strong 12 man Serpie team finished in 11th place at the national 12 stage
road relays, their best ever result. In the women's 6 stage race, our teams
finished 13th, 24th and 31st.
Over 30 Serpies made the trip to
Sutton Coldfield on Saturday to contest the spring road relays - one of the
most competitive club races on the calendar with international level club
athletes competing for their clubs in many cases (we had our very own Nick
Torry of course).
setting up base camp (pictured) in the sunshine the men's race got
under-way at 12.00, competing over an updated, longer course than previous
years: alternating long and short laps of around 8.9k and 5.1k. Also
different this year was that the women were doing two long laps followed by
four short, rather than six short laps. Their race got under-way at 12.20
with AFD's Emelia Gorecka soon pulling well clear of everyone
The men's race had some close racing in the leading pack for
the whole afternoon, with places changing in the top 15 even on stage 12.
The women's race got very strung out quite quickly however, and proved to
be a bit of a time trial for most athletes, which was a shame.
our teams moved steadily up the ranks throughout their races with all our
runners putting in consistently strong performances. The last few stages of
the men's race were very exciting as we counted runners past to see if we
were going to make it into the top ten. The gap between 11th and 10th was
too great however and we had to settle for 11th, still our best result by
Thanks to team captains Jo Beak and Nick Barberis for
doing a great job getting such good teams out.