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Teddy Hall Relays, Hilary 08
Teddy Hall Relays (05/03/08)

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Bristol University dominated the Teddy Hall Relays on Wednesday 5 March. Hosted at the historic Roger Bannister track, and sponsored by Ronhill, THR is organised by the Oxford University Cross-Country Club (OUCCC) and for decades has seen hundreds of runners competing, with the standard ranging from internationals to runners enjoying their annual jog. The 3.6 mile course starts at the track, heading up towards the High Street before going through Christ Church Meadows, down the river towards Donnington bridge before turning back to the track.

A strong Cambridge team won the men's race, finishing 30 seconds ahead of Bristol. A team of ex and current OUCCC runners finished third, just 10 seconds ahead of the OUCCC first team; this was largely thanks to ex-Oxford sportsman of the year Jon Blackledge's 17.06 on the last leg, the fastest time of the day. Other excellent performances came from Bristol's Tom Russell, running both the second and fourth fastest times, and Oxford's Richard Franzese, one of just seven people to break the 18 minute mark. Bristol managed to push Oxford into second place in the women's race, winning by 45 seconds; Bristol's Claire Hallissey ran the fastest woman's time on the day in 20.14, 5 seconds ahead of Oxford's Courtney Birch. Bristol also won the mixed team prize by an astonishing 9 minutes.

The race was not just about the fastest individuals; two Oxford runners, Michael Osbourne and Justin Moore training for the marathon, came in a highly creditable 47 and 48 teams despite running all four of their legs consecutively. Oli Hughes of St Benet's college also ran all four legs, raising money for a development project in Nepal, without the benefit of any training. The doctoral training centre, as is traditional, entered 10 teams and won the department competition comfortably. In the keenly contested boat club competition, Univ won the men's and Somerville won the women's.


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