We had three teams in the Devil’s Burdens this year, two men’s teams and a ladies, which was encouraging in itself, and there was some really good running. The ladies (Sam Rendall, Ruth McKenzie+Steph Provan, Jane Kerridge and Clare Martin+Gayle Tait) finished a brilliant 3rd which matches our best ever womens result. Everyone ran well, Jane and Ruth+Steph were 4th fastest on their legs, and Clare+Gayle manage to catch the team ahead of them on the last descent of the last leg to get the third place. The second men’s team (Drew Tivendale, Ewen Kerridge+Sam Long, Peter Martin and me+Peter Henry just caught the women with about 400m to go on the last leg, which pleased us no end and didn’t seem to upset Clare and Gayle over much. We ended 37th and 38th overall from 113 teams. For a second string team that was pretty good. The first men’s team was a case of “if only”. Sam Burgess was 3rd on the first leg, Robbie Simpson 1st (by over 3 mins) on the third, Donald Kerridge and Alan Sealy were 10th on the 4th leg, and if that had been all there was to the race we would actually have won, 50s in front of Carnethy. Unfortunately Alan Smith and Nick Mardall took a scenic diversion down to the reservoirs on the second leg, so while the team unquestionably won the Devil’s Burdens (Extended Version for Non-Navigators) Relay, in the official version they only finished 30th. Oh well. Next year it will all go right.