THERE was a healthy Bromsgrove & Redditch Athletic Club turnout at the Midlands 12 & 6-Stage Road Relays Championships at Sutton Park in Birmingham.
The relay race consists of a combination of long and short legs, of approximately three and 5.4 miles respectively. The ladies’ race consists of two long and four short legs and the men’s of four long and eight short legs.
The men’s first leg fell to Conor Smith who continued his fine form by finishing seventh in 28.05.
It was good to see Adam Peacock back from serving with the Royal Navy and he finished ninth in 29.50.
Mark Appleton was 16th in 31.44, James Hood 18th in 31.56 and junior Bryn Turner – promoted to the senior team at a couple of days’ notice – was 18th in 18.01. Andrew Freeman was 18th in 18.48.
Promoted to the A team for the first time was Rob Humphries who was 21st in 19.57 and he was followed by Calvin Scoltock (23rd, 19.03), Robert Mole (22nd, 18.01), Mike Hanson (22nd, 19.13), Kevin Fisher (22nd, 18.50) and Malcolm Duff (21st, 18.09).
B&R finished 20th due to a disqualification and in doing so qualified for the National Relays on April 8.
There was also a B team of Steve Brooks (64th, 35.38), Paul Atkins (58th, 36.09), Peter Taylor (66th, 42.28) and Paul Edmonds (64th, 38.16).
Redditch-based Joe Smith set a new personal best of 27.50 to help bring Tipton Harriers home in fourth place as he finished 16th fastest of the long legs. Bristol & West AC won the event.
The ladies’ six-stage saw B&R’s Sally Hogan finish eighth in 33.44, Helen Russell 13th in 28.10 and Tamara Freeman eighth in 35.21.
Another promotion to the A team for the first time was Holly Smith who was 20th in 27.56. Sadly, B&R could not field a team, but will still be there at the Nationals.
The club’s juniors were not to be outdone and also produced a show of strength.
Trenten Roberts was eighth in the U15 boys’ race in 19.22 and Alex Roberts ninth in 19.39.
There was a third placed finish for Amy Mijovic-Couldwell as she clocked 19.36 in the U17 women’s event, whilst Chelsea Wright was fourth in 19.50 and Eleanor Moss 11th in 22.28.