The Women’s W35 Team produced a great team result when finishing second in the Masters Road Relays held at Sutton Park on Saturday 21st May 2011. Nikki Brookland (17.34) got the team off to a great start finishing second behind Kim Fawke of Telford (16.53) who put the eventual winners into a 41 second lead. These were to end up the second and fourth fastest lap times of the day. On the second lap Clare Stevinson ran a solid 18.47 as she shrugged off recent injuries to keep the team in second place. In front an 18.28 clocking by M Clarke of Telford extended their lead to 60 seconds. On the third leg Clare Joliffe ran 20.18 to retain second spot before handing over to Annabel Granger whose 17.48 lap brought the team home a clear second in a total time of 74.27. Telford, for whom Claire Martin clocked the fastest leg of the day in 16.43 , were clear winners with a combined time of 70.47 – 3 minutes 20 seconds clear of our ladies. Great to see our ladies add silver at the road relays to the gold from the masters cross-country – it would have been a far closer affair had Amy Chalk not been on holiday for the week – could she have run faster than 16.58? Still its a moot point and congratulations to Telford on a well deserved win.
The W45 team were in doubt up to the day before the race as Ali Hurford was struggling with an achilles tendon injury – but some people will do anything to get their picture in Athletics Weekly. Sian Davies has also had injury problems recently and after taking an early lead on the first leg Sian struggled as her calf went with half a mile to go. Nevertheless Sian (18.22) is no quitter and kept going to send Nicky Bromhall off in second place. Nicky caught the Windsor, Slough, Eton & Houndslow runner to take the lead with a 20.21 clocking and set up Ali to bring the team home in gold medal position with a time of 21.12 (and a picture on page 21 of Athletics Weekly). The team’s 59.55 clocking bringing them home 48 seconds clear of runners-up Arena 80.
Unfortunately injuries eventually got the better of the men’s teams and it was left to the ladies to uphold the club’s reputation for finishing in medal positions at the Masters Road Relays.