Thames Hare and Hounds set a course record as Serpentine win their first ever W35 title

AW reports from a cold and breezy Sutton Park for the British Masters Road Relay Championships

L-R Ben Reynolds, Andy Weir, Matt Jones, Simon Wurr, Chris Daniels, Jonny MacFarlane, and Brian Thursby-Pelham and Marcia Smedley (Jeremy Hemming)

British Masters Road Relay Championships honours were shared out at a cold and breezy Sutton Park on Saturday, run over a tough three mile leg.

Thames Hare and Hounds (pictured above) set a course record in winning the M35 eight-stage event by close on three minutes with a superb all round team performance.

Tipton’s Martin Williams was fastest with a 14:52 on leg one.

In the adjoining M45 race, Gordon Lee was only 10 seconds back on Williams on his opening leg and he was much faster than any other in the age group as his Leicester team won the six-stage event by just under two minutes.

The four-stage M55 race was one of the closest with the first two at the start of the leg finally out of the medals as Dave James, still in the UK all-time top 15 at two miles with his 8:20.28 2 miles 32 years ago, brought Les Croupiers through to victory. And they did that without M60 world record breaker Martin Rees, who ran for his club’s M35 bronze medal-winning team.

Greg Wilson of Telford with 17:09 was the fastest but it’s worth noting that the older Rees ran 15:55 and another M60, Mick Hager, ran 16:27 on duty for Tipton’s M35 team.

Oxford City easily retained the three-stage M65 title with Roy Treadwell the fastest with 18:50.

Serpentine won their first ever W35 title as they took gold in the four-stage event by just 17 seconds with Arena 80 close behind.

Defending champions Telford were third with Clare Martin again the fastest leg with a time of 17:09.

Winchester won their first W45 title and with Lucy Elliott setting off eight seconds back on the third and final leg and her 17:25 gave them an easy win and actually moved her past all the W35s too.

Bingley dominated the W55s with Mary Green’s opening leg of 20:00 proving the fastest, while Barnet and District won the W65 event unchallenged.

» Grab a copy of the May 23 issue of AW for a more in-depth report and full results from Sutton Park 

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