Top 20 fin­ish for af­ter a fine re­lay

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

THE Chel­tenham Har­ri­ers ladies team put in a fine team per­for­mance to pro­duce a top 20 fin­ish at the Na­tional 4 Stage Road Re­lays Cham­pi­onship in Sut­ton Cold­field.

On the highly com­pet­i­tive open­ing stage, Hilary Mott ran well to fin­ish 20th in an 83-strong field with a time of 15:42 for the hilly 4.33km cir­cuit.

Stage two saw Rachel Longstaff pro­duce the team’s fastest leg as she took the team up into 11th place with an im­pres­sive 15:27 be­fore Laura Smith recorded 17:10 on the third leg to hand over to Naomi Ea­ton in 20th.

Whilst Ea­ton could not pre­vent GB in­ter­na­tional Jess Judd fly­ing past her, she did pick off the Derby and Ser­pen­tine ath­letes with a 16:24 leg that brought the team home in a very pleas­ing 19th po­si­tion.

Hav­ing fin­ished third in the Mid­land Cham­pi­onships the mens’ team was miss­ing some key ath­letes, but pro­duced a good team per­for­mance.

Dan Owen took the open­ing leg and pro­duced his fastest time round the 5.88km course to place to bring the team home 28th in 18:07.

Dom James over­took five run­ners, but was also passed by four with an 18:26 stage that moved the team up into 27th.

The third stage then saw Alex Lee edge the team into 26th with 18:47 and Alex Bamp­ton’s 18:43 nudged the team up a fur­ther place be­fore Doug Wight made his na­tional de­but on leg five with a course PB of 19:12 to leave the team 26th with one leg re­main­ing.

Late call up Dave Aubrey ran well as he low­ered his best time on the course to 19:37 to bring the Har­ri­ers home in 28th to meet their top 30 tar­get.

Fee May­cock was in ex­cel­lent form as she rep­re­sented the Eng­land Masters LV50 team at the Ch­ester Marathon in a match against the Celtic na­tions in a race that also in­cluded the British Masters Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter go­ing through 10k in 40:18 and 20k with a 41:10 split, May­cock posted 41:41 to 30km.

The hilly fi­nal few miles saw a 43:04 split be­fore the Chel­tenham ath­lete crossed the line in an ex­cel­lent 2:56.24 to fin­ish as ninth lady over­all and a clear win­ner of the over 50s race.

May­cock’s British ti­tle win­ning run also places her sec­ond on the UK rank-

Fee May­cock and hus­band Gra­ham af­ter the Ch­ester Marathon

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