By Julia Carter
Yet another fabulous event, and weren’t we blessed with the weather? The start was “a bit early” to quote Mary, with Chris T, Alistair, and the Joneses setting things in motion, all setting off on separate routes. The starting block was from outside Louise’s house. Louise was self isolating at the time but there she was with a smile and a cheer to welcome the first arrivals.
On the basis of the various drafts and spreadsheets, I had, some may argue naively, been expecting my fellow Striders to arrive at approximately 9.00am. Chris T however announced his arrival at my house with a message “Here” at 8.29 am, so out I shot with wet hair, and one running shoe on and one running shoe in my hand. I was greeted by a very spritely Chris, and Chloe Abbot (and dog). Having failed to interpret the rules correctly I had not prepared a treat for my relay benefactors, so apologies Chris and Chloe, but I did take a couple of brownies with me to my onward recipients Brian and Sue.
As temperatures soared iced treats were in order for the remainder of the day.
A big “Hats off!” to Brian for managing to coordinate the relay. Blimey – that was a job and a half! I think there were at least four drafts of the route, but we got there in the end, and all those who wanted to take part were included, including Louise who completed the relay in her own back garden. The route traversed Whaley Bridge, Bugsworth, Chapel, Chinley, Buxton, Bollington and Marple.
In true Striders style, all abilities and ages were encouraged to engage, and it was fabulous to see some of our potential future talent joining in too.
In essence, it was meant to be a bit of fun and fun it was. You only have to look through the handover photos posted on Facebook to see how much we all enjoyed it. One of the many things I love about our club is how inclusive and encouraging it is. Throughout the lockdown, our little club has excelled itself in keeping us all together and active, and for that I am truly grateful.