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Northern Road Relays Birchwood | 20th September 2014
Last edited: Tuesday September 23rd 2014
The North of England Road Relays were held at Birchwood Park on Saturday 20th September with Warrington Athletic Club represented in 5 of the races.

The day started with the under 13 age group and the boys team started the day in great style. On the first leg Lucas Hayes ran excellently to hand over in 9th place in 11 minutes 16 seconds. Sam Evans took over and proceeded to carve his way through the field running the fastest time of the day with 10 minutes 14 seconds to take the team into a narrow lead. Jordan Jones took over for the final leg and and ran superbly to record the 7th fastest time of the race with 11 minutes 03 seconds to romp home to the Gold Medals in a total time of 32 minutes 31 seconds to win by 31 seconds.

In the girls race India Hayes ran well on the first leg recording 12 minutes 22 seconds to hand over in 17th place to hand over to Lucia Meloni. Due to an unexplained mix up by the officials Lucia was not released from the changeover for well over two minutes and lost many places. Lucia however gave it her all and recovered to hand over in 28th place in 14 minutes 56 seconds including the time she was held at the changeover. Lydia Blair then took over for the final leg and ran well to move the team up a further 3 places to finish in 25th place with 13 minutes 29 seconds to give them a total time of 40 minutes 53 seconds. Had Lucia been released at the correct time her time would have been around a similar time as India and the team would likely have finished in the top 15 teams.

In the under 15 age group Jack Stubbings on the first leg ran possibly his best race so far to hand over in a close up 5th place with a time of 10 minutes 09 seconds which was only beaten by on other runner in the other two stages. Daniel Fox took over for the second leg and ran a strong race to hold on to 5th place recording 10 minutes 39 seconds. The final stage was taken by Luke Gamble who ran well to also hold onto 5th place recording 10 minutes 52 seconds to give a total time of 31 minutes 40 seconds.

In the Girls race the A team were led off by Lauren Ferris who ran well to hand over in 9th place with 11 minutes 30 seconds. Melissa Boyer took over for the second stage and moved the team up to 5th place recording the identical time of 11 minutes 30 seconds as Lauren. On the final stage Lauren Goddard ran well to record 12 minutes 25 seconds but dropped back to 7th place with a total time off 35 minutes 25 seconds. The B team were led off by Amy Gibbons on the first stage and she ran well to hand over in 24th place in 12 minutes 24 seconds. Megan Atherton ran well to move up 1 place to 23rd recording 13 minutes 30 seconds. The final stage was taken by Isabelle Trevithick who ran well moving the team up a further two places to finish in 21st place with 12 minutes 45 seconds for a total time of 38 minutes 39 seconds.

The day was brought to a close for the club by the under 17 Women who collected a second set of medals. On the first stage the A team were led off by Victoria Ramsbottom who ran well to hand over in 9th place with 12 minutes 56 seconds. Harriet Knowles-Jones took over for the second stage 56 seconds behind the leader and ripped her way through the runners ahead taking the lead with about 1 kilometre left to run and eventually handed over to Sarah Mc Grail for the final stage having recorded the fastest time of the race with 11 minutes 05 seconds ahead by 26 seconds. Sarah ran well recording the 6th fastest time on the final stage with 12 minutes 39 seconds but was unable to hold off Kate Waugh (Birtley), who was the winner of the 1500 metres at the Sainsbury's School Games two weeks ago, and had to settle for the Silver Medals in a total time of 36 minutes 40 seconds. The B team were led off on the first stage by Olivia Bush running well to hand over in 17th place in 13 minutes 41 seconds. Jasmin Dobson took over for the second stage moving the team up to 16th place in 14 minutes 17 seconds. The final stage was taken by Kiera Grady who ran well to record 14 minutes 54 seconds to finish in 17th place in a total time of 42 minutes 52 seconds.


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