On 27 September 2016 In Running News

Midland 6 Stage Road Relays

A lovely sunny and  blustery day at Sutton was rewarded with 8th place for our A team, equalling our best finishing position from 2015 and 2011 (courtesy Gordon “stato” Ainsley).Our time was down a bit on these previous finishes, but it’s a race not time trial, and is all about the position. The wind was definitely a factor, so any PB was excellent. We would have achieved 7th and be in sprinting competition with 6th with better team selection*, but (pleading forgiveness / saving face) some lads were only aware of the event late on, and I have to predict and enter the squad and number of teams way before most have replied!

Dan Robinson had the job of keeping us in the mix on the fast first leg, suitably achieving a PB coming in 10th, handing onto Simon Lanckham who delivered the managers wishes for sub 20min, only dropping one place on what may be the favourite/least favourite leg. Ed Banks, normally the lead man, showed little effect from some time off, overtaking three to 8th.  Jon Jennings, committed as ever, only dropped one place, handing onto Chris Ashford who ran the second PB of the day, and we were back in 8th, and opening up a cushion between us and Cheltenham B, yet still in striking distance of Stoke. Mark Ince, who fortunately for BRAT was not in Berlin as expected, finished only 5 seconds behind his PB, but Stoke just had too much, and 8th it was.

The B team had an outside chance of qualifying for the National Relay Champs, but it would be a big ask, bearing in mind Halesowen A team just made it, with Bournville joining them by the skin of their teeth. New boy Steve Dunsby posted his National A team intention with a great time and inside the top 25 that qualification required.  Rene Vergo was under pressure on the second leg after Steve’s fast time, but despite running well as expected, we dropped to 29th. Huw Jones carried on the fight, but we slipped further back. Regular A team man Martin Matthews coming back from a long injury, boosted out hopes by gaining four places to 29th, but although Toby Close gave his all, we promptly slipped back to 33rd. Last leg fell to Thanos Tsolakis who upped the pace a bit, but the strength in completion left us in 34th, around 2 minutes outside qualification.

Other new boys who posted their intention for higher team selection were Mark Woodus with a great time, and Kelton Aldridge who blasted out a little too fast on first leg for the C team, and probably should have finished a fair bit quicker. Good runs by Abayomi Adedimeji and Ben Beaumont. Also a welcome BRAT relay debut to Paul Shackleton, Mark Connell and Andy Piddington. Sorry that I have not mentioned everyone, but thanks to all.

BRAT women medalled with a bronze, a fantastic achievement. Hope they will be at The National to compete against the best in the country.

Richard Gray

Team Manager

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