National 12 Stage
NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAYS
Dave Rodger's final squad for the weekend's National 12 Stage Road Relays at Birmingham's Mecca for National Relay Championships, Sutton Park, wasn't his dream team because of the traditional frustrating last minute withdrawals but was again a combination of experience and youth, a mixture of top-class runners and slower performers. Despite finishing twenty-fourth, they at least retained their 6th northern team place from the Northern Championships two weeks earlier.
James Bailey was in the form of his life and launched the day with a great first leg by storming round the longer course in what was easily his fastest r time and ensued to be the twentieth fastest of the day. Alternative short/long legs were then taken by Nick Samuels (second fastest for the club); Charlie Hulson (his senior debut); Niall Brooks (the club's fastest short stage and brought the club into impressive fifth place); Callum Greenwood (did really well to step into the position at the last minute and hung onto 5th ); Gaz Raven (the team buttress for a decade who also hung well for 5th); Andy Blair (still returning to fitness so slipped to thirteenth place):Mike Kilmartin (a typically solid performance); Peter Crawford (slipped further to 23rd); Dean Hardman ( could he have anticipated an 'A' team place twelve months ago!); Dave Howlett (Dave will be a big team asset) and Stephen Towley (debut and brought the team home in twenty-fourth).
The club had done well in the Northern Championships to complete a 'B' team that also qualified, but unfortunately it could not complete a team with a few men short on this occasion. Colin Gell took a rare long first stage. Glen Comish showed he's getting back to his sub 30-minute best with such a fine run it would have benefitted the 'A team. Following him, Chris Donnelly and Richard Edwards (making their debut), Paul Barrett, Chris Heys, Mike Ashby, Glen Savage and Elton Davies are to be thanked for responding to the 'B' team call and making the trip to Birmingham.
Women's team managers Alison Pye and Jo Street made the decision not to send a ladies team this year. A lack of available athletes from both the middle distance and endurance sections meant they'd have struggled to field any sort of a reasonably competitive team.
OTHER WEEKEND RACES
Well done to Helen Armitage who was 'very pleased' to be fifth overall and the 1st L35 in the new Lymn 10k. Mummy was also very proud of her little girls who did extremely well in the children's events. M50 Miran Aprahamien was also in rural Cheshire for the Whitley 10k and clocked 45.56 (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos thanks to www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 17/04/2012 12:10