Club Saves Best for Last at the Midland Road Relays – Saturday 23rd September 2017

The under-13 Boys got proceedings underway for the club as four teams raced among a record entry of 22 teams from the club across all age groups. The ‘A’ team finished ninth with Joe HULL finishing ninth in 14:52, before Fred CUMMINS gained two places in 15:07 (tenth) and Ishmael BRADLEY brought the team home in ninth clocking 15:04 for a combined time of 45:03. The ‘B’ team finished in nineteenth place with the following leg results: Misha EVANS 15:42 (21), Sam STEVENS 16:14 (25) and Ciaran HERNIMAN 16:56 (19). The ‘C’ Team finished twenty-fifth with Jay HUNT clocking 15:41 (20), Luca ALLISON 16:52 (28) and Henry GODFREE 21:59 (25). The ‘D’ team were twenty-seventh with Amos KINGSTON 17:03 (34), Zachary ROE 18:45 (33) and Alex ROBERTSON 25:41 (27).

There were no under-13 girls or under-17 ladies despite a team being entered in each age group so it was the under-15 girls who were the sole representatives for the girls with the ‘A’ team a commendable sixth place with Danni SINCLAIR giving them a solid start coming home in sixteenth place in 15:40, Alice BRIDGER MORALES lifted the team to eighth place with a 15:28 clocking before Claudia SPICE clocked 15:27 to bring the team home in sixth place. The ‘B’ team saw Grace CLARIDGE finish in thirty fourth place in 17:04 and Olivia HUSSEY in thirty-third in 17:23 but were without a third leg runner.

In the under-15 boys a very solid trio brought the ‘A’ team through the field to finish tenth: Fenn WILLOUGHBY clocked 14:16 on leg 1 for twentieth place; Fred HAWKER lifted the team to thirteenth with a 14:14 leg before Luke ILES finished tenth clocking 14:17 for a total time of 42:47 (great to see only 3 seconds separating them).

The ‘B’ Team weren’t far behind with Beck HARDING HILL clocking 14:15 in nineteenth place on Leg 1; Cole EDMONDS moved the team up to sixteenth as he clocked 14:39 before a 14:56 last leg from Aiden OSCROFT brought the team home in thirteenth place in 43:50.

The ‘C’ team also ran well as they finished fifteenth in 44:08 – only 18 seconds behind our ‘B’ team. Lewis ADAMSON’S 14:24 brought them home in twenty-fourth place in a very competitive first leg; Jay AKBAR clocked 14:43 as he caught six places to lift the team to eighteenth and Joe MEAD brought the team home in fifteenth place clocking 15:01 for his leg.

The ‘D’ Team finished thirty-sixth with James CASLING running 15:13 for thirty-fourth place on the first leg; Tom BEECH 18:50 on leg two as the team finished forty-second and then Otto KINGSTON brought the team home in 50:01 as he ran 15:58.

The ‘E’ team are shown as disqualified and the Club Development Adviser will follow up on this as all our runners were EA registered and paid for the ‘E’ team clocked 48:39 with someone shown as disqualified in forty-third place in 16:34, Jacob ROE thirty-ninth in  16:18 and Daniel BEECH thirty-fifth in 15:47. Ours was one of three teams disqualified in this age group and numerous teams across all age groups.

In the under-17 men  the team finished twenty-third with Stan HARDING HILL on the first leg bringing the team home in sixteenth place in 13:12; on the second leg a 14:20 clocking from Nathan MARCHANT saw him finish in twentieth place and Robert KIEKUTH brought the team home in twenty-first place clocking 15:33 giving an overall time of 43:05.

The full young athlete results can be found via the following link:

https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/myarel17.htm

The Senior Women entered three teams but a late withdrawal meant that the ‘C’ Team only had three athletes. Newcomer Eleanor DAVIS was entrusted with the lead-off leg for her first ever run for the club and didn’t disappoint as she came home second in 14:50 which was to be the third fastest leg of the day. Poly AINSLEY arrived after the women’s race had started – so her warm up was minimal – she came home eighth as her 17:29 clocking saw her passed by five teams. Fiona MARKS set off to claw back some of those lost places and her 15:32 clocking saw her finish in third place (eleventh fastest of the day) but by then Birchfield and Cheltenham Harriers were away.  Ellen HARRISON has been running well in training and justified her selection for the ‘A’ team with a gutsy fourth leg that saw her clock 16:28 as the team clocked 64:19. Hannah Hobbs of Westbury Harriers closed Ellen down considerably but Ellen hang on for that bronze medal. Well done ladies.

