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Teddy Hall Relays, Oxford, 11 March 2015

Teddy Hall

Hillingdon AC had only two teams competing in this year’s Teddy Hall Relays but despite the lack of athletes, this didn’t stop the A team claiming ninth place overall, finishing as third non-university club behind the RAF and Oxford City.

James Laing was on first leg for the A team, recording a time of 18:46, James was in sixth place at the end of leg one before handing over to Martin Bateman. Martin clocked 19:18 around the 3.6 mile course, gaining one place to take the team up to their highest race position of fifth. Chris Ingram was making his debut at the Teddy Hall Relays and he ran well on leg 3 to record a time of 20:48 before passing over to Paul Leppard who brought the team home with a time of 21:47.

The B team was comprised of Hannah Wells (23:06), Bob Burton (26:51), John Luscombe (26:26) and Errol Ramnath who has only recently returned from injury and gamely ran round in 28:09 to ensure that the B team finished a team. The B team finished 60th out of 72 complete Men’s teams.

The race was won by Imperial College, with Oxford University second and the RAF third. After the race, club members conducted a tour of some of Oxford’s historic buildings including one of Oxford’s oldest public houses, the Bodleian Library, the Bridge of Sighs and one of the locations frequented by Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse.

The Teddy Hall Trophy (for the club member who best displays “the spirit of Teddy Hall”) was awarded by unanimous decision to Paul Leppard who was taking part in the Teddy Hall Relays for the 15th consecutive year.

Full results may be found here.

Photos of the race may be found here.