The annual Durham Cathedral Relays, on Sunday 15th January 2017,
were subject to a last minute course change, due to the usual circuit being
rendered unusable on grounds of safety, because of conditions
left by the snowfall that hit the region on Friday.
The event was switched from the old Racecourse venue to the nearby
Durham University Playing Fields at Maiden Castle, as Durham City Harriers
were forced to make stringent efforts in finding a suitable course as,
albeit not quite as testing, as a last minute, last ditch effort.
Thankfully the threatened constant rain that had been promised, had abated
by the time proceedings got underway on Sunday Morning,
and runners faced conditions, that although were relatively soft underfoot in parts,
were not quite as heavy as expected, and times for the two lap 3k circuits were therefore relatively fast.
It was a winning day at the office however for Morpeth Harriers Senior Women, who won
from Gateshead Harriers, with early leaders Jarrow and Hebburn eventually finishing third.
Josie Cram had the Morpeth team in second place on the first leg, clocking the second fastest
time of the day overall of 10m46s, behind Gosforth’s Helen Warburton (10m42s).
Helen King slipped to third on the second leg, posting a time of 12m42s,
however Gemma Floyd’s 11m56s on the final leg was enough to seal a Morpeth victory.