Harriers back on the road

Following on from the Midland Counties Road relays 2 weeks ago, it was case of the same again please for the Middle Distance Squad who were competing in the National Road Relays which is held over the same 3.8km course at Sutton Park and gave the squad an opportunity to see if they have improved over last 2 weeks and if they could improve on their times set earlier.
And so it was with some superb racing and the majority of the squad having some significant improvements in time.
The U13 Boys team enjoyed a great race and secured the best team position in the squad finishing in a superb 19th position overall and over a minute quicker than 2 weeks ago. Henri Codling was the fastest again with a hard fought 14:21 bringing him home in 14th position on the lead leg (10 sec quicker) and 28th quickest of the day, Dylan Bowley also ran a superb second leg and made up 2 places with 14:41 (23 sec quicker) and 35th quickest of the day, to hand over to Ethan Nellis who ran well with 16:13 (+1 sec quicker) to bring the team home.
U17 Womans team finished in a very respectable 26th position overall with Claudia Nevett again setting the standard in the team with a tremendous opening leg to finish in 10th position with a superb 14:15 (30 seconds quicker) and 27th quickest leg of the day, and secure the fastest KTH female time of the day. Elana Albery slightly frustrated at being held too long during the changeover perhaps went off a little too keen, but she held on very well, again running excellent leg with 16:10 (+8 seconds quicker) and finishing her leg in 24th with Hannah Winstone on the anchor leg also running well in breaking the 17:00 barrier with a quality 16:58 (+27 seconds quicker) bringing the team home.
The U13 Girls also did superbly with Emily Williams setting highest placed individual position from the squad in finishing in 8th position on the lead leg, and 12 fastest time on the day with a superb sub 15:00 clocking of 14:54 (+7 seconds quicker) to show her undoubted class at the longer distance events. Jennifer Robinson perhaps being the butt of some family banter two weeks earlier when losing out to younger sister Daisy responded in the right way with a fantastic +1:02 improvement (the largest of the day) with 17:04 for the second leg in 23rd position handing over to younger sister Daisy who also ran a solid third leg improving her time by +15 seconds with a quality 17:22 for a respectable 28th team position, improving their combined time by 1:24.
U15 Girls all improved their team clocking by over a minute with Rebecca Hughes 16:47 (+51 seconds) enjoying a much better run on the lead leg to bring the team home in 67th position, handling over to Amy Robinson who struggled to get going in recording 17:21 for 69th position after the second leg, Sophie Moss was on anchor and ran a strong final leg finishing strongly to record 16:49 (+23 seconds) and take 7 positions on the way to finishing in 62nd.
The incomplete U15Boys ran well with Jake Trent recording 13:47 (+ 9 seconds) on the lead leg and finishing in 40th with Josh Cannell stepping forward to run the second leg recording 17:31.
The U17 Men’s team also ran well with Jack Jack Hope running a superb opening leg to record his fastest ever time of 12:26 (+11 seconds quicker) and 35th quickest of the day, to finish in 19th position, handing over to Ethan Mehmet who perhaps thought he was running the third leg as two weeks earlier, as her was still seated in the KTH tent when jack ran past to the finish! Needless to say Ethan ended up having a bit of a nightmare run finishing his leg in 42nd with 14:46 (over a minute slower) much of which was taken up with him missing the handover! George Glinski ran well on the anchor leg to pull back 8 places but in the traffic he virtually ran the same time with a solid 13:50.
All in all there were some excellent individual and team performances and for most a significant improvement in time over the same course in just 2 weeks!
Next up the 1st Cross Country race of the season on Sat at Darby in North Midland League!
Well Done Guys.....