Sarah Everitt showed what a rising star she is when her second fastest leg of the day helped the Bristol & West V45 Ladies Team to a fine silver medal in the Masters Road Relay Championships held at Sutton Park on Saturday 17th May 2014. Sarah was seventh finisher on the first leg which saw Jane Wassell of Stroud a fellow V45 clock 17:54. Tracy Allan ran 20:27 on the second leg to keep the ladies in contention finishing thirteenth in the overall women’s and male 65+ race and Claire Jolliffe brought them home for a splendid silver medal clocking 19:19 for a total time of 58:16. The winners were Denby Dale Travellers in 57:27 – now there’s a new name on me! Dulwich Runners finished third.
Full results of the ladies race are at:
Jerry Hogan, men’s star of the day, ran a storming first leg (16.51) at the British National Road Relays for the V55 team. This resulted in second leg runner Pete Mountain having to scramble from the back of the waiting pen to unexpectedly start the second leg in first position, ahead of Bristol and West’s younger V35 team. Pete produced a solid supporting run (18.24) to keep the team in touch of a medal position. On the last leg Dave Bedwell produced a strong and brave race (18.32) despite struggling with an injury that would have put most people off from turning up in the first place. So a great run from him to bring the V55 team home in third place to take bronze medals. It was a fantastic team effort. Furthermore Jerry took home a gold medal award for the fastest leg in the V55 category.
In the V35 category the team enjoyed something of a roller-coaster ride with Danny Randell leading the team off in thirty-third place in 17.02, Phil Lucker dropped to fifty-eighth with a 19:52 clocking. Gary Betty ran well to lift the team up to forty-ninth with 17:36 before Colin Traer ran 19:11 to bring the team home in forty-seventh place. A very solid fifth leg saw Paul Jefferson lift the team twenty-two places to twenty-fifth with an 18:03 clocking. On the last leg Andy Malloy who had pulled the V35 team together gained a further four places to come home in twenty-first place in 17:10.
Full results of the Men’s Race are at: