A look ahead to the National 12- and 6-Stage Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park

Morpeth’s men and Aldershot, Farnham & District’s women will defend their titles when the National 12- and 6-Stage Road Relay Championships take place at Sutton Park on Saturday (April 16).

Aldershot’s women have not been having the best of times this past winter due to injuries and other commitments, but will be seeking to extend their winning sequence to seven.

Also in the hunt for women’s medals will be repeat Northern winners Leeds, Southern winners Highgate and last year’s bronze medallists and four-stage champions Swansea. Charnwood, whose Jane Potter was fastest individual, regained their Midland title at Sutton Park.

The men’s race will see twice South of England champions Shaftesbury Barnet try to win for the first time since 1993 and unseat Morpeth, who finished a close third in the Northern event behind Salford and Leeds.

Notts AC narrowly lost their Midlands title over these same extended laps to Bristol & West who are said to be a bit stronger for this weekend’s race.

Central and Swansea could challenge too, while Southern silver medallists Aldershot can call on Jonny Hay.

TIMETABLE

Noon – Men (6×5.38M and 6×3.165M alternating)
12.20pm – Women (2×5.38M, on legs 1 and 4, 4×3.165M on the rest)

» See the April 14 edition of AW magazine for more on the National 12- and 6-Stage Road Relay Championships as well as previews for other events including the Boston and Brighton marathons