Bedford & County win men’s Southern Cross Country Relays

A round-up report of cross country relays action

Bedford men - winners SEAA XC Relays (Mark Shearman)

Southern Cross Country Relays

Bedford & County improved from third in the past couple of years to win the senior men’s race from Newham and Aldershot at the Southern Cross Country Relays, while the women’s race was dominated by the hosts Thames Valley Harriers, Martin Duff reports.

While the entries may have been a little higher than last year, this event still seems like one too many on the racing calendar, but that did not stop those clubs that did turn out enjoying a fine day’s racing.

Bracknell came out best in the younger age groups with three wins to Windsor’s two, but the identical vests of West Suffolk and Chiltern Harriers seemed to be everywhere with a number of medals each.

It was a sad state of affairs in the first race of the day, the combined under-17 and under-20 women’s race, where just two under-20 teams finished and Windsor had first and second from the just 11 under-17 squads. There were just five teams of three finishing in the junior men’s race.

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Northern Cross Country Relays

Sale retained their men’s title whilst Rotherham, silver medallists last time, took the women’s title at the Northern Cross Country Championships in Sheffield, Roger Norton reports.

In the men’s four stage race Sale were never headed. Niall Brooks (9:55), their fastest runner, led them home on the opening two mile stage. Simon Horsfield, just a second slower than Brooks, held the lead but Derby’s Richard Weir almost caught him, not surprising as Weir’s 9:49 was the fastest of the race. However, Charlie Hulson and James Bailey sealed the victory for Sale with the same quartet as last year.

Rotherham’s Natasha Hatswell was fourth on the opening stage of the women’s race for Rotherham before Steph Burns took them into a commanding lead. Sam Johnson could not be caught although Katie Walshaw clawed back 26 seconds to bring Holmfirth into second place with Stockport taking bronze. Last year’s winners Durham had to settle for fourth this time after Rosie Smith had given them a first stage lead with the fastest time of the race, 11:25.

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Midland Cross Country Relays 

Both team titles went east when the 39th Midland Open Cross Country Relays were once again staged at Walsall Arboretum, Tom McCook reports.

Charnwood AC were convincing winners of the senior women’s race by the massive margin approaching five and a half minutes when Jane Potter crossed the finishing line in solitary isolation in 67:20. Bournville Harriers were runners up with Wolverhampton and Bilston in third place.

Charnwood’s Leicestershire neighbours OWLS AC were crowned the men’s four stage champions by just over two minutes in a winning time of 78:30.

After their historic victory in last month’s Midland Six Stage Road Relay at Sutton Park, Coventry Godiva Harriers has to settle for second place by 27 seconds from City of Stoke with the defending champions Tipton Harriers in fourth place on this occasion.

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