Southern 12 and 6 stage road relays - 16th March

The Men's 12 and Women's 6 stage relays are once again upon us... SIGN UP now!

Dear All,

The South of England SEAA 12 (men) and 6 (women) Stage Relays will be held at Milton Keynes on Sunday 16th March 2014, followed by the National ERRA 12 Stage Road Racing Champs at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday 5th April. These events traditionally mark the changeover from the winter XC season to the summer track season.

The venue for Southerns is the same as last few years - Stantonbury track - with the course run through Linford Wood, which offers a fully traffic free course and great spectator views. The course distance is ~5k for women and alternates between ~5k and ~7k each leg for men. Hopefully there won't be snow this year and the race will be on!

This is your chance to experience top level road racing against the best club runners in the country and like previous years, we want to widen the participation of these races to a greater number of Serpies and will put out as many teams as required to suit demand. Last time around we had three full men's and four full women's teams and it would be great to have this large number of Serpies out again!

So to qualify you need to:

  1. Be a FIRST CLAIM member of Serpentine.
  2. Be registered with England Athletics (you can do this on the Serpentine website) 
  3. Be available for the majority of the day (10am to 6pm) to run as well as to support your team mates (although we can be flexible on this if you have other important pre-arranged commitments)

Whatever your standard, if you want to participate please register your interest as the teams will be selected based on ability, however we strongly encourage the faster runners amongst you to step forward to represent your club. With our "strength in depth" we historically do extremely well in this event.  If you can run a 5k in 24 mins (women) or 20 mins (men), then you'd be comfortable running in the field. 

In the men's race, the top 20 clubs (out of ~60) will be going to the National ERRA 12 Stage Road Racing Champs. Serpentine has qualified for the past few years and it would be great to see at least two teams in the final this year. The women qualify automatically for the National ERRA 6 Stage Road Racing Champs, which are held at the same location and on the same date as the men's nationals. We would like you to sign up for both Southerns and Nationals, but YOU CAN STILL DO THE SOUTHERNS EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE NATIONALS AND VICE-VERSA.

So if you want to participate please SIGN UP now.

In the comments box please write:

  1. Your expected 5km time on the day (so NOT your PB - the standard you expect to be on the day taking into account fitness, training, previous illnesses. etc
  2. Any comments, e.g. injuries which might cause a problem, if you have a preference for a short or long leg (men only), or if you would be unwilling to run in an incomplete team.

Please remove your name from the list as soon as you realise you cannot run so we can keep track of the state of the teams.

Remember if you are training for a marathon you can easily do a lap warm-up, followed by your race, followed by a few laps warm down and, hey presto, you've done a long run with a quality 20mins section! There may even be Serpie baking to re-fuel!

We will travel up together, paid for by the club.

We're looking forward to seeing the sign-up sheet fill up fast!

If you have any questions regarding the men's team please contact Nick Barberis and for the women's team please contact Victoria Crawford.


Nick & Victoria

Submitted: 22 January 2014