The rearranged National 6 stage relays took place this weekend in Clumber Park, near Worksop. Following Sale's good showing at the Northern relays 3 weeks prior, we were able to field two teams in this respected event. The A team finished a commendable 5th, equalling our highest place since 2008 and considering the team was only 30 seconds from medals and a minute off becoming National Champions, it was probably their best performance for twenty years. The A team was made up with 4 members under the age of 22 and the B team who finished 35th had 3 further under 23s showing promise for not only next year but the extended future!
Matt Bond, fresh from recent successes at the Great North Run and Nottingham Half Marathon led the team off. Matt played cat and mouse with the lead bunch before breaking clear and bringing the team home in 1st as well as running the 5th quickest time of the day. Niall Brooks took over on second leg and with the pack close behind came back in a close 5th place. Charlie Hulson then took over and ran a sensible leg, tracking the front runners and coming home in 4th only being taken by the in-form Jonny Mellor and a fast finishing Newham runner. Simon Horsfield, suffering from a cold, had an excellent run pushing on in the second lap of the 5.1k course to chase down the runners in front of him and close the gap to the then leaders AFD to move into 2nd place. Ryan Moore, a late call up to the A team, marked his debut running a solid leg against the high quality field and brought the team home in 6th. James Bailey then took the last leg, with the medals just out of reach, he focussed on closing down the gaps in front and brought the team home in a respectable 5th place.
The B team started with Ryan Worland, who was clearly ill but put in a solid 1st leg, Luke Betts marked his debut running the quickest leg of the team passing 13 runners. Chris Middleton, also making his senior debut, again ran a solid leg picking up a further 2 places. Dan Bradford, another ill member and late call up to the team, shook of the effects and ran the 2nd quickest time for the team taking a further 7 places. Mike Kilmartin, the senior of the B team, ran a good leg taking a further place. Rob Flannery, racing in the National Fellsl Relays on the Sunday, took over and made up another place and finished in 35th place while also being the 6th B team on the day.
Submitted by team manager James Bailey
Posted 16/10/2012 22:42