A Relay Good Day
A RELAY GOOD DAY
Donna Jones, Emily Beedham and Hannah Griffiths, who'd showed such promising pre- winter form at the Manchester University relays a week earlier, were joined by team manager Alison Pye to form the quartet that produced the senior women's best result for five years at this year's National 4 x 4 stage road relays, held at the Mecca of Relays, Sutton Park, Birmingham.. Finishing twenty-sixth among the nation's best teams, they rose to the occasion with all four running their fastest times in recent years. Unfortunately, the 'B' team did not manage to complete a full team. Nevertheless, it was great to have Ruth Watson back competing and, had she been in the 'A' team, her time would have improved their finishing position several places. Jo Street also ran faster than she's ever done in this Championship and Jessica Riley, finding consistent training hard with extensive work-related travel, made her club debut in these championships before jetting off to Kansas City where she reported tumbleweed to be the 'only moving objects'
Unfortunately, there was no senior men's team this year for the first time in eleven years. Charlie Hulson was the club's sole representative who's consolation was to run ten seconds faster than last year.
Among the club's young athletes, the most successful were again the U17 trio of Ryan Moore, Alex Burchill and Chris Mc Gahan who finished an impressive 5th and produced the club's best U17 result for fifteen years. This is the same trio, running the same stages, who'd already clinched the Northern Road Relay and Northern Cross-Country titles this autumn. Well done, lads!
Not far behind in the day's success were the U13 girls who finished 9th from fifty teams nationally and again produced the club best age-group performance since 1998. Well done to Eleanor Twite, Alice Bruce and Francesca Brint. The U15 girls also should give themselves a clap on the back! Flora Whyte, Rachel Hibbert and Hannah Simeen finished 24th from the nation's top fifty clubs and produced the club's best age-group result for four years. Likewise, the U17 girls of Megan Davies, Chloe Yates and Abigail Fitton by finishing 22nd , produced their second best result for six years.
Having won this national title last year and made club history in the process, by contrast the U13 boys did not complete a team a team this year, such are the distractions of weekend alternatives like football. With regards the U15 boys section, in the past fourteen years, interestingly only four times did this age-group complete a team with their best performance in 2005 of 9th.
The club's next major championship is the ECCA National Cross-Country Championships on November 5th held at the traditional venue of Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. Meanwhile, the Manchester Area Cross-Country league (MACCL) kicks off this Saturday at Heaton Park with all age-groups taking part....a good day out for all the family. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:52