Well done to the ladies team at the midlands road relays. The teams came 20th & 46th out of 107 teams, fantastic results. Well done to some of the juniors making their speedy senior debuts (Annie Testar, Inca padfield & Merryn), lovely to have you all in the ladies team. Well done to Emily Chandler with the quickest time for the Stroud ladies & extra special thankyou to KJ Newcombe for running so well when she was so unwell.
Stroud's senior men's teams continued the success of their junior and women's team club mates on a warm, sunny day at the iconic Sutton Park 5.88KM undulating course.
A slow coach journey up was brightened up by Andy Grace-Calvert's motivational tips and Ian Cutler's steady supply of jelly babies.
A last minute change of running order after Ian Newns and Lee Stopford were held up in traffic meant Lee Rankin (V45) took first leg. In a first leg laden with the strongest runners, Lee finished 46th in 20:47 (that would have been fast enough for top 20 overall in the masters competition).
Alastair Cambell took on leg 2 and pulled back an incredible 15 places to put the team back into contention in 29th with a sub 20 minute 19:28. Ian Newns continued his good form with 20:42 and moved us up to 26th.
Lee Stopford took on Leg 4 and attacked from the start. A sub 19 minute 18.55 from Lee put us into the top 20 with a time 36th fastest over all six legs on the day.
Jason Barry (V45) a substitute to the A team took on leg 5. After losing 3 places early on battled on with 21st place to lose out in the final 100m in 21:56.
So over to Tom Mortimer who loves to run the anchor leg and pulled out a 17:48 (the third fastest time on the day) and dragged Stroud into 14th place with 1:59:36 and qualification for the Nationals.
Tom's coach Chris Brown was pleased with his run which was just outside his 2017 performance and off interrupted training this summer.
For the B Team, Ian Cutler took on the craziness of leg 1 and worked through the field picking up places in 22.30. Junior Liam Daley ran fastest for the B Team in 21:56 to move the team to 62nd.
Solid middle legs from Will Trippett 23:47 Nick Hitchcroft 22:37 and Clive Poole 27:14 held the team in the top 70. The evergreen Chris Jurervicius cemented 70th place out of 104 complete teams in 2:24:24. With a team full of veterans this time would have earnt 14th in the Master's competition.
A really positive day for the club to enter two complete teams a special thanks to team manager Ian Cutler for pulling everything together.