Julia Belyavin substitutes for Polly Ainsley with Eleanor Davis, Fiona Marks and Ellen Harrison.

The ‘B’ Team were led off by Julia BELYAVIN with a 17:03 first leg that saw her finish in twenty-third place. Alexa PARKER again made the long journey up from London and clocked 17:20 to take the team into eighteenth place; Naomi AYLWIN continued the climb through the field as she finished in sixteenth place in 17:37 with Lisa NEWING maintaining that position with an 18:16 clocking. Again two teams in front of us fell foul of running non-EA registered athletes (or were they!).

The ‘C’ Team saw Rosey MUSHENS clock 18:10 to finish forty-third; Latife COMLEK clocked 20:32 in fifty-first place before Nicola OLDROYD finished forty-third after an 18:57 leg.  Shame that we didn’t have a fourth runner for the team as ninety-nine teams finished and our ‘C’ team were well on for a finish in the top half. Race results are at:

https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/m4w17.pdf

 

AND SO TO THE SENIOR MEN’S RACE

 

Road Relays can be about tactics as well as athlete performance and Bristol & West Senior Men’s ‘A’ team were only in front once – and that was when it mattered – at the finish.

Miles CHANDLER’s job was to give the team a solid start and to stay in touch with the leaders; this he achieved as he clocked 18:40 in eleventh place as Tipton held the lead 40 seconds in front. on Leg 2 Tom MERSON made a massive leap forward as a 17:59 clocking saw him come home in third place;. Dave ROPER had taken Cheltenham Harriers into the lead. On Leg 3 Jack MILLAR clocked 18:26 as the club moved up to second place still behind leaders Cheltenham whose  strongest leg – Graham Rush was out on leg 3. On Leg 4 Cheltenham again had a strong card to play as Phil Beastall clocked 17:53 but ours was stronger as Dan STUDLEY clawed sixteen seconds back as he ran 17:37. Jarlath MCKENNA then had a stormer on the penultimate leg as he took 23 seconds out of Ben Price of Cheltenham clocking 18:00 and questions started to be asked whether Steve MITCHELL could chase down Oli Mott of Cheltenham (a stalwart of many a past Bristol & West Team). Two kilometres in and Steve had the gap down to 4 seconds and he continued his charge to come home 32 seconds clear as he clocked 17:51 for a total time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 33 seconds.

Five of the Winning Men’s Team

Behind this drama the ‘B’ were on their own charge: Henry COCHRANE clocked 19:52 to place twenty-seventh  and show that Dave Hart’s prediction that he and brother Billy were ready for the senior team was spot on. Josh MOODY looked impressive at a discipline which isn’t his favourite as 19:05 saw him leap up to fourteenth; Robbie STEWART kept the momentum going as 19:48 saw him climb a further place to thirteenth; Owain JONES ran a steady 20:03 as he manages his Achilles injury and kept the team in thirteenth place handing over to Hugh SADLER who finished leg five in twelfth place with a lap time of 19:53. Maciej BIALOGONSKI then produced a break-through run as he moved the team up to tenth with an 18:39 clocking. Overall the team clocked 1 hour 57 minutes and 20 seconds.

Meanwhile the ‘C’ team were also putting in an excellent performance; Ross GRANGER clocked 20:52 to finish forty-fifth; Mark EDWARDS showed he is getting fit again as he recorded 19:40 to move up to twenty-eighth; Billy COCHRANE debuted for the seniors with a 21:01 leg  losing three places; Neil KENNEDY pulled five back as his 20:43 leg saw him in twenty-eighth place; Dave EAGON finished twenty-fourth after running 20:56 and a big thank you to Tom DOBRA who stepped in at the last minute to ensure we had a third team and clocked 21:22 to finish twenty-seventh in 2 hours 4 minutes and 34 seconds.

Full senior Men’s results are at:

https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/m617.pdf

Last but not least were the Masters who were probably hardest hit by withdrawals and ended up with a full team and Jon GOODLAND running the first leg as the sole survivor of the ‘B’ Team.

Tony ROPER was eighth in the Master’s event after a 21:13 opener for the Masters; Graham BREEN  finished fourth after clocking 19:47; Steve GOSS ran 20:32 to move into the bronze medal position at the half-way point. Ben HOLDING clocked 23:28 as he finished sixth, a position that was maintained by a 23:25 clocking from Dave BEDWELL on Leg 5 and a 23:18 clocking from Richard BOWLES on Leg 6 – another making his club debut at this level of competition.

Jon GOODLAND’s clocking of 23:10 saw him in sixteenth place on Leg 1 for the ‘B’ team (with a time that stood up well to the ‘A’ teamers).

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