The "Needle Relay" is a new relay that replaces the Bays Relay, which was getting too busy with road traffic. The Needle relay is based at the zephyrometer, with the start, finish and all changeovers at the same place. It consists of five laps: 3×5km (2.5km north along Evans Bay Parade and back, for laps 1, 3 and 5) and 2×3km (1.5km east along Cobham Drive and back, for laps 2 and 4). This new format also allowed U14s to race, not possible with the Bays Relay, with their own "Children's Needle Relay" (4×1.5km).
The conditions for the event made up for last year's appalling weather - perfectly clear with a gentle northerly. While this meant the footpaths were very busy with non-competitors, the event seemed to work well.
Olympic entered four teams in the children's relay and ten in the five-lap version. Our Junior A team won the children's relay, just 10s ahead of Hutt E in second place. Our other teams were 5th, 6th and 8th - well done teams. Our WU20 team (Jess, Amy, Lucy, Saskia and Ava) won their event, nearly two minutes ahead of WHAC A in second. Second places went to our MU20, SW and W50 teams, and third to M60 and W35. Well done teams!
Note 'lap place' below are for the individual lap, not all laps of the distance.
- Lap 1 - 5km
- Lap 2 - 3km
- Lap 3 - 5km
- Lap 4 - 3km
- Lap 5 - 5km
Fastest lap times: well done to...
- Theo Bray (2nd fastest lap time for BU14), Ollie Harland (3rd fastest time for BU14),
- Thomas White (2nd fastest MU20, 3km), Jacob Kilmister (3rd fastest MU20, 3km),
- Amy McHardy (fastest WU20, 3km), Saskia Knox (2nd fastest WU20, 3km), Ava Sutherland (3rd fastest WU20, 5km)
- Deb Lynch (3rd fastest SW, 5km)
- Katie Jenkins (fastest W35, 3km), Ingrid Cree (fastest W35, 5km)
- Mike Waterman (2nd fastest M50, 5km)
- Cathy Alderton (2nd fastest W50, 3km)
- Sheryne Coverdale (3rd fastest W60, 5km)