NATIONAL 12 STAGE REPORT
The weekend of 5th of April was the National 12 stage at Sutton Park. This annual event pits the best clubs in the country over 4 hours of running on a mixture of short and long legs. While Sale are the champions over the 6 stage event the hope was that the addition of another 6 talented runners would boost the chances to challenge for the 12 stage crown.
Due to the wet weather and health and safety concerns regarding part of the course, the legs had been shortened to just over 5 miles for a long leg and 2.7 miles for a short leg.
The day involved a little bit of incident, but that will be explained shortly.
First out for the team was Nick Samuels, following his personal best at Trafford 10k a few weeks before Nick held a sensible position throughout and brought the team home in 17th position on a competitive 1st leg. Next out should have been Ryan Worland however some badly timed road works around the park had led to a diversion and also a large amount of traffic near the entrance to the park, Ryan and 4 other members of the team had to park outside the park and walk in though an unfamiliar route. Ryan decided to warm up however little did he know we was heading in the wrong direction and in fact ended up running round the park for close to two hours. With this situation unfolding a last minute change meant Niall Brooks was moved to 2nd leg and after just a 10 minute warm up took to the course. Over the 2.7 miles Niall took 11 places but most impressively ran the fastest short leg time of the day by a clear 2 seconds. Out on third leg was James Bailey, the aim was to consolidate the position to allow the rest of the team to move through. James did lose 5 places but kept the team in visible distance of the lead groups. The next short leg went to Simon Horsfield, recently returning from injury he pulled the team back to 8th and in doing so ran the joint 10th quickest long leg of the day. Antony Ford had the honour of the 5th leg. Antony, who was racing the Brighton 10k the following day, ran the quickest long leg of the team on the day and brought the team back up to 6th position. Luckily at this stage Ryan Worland had found his way to the start and was told to rest up as he would be running the last leg in a couple of hours time. On 6th leg was Chris Middleton, the Loughborough University student ran a solid leg bringing the team back in 8th position. Gavin Hill, who had fought off a virus in the build up to race took another 2 places bringing the team back in to 6th place. On 8th leg was Charlie Hulson, again returning from injury after a very successful winter, held the team in 6th place going into the final 4 legs of the race. Jamie Roden had also shown good form over the winter this year and his long leg again maintained the position of 6th for the team. Ryan Moore had the next short leg and the Birmingham University student brought the team home in 8th place. Stalwart Gareth Raven had the last long leg, and after his success at Wilmslow Half Marathon had a solid leg only being passed by a runner from Central who ran the joint quickest long leg of the day. Ryan Worland recovered from his little adventure and had the task of the last leg. Even with his earlier efforts he managed to gain a further place and bring the team home in 8th.
Overall the results were a fair reflection for the team, with a few runners returning from injuries and illness the race came a little too early for the team as a whole but this is the highest placing the team achieved since 2007.
Posted 13/04/2014 16:02