Leeds City and Aldershot are among the winners at the Area Road Relay Championships, while Callum Hawkins and Dewi Griffiths impress overseas.
Lincoln Wellington’s men and Leeds City’s women won gold at the Northern Road Relays while Aldershot’s men and Guernsey’s women took the Southern Road Relay titles.
While the full results were available within a few hours for the Northern relays, the Southern results had not been published by the evening of the event.
Northern Road Relays, SportCity, Manchester
Lincoln Wellington retained their autumn regional relay title from last year, beating Leeds City and Liverpool Harriers by some margin.
Leeds City’s women’s team went one better and overhauled the 2017 champions, Leigh Harriers, to take gold at Manchester’s SportCity stadium, with a depleted Rotherham Harriers team excelling to win bronze.
Lincoln Wellington’s victorious team was led out by 2:17 marathoner, Aaron Scott, who clocked 20:05 to set second leg runner James Straw off in 7th place.
Straw ran 20:41 to pick up four places and put his brother, Tom, in a strong position going off on the third leg.
Tom’s speedy 19:59 kept Lincoln in the bronze medal position, but it was the team’s fastest runner on the day, Lucian Allison, who ran a vitally important 19:40 leg to put the club in the lead on the fourth stage.
Shane Robinson and Matt Bowser both ran superbly to maintain their gold medal winning position on the fifth and sixth legs with runs of 20:06 and 19:44 respectively to ensure the cathedral city club took the top honours on a sunny day in Manchester.
Liverpool Harriers’ bronze medal winning team produced the fastest men’s leg when Charlie Hulson ran 19:30 for the 6.8k loop. Hulson’s time was just one second faster than Leeds City’s Philip Sesemann’s 19:31. Stockport Harriers’ Jack Martin’s 19:34 was good enough for the third fastest plaudits.
Leeds City’s gold medal winning women’s quad was led out in style by former international Stevie Stockton, who proved she is coming back into impressive form with her performance here today.
Her 20:24 ensured the team were ahead after the first leg, and, passing onto Georgia Malir, followed by Emma Clayton and finally Claire Duck, the club never left the podium positions.
Malir’s 21:50 saw them drop down to third, but Clayton’s 21:52 took Leeds back up to second overall.
Duck’s classic turn of speed endurance saw her run a scintillating 20:40 to snatch the title from second placed Leigh Harriers, who finished 19 seconds adrift to win silver, while Rotherham Harriers’ foursome took bronze.
The top three teams were well ahead of their nearest rivals, Salford Harriers, who were nearly two minutes adrift from the podium.
Blackburn Harriers’ Jess Judd ran the fastest 5.4k leg in an incredible 19:22, which was 30 seconds quicker than the second fastest on the day, Leigh Harriers’ Lauren Howarth. Leeds’ Stevie Stockton’s 20:24 was just two seconds behind Howarth.
Southern Road Relays, Crystal Palace
Guernsey AC’s women took the title at Crystal Palace ahead of Highgate Harriers, with Wycombe Phoenix taking the bronze medals over the four stages of 4.8k each.
Guernsey’s victorious foursome was made up of Laura McCarthy, Jenny James, Sarah Mercier and Louise Perrio, winning gold in a total time of 69:28.
Aldershot, Farnham & District’s men won from Tonbridge AC and Cambridge & Coleridge over the 6.1k laps.
Bristol Half Marathon
Cardiff’s prolific race winner, Matt Clowes, won in style in a superb 65:10, just half a minute shy of his lifetime best recorded in February. Exmouth’s Tom Merson was a distant second in 69:34.
Swansea’s Matthew Rees may have been third, but he recorded a massive 69:51 PB, knocking more than a minute off his previous best of 71:04 and a huge season’s best of more than two minutes.
