For exactly 10 years the names of the members of the Open 4x200m Relay Club Record have displayed “unknown”.
Which given that the time of 1:30.60 was only run in February 2008 got me to thinking about the ways to see if we could determine the relay team members and the order in which they ran.
In seeking to collate a list of club premierships and significant wins, research lead to the AV Shield Final of 2008 where our Under 18 team was able to repeat their efforts of the previous season and win the Shield Final back-to-back. Whilst the names of the 4, didn’t drop out easily, the line of enquiry was centred around the 3 lads who ran the 100m that day (Shaun Hargreaves, Zach Nelson and Phil Edgar) as surely they would have doubled into the 4x200m relay? However, questions remained, who was the 4th member of that team, and in what order did they run?
Enter Zach Nelson.
The record would also be recognised as a SKAAC Under 19 & 20 record, but as is required to validate underage records, a date-of-birth is needed to validated that all members are “under” the specific age, “on the day”. Of the 3, I was pretty sure that would have run that day, I needed info for Zach.
One simple text later, and the team and the order are solved. Phil Edgar to Zach Nelson, Dan Bailey third handing to Shaun Hargreaves to bring it home.