Round Leighton Buzzard Relay

In April 2020, deep in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the lockdown took hold and parkruns and racing competitions were cancelled, a couple of members of the club decided that once we were allowed back outside again, we should take full advantage of the countryside surrounding Leighton Buzzard.

A circular route of Leighton Buzzard was devised and split into 4 routes and a plan to turn it into a virtual (and in the future, potentially real!) relay competition.

Teams of 4, with two men and two women each, were put forward and were given a window of May to August to record their fastest time on their nominated leg. Some went straight out and did a few tester runs that day, some dilly-dallied and did nothing for nearly 4 months, but at the end of it all we had a set of results and winnings teams and individuals.

The biggest positive from the event was that so many of us discovered new trails almost in our own back gardens, but also to actually have an aim or a target to work towards in a time when it was much needed.

Well done to all those who ran and those who picked up a prize.

Full results (and prize winners) can be found here with a summary below.



Fastest Team
Team Overall Time
1st The Marmite Scrolls 01:49:51
2nd Grim Reading 01:57:53
3rd Team Paul 02:05:22
Fastest Team (age graded adjusted)
Team Overall (adjusted) Time
1st The Marmite Scrolls 01:49:30
1st Grim Reading 01:51:22
2nd Legs Miserables 01:57:05
3rd The Liz Miller Band 01:59:01



Fastest Age Graded Fastest
Leg 1 Jo Sharples 00:21:24 Warren Rose 00:19:58
Leg 2 Paul Andrew 00:24:12 Paul Andrew 00:23:22
Leg 3 Will Eastman 00:25:30 James Bell 00:24:18
Leg 4 Ian Grimshaw 00:33:00 Ian Grimshaw 00:30:11


Long John Silver Award (most times one leg) Valentina Ferrari 6 times Leg 2
The Chris Dimmock Round Paul Griffiths 02:05:48
Last Chance Saloon Steve Sharples 31/08/2020 – 1.30pm 10.5 hours before deadline!