Guernsey’s winning women denied chance to race for further success at Sutton Park

After a surprise victory at the South of England Road Relay Championships at Crystal Palace last weekend, Guernsey’s women will be forced to miss the National event at Sutton Park next week.

Louise Perrio, Laura McCarthy, Sarah Mercier and Jenny James combined to win the club’s first four-stage title on Sunday, as Perrio ran a strong last lap to cross the finish line for victory ahead of Highgate and Wycombe.

But they will be unable to race for further success at the ERRA National Autumn Road Relays in Birmingham on October 6.

“Unfortunately Guernsey’s women’s team won’t be able to travel to the Nationals, which is a real shame given our surprise victory last weekend,” said team captain Perrio.

“The constraints of off-island travel at short notice combined with other individual racing commitments around this time meant it just wasn’t viable this year.”

With many of their men’s team being based on the mainland, Guernsey’s men will make the trip to Sutton Park.

Meanwhile, an event clash means that Welsh Road Relay Championships winners Swansea will be unable to send a full-strength team to defend their National six-stage title in Birmingham.

Their team manager, George Edwards, said: “Whoever decided it was a good idea to hold the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff the same weekend as a national road relay has managed to wreck our hopes of retaining the six-stage title as we lose three of our top male runners, including Dewi Griffiths.”

» See the September 27 edition of AW magazine for area road relays coverage, while an online round-up is available here