Moral vic­tory in time trial

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

Two run­ners car­ried a ba­ton for a mile be­fore they handed it to the next pair as they tried to beat a car over two routes - in­clud­ing the 12-mile route start­ing in Holm­firth.

Two waves of run­ners set off from the Sands re­cre­ation ground at Holm­firth at 4.15pm and 4.30pm.

A third wave of run­ners set off from Hud­der­s­field Royal In­fir­mary at 4.15pm.

The 4.15pm Holm­firth car took 46 min­utes and the run­ners 69 min­utes. The 4.30pm car from Holm­firth took al­most 49 min­utes and the run­ners 87.

The car from HRI took 23 min­utes and the run­ners 44 min­utes for the five-mile jour­ney.

Bear in mind the run­ners couldn’t go down Calderdale Way and the al­ter­na­tive route through El­land added an ex­tra half-a-mile.

For­mer marathon run­ner Sean Doyle, 50, of Brock­holes, who helped to or­gan­ise the event, said the ex­er­cise proved the point that the es­ti­mated jour­ney times were, as he says, “a farce.”

He said: “The traf­fic was ex­tremely light, es­pe­cially on the Calderdale side.

“But, as we all know, that can change and it’s usu­ally heav­ier in a morn­ing. But even though the traf­fic was not too bad the jour­ney times from Holm­firth were dou­ble the es­ti­mated ones in the hos­pi­tal plan.

He added that even blue light am­bu­lances strug­gle to get through.

“They may weave as best they can but they can’t fly over cars,” he said.

“What we have shown tonight is a moral vic­tory.

“We have proved a point and the In­de­pen­dent Re­view Panel should bear this in mind.”

Sup­port­ers at the event in­cluded Holm­firth Har­ri­ers, Sta­dium Run­ners, Stain­land Li­ons, Acre Street Run­ners and Park Run par­tic­i­pants.

Sean said the Valen­tine’s theme was about ‘lov­ing your hos­pi­tal’ and was part of the cam­paign to pre­vent the re­moval of A&E ser­vices at HRI.

“I’d like to thank all the run­ners and vol­un­teers who took part,” he said.

Sean, who hit the head­lines in 2013 when he suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest ahead of the Hud­der­s­field Park Run, car­ried the ba­ton in wave one.

Three cars were in­volved in the re­lay. They are be­ing driven by Dave Ri­ley, Sue Kitch­ing and Chris Drons­field.

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