Leeds City lead the way at national road relays

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ERRA English National Road Relays. Photo: James Young.

A glorious Saturday afternoon in Sutton Coldfield saw the spring series of the English Road Relay Association Nationals.

The sun was shining and it was a drastic difference from the cold and rather soggy affair in October.

Leeds City of course led the way, with the women’s 6-stage team successfully defending their title they secured this time last year. The team was anchored by Jenny Walsh, who’s had a turbulent seven years peppered with injuries, so it’s great to see her back on top form.


It was Herne Hill who took the silver and Birchfield the third spot.

The men’s dozen were no slouches either, as they were crowned national champions for the 12-stage relay, with Joe Townsend bringing them home in 4hrs 12mins and 19 seconds.

The fastest course times however came from outside the northern powerhouse teams, as Kent AC’s Alex Yee, who finished 14th at the European Championships in Berlin over the 10,000m, sped around the course in 25 minutes, with Dewi Griffiths of Swansea also clocking an impressive 25:06. The battle for the minor medals was left to Bristol & West and Aldershot, Farnham & District.

The women’s race featured Denmark’s Anna Emilie Møller, who was fresh from the World Cross Country Championships in her home country just the previous week.

She finished as top European at the Championships and proved her calibre on the roads in Sutton too, clocking 28:01 for the long leg.