Cross Country Relays
Our 55th edition of the XC relays will take place 30th October 2021
2021 Relay Results
This years relays will take place on Saturday October 30th. 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
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 to 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.
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
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