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On Saturday 8 April 2017 the National Road Relays for both men and women took place at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. The weather was amazing at least for those of us standing around watching though not entirely to the liking of some of the runners.

Senior Women A team
Leg 1 Katie Allen was shunted from leg to leg on paper still managed to bring the team back in 10th place with a time of 31:46
Leg 2 Danielle Hodgkinson drove 700 miles down the country  and equalled the fastest short leg time in the Midland relays to gain 5 places and finish 5th in 17:24.
Leg 3 Karys Amory was “promoted” at the last minute and managed to hold all but two places and finish 7th in 19:51.
Leg 4 Ellie Stevens never shirks a challenge and will always support the team. Asked to run a long leg with only 24hrs. notice she gave a fine performance with a time of 31:48 in 10th position
Leg 5 Frances Vickers hadn’t run a step for nearly four weeks due to injury and unsurprisingly she found life a tad difficult but only slipped a couple of places to 12th with a time of 23:08.
Leg 6 Lizzie Watters was also promoted at the last minute but managed to gain a place bringing us to 11th with a time of 20:31.
Total time 2:24:34

Due to the changes in the A Team the B team was depleted.

B team
Leg 1 Nicola Ross is unfailingly reliable and is a credit to the club. Also shunted from leg to leg ran a time of 39:52
Leg 2 Carmen Elliot only 17 yrs. old with no competitive experience in road relays managed a creditable time of 21:17

Report by Eddie Cockayne

Senior Men

Leg 1 Thomas Beasley ran faster than he did at the Midlands and brought the team in 22nd in a time of 24:41
Leg 2 Alex Tovey gained nine places by completing the leg in 15:40
Leg 3 Jonathan Goringe also gained three places by running in a time of 27:18
Leg 4 Jack Hallas, as reliable as ever, run the 10th fastest short leg time of the day in 15:25 to gain another three places to 7th.
Leg 5 Will Ricahrdson also ran faster than he did in the Midlands to gain another two places in a time of 26:47.
Leg 6 Orlando Corea ran 16:39 to bring the team in 6th.
Leg 7 Rory Grant ran the long leg in 28:27 and slipped two places to 8th.
Leg 8 Alistair Rutherford ran the same time he run at the Midlands (16:53) and gained one place.
Leg 9 Matthew Missen ran 28:46 and lost two places
Leg 10 Ben Griffiths also ran faster than he did at the Midlands in 16:52 and kept the same position for the team.
Leg 11 Jonathan Cullen ran 31:00 in 16th.
Leg 12 Yousf Allathaa ran 16:53 to finish in 15th.
Total time 4:28:21

Update on our disability athletes

Mike Barker F55 seated throws – discus javelin and shot
Coach Malcolm Wallace

2017 is an important year for Mike Barker as he has to step up his development one notch to place him in contention for a place at this year’s Paralympic world championships due to be held at the London Olympic stadium. Following his success in Dubai at the IPC Grand Prix where he won two bronze medals in shot putt and discus and was 4th in the javelin, he travelled down to The Kingston Open where he won the two events he entered. The first was the discus where he threw just short of his PB with a throw of 29:69m and then went on to create a new British Record for the javelin with a throw of 25.78 an increase of 56cm better than his previous BritisRecord.

Dave Watson F56 seated throws – discus javelin and shot

Coach Malcolm Wallace

Former Scots Guardsman Dave Watson, who lost both legs and his right arm during the war in Afghanistan, has had one burning ambition and that is to represent GB at the Invictus Games. One major hurdle to overcome was learning how to throw with his left arm as his stronger right arm had been blown off during the conflict. He teamed up his Coach Malcolm Wallace in the middle of last year and since then they have worked hard together with the aim of achieving his ambition. That hard work has paid off with PB’s at every event he has taken part in this year. At his first major outdoor event this year he had three PB’s – discus 21.30 javelin 14.59 and shot 6.76m. Such is his determination to succeed that at the Invictus Games trials held on Friday 7th April he threw another PB in the discus of 21.55


North Florida International, Jacksonville, FL, USA on Saturday 8 April 2017

Mike Edwards won the high jump with a height of 2.20

Harvard/Yale v Oxford/Cambridge Universities, New Haven, CT, USA on Saturday 8 April 2017

Rowan May (U23) finished equal second in the Pole Vault with a clearance of 5.00

Bedfordshire AAA Open Meeting, Bedford on Saturday, 8 April 2017

200 metres

U15 Girls, both Leah Okorhi and Amber Dunkley-Darby run PB of 26.12 and 27.45 respectively. In the U23 Women, Natasha Segal ran 25.76.

400 metres

Jose Duhaney (U17) ran a PB in 53.15

Yate Sprints & Hurdles Challenge Open, Yate, on Sunday 9 April 2017

Nicholas Kanonik ran seasons bests in 100 and 300 metres in 11.04 and 35.53 respectively.

Kingston upon Hull Spring Open Meeting, Hull on Sunday 9 April 2017

James Bedford threw 66.70 in the hammer.

Alan Bertram Spring Memorial Open, Loughborough on Sunday 9 April 2017

In the hammer Chris Shorthouse threw 66.37. In the women event, both Jessica Mayho and Laura Radburn threw 60.43 and 29.79 respectively.


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