Sil­ver dou­ble for Leeds City run­ners

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

ATH­LET­ICS: Su­perb per­for­mances by Leeds City run­ners gave them sil­ver medals in both the men’s and women’s races at the English Road Re­lays Cham­pi­onships at Sut­ton Cold­field on Satur­day.

Wandiye In­delbu started for Leeds in the six-stage men’s race clock­ing 17:47 to come home in 20th place. From then it was im­prove­ment all the way.

A good run by Gor­don Ben­son (17:39) picked up the places. The Olympic triath­lete, re­cov­er­ing from shoul­der surgery, seems well on the way to full fit­ness.

Lin­ton Tay­lor (18:18) was the slow­est of the Leeds sex­tet, but still gained a cou­ple of places be­fore new­comer Gra­ham Rush (17:22) picked up an­other three to fin­ish fifth. Rush, an in­ter­na­tional from Chel­tenham, is do­ing re­search work at York Uni­ver­sity and will be a huge as­set to the Leeds squad.

Philip Se­se­mann moved into the sil­ver medal po­si­tion. With 17:10 he was the fastest Leeds run­ner as he had been in their sil­ver medal per­for­mance in the North­ern Cham­pi­onships two weeks ago.

Emile Cairess took the an­chor stage and he ran an ex­cel­lent 17:16 to ce­ment se­cond place. Cairess, York­shire Cross Coun­try cham­pion, took over close be­hind Ross Milling­ton (Stock­port).

Good as the Leeds per­for­mance was it could have been even bet­ter. Run­ning for the Leeds B team, Os­sama Meslek was third on the first stage, his time of 17:18 ex­actly a minute faster than the slow­est Leeds A team run­ner.

The mar­gin be­tween win­ners Stock­port and Leeds was 25 sec­onds. North­ern cham­pi­ons Lin­coln Welling­ton were fifth.

In the women’s four-stage re­lay Leeds were given a good start by Ste­vie Stock­ton, who fin­ished se­cond in 14:17. Lucy Crookes (14:45) took them into the lead, but with only three sec­onds over Alder­shot.

Ge­or­gia Malir (15:31) dropped back to se­cond be­fore hand­ing over to Claire Duck. With Alder­shot out of range, and with no pres­sure from be­hind, Duck eased round in 14:56 to seal the sil­ver medal per­for­mance.

A fine per­for­mance from Rother­ham saw them fin­ish just out­side the medals in fourth place. Their fastest run­ner was Hay­ley Carruthers (14:49) who gets her first in­ter­na­tional vest in two weeks at the Toronto Water­front Marathon.

Rother­ham took the award for the first B team with a su­perb ninth.

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