Leeds make up for 2010 ti­tle set­back

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport -

Leeds City re­gained their North­ern Six Stage Road Re­lay ti­tle in War­ring­ton, re­gain­ing the ti­tle they lost there last year.

Fol­low­ing three suc­ces­sive wins, they were left dis­ap­pointed in 2010, but made no mis­take this time and were handed the per­fect start when James Smith (17:47) led the field home on the open­ing stage with a splen­did run. The Leeds squad then gave way to Mor­peth on the sec­ond stage where Christo­pher Wright ran 18:49 and lost fur­ther ground on stage three where vet­eran Martin Roscoe clocked 19:19.

Si­mon Deakin (17:58) closed to within three sec­onds of Mor­peth on stage four and, with James Walsh and James Wilkin­son to come, the ti­tle looked a cer­tainty for Leeds. So it proved although Mor­peth had two strong run­ners to fin­ish and pushed Leeds all the way. Walsh ran 17:28 and Wilkin­son 17:19 which was the sec­ond fastest time of the race.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Derby fin­ished third while the Leeds B team, in 16th place, qual­i­fied for the National Road Re­lay.

In the women’s four-stage re­lay – won by Mor­peth – Bin­g­ley were the lead­ing York­shire team in fifth place.

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