Congratulations to all who ran at the National Road Relays on the 14th April 2012.
The mens team finished 7th in a time of 4 hours 17 minutes and 44 seconds, after a close dual with Newham and Belgrave both who finished ahead of AFD.
Sorry lads but the main attention was the womens 6 stage, starting just 20 minutes after the men. Montana Jones set of confidently having a superb run to come in in 3rd place just 30 seconds down on Elizabeth Porter of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. Montanna handed over to Charlotte Purdue, Charlie quickly went into the lead running the quickest time of the day. From that point on AFD A team were not headed. Charlie rushed of to fly to Dublin for the Great Irish 10K (she came 2nd to Gemma Steel in a time of 32 minutes and 10 seconds, just 4 seconds down on Gemma). Meanwhile Emily Wicks running 3rd proved she was fully recovered from her collapsed lung with a solid run. With the last 3 legs trusted Emilia Gorecka, Steph Twell and Emma Pallant, the race looked as if it was all over bar accidents. There were no accidents so the interest turned to who would claim the medal for the fastest leg, and would the course record be broken.
The AFD supporters were treated to the sight of Steph taking over on the 4th leg just 20 meters ahead of Steven Connorrunning the mens 5th leg, it looked like an AFD traing run. Steve doing a long leg was with Steph for the first half of her leg.
AFD last 3 runners extended AFD lead by a minute each giving a time of 1 hour 36 minutes and 30 seconds beating Charnwood’s course record by 2 minutes.
The fastest lap times gave Charlotte Purdue fastest with 15:29, 2nd Steph Twell 15:35, 4th Emilia Gorecka in 16:02, 6th Emma Pallant in 16:06, 11th Lily Partridge in 16:35 12th Montana Jones in 16:37 and 14th Emily Wicks in 16:41.
For those of a mathematical bent the fastest 6 non AFD runners would not have beaten the AFD A team.
AFD Womens B team came 5th showing AFD strength in depth.