The Northern Road Relays and Northern 5 km Road Race Championships took place at Birkenhead Park Liverpool on Sunday and Leigh Harriers took away gold and bronze medals.
The competitions started well for the club with Leigh’s U17 girls winning the 5km Team race; the race was run over a fast, flat course and attracted a quality entry. Rebecca Pollitt lead the team home in 6th place running a time of 19:49 for the 5k distance; Olivia Anderson ran well for the team in to finish in 11th place in 20:20 and Katie Morley brought the team home in 14th place 21:14 winning the Northern U17 ladies team race. The U15 boy’s race over 3km saw Sam Wade take 46th place 19:24 and Ben Ayres 52nd 20:11. The first race of the day was the U17 men, Joel Denton placed 26th 17:25 with Shea Mellor 44th 21:47.
Leigh Harriers ladies – who have an excellent record in the Northern 6 stage Road Relay Championships – won an outstanding 3rd place in a top-class field of over 50 teams from all parts of the North. The Leigh team started off with Olivia Stones taking the responsibility of the first 8 km leg had a cracking good start running a time of 27:27 and coming home in 4th place. The next leg of 4k was taken on by Laura Riches, she maintained the team’s position in a time of 13:31 when she then handed over to Leah Peploe running a time of 13:50 and moving the team into the medals in 3rd place. Lauren Hayes running an 8 km leg clocked a time of 26:28 and again kept the team in 3rd place. Dionne Allan running leg 5 also kept the team in 3rd place 14:24. The glory leg went to Abigail Howarth running the final leg of 4km – Leigh’s fastest 4km leg of the day of 13:14 – winning the Northern bronze medal. Great running from all the ladies kept Leigh’s record of winning medals in the championships for the last five years.
The senior men’s Northern 12 stage relays were run over 4 legs of 8 km and 6 legs of 4 km; sixty four teams contested the championships with Will Rawson kick starting Leigh’s ambitions running the first leg of 8 km and recording Leigh’s fastest time of the day of 24:26 for 21st place. Next was Alex Urmston running leg 2 of 4km in a time of 13:53 27th place, Tom Henders running a leg of 8 km in a time of 27:28 31st place, Joe Wane running a 4 km leg in a time of 12:24, Phil Williams on 5th leg of 8km ran a time of 28:33 34th place, Kristian Wade running 4km finished in 35th place in a time of 15:34, Allister Goulding running 8km on leg 7 ran a time of 30:08 40th place, Martin Conroy back to the 4km leg ran 14:45 41st place, Stuart Ince on leg 9 of 4km in a time of 15:01 44th place, Dave Pollitt leg 10 of 4km ran 15:36 44th place, John Howarth leg 11 of 4km ran 15:27 45th place, then John Indricks ran the final leg of 4km in 14:34 giving the team a final position of 44th a creditable result against top class opposition.