Ready to hand the baton over at the Starlight Trails Relay Series

Starlight Success

The Trails Relay Series was in sparkling form in spite of Covid.

The Starlight Trails Relay Series 2021-2022 ended on a high as a bumper turnout in all three races tackled a mix of terrain where they competed for points and prizes. There was a hard fought contest between Heanor RC, BADGERS and Hermitage Harriers in the ‘Best Performing Club’ category...
Whilst Covid put a spoke into the 2020-2021 Series, it didn’t do the same with the 2021-2022 event that saw the Starlight Relays bounce back with an energy and enthusiasm welcomed by all. This is a popular series that is accessible to new as well as experienced runners who had their moment in the spotlight at Shipley Park (4 November), Markeaton Park (2 December) and Calke Park (6 January). 

Spotlight or rather spotlights were the order of the evening as runners in head-torches put their best foot forward for their team or club on courses that varied in difficulty in each of these races. What they all had in common was Male/Female/Mixed teams completing 4 legs of 2 miles approx in an electric atmosphere and with camaraderie second to none. 

The Series Winners were: 

Heanor RC - ‘Best Performing Club’ category.

Got a Light Mate? – Male Team who shone in all three races.

Run 4 U & Perform – Female Team who lived up to their name.

It’s All Downhill – Mixed Team who was in the ascendency. 

Full results from the three races are available on the Peak Running Website.  

Organiser Andy Brooks at Peak Running congratulated them and everyone who took part that made it a competitive and enjoyable series saying: "The Starlight Relays have always provided some of our favourite nights out amongst the running community. But with the chaos and excitement of the transition area being the antithesis of social distancing there have been times over the past couple of years when we wondered if they’d ever be back. So we were delighted to get them back on the calendar this winter and really chuffed that the community turned out in big numbers to support them again, after the Covid enforced break.”

Next up is Run for the Trees, a personal challenge event beginning on 1st February followed by the Winter Bash. For more details about these and other events, visit the Peak Running website. 

Image courtesy of Mehul Vaitha Photography.

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