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National Road Relay success
Blackheath & Bromley’s Senior men finished in 33rd place in the National Six Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield. A total of 84 teams started so, without some of the Club’s top runners; with some not fully fit; and against the best teams in the country; this was a solid result.
First leg runner Phil Sesemann was the Club’s quickest on the day but, despite timing a very useful 18.01, this was only good enough to finish in 28th on the stage.
James Poole slipped to 43rd on leg two before the in form Sam Barnes moved up 10 places to leave the Club 33rd at the half way stage.
After a Summer of injury Ben Harding is now showing good form as he edged up to 28th with 18.32. Andy Rayner is also on the comeback trail and his 19.17 brought the Club back in 32nd. Just a week after finishing in 4th place in the Jersey Marathon, Peter Tucker ran 19.06 on the anchor leg.
Unfortunately the Club did not field a womens team.
The youngsters races took place the following day and produced some very promising results. In the Under 17s age group Richard Webb brought the team home in 7th place on the opening leg and building on this William Fuller swept up to third with 12.17. These were the 13th and 18th quickest times of the day. Bailey Stickings had the difficult job of anchor man but finished in 17th with 14.15 out of 40 teams that completed the race. Tom Desborough was 41st on the first leg for an incomplete B team with 13.31.
The womens team were 20th with Niamh Bridson Hubbard being the quickest with a time of 14.30 on the opening leg. This gave the Club 12th place. Jennifer Sheasby slipped to 29th with 17.24 before Leah Everson bounced the trio back up to 20th on the final stage with 15.56.
Most successful team of the weekend were the under 15 girls who ran outstandingly to win silver medals. Naomi Kingston was 4th on the first leg with 14.08 which ended up being the 9th quickest individual time of the day. Kelsey Fuss edged the trio up to a bronze medal position on the second stage with 14.32 before Naomi Kingston ran the 8th fastest time of the day with 13.58 to secure second spot.
A B team of Georgina Taylor, Shannon Riskey and Yasmin Austridge was 18th while the C team of Mary Guy, Amy Leach and Chloe Kibblewhite was 53rd.
The Boys team were 20th with some very consistent clockings courtesy of Josh Barber (13.36), Alex Wiltshire (13.42) and Jake Potter (13.51) and the B team of Niyi Akin Agunbiade, Charlie Davis and Josh Davidson were 34th.
In the Under 13s age group the boys finished in a fine 8th place. Angus Harrington was 15th on the first leg with 14.25 before Henry James Cowie moved to 11th on leg two with 15.05. Peter Guy’s 14.28 moved them up further to 8th on the anchor leg.
Encouragingly a B team of Lewis Stickings, Coleman Corrie and Lewis Warren was 17th and the C team of Keir Lundy, Callum Myatt and Harrison Parker was 36th.
Claudia Pickup was the only runner for the girls team closing 46th on the opening stage.
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