Keith Brackstone reports on the action from Leamington on Saturday 26th January.
After three team wins in a row in 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Bristol & West Senior Ladies had suffered defeat at the Midland Championships at the hands of Charnwood in 2016 and 2017 and Birchfield in 2018. The team rarely finish outside of the medals so a medal was definitely on the cards and from as early as the first mile the colour of that medal looked as if it would be gold.
Before the race Charlotte Taylor-Green advised that she intended going out hard so it was no surprise she was part of a break-away trio with Katie Holt of Stoke forcing the pace and Charlotte showing narrowly in front of Nicola Sykes of Bourneville. Behind this trio the field had already started to string out with Natalie Griffiths in tenth place and Catie O’Donoghue and Izzy Talbot-Price placed in the mid-teens. Ellen Harrison was also well placed should the team need the buffer of a well placed fifth individual and Katrina Entwistle was running well despite missing ten days training through a niggle.
Into the second 4 kilometre lap and Katie Holt went on to be a clear winner in 29:38. Nicola Sykes (30:27) had moved clear of Charlotte to take the runner-up spot, while Charlotte (30:44) led the team to a great team win in a addition to her bronze place individually. As ever Izzy and Catie ran on strongly with Izzy getting the better of Natalie as she finished tenth (32:14) with Nat eleventh (32:31) and Catie twelfth (32:28) for excellent packing that saw them score 36 points – fifty points clear of runners up BRAT. Ellen Harrison produced a strong run with a very strong finish to finish twenty-first in 33:31 clocking the same time as the athlete in twentieth place.Katrina Entwistle finished thirty-seventh in 34:56, with Latife Comlek our seventh finisher in 154th place in 43:10. There were 263 finishers.
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