Top 3 Men @Simplyhealthuk #GreatBristolHalf
🥇Matt Clowes 01:05:10
🥈Tom Merson 01:09:34
🥉Matthew Rees 01:09:51 pic.twitter.com/mfsewOyIYC
— Great Run (@Great_Run) September 23, 2018
Clowes’ club mate Clara Evans ensured the Welsh club took the top honours in both the men’s and women’s races when she won in a time of 76:26. Torbay AC’s Charlie Arnell’s 77:28 was a PB by over a minute, while Serpentine’s Marta Bagnati’s 78:38 was also a significant lifetime best.
Top 3 Women@Simplyhealthuk #GreatBristolHalf
🥇Clara Evans 01:16:26
🥈Charlie Arnell 01:17:28
🥉Marta Bagnati 01:18:38 pic.twitter.com/pqWpYDoyiG
— Great Run (@Great_Run) September 23, 2018
Cardiff had yet more winners here in Sheffield, when Steve Jones-coached athlete, Michael Kallenberg, won in 32:11.
Kallenberg was some way ahead of second placed Joe Sagar, who crossed the line in 32:50, while Sheffield & Dearne’s Jo Newman-Billington ran a 33:44 PB, a fine feat for the teenage talent.
Nicola Holland was the first woman across the line in 37:46, ahead of Biggleswade’s Elaine Livera’s 38:28 PB. Steel City’s Ashleigh Barron was also in PB form when she finished third in 39:30.
Cambridge & Coleridge’s multi-talented duathlete and triathlete, Georgina Schwiening, was in a class of her own when she took the title here in 2:53:28 to finish 11th overall.
While it was some way off her 2:42:54 PB from last November’s Valencia Marathon, it was still an improvement on her 2:54:30 recorded in London this year.
Fairlands Valey Spartans’ Natalie Lawrence may have been some way back in second but her time of 3:05:12 was nevertheless a fine PB. Roundhay Runners’ Laura Reid took third in 3:23:10.
Leeds City’s V45 Jonathan Walton scored an impressive 2:31:34 PB in Hull, well ahead of Penistone’s Gareth Cooke, who also ran a PB when he crossed the line in 2:33:00. Leeds City’s Josh Rowe was a distant third in 2:38:02.
It was a tight battle for the title here between Matthew Costello and Craig Pilsbury, with just three seconds separating the two in the end.
Costello just held off his V40 rival for the top prize when he clocked 33:39 to Pilsbury’s 33:42.
Uttoxeter’s Ian Salt was third in 35:00, although fourth placed Scott Minshall from Trentham RC was given exactly the same time.
On a day of close finishes, less than a minute separated the top three women at Stafford. Cannock & Stafford’s young teen, Giorgia Chattwood took the top spoils in a 39:11 PB, ahead of Wolverhampton & Bilston’s Lucy Calrow’s 39:49 and Notts AC’s Sarah Mackness’s 39:54.
Dam tot Damloop, Holland
At the Dam tot Damloop in Holland, Callum Hawkins posted a time of 47:01 to finish in eighth place amongst a top international field. It was the Scottish marathoners first official time racing over 10 miles.
Fellow British athlete Dewi Griffiths was also competing and continued his comeback from injury with a 47:20 personal best performance to finish 11th overall.
Midland Road Relays
Birchfield Harriers secured a double win in the senior races in Midland Road Relays Championships at Sutton Park on Saturday (Sep 22).
The women’s quartet retained their title, while the men’s team claimed their first win in almost 10 years.
A full report can be found here.
Welsh Road Relays
The dominant Swansea Harriers successfully retained both the men’s and women’s senior titles at the Welsh Road Relays Championships in Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire on Saturday (Sep 22).
Swansea’s Josh Griffiths and Jonny Hopkins jointly ran the fastest men’s leg, while Alaw Beynon-Thomas took the women’s honours.
A full report can be found here.
Allan Stewart and Isabel Clark ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK on Saturday. Chiltern Harriers’ Stewart ran 15:24 at the Bushy parkrun to take the men’s honours, while also at the Bushy event, Serpentine AC’s Clark posted a quick 17:04 to bag the women’s top spot.
The 10 fastest times across the UK this weekend can be found here.
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