Hairy Helmet Report and Results

1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #3319 by JamesT
Report from Jim Thorneycroft on The Hairy Helmet Relays -
A warm June evening in Darley Abbey, the sounds of merriment and mirth, people in fancy dress, batons being waved and the sounds of beer bottles rattling. Looking for the Hairy Helmet Relays? - This Must be the Place.And what a wonderfully enjoyable night we had, all 56 of us made it to run along with lots of supporters; that's the biggest turnout I can recall during my time with the club so a big thank you to everyone for competing and supporting.The senior men's team had a glory run to reclaim the Helmet and show our victory in 2015 wasn't going to be a Once in a Lifetime event . Two members from that winning team Colin Davenport and Zak Hodgkinson were joined this year by Dan Haworth and Mike Blair to leave the opposition on the Road to Nowhere by romping home by a clear margin. And Dan was Burning Down the House in the quest to win the prestigious 'Maximus' Gladiator helmet for the fastest lap of the evening, finishing in an awesome 9-58 despite an unscheduled detour.And they say the only things certain in life are death and taxes, but we're getting close to adding a third to that phrase as the MV200 claimed another win to remain undefeated in this competition and this year's Phycho Killers saw the ever present Simon Croft teaming up with Bob Foreman and the Transvulcania heroes Craig Allen and Peter Wilmot.And we came so close in a number of other categories with a number of excellent 2nd & 3rd place finishes. Huge gutsy efforts put in by everyone, what is it about having that baton in your hand that makes you want to run super quick? A special mention for the 2 junior teams of Michaela Dick, Matilda Majiewski Spencer, Mae Berrisford and Lizzie Webster along with Tom Burch, James Briggs, Ollie Lloyd and Birtie West who all put in great performances against fast opposition.

So another great evening for the club, and thanks to the committee for agreeing to sponsor the entry fees again, which were were in excess of £400 this year. We must be one of the few clubs to do this, and if you then add in the costs of supporting the entries in to the the Derwent River and Malt Shovel relays along with paying for entries in to county, regional and National Championships you can see the club is investing a considerable sum of money into promoting social and team activities. We can only do this through continuing to generate a healthy income from a thriving event programme and for that we need volunteers - lots and lots of volunteers. We now have over 130 senior members, and if everyone one of us committed to volunteer at just one of the club six events we promote each year that would give each Race Director a minimum of 20+ volunteers to plan around. There's been a great response so far for the call to help at Black Rocks and Rickys, so if you can't make those please check your diaries to see if you can support the club by helping with the August Bank holiday triathlon or the Bakwewell BDL XC race on the first Sunday in December.Thanks again everyone.
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