Top 20 finish for after a fine relay
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