Now that the X-country season is over all attention now for our Endurance Athletes is focused on the Roads and then eventually onto the track, so on Sunday 24th March the Northern 6 & 12 Stage Road Relays were held in Liverpool at Birkenhead Park, a long journey on the day but our athletes stepped up to the challenge.
Before the Relays were contested, the Northern Young Athletes 5K Champs. were run, in the U17 W omens race we had Chloe Wellings representing the club, and she truly delivered on the day. Chloe was always in contention from the start of the race being in the top 3 and working hard to stay there, which she did do and was rewarded with a Championship Silver Medal, a great run and well deserved.
In the U15’s Boys race, again ran over 5K, we had Ethan McGlen and David Race representing the club in a field of almost 60 competitors, it was really encouraging to see Ethan starting to get back into top form again and mixing it at the sharp end of the field. He worked hard to establish himself in the front pack (into a headwind) and he was rewarded with a very creditable 5th position, which hopefully augers well for the future. David has been ill of late and has not been able to completely recover as his last 2/3 races have been Championships, so although he battled on well he suffered over the final stages, finishing in 18th position, feel sure he will bounce back.
It was great to see our Senior Men turn out in force in their 12 Stage (4 long + 8 short legs) Championship, the team got off to a great start with Conrad Franks running in a very competitive first leg bringing the team home in 19th position with over 70 teams competing. Matt Linsley brought the team back in 12th position on leg 2, and with the remainder of the team all battling hard on their own legs we maintained our position (from 12 to 15th) throughout the afternoon. After almost 3 and a half hours Peter Grimoldby on the final leg brought the club home in 13th position, which was well satisfying along with finishing 3rd North East club. [the other members of the Team were James Cripwell, Steven Asquith, Ross Christie, Dan Johnson, Dan Alexander, David Old, Steven Medd, Kevin Connolly & Jonny Malley]
Shortly after the men started their race, the Senior Ladies 6 Stage Relay started with the club represented once again, Lisa Atkinson led by example (having to rush back for work commitments straight after her leg). The Ladies were led off on first leg by Jane Giles (who is having a great season) and she brought the team home in 22nd position (over 60 teams started) which gave the rest of the team something to work with. The remainder of the team consisted of Phillipa Patterson, Maggie Lorraine, Rebecca Bennett & Roseanne Jones, finally finished in a very creditable 31st position, they also finished 1st North East team as well, well done Ladies.
This proved to be a very successful day for the club and we thank parents and officials who traveled and supported, we have progressed on from last year, so moving on and continuing to build is important, the club has now qualified to run in the National Relay Championships on 6th April, but we need you to make yourself available.