Rachel Ward reports: After a week of glorious sunshine, I awoke Saturday morning to rain, with the chances of me getting a suntan out the window. I have to admit that I was rather pleased not to be running!
As we didn’t have the club tent to hide in, I was extremely pleased that it had stopped raining and stayed dry for the rest of the day, although it was a little on the chilly side.
Due to marathon training and the start of the Easter holidays, the women were significantly short of the usual number of teal vests on show, only being able to run 11 women, of which many of these were not running at full fitness (their words, not mine)! However, we did have two new recruits running for us, Jude and Nikki, I’m pretty sure that they enjoyed themselves and will be back for more!
I am therefore incredibly pleased to say that the A team finished in 10th position,narrowly missing out on gaining 7th position by only 38 seconds!
A team – overall time 2.01.37, 10th position
Linda Howell 18.17
Julie Delahaye-Slater 21.00
Kathryn Holliday 19.47
Fiona Heath-Brown 20.30
Nicola Cumley 20.45
Laura Leslie 20.47
The B team was incomplete with only 5 runners. The final position after leg 5 was 37th, with a total of 46 teams starting.
Lesley Pymm 25.27
Kathryn Doudican 23.46
Nikki Baker 20.06
Rachel Partridge 25.00
Jude Glynn 23.45
The first team home in a time of 1.46.35 was Westbury Harriers, and the fastest leg of the day was Annabel Gummow of Bristol and West in a time of 15.50 (I’m sure I heard the announcer say that this was a new course record?!).
The women automatically qualify for the National Road Relays being held on 14th April at Sutton Park. These are again legs of 3 mile, with teams of 6. If anyone is interested in running then please let me know via email by Tuesday night (I am entering the teams Wednesday morning). You do not have to have run the relays before, but you do have to be a fully paid up BVH member!
Just to clarify – whilst Becky has taken over as the new road relays captain, I will be sorting out the National, her role will start in time for September. email@example.com