Emily queen of the Roads!

Emily Williams produced another top class performance to win the individual title for the U15G at the National Road Relays, starting off her winter programme exactly how she finisher summer track, she was again in imperious form leading a small squad of Harriers competing at the traditional venue of Sutton Park on a pleasant Autumn Saturday.

Emily who was unfortunate in the Midland Road Relays 2 weeks earlier at the same venue when the lead leg was injured so she had to effectively run a time trial on the 2nd leg, running well within herself with an unofficial 15:00 split, so she was keen to make amends.

Running the opening leg, she made no mistakes on this occasion, tucking in to the early leaders on the uphill start, she decided to take the race to the field and put in a concerted effort after the hill to open up a sizable gap. This allowed her to control the race and finish in first place with a sensational opening leg, which was to be the fastest U15G split on the day, and looked very comfortable in finishing 9 seconds ahead of Liverpool Harriers Emma Gordon with a superb split of 13:40. Emily took the ERRA individual National U15G title with the fastest lap by 10 seconds, receiving a Gold medal to add to her collection. Sadly, the Harriers 2nd leg runner had to retire due to injury so it was another disappointing end for the team.

U15 Emily Williams won opening leg and set fastest time of the day to take the ERRA National Road Relay title

Not so for the new look U17G team who performed well to finish in a respectable 31st place, with Bethan Lewis again taking the lead leg, she ran a fine race to slice 22 seconds from her time at the Midland relay to bring the team home in 28th place in 15:37. Handing again to 2nd leg Sophie Moss, who also produced a faster run from her Midland race with an identical 22 second improvement to maintain the teams position in 28th with 15:56. Making her Road Relay debut, Charlotte Maywood produced a fine run of 17:55 to bring the team home in 31st position.

Well done to all the athletes who competed.