Leigh Harriers senior ladies team were outstanding at the Northern 6 Stage road relays at Stanley Park Blackpool on Saturday, winning team bronze medals against the top teams in the North of England.
The relay of 6 legs – two 9.4km and 4 legs 5km –and the team were led off by Dionne Allen who powered around the two lap 9.4km course sprinting to the line in 1st place and recording the days 2nd fastest long leg in a time of 34:29; Abigail Howarth running the second leg extended the lead running the 5k leg in a time of 1:07 the third fastest short leg of the day. Louisa Thompson continued to maintain the lead on the third leg running a time of 19:43 for the 5k leg followed by Laura Riches who took over in the lead and was quickly under pressure from Rotherham Harriers who ran the fastest 9.4k of the day to push Laura back into 2nd place running a time of 35:11. Olivia Stones took over on the 5th leg in her first senior women’s Northern road relay championships with pressure she has never experienced before she ran a strong leg but was caught by the Leeds runner pushing the team back to third place running a time of 20:25 for the 5km leg. Georgina Leck took up the challenge of keeping the team in a medal winning position running the final 5k leg she judged the pace to perfection closing the gap on the Leeds runners who just held Georgina off with only 15 seconds separating the teams for the silver medal after 2.27:2 of running – Georgina’s time for the final leg was 19:25 winning a well deserved bronze medal for a wonderful team effort.
The senior mens 12 stage relay team also had a good day winning a top 20 place in the race and qualifying to represent the North of England in the national finals at Birmingham.
Thomas Boardman made a welcome return to the team after a lay of through injury and lead the team on the first long leg, with most of the Northern team’s best runners on the first leg competition was tough; Thomas won the team 16th place in a very competitive time of 30:37 for the 9.4 km leg. Callum McCormick running the first 5km leg ran a time of 16.42 lifting the team into 11th place; Tom Kneller ran 33:17 on the 3rd leg handing over in 17th place and then Will Rawson in his first Northern ran a super 4th leg in 16:55 in 15th place. The third long leg of the day Phil Williams held the team position in a time of 23:32, then Tommy Henders, running 18:09 kept the team in 15th place. Dave Smith on the last long leg of the day ran 33:12 in 17th place, Liam Moore running 19:17, in 18th place Mark Livingston kept the team place with a time of 19:29, Martin Conroy running 19:33 for 20th place, Tony Battersby running the eleventh leg recorded a time of 18:22 in 18th place Mark Gornall ran the final leg for the team in a time of 20:55 giving the team a final position of 20th place.
In the Northern Athletics 5k Road Race Championships, also at Stanley Park, sixteen year old Eve Williams competed in the U17s race, finishing in 14th place and a time of 20:46.
Full results https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/