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Northern Road Relays
29 September 2007

There were excellent performances from both of the Lincoln Wellington senior teams at the North of England road relays at Birchwood near Warrington. The men had to contend with a surprisingly lengthy three laps of a 2.8k circuit making the race a very serious test of endurance. Tom Doe led off for Wellington and his lack of recent training due to a recent knee problem was showing by the end of the first circuit when he was quite a way off the furious pace set by the leaders in 12th place. He kept going well on the final two laps and eventually handed over in 14th position in a very creditable time of 26m 57s. A well paced run by Ian Kimpton on leg two in 27m 09s picked up one place for the club and 13th position was maintained with solid efforts from Will Strangeway (27m 56s) and Les Ball (28m 36s) on legs three and four. The distance of the race was a severe test for Chris Fullerton on leg 5 but he kept going in determined style to return in 30m 41s and pass to Matt Bowser in 19th place. A flying first lap in 8m 18s by the latter made up a lot of ground and although that pace was not quite maintained a final time of 25m 34s was a great effort and brought the Wellington squad up to 12th place and the best result at the Northern relays for a very long time. The teams from some much bigger clubs were comfortably beaten off and the squad will now look to the National Road Relays at Birmingham for another good performance.

The women's race comprised of two laps of the 2.8k circuit and also started off at a fierce pace. Lucinda Pitcher coped very well to come back in 17th position in a time of 21m 15s on the lead off leg. And Harriet Canter ran very strongly to pull back three places on the 2nd leg in a good time of 20m 48s. A perfectly even paced run from veteran Susie Ardron on leg three conceded just four places with a creditable 24m 04s before Beccy Rowley took on the final leg. Despite being short on recent training she did well to drop just one more place in a time of 23m 34s and see the club across the line in 19th position.

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