Sutton show spirit at relay championships

Sutton Harriers showed great spirit at the Midlands Road Relay Championships

The ladies raced over 4.3k, while, the men had 5.85k to contend with.

Nikita Pembleton, the youngest member of the ladies’ team ran the first leg in 16m 54sec and put the team into 21st place out of the 72.

Lisa Knights ran next and made steady headway, moving the team up to 13th place with a time of 17mins 07secs before handing over to Michelle, who improved on her time from last year, breaking 18 minutes (17:49) and gaining a place.

Fran Meakin took the glory leg and, in a hard-fought battle with Zara Blower of Leamington, just failed to hold onto 12th, running 17mins 57secs and finished 13th.

For the men, Matt Currens, making his debut in this type of event, led the A team, while last minute replacement Scott Quincey started for the B.

Matt had a good solid run, covering the tough course in 21m 58s, finishing 66th out of the 102 teams that started out.

Scott couldn’t believe how quick the front runners were and that running 6mins 40sec pace in a finishing time of 24mins 40sec only brought him home in 91st place.

Recent Robin Hood Marathon winner Carl Allwood took over for the A team, while long time club member Alan Dickens ran the second and last leg for B team.

Carl stormed around the course in 19mins 55secs, moving the team to 45th.

Alan lost two places (93rd), running 27mins 22secs, but it was still a great effort over a course distance a lot shorter than Alan normally races. Brian Bailey took over from Carl and his time of 22mins 48secs kept the Harriers in the top 50.

Tony Goodyear battled with the course with a time of 23mins 50secs for his leg, but it was a great effort after a recent illness and much appreciated by the team.

Liam Hodson, another making his debut, ran an excellent leg, moving the team up five places into 49th in 21mins 53secs.

It was the job of club chairman Paul Whittingham to anchor the team home and, with an identical time to Liam’s 21mins 53secs, he moved the team to 48th.

Team total time was 2hrs 12mins 17secs.