Our 3k Relay

The 3k relays are a longstanding club event run in memory of Sean Allen, a much liked member and club captain who sadly passed away in 2012.

The format of the event is a handicap relay, meaning that teams of four runners are assembled based on estimated 3k times with the aim of all teams finishing closely. This means that regardless of ability, paired with other runners each team stands a chance of winning as good as the next.

On the day, runners are put in their predetermined teams and each team member will run one loop of the 3km route before handing over to their team mate. At the end of the event, we congratulate the winning team before enjoying a fine bbq on what is always a balmy, sun drenched, Mediterranean-like June evening.

The 3km Relays was an event that Sean spent a lot of time helping out at, so it was apt to dedicate the annual event to him. Sean joined Royston Runners in 2000 and soon became an active member of the club, competing in competitions (such as the Mid-week League, the Sunday Cross Country League and his favourite event, the South of England Championships at Parliament Hill) and helping out with pretty much each event that Royston Runners hosted. In his last few years with the club before a road accident in 2009, Sean was Club Captain.

For those who knew Sean, they always speak of him in high regard. He was kind and considerate, gave up a lot of time for the club and other runners, and always worked in the best interest of the club. In 2008 he received the Chairman’s Award.

For those of you who didn’t know Sean, the burning sensation in you will feel in your calf muscles at the Royston Cross Country is thanks to him, as he and Maurice Hill came up with the testing course that we still use!

To summarise the evening, it is a fantastic, inclusive, relaxed and social event that gives people a chance to run with members they may not usually run with. It celebrates all that is great about club running and why we chose to run with others, and Sean was a man who epitomised what being a member of a running club is all about.