National Road Relays

Two weeks ago our senior men's team won bronze medals at the National Road Relays in Livingston and our masters men erased the memory of losing gold on count back at the cross country championships by overhauling Cambuslang on the final lap to take the title.

Central AC won the title back from Cambuslang after a blunder on the penultimate leg saw the West District team fall behind and Central, anchored by one of fastest long legs on the day, were comfortable in the end.

This weekend we will rejoin the battle with both clubs over 12 legs round Sutton Park at the English National 12 Stage Relays, the most prestigious road relay event in the UK and one which the English clubs have to qualify through their regional 12 stage to take part in.

This will be our 6th year in succession at the event and though we haven't managed to better our debut placing of 13th the club is still smarting from being turned over by Cambuslang last year and a strong squad will head south with an elusive top ten finish firmly in their sights.

7 of the medal winners from two weeks ago have made the team this year, which features 6 changes from 2016 and debuts for no fewer than 4 athletes.

The lucky 12 are:

Callum Mckenzie
Dermot Cummins
Dougie Selman
Howell Craske
Keith Hood
Anthony Addison
Stuart Livingstone
Donald Macaulay
Mickey Breen
James Harrison
Ally Brockie
Scott Pilkington

1st Reserve: Bryan Clark
2nd Reserve: Jon Carpenter

Despite some high profile call offs the back up we now have is very strong and I don't think we've ever had a 1st reserve in 1630 5km shape.

No doubt there will be twitter updates throughout the race which starts at 12noon and hopefully we can conjure some of the magic of Sutton Park for you.

*for further reading on the 12 stage see attached programme and this interview http://leftspikefanzine.com/relaytradition/ and for a history of the all time record holders see
http://www.pikeracers.com/page22.htm

nat1217p.pdf