South of England Men’s 12 Stage and Women’s 6 Stage Road Relays, Milton Keynes, Sunday 24th March 2019
The TVH Women’s 6 stage ‘A’ team finished in an excellent 3rd place and with several of the team returning from long-term injuries there were some great individual performances. The 6 stages comprised 2 longer stages of 7.7km and 4 shorter stages of 5.1km on a twisty course around the Stantonbury campus in Milton Keynes.
U20 athlete Amelia Casey got the team off to a solid start in her first senior road relay and Tracy Barlow moved the team into contention on the 2nd leg, Kirsty Addy and Heather Timmins also picked up places before Lisa da Silva and Katie Knowles kept TVH well clear of the 4th place team. Tracy won the medal for the fastest runner of the day on the long stage, 4 seconds quicker than Heather, the second fastest of the day. Ana da Silva and Rosie Vallance ran the fastest legs in the ‘B’ team.
The TVH Men’s 12 stage ‘A’ team started very strongly with Antonio Silva on the 1st leg and Abdi Mohamed on the 2nd leg. The men’s competition alternates 6 longer stages with 6 shorter stages and Antonio and Abdi were amongst the fastest athletes on the day. James Ellis and Naol Abagibe kept the team in contention for a top 10 finish before Petros Surafel took over on the 5th stage and had soon overtaken 5 athletes to move us up to 7th place. Unfortunately Petros then ran an extra loop of the course, adding on around 9 minutes to his time and from then on the rest of the team had to ensure that we finished high enough to qualify for the National road relays. Some solid performances from Rob Vallance, Conor Kisane-Wood, Michael Cameron, veteran athletes Gordon Low and Andrew Mitchell, Oli Newton and Daniel Garcia-Rasines (the day after a 5,000m track PB) made sure that we did.
Full results at http://www.seaa.org.uk/index.php/results/road-running