This was a day to be remembered in the annals of this event. Following the incredible successes of the track teams in the summer the seniors were not going to be overshadowed on the road. Not only did the Senior Women win by 1 min. 14seconds but they had five of the ten quickest times with the B team finishing 3rd. and the C team 25th from 82 complete teams.
Sadly the B team were prevented by the rules from receiving the medals they deserved. The Men were also not be outdone taking third place and the bronze medals, the first medals in this event for some years for the men, so it was a good day all round.
Senior Women’s Race
Starting off the team on first leg, Louise Webb finally made her debut for the Club and she negotiated the route successfully and brought the team home in 2nd place with a time of 14:44. Followed by Katie Allen on leg two, who managed to equal her last year’s time despite a tight chest and a bit of a breathing problem, retained 2nd place in a time of 15:31.
Next off on Leg 3 was Georgie Outten who had traveled from North Wales courtesy of and with an outstanding run turned a 46 second deficit in to a 54 second lead with the 2nd quickest run of the day, just 12 seconds behind Olympian Laura Whittle. Her time was 14:36 and Birchfield were in the lead. Finally on leg 4, Chloe Richardson was never going to relinquish the lead to anyone and in fact increased it by some margin to bring the team home in first place and the only team under the hour with a time of 14:57.
Winning time was 59:48.
Another excellent performance from our women secured third spot. Led off by Nicole Roberts, who has recently returned from Australia the team found themselves in first after a fine run by her in a time of 14:42. U20 athlete Karys Amory was put into quite a stressful situation on her senior debut but handled it with aplomb to come back in 3rd place with a time of 16:20. Next up was Sarah Conway who consolidated 3rd place with a fine run of 16:56. Finally on leg 4 Debbie Walters completed the B team’s 3rd place with a time of 15:54.
Total time 1:03:52
C Team 25th.
Leg 1 Lizzie Watters 17:10
Leg 2 Louisa Davidson 18:36
Leg 3 Carli Baldwin 17:05
Leg 4 Sara Ellen 20:56
Total time 1:13:47
First up for the A team was Matt Missen who with a strong leg against tough competition brought the team home in 7th place in a time of 18:44. Taking over on leg 2 was Ben Boulter, who after a difficult summer completed the course in 20: 23 and the team was in 13th place. Eighteen year old Will Richardson ran a superb 3rd leg in a time of 18:13 making up seven places to hand over to Andy Ridley in 6th position. Andy improved one more place with a time of 19:07 before Weyney Ghebresilasie ran another strong leg of 18:16 to pick another place. This left the team in fourth place with the youngest member of the team Tom Dodd on the last leg. After a torrid nine months with two stress fractures this was his first race for some time so no one knew how he was going to run. He proved he had returned to form with an excellent run of 18:35 which secured the third place and medals for the team.
Orlando Corea was first off for the B team and ran a solid leg to finish in 16th place in a time of 19:23. A good run from Ben Griffiths in 20:16 maintained the position before Ian Dempsey took over for the 3rd leg which he completed in 20:53 bringing the team home in 21st position. Sam Dais picked up two places on leg four before handing over to Reis Brooke. Unfortunately Reis suffered some injury problems and struggled on the course but managed to finish although lost 13 places. The final runner was Yousf Allathaa who with a time of 22:23 came home in 36th place.
The road runners made up the bulk of the C team and joined by two U20 athletes acquitted themselves very well. First off was Simon Rhodes in 23:26 followed by Rib Deakin who improved the team position by 19 places. Khalid Moalin (22:07), in his first road relay made up another five places and then 18 year old Conal Green (22:00) improved by six more and finally Alex Parker ran the fastest leg in the team (21:50) to finish in 49th place.
Once more the road runners made up the team although this was an incomplete team with only three members. Peter Dimbleby first leg ran (22:55), then Lee Harris (23:21) and Windel Simpson completed the team with a third leg in 23:21.
It was a fine Club performance all round with medals for both men and women so team managers, Peter Dimbleby and Eddie Cockayne were delighted with the performances.