaround and out onto Peacockes Road so we didn’t need to send out a search party (like last year aye Jai). Well-deserved win goes to the new member pairing of Simon and Zarah with Zarah making Simon work hard to keep up in the final sprint to the line.

Thanks to Lance, Kris, Mike Riley and Wendy for giving me a hand to organise on the day.

Results in order of placings are as follows:

Simon Kerr/ Zarah Rattray
Kent Hodgson/ Dot Larsen
Marc Scott/ Ken Johnson
Paul Reynolds/ Iian Rattray
Lance Brew/ Kerry Rattray
Glenn Sexton/ Maddison Rattray
Kris Moore/ Katherine Thompson
Mike Harris/ Maryam Emami
Andrew Wark/ Dave Southwick
Lucy Farrell/ Donovan Farrell
Veronika Adams/ Vaughan Kestle
Sunil Fernandez Ritchie/ Evan Primmer
Sam Corbett/ Toshimi Farrell


View all the Sing Relay full resolution photo album on Hawks Flickr account

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Sing Relay 2017 Results

Report by Glenn

A modest but keen bunch of 18 turned up to the Sing Relay on Saturday. With the recent river floods there was doubt to which course we would use, but the levels dropped remarkably in the 24 hours leading up so we could use the usual out-and-back with a modified start.

17 runners listened to the race instructions, and those 17 didn’t get lost… however 1 unlucky runner (who was leading) ran past the turnaround cones with four words ringing in his ears, “Take two left turns”. Unbeknownst to Jai, the left turns were junctions on the riverpath before the turnaround – not left into Peacockes Road (and anyone’s guess where the 2nd one was.) End result was, Terry got an extra bit of distance in waiting to meet Jai on his way back. Terry turned around and waited for his buddy for 5 or so minutes while he took a tour of rural Peacocks Road.

Winners on the day were Fleur and Russ, followed by Emily and Kevin, and Mary and Glenn.

Big thanks to Cameron Hall, Kevin Knowles and Kris Moore for organising the day.

Report by Malesa

After a wet week and some hard work completed by some young men to sandbag the entrance to the clubrooms, Saturday was a beautiful day.
They were all off with Cameron’s loud call of ‘Go’, heading towards Cobham bridge.  The faster runner of the pair, runner 1, was required to run to the turnaround point 2.5km out from the start line then head back towards runner 2. Once they reached runner 2, a baton, in this case a small piece of Styrofoam, was handed over and runner 1 had to head back to the turnaround. Runner 2, in the meantime would head back to the start line.

Jai lead the pack from the get go, heading out with his competitive mind, followed closely by Kris and the rest of the group. Jai was in such a competitive mind that he carried on, carried on past the turnaround cones, adding an extra 3kms. As Kris followed and yelled at Jai to come back, Jai’s competitive mind continued forward. Kris, not wanting to let his team mate down, gave up and continued with the race. Everyone else was on track.  As they headed back to the finish line, runner 2 waited for runner 1 to ensure they crossed the finish line together.
First place was taken out by Rob and Fleur in a time of 21.16, followed by Kevin and Emily in 22.14, with Glenn and Mary in a time of 22.27 taking out third place.

Results are as follows:
Rob and Fleur
Kevin and Emily
Glenn and Mary
Kris and Gilbert
Dawn and Evan
David and Kai
Sandra and Craig
Gordon and Garry
Jai and Terry

Sing Relay 2015 Results

The first couple of events of a season are always filled with trepidation and this week was no exception.

How many will show up? Will we have enough food? Will we remember to get the milk? Read more

Sing Relay 2014 Results

A modest but august group of Hawks ran the Sing Relay on Saturday under glorious blue winter skies.  The format was the Helen Hall-King inspired method. The attendees were organised into ranking order. Teams of two were picked from the front and back of the line, meaning roughly even teams.

All began together, the faster runners turned at the 2.5 k mark, but upon meeting their team member , turned again in pursuit of the 2.5 k mark before heading for home, while the slower team member turned for home upon the first meeting of their faster team member. Did you get that? It’s a good no fuss, easy to organise format. The winners are the first team with both runners over the line.

The best teams were:

Lance Brew & Bridget McLaughlin (winning the Sing Relay cup)
Mike Harris and Dave Southwick
Colin King & Helen Hall-King

Thanks Helen Hall King as chief organiser and Wendy Harris who organised the kids pack run. Specials thanks also, to Brendon McLaughlin for this weeks photos, Andrew Hall for being the turning point Marshall, Kent Hodgson for lead bike duty and Judy Chandler for taking care of the afternoon tea.

On a historical note, Bruce Sing ran in the club for several season post WWII.

Sing Relay Report by Dave Southwick

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Sing Relay 2013 Results

Saturday’s Sing Relay saw a good number of entrants, and an interesting cross-section of starters.

Helen Hall-King quite literally kept everyone in line, while the selection process of pairing up the team-mates took place. The format this year was the same as last year with the Hawks Car Park used to form a line, and pair up the team-mates. Glenn Sexton mistakenly thought that being at the head of the line meant being first to the Bar. Sorry Mate, you had to run first.

The joy of this format means Club-mates were paired up with those they wouldn’t normally race with or against. Young/old/male/female/fast and slow were matched together depending on where you stood in the line-up.

The course for the 16 pairs followed the river path out under Cobham bridge to the turnaround. The faster of the pair did 5+ kms while the slower did less than 5kms depending on where they met their partner.

Tactics? Go Hard! Turnaround. Go Hard back to the Finish. If both of you gave it everything you got all the way then you would go close to being first across the line.

Who took the trophy? Mary Bollen and Evan Primmer fought off Kris Moore and Shona Dawson for line honours, with several others very close behind. Apologies, no times were taken, and the results were a bit sketchy, but it didn’t matter much as everyone appeared to enjoy themselves regardless.

Big thanks to Neil Pitts for the junior race organisation (won by Charli Miller). Thanks also to Helen, Oscar, Dawn, Tyla and others.

Overall the general consensus was that this was a Fun event, and should be retained in this format next year. I have to agree.

Sing Relay Report by Garry Wilson

P.S. Apparently the building owners from across the road from the clubrooms are now looking for new Garden Irrigation hoses. Where did we get those race Battens from again?

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