The absence of several athletes due to injury or other commitments gave Team Manager Keith Brackstone the opportunity to give a couple of new members their first outing in the National Road Relays as part of the A team and also the opportunity to welcome back Helen Newberry after illness and injury.
Natalie GRIFFITHS gave the team a solid start in sixteenth place clocking 32:00 which was 7 seconds faster than her run in the Midland Road Relays. On Leg Two Olivia SADLER caught two teams but was also passed by two teams as she maintained sixteenth place. Olivia’s time of 19:10 like Natalie’s being seven seconds faster than her run in the Midlands. On Leg 3 Catie O’DONOGHUE was nursing a foot niggle but managed to maintain the team’s sixteenth position as she recorded 19:18 which was seventeen seconds faster than her Midland time and showed that the work she has been putting in preparing for the London Marathon hasn’t affected her speed over the shorter distances. Already the gaps were significant so it was difficult to improve the club’s overall standing. On Leg 4, the second Long Leg, Ellen HARRISON ran 34:38 which saw her gain one place as she handed over in fifteenth place. Issy TALBOT PRICE clocked 20:13 for the ‘B’ Team in the Midland Road Relays and marked her step up into the A team with a 19:14 clocking on Saturday well under her 20 minute target and as well as gaining a place to finish fourteenth she gave Helen NEWBERRY a couple of athletes to chase. Helen marked her return to racing with a great run clocking the team’s fastest short leg of the day, 18;29, which saw her overtake Swansea Harriers and Cheltenham Harriers to bring the team home in twelfth place.
As usual there was great team spirit in the Women’s Team and this result will give the team a lot to build on both in the Autumn four-stage relays and in next year’s running of the six stage road relays.
The full women’s result is below: