six-Stage event was probably the youngest team the club have ever entered with an average age Under 21 years, with five of the athletes being teenagers.
Aaron Kettlewell took the responsibility of running the first leg in a race that started at a blistering pace over a course of just under 6kms – with 20 of the athletes running sub-18 minutes.
Kettlewell held his form and completed the course in 18.41 in 46th place, an improvement on the time he ran last year – Graham Rush had taken Cheltenham into the lead with a super run of 17.16.
Mark Buckingham, Holmfirth’s Elite Triathlete and former Great Britain athlete, took the opportunity to join his younger teammates and ran a good leg recording the fourth fastest time on leg two and passing 23 teams in the process to record a time of 17.43 and move the Harriers into 23rd place.
Jonathan Hopkins of Swansea Harriers ran the fastest time on stage two (17.30) to move his team into the lead with Cheltenham relegated to 3rd place.
Chris Law travelled from University in London running the third stage and recorded a time of 19.26 losing just three places where 10 athletes ran sub 18 minutes – Swansea maintained the lead on leg three, followed by Bris-