On the back of a successful Midlands performance our teams were back in action at the National Road relays, once again held in Sutton Park. Faced with some of the UKs best distance runners this was a tough task for all our competitors.
The youngsters started the day on a high with the U13 girls finishing in third place. Led off once again by Amy Harland, who came home in first place in the fastest leg of the day, the girls were off to a great start. Emmeline Grace took over for the second leg and held onto the lead handing off to Hope Kendall. Hope ran an excellent race some 45 seconds quicker than her time in the Midlands but the opposition was too strong, with some of the quickest girls of the day being on the final leg. She held onto a medal position however and the girls were delighted to finish in third place in a time of 44.58, a great improvement on their time of 46.53 in the Midlands relays three weeks prior.
The U15 boys team finished a creditable 10th place out of 49 teams in a time of 40.25
Our senior ladies were once again battling for the medals despite missing some key individuals through injury. Sara Treacy, back in the squad after a well-earned break following her Olympic adventure, led the team off coming home in 5th place. Next up was Katie Allen who, although a late replacement in the A team, ran an excellent leg to make up three places in a time much quicker than she ran in the Midlands. Nicole Roberts continued her good form to maintain the second position and despite her valiant attempts Louise Webb could not overtake Louise Small on the last leg so the team finished in second place in a time of 59:10 and collected their well-deserved silver medals.
The women’s B team finished in 15th place in a time of 1:03:10. The team was Faye Morley (15:11), Karys Amory (15:50), Debbie Walters (15:48) and on the last leg Sara Conway (16:21), so it was a good all round performance.
Against strong opposition the senior men were not able to replicate their medal winning performance in the Midands relays with the team finishing in 16th place.