Northern Road Relays (Adults)
Jenna Hill was 2nd fastest leg of the day in the women’s event of The Northern Athletics Combined Autumn Relays held at Sportcity on the 16th September 2017. She was fastest of her leg with a time of 20:13 over the 5.4km twisty turny route around the Manchester City Ground campus. Ellen Downs got the ‘A’ team off to a great start followed by Jenna, then Anne Chinoy and Sarah Douglas. They finished in a very respectable 9th place. The ‘B’ team came in 43rd comprising Jackie Cordingley, Carla Ousey, Julia Reynolds and Sinead Roche. The team spirit and camaraderie was as usual at the highest level.
In the men’s event Sale Harriers managed to get 3 teams out, although only one appeared in the list of recognised finishers. Our ‘B’ team, consisting of Dave Marsh, Matt Oldham, Nick Barry, Ken Hunt, Nick Tynan and Alex Bradford managed an impressive 32nd place on the 6.4km course. Our ‘A’ and ‘C’ teams unfortunately fell foul to the referees decision to disqualify runners due to EA registration irregularities. The 'A' team would have been in 6th place if not disqualified. The ‘A’ team consisted of Nigel Martin (one of the fastest legs of the day), Gavin Hill, Daniel Kashi, James Wignall, Nathan Harrison and Gareth Raven, giving them an overall time of 2:03:28. The ‘C’ team consisted of Chris Middleton, Tom Fordyce, Dean Hardman, Gary Rowlinson, Matt Spragg and Glen Savage. 2 members of the ‘C’ team had apparent EA irregularities. The organisers eliminated 11 men’s teams and 7 women’s teams which certainly left a bad taste in the mouth, Salford Harriers whos ‘A’ team would have been in a medal position were particularly unhappy. It does reinforce however the importance of making sure that your subs have been paid and the you are registered with England Athletics.
Thank you to all the helpers and volunteers who stepped forward to help with set up and marshalling, the event could not have happened without you. Especially Dave Rodgers who gave up a great deal of his time to be course director, volunteer co-ordinator and marshal, and Ashley Lindsey who was lead bike and should have been resting prior to his half marathon the next day and all the other helpers (you know who you are!).
Thanks to Dave Greenwood for submitting some great photos. Check out his website for more. Click here.
Posted 28/09/2017 10:22