England Athletics Virtual Road Relay Competition.
Report – John Raby
Between the 10th February and 21st February we were in Round 2 of the EA 5 mile virtual road relay competition, having been in the Top 50 qualifiers in Round 1.
This time it was the outright winning team who progressed to the final round where they’d virtually race against the quickest teams from Wales, Scotland and NI Ireland.
Although we didn’t reach the dizzy heights of first place we did finish an incredibly impressive 30th.
The format remained the same, with competitors running a 5 mile route as quickly as possible. The main rule was that your finish couldn’t be more than -15ft elevation from your start.
The four fastest men and ladies from each club have their times added together to give the team’s final tally.
Our combined time was 3:57:49. The overall winners were Wirral AC 3:32:39.
We finished the fastest overall out of any West Midlands club, as well as beating some big named clubs such as Dulwich AC and Herne Hill Harriers.
Below are all those who ran and submitted times for the club. In bold are those who were the four quickest for our mens and ladies.
Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.
This has been a fantastic result for the club and hopefully, with real races very close upon us, we can replicate this success in real meetings.
Ben Kruze (41st) 25:00, Rich Shephard (100th) 26:15, Alex Adams (190th) 27:28, Matt Burdus-Cook (202nd) 27:34, Richard Liggatt (308th) 28:45, Georgie Campbell (360th) 29:15, Jonathan Ashely (429th) 30:12, Andrew Cox (445th) 30:25, Tim Hutchinson (447th) 30:26, Cadie Hibberd (529) 31:38, David Smyth (644th) 32:51, Theo Skirvin (740th) 34:06, Vicky Sharpe (806th) 35:07, Charly Marshall (823rd) 35:32, Graham Hill (859th) 36:22, Emma Vickers (948th) 39:54, Lara Bakewell (993rd) 44:06, Philippa Paddock (1002th) 44.35, Caroline Skelton (1019th) 48:13