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The Hereward Relay
Sunday 23rd November 2008
Alex Downie

Hereward Relay
Peterborough – Ely, in 4 stages. 23rd November

With apologies to the Great McGonagle

‘Twas in the year 2008
That hundreds of runners met their fate.
In dreadful conditions they came for this Relay.
They really did not want there to be any delay.
Because the weather was snow and wind and hail,
They hoped their previous stage runner would not fail
To arrive on time to get them going and a bit hot
Instead of just standing around and freezing to the spot.
This year was especially bad ‘cos of all the snow and slush.
The woeful weather had turned everything to mush.
There were no runners who could really rush!

So off they went from Peterborough Town,
A doubtful candidate for jewel in the crown.
And after rounding some curves and swerves,
They came to that famous place known as Turves,
Heading for March, well-known for its Young People,
On towards Ely, whose cathedral has a tower, not a steeple!
But I missed out Welney, how could I?
Whose Washes, this year, were relatively dry.
Yet the bad, boggy track near the end was in a right mess.
As bad and boggy as ever, it still caused stress.
But, and here it must be noted, I digress....
WELL DONE to all those brave souls who completed.
And, as ever, all C+C teams really competed,
{Despite being, this year, a little depleted.}

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