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number of record ields with SEAA 12 Stage Road Relay
127 Clubs ielding teams and Championships ran without
1657 inishers in the senior incident on 16th March in
men’s race alone. Although Milton Keynes, in what turned
the sun had broken through, out to be gloriously sunny
it was a cool and windy day at conditions. The 12 stage
Herrington Park, Nottingham. relays are notoriously the most
The ground was frozen and dificult events for which to
covered in snow, and eleven organise a team and this year
men lined up to attack the was no different with injuries,
12km course which included prior commitments and lack of
three irm laps, one small hill, form conspiring to thwart team
one log jump, one ditch jump managers up and down the
and one bog. Despite an injury- country. We took a solid team
ravaged winter, Mike Skinner with the expectation of a top
recorded yet another top 10 25 inish to ensure qualiication
Georges Vacharopoulos inish in 10th. Ben Harding put for the National Road Relays
in an excellent performance to in April and were rewarded
was one of the worst races we inish 102nd, and a variety of with a 13th place inish. Three
great legs in succession, from
have endured in recent years. injuries saw Andrew Rayner James Poole, Scott Overall and
The teams inished 21st and (191), Danny Brewer (262) Georges Vacharopoulos which
19th with brave runs from Alex Gibbins (305), and Sam resulted in the 14th quickest
Alex Gibbins, Sam Barnes, Barnes (314) inish lower down short leg, 5th fastest long leg
Kevin May, Gareth Evans, than they would have liked. of the day and a 45 seconds
Jon Vinter, Danny Brewer, There were solid performances PB over the distance saw the
Andy Tucker, Steve Pairman, from Kevin May (369), Jon team elevated to third at one
Andy Lawes, Richard Hall, Vintner (521), Steve Cooper point. Former Olympian Mark
Adrian Stocks, Nigel Bulmer (623), Dan Kennedy (900), Steinle was back in a club vest
and Richard Granieri. and Richard Hall (1181). It was after a three year sabbatical and
National XC Champs Steve Cooper’s irst national a recent victory in the Sidcup
XC Champs after 18 years of
One of the biggest and most association with the club – and 10. He joined Alex Gibbins,
anticipated races of the year, hopefully not his last! The 6 Andrew Rayner, Steve Cooper,
the National Cross Country and 9 scoring teams came 17th Rich Hall, Sam Barnes, Dan
Championships, took place and 15th overall, both ahead of Kennedy, Dave McKinlay, and
on Saturday 22nd February Tonbridge. Jon Vintner in steering the
and as usual, B&B were well team home.
represented in all age groups. Southern & National 12 stage Our winter schedule drew to
Notts AC and Nottingham Road Relays a close on 5th April with the
City Council had done a great Following the calamity of National 12 Stage Road Relays
job in the organisation and last year’s last-minute snow- at Sutton Park, Birmingham.
had been rewarded with a induced cancellation, this year’s In what turned out to be quite
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