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tol & West and Lin­coln Welling­ton.

Niall O’Con­nell en­dured a de­layed train jour­ney from his Uni­ver­sity in Ed­in­burgh on Fri­day be­fore trav­el­ling from Birm­ing­ham on race day.

He did lose 10 places on the fourth stage, run­ning a time of 20.01 (36th) but again nine ath­letes ran sub-18 min­utes, with the lead­ing three teams main­tain­ing their po­si­tions.

The youngest mem­ber of the team, Ted Cham­ber­lain had never pre­vi­ously con­tested a Na­tional event but ran well, los­ing just five places to com­plete stage five in 20.02 (41st). Swansea main­tained their lead with Lin­coln Welling­ton mov­ing into sec­ond and Ton­bridge third.

The fi­nal stage saw Dewi Grif­fiths of Swansea Har­ri­ers run­ning the fastest stage of the day record­ing a su­perb 16.40 to clinch gold medals with a to­tal time of 1.45.16. Ton­bridge moved into sec­ond place to take sil­ver medals with a time of 1.46.30 and Lin­coln Welling­ton man­aged to hang on to bronze in 1.46.34, just four sec­onds ahead of Alder­shot Farn­ham and Dis­trict.

Holm­firth’s Alex Robin­son ran well on the fi­nal stage record­ing a time of 20.12 to bring the Holm­firth team home in 45th place 1.56.05, an im­prove­ment of 12 places on the pre­vi­ous year.

The women’s four-stage event was un­der way ten min­utes af­ter the men’s had started and a huge field of Holm­firth Har­ri­ers Women’s A team at the English Na­tional Road Re­lay Cham­pi­onships at Sutton Park in the West Mid­lands (from left) Lucy Bryam, Ruby Sykes, He­len Berry, Olivia Sykes, Mar­garet Sykes and He­lena Croft 111 teams made for a crowded start and first kilo­me­tre.

Olivia Sykes made an im­pres­sive start for Holm­firth’s A team, run­ning 15.21 in 21st place, while Amelia Quirk of Brack­nell AC was first over the line in 14.16, which was the fifth fastest time of the day.

He­len Berry demon­strated that she is back to fit­ness six months af­ter break­ing her an­kle, drop­ping just two places on leg two in 15.56.

Sis­ters Lucy and Erica Byram, back from Leeds Uni­ver­sity, ran strongly on legs three and four re­spec­tively, in 16.44 and 16.58, bring­ing the team home in a very re­spectable 28th place in 1.04.59 – as with the men, this was an im­prove­ment on the team per­for­mance last year by seven places.

Ruby Sykes fin­ished in the top half of the top class field on the first leg for the B team – com­ing in 54th in 16.23.

Mar­garet Sykes took over from daugh­ter Ruby on leg two and picked up seven places in 16.59.

He­lena Croft, who had suf­fered with ill­ness, ran only a lit­tle below par in 18.15 and drop­ping only five places.

Alan­nah Booth, more fa­mil­iar with the sprint­ing events on the track, was a late and wel­come fourth mem­ber of the B team, en­sur­ing they had a fi­nal team re­sult.

Booth put in a ster­ling per­for­mance, pick­ing off two ath­letes, and her time of 18.57 gave the B team an over­all time of 1.10.34 and 50th po­si­tion.

The women’s event was won by reign­ing cham­pi­ons Alder­shot, Farn­ham & Dis­trict in 58.26, where all their ath­letes ran com­fort­ably un­der 15 min­utes.

GB ath­lete Jes­sica Judd of Chelms­ford clocked the fastest time of the day in 13.55; 15 sec­onds clear of the sec­ond fastest ath­lete.

The Har­ri­ers, both Se­nior and Ju­nior, now turn their at­ten­tion to the cross coun­try sea­son, which kicks off with the first race in the West York­shire League at Thornes Park in Wake­field to­day.

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