Abingdon A.C.

Abingdon Athletics Club
Tilsley Park, Dunmore Road, Abingdon, OX14 1PU
Club Secretary: Carrie Bolton - secretaryabingdonaac@gmail.com


Abingdon A.A.C.

Sunshine at Sutton Park
National YA road relays, 4 October
Sutton Park in Birmingham is the traditional home of road relay running in the UK, and this year the autumn colours were augmented by warm sunshine and clear blue skies. This time it was just our Under-13 girls in combat. With all YAS facing the same testing 4 km circuit and all of the top clubs in the country present,this was always going to be tough. Beth Darwent was unexpectedly and unavoidably marooned on the morning of the race, but panic not, some nifty work by our support crews brought Izzie Jones into the fray. Mieke Bedlington (16:30)took the first leg, surviving the maelstrom of the downhill start to bring us in 44th of the 70 teams that toed the line. A strong run from Mette Rutter (16:20) hoisted us up to 31st after leg 2 and Izzie (18:00) finished the job in 37th. 56 teams finished, with some big and well-established clubs behind us. This was the first time any of our trio had competed in a relay at national level - they did us proud and themselves a power of good. With weather like this, Sutton Park is an idyllic setting for road relays. Mind you, when the weather is bad ..... Finally, a big thank you to the support crews, we cannot manage any of this without you.


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