Cross Country Relays
Our 57th edition of the Ron Hill University of Manchester relays will take place on October 28th 2023!
2022 Relay Results
This years relays will take place on Saturday October 28th, and we are very grateful for the continued sponsorship from Ron Hill Sports. All are welcome at our relays. Universities, schools, sports clubs, or simply a group of friends. Team prizes are on offer to teams that are entirely made up of either: students at the same university, past members of university clubs, members of the same sports club, or students at the same school. Fastest leg prizes, however, are available to all competitors.
6 x 3k relay, mens and mixed teams
3 x 3k relay womens team
This years event is kindly sponsored by Ronhill sports.
LOCATION: Wythenshawe Sports Ground – Wythenshawe Forum, Willenhall Rd, M23 0BD
START TIMES: Men: 13:00
Mixed teams: 13:02
Please contact Josh Morgan at his email below providing: team name, UKA Club, competition (Men, Mixed, Women), team member names and estimated leg order. Following this please confirm the number of teams entered by emailing email@example.com so that he can provide you with the link to the University of Manchester’s student union page where you will be able to pay.
Minimum age to participate is 16
Deadline for entries will be midday Friday the 27th of October and entry fee will be a flat rate of £7 for each leg for all entrants.
The first Manchester University Cross Country Relays were held on the 28th of October
1967 at Wythenshawe Park, over a course of just over 2 miles which included a
Originally it was a “closed” relay, only open to men’s teams from Universities,
Colleges and Schools; in 1977 the event was opened clubs as well. In 1978 a
women’s relay of 3 legs was established.
The 1967 result saw us win our own relay in the first running of the event.
A year later, in recognition of former members Ron Hill and John Whetton running
in the 1968 Olympics the club presented The Mexico Trophy to the winning team.
The benchmark time for the lap was to run under 10 minutes: anyone who broke 10
was a quality runner. The record of 9:11 was set by Julian Goater of Oxford in 1974,
whilst the fastest lap from Manchester was Laurie Reilly’s 9:18 in 1975 when part of a
victorious home team.
The fastest female lap was set by our own Sarah Young, 10:58 in 1995.
The 1976 relay was of particular note when Ron Hill ran all six laps and on his own
placed 5th !
In 2006 the event moved to its present location where there have been a number of slight variations to the course over the years.
The relays will now be known as the Ron Hill University of Manchester Relays and will be sponsored by Ronhill sports. An article was recently released in Athletics weekly highlighting this!
athletics-news/university-of- manchester-relays-honour-ron- hill-1039961069/
Course Records (University Fields from 2012 3.01km):
Women’s fastest leg – Lauren Howarth – 9:32
Women’s team overall – Birmingham University – 29:47
Men’s fastest leg – Jonathan Davies – 8:20
Men’s team overall – Leeds Beckett – 52:55
For any queries please contact Josh Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or via any of our social media.