AAA National Women's 4 Stage Road RelaysReport by: Bryan Murray
Wakefield Harriers fielded several teams in the AAA England Nike National Road Relays event at Sutton Park in Birmingham.
Top performance from the Wakefield contingent came in the Women's Four Stage event, where the club finished in their highest ever placing of eighth.
A high-quality field was assembled for the early competition with GB internationalist Shirley Griffith running the first leg of the race in a time of 14:57 mins as she finished in eighth place. She handed over to Sharon Marshall, who produced a fine run of 16:26 mins before passing on to another GB internationalist, Penny Thackray, who battled back to pass five athletes in a time of 14:57.
Julie O'Mara, on the anchor leg, was up against some of the country's top runners, and she lost two places, but held on in eighth place to claim the club's best-ever placing. O'Mara's time of 14:58 mins gave Wakefield a combined total of 1 hour 02 mins 6 secs.
The senior women's side also fielded a B team, and they again performed well on the day.
Alice Butler led off on the first stage and handed over in 41st place with a leg time of 16:56 mins. Catherine Bacon, back after injury, pulled back six places with a run of 16:50 mins to finish 35th, and on the third stage under 20 athlete Helen Singleton, in her first senior outing in the road relays, ran 18:09 mins to finish 40th. The last leg was run by Sarah Beevers, who overtook two athletes to finish in 38th place in a time of 18:31 mins.