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Monday, 14 July 2014 23:27

NSW Road Relays - Report

Our club didn't enter many teams for State Road Relay Championships but those competing on the day performed brilliantly. This competition was held only 6 days after Gold Coast Marathon which didn't help. Also few good runners opted to run 10k fun run the following day instead of competing for the club and that was disappointing. We entered 5 teams only but the medal tally for the day was more than impressive: 3 gold and 1 silver medal.


The day started with U18 girls competing in 4 x 2k relay. This already accomplished team (shown on the left) started with same runners from last year, only thing that we changed was running order. Georgia Evans got us going with 6:59 split for 5th place. Very good second leg by Manon Wilson (6:43) brought our team to where it belongs - first position. Fast pace continued with Lily Harding-Delooze running the third leg and further extending the lead. Amy Harding-Delooze finished it hard with one of the fastest runs of the day - excellent 6:33. The winning time was 27:00 and it was more than minute faster than second placed UTS Norths.







The next race had our 4 teams competing together: Open A team, U20 boys, 35+ Men and Open B team. The Open Men team was a bit of a question mark after Jeremy Roff had to withdraw as a precaution to his hamstring niggle. It was a bit of gamble to put junior runner Kurt Fryer to run the first leg. Our club was hoping to get 9th consecutive state title in this event and we tried to find out who is running for Sydney University. Hugh Williams (Sydney Uni) didn't give much away and we were little bit taken back after seeing James Nipperess getting ready for the race. The race started fast with Brad Milosevic taking lead in very fast pace. After first lap it was still Milosevic in front but Kurt Fryer was running nicely in a pack splitting first 2k in about 6:00. He managed to change second which was really good for our team as we were hoping to take the lead during 3rd leg. Thanks to Liam Ridings on the second leg our team got the lead and changed some 9 seconds ahead of Sydney University despite Nipperess's fastest leg of the day 11:21. At that stage we knew the win is in the bag. Jeff Hunt, who was uncertain about his form because of illness lately, ran very good 11:49 and extended our lead to more than half of minute. Ben Moreau finished with impressive 11:37 run getting our team across the line with 1.5 min win over Sydney University. The 9th win in the row was sweet.

In the same race our 35+ team finally got a win. The team consisted of Nic Cope, Gary Howard, Manu Sivaraj and James Dawes. Nic was a very late addition and it was so good to have him running. He was our fastest runner and he covered first 4k leg in 12:26 which was only 4 seconds slower from the fastest 35+ split of the day. So with only 4 seconds behind Asics West, Gary Howard ran very good 13:32 to put us in the lead. Manu Sivaraj (45+ guy) extended our lead with impressive 14:15 and James Dawes nicely finished to give our team close to 2.5 minutes win over Asics West.

U20 boys team was obviously running without Kurt Fryer this time but we started with four runners of roughly same quality and that was our strength in this race. The team ran in this order: Alexander Langdon, Sam Gottlieb, Sam Byrne and Patrick Elliott. Alexander opened up with 13:16 and our team was not far behind third placed Bankstown. Sam Gottlieb maintained roughly the same place but other teams have their faster runners running early and we slipped to 5th place after second leg. Sam Byrne brought us to second place with 13:24 third leg. Patrick Elliot finished strong with 13:11, the fastest in this team, and our boys came second behind Nowra team. Very good effort by all and well deserved silver medal.

The only RBH team that didn't medal was Open Man 'B' team but these guys also did their best. It is remarkable that they didn't placed last despite having girl on the team (Heidi Cayzer who is improving in every race) and 54 years old guy with crook hammy (Alija Kajan). Neil Lynch and Patrick O'Reilly were given opportunity to test their speed on first and second leg and they did very well. Thanks Heidi for completing this team and supporting the club.

All in all it was a great day, well organized competition (thanks ANSW, Scott Westcott and officials). Thanks to coach Ken Green and Jeremy Roff for helping with teams.

Full results with individual splits

ANSW coverage of this event

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