AFD and Leeds City secure senior race doubles

A round-up report of road relays action from across the country

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Winners AFD (Mark Shearman)

SEAA Road Relays

Hosts Aldershot, Farnham & District scored a senior race double as both their men and women won, but their young athletes were a pale shadow of their former selves as they won just a solitary bronze, writes Martin Duff.

Aldershot’s men made it three wins in five years, having previously come good in 2009 and 2010, but they now possess the two slowest winning times since the event moved here in 1988. This year they were just three seconds quicker than their 1999 effort.

The hosts’ women notched up their 8th successive senior women’s victory, while their ‘B’ team were second for the third year in a row.

Shaftesbury’s Beth Potter was quickest women over the 3851m lap with 12:41, while Nick Goolap galloped away with the first leg in the near 6km long men’s race to clock 17:37 and the quickest men’s time.

For longevity, it was Oxford City M60′s team who took the honours with a ninth successive win as Arena 80′s women and Thames Hare & Hounds’ retained the primary vets race titles.

In the young athletes relays, six different clubs took gold and most pleased were Cambridge & Coleridge in the under-15 girls race, in just their third year competing here.

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Northern Road Relays

Leeds City (Harry Shakeshaft)

Leeds City AC claimed a double senior victory at the Start Fitness Northern Road Relay Championships in Blackpool, writes Ian Dovaston.

Leeds’ men will now target the national title at Sutton Park next month – an event they’ve never won – while the club’s women were delighted to have taken the Northern title for the first time since 1996.

Leeds’ star performers were Carl Smith, who saw off the close challenge of silver medallists Sale on the last of six legs, while Susan Partridge overhauled four runners with the fastest women’s time of the day to hand her quartet victory on the last of four stages.

Meanwhile, Jenny Meadows – the 2009 world 800m bronze medallist – continued her rehabilitation after two years of injury, clocking the third fastest, women’s 4.9km leg of the day.

She’s targeting victories at next year’s World Indoor Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. “It would be great if I could win all three titles,” she told AW.

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Midland Road Relays

Coventry Godiva Harriers secured their first ever victory by just fifteen seconds in the Midland Six Stage Road Relay in bright sunshine at Sutton Park. writes Tom McCook.

Notts AC surged through from seventh place at the midpoint of the race to finish runners up with the title holders Bristol and West AC taking home the bronze medals. Heanor Running Club from Derbyshire gained many admirers with an honourable fourth place after leading the race for two stages.

The accolade of fastest performer of the day went to Bristol and West AC’s duathlon international Phil Wylie who clocked the fastest 5.8km stage performance of 17:44 on the third leg.

Charnwood AC regained their senior women’s four stage title by 34 seconds from the defending champions, Bristol and West AC with Birchfield Harriers in third place.

Juliet Potter, representing the Loughborough based club, stopped the clock in 14:18 to edge out Birchfield Harrier’s 18-year-old Becky Straw by just one second to earn the accolade of the fastest 4.3km stage time.

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» For in-depth reports together with pictures and results see the September 26 issue of AW

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