Bristol & West fail to make it onto the podium
BRISTOL & West AC's senior women made a valiant attempt to make the medal rostrum in the English National Four Stage Road Relay Championships.
The former champions and bronze medallist for the past two years were not at their strongest for Saturday's event held at Clumber Park, near Sheffield, but the young squad emerged with great credit to finish fourth.
"I thought we could finish in the top six and would have an outside chance of a medal and to finish fourth was a very good effort," said team manager Keith Brackstone.
"I felt quite frustrated for the girls as they had a really good go at finishing in the medals, but that's the way it goes sometimes."
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Hannah Alderson, pictured, gave the club a solid start on the opening stage to finish eighth and Kate Goodhead then lifted Bristol & West to fourth at halfway, running just a second quicker than her team-mate.
That's as good as it got for Bristol with Jagger and Randell, in her first race for six months after injury, consolidating fourth 25 seconds adrift of Shaftesbury Barnet in third.
Arguably, the best local run of the day came from Dan Studley, who brought home Bristol & West AC sixth on the opening stage of the men's race with a sparkling time of 14mins 54secs, which was only just outside the top-ten fastest of the day.
Steve Mitchell then clawed back another two places and Charlie Maclean continued the good start as the club reached halfway in sixth but they couldn't maintain that momentum in the second half and had to settle for tenth.
Westbury Harriers finished 54th with Adam Kula-Przezwanski clocking their fastest time on stage two.
English National Six Stage Road Relays, Clumber Park, Notts. Women's 4-Stage: 1 Aldershot, Farnham & District 46:29; 2 Birchfield 46:39; 3 Shaftesbury Barnet 48:26; 4 Bristol & West AC 48:51 (Hannah Alderson (8) 12:03, Kate Goodhead (4) 12:02, Jenny Jagger (4) 12:24, Rebekah Randall (4) 12:22). Incomplete. Bristol & West A B (Charlotte Green (38) 13:34, Clare Stevinson (30) 13:50).
Men's 6-Stage. 1 Newham & Essex Beagles 1:30.36; 2 Liverpool 1:31.07; 3 Belgrave 1:13.16. 10 Bristol & West AC 1:32:50 (Daniel Studley (6) 14:54, Stephen Mitchell (4) 15:15, Charlie MacLean (6) 15:20, Oliver Mott (7) 15:41, Robert Bugden (8) 15:32, Michael Wilsmore (10) 16:08). 54 Westbury Harriers 1:49:31 (Scott Campbell (60) 17:07, Adam Kula-Przezwanski (52) 16:47, Malcolm White (55) 18:29, Jullian Bailey-GardJr (56) 18:40, Dean Gardner (57) 20:06, Robin Phillips (54) 18:22). Incomplete teams: Bristol & West AC B (Zak Tobias (40) 16:01).
Bristol & West's Annabel Gummow was first woman in the Bushy Parkrun in west London covering the 5k in 17mins 21secs to finish 11th overall.
It has been confirmed that Bristol & West AC will host the opening match of the British Athletics League Division Three next year at the Kip Keino Stadium.
Fixtures (provisional): May 11: Bristol; June 8: Abingdon; July 6: Kingston, London; August 3: Swansea.