Woodford AC win prestigious bronze
�Woodford Green’s men’s road relay team took a bronze medal on Sunday at the prestigious South of England 12-Stage Road Relay Championship at Milton Keynes.
There was plenty of drama as the team yo-yoed up and down the leaderboard, whilst the women’s team placed a respectable eighth in their six-stage event.
Dan Agustus got them off to a good start, coming home in 10th spot in a time of 25 minutes and 11 seconds, before handing over to Gavin Lewis.
Lewis produced a solid performance, only dropping one place as he handed over to England representative Dave Wardle who blasted through the field and put the team into third spot having run 24.19.
Andy Mariani was on leg four and despite not feeling 100 per cent, recorded the second quickest time on the leg increasing Woodford’s lead over everyone else except Newham.
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Bertie Powell chipped 20 seconds off his Milton Keynes best in a solid 25.14 run and after leg five the team were sitting in fourth.
They moved up into the bronze medal position with Tom Phillips on leg six as he ran 17.54, but Hywel Care’s second run in 24 hours dropped them back to fifth, although time was only lost on Newham.
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But Omar Mansoure produced a brilliant run to take them back into fourth spot, just a step behind third in a time of 17.30.
However, Woodford had a nightmare run with Kevin Kane, carrying a cough, on leg nine as he recorded 27.14 and lost two places.
Angus Holford surged round the final corner of his leg to set up Mark Burgess for a run at third spot, but he too was to have a bad day at the office after initially catching Belgrave Harriers’ Will Cockerill, only to run into breathing difficulties for the athlete to overtake him.
That left Matt Shone on the final leg and he eyed up the opposition and ran a fast time of 17.46 to bring Woodford home in third.