Tonbridge’s men and Leeds’ women will defend their titles at Sutton Park on Saturday

The Leeds women’s team and Tonbridge’s men’s squad will be defending their ERRA National 6- and 12-Stage Road Relays titles at Sutton Park on Saturday (April 6), but runaway Midland women’s winners Birchfield could mount a challenge, as will four-time Midland men’s winners Bristol & West.

Leeds’ men dominated the Northern relays, with Emile Cairess quickest on the long stage and Phil Sesemann best on the short stage, and they could be stronger at Sutton Park.

Aldershot’s men won the Southern relay in a close contest while Highgate were runners-up in the men’s national race in 2018 and then second in the Southern relays this year and will also be stronger at Sutton Park.

Bristol were narrow winners of the Midlands title over Birchfield and Notts.

Leeds’ women were narrowly headed in the Northern relays by Rotherham, with Claire Duck and Bronwen Owen second and third best on the long stage behind Jess Judd.

Southern women’s winners were Herne Hill, with Katie Snowden quickest on the short leg.

Aldershot’s women won the national contest seven times in eight years and while other commitments have left them short in the past couple of years they are hopeful of an improvement on their fourth place in the Southern relays.

The races will be held over the same 5.38-mile (8.96km) and 3.165-mile (5.14km) legs as last year, with the men running alternate long and short and the women having long legs on the first and fourth stages and short for the others.

With Scottish and Welsh clubs competing, the first three teams irrespective of country of origin will again receive overall medals, as will the first three English clubs.

The team for Swansea is set to include Dewi Griffiths.

Timetable

11:00 Young athletes’ 5km races
12:00 Men (6×5.38M and 6×3.165M alternating)
12:20 Women (2×5.38M on legs 1 and 4, 4×3.165M on the rest)

» See the April 4 edition of AW magazine for a more in-depth preview and the April 11 issue for unrivalled coverage from Sutton Park

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