Here is a quotation from someone who was present at that first race, and ran in later years:
“…At the end of January we made our longest journey ever for the first King Henry VIII Relay in Coventry. It attracted the best schools from all over the country including Scotland and Northern Ireland. It became the top schools event in the UK, apart from the English Schools, and in later years occasionally teams came from abroad including the USA… despite the rainy day we all enjoyed competing. We finished 12th out of 32 teams.”
Quotation & photo by Dennis Orme
The photo below is from 1976, and give a snap-shot of the race from that era; in many ways it hasn’t changed that much!