Swansea dominate at the ERRA Road Relays

Swansea Harriers dominated at the ERRA National Road Relay Champinships in Birmingham on Saturday.

Their men’s team took victory nearly 5 minutes ahead of second placed Bristol & West AC.

Swansea Harriers men's team (pic by Mark Shearman)

Their win came on a warm and sunny day in Sutton Park,  23 years since they last won the 12 stage title.

Cardiff AAC's Matt Clowes took his team straight in to the lead on leg one, Tom Marshall then followed posting the second fastest time of the day for a short leg.

His team held the lead until leg seven before Danal Desta took over the front running for the Harriers.

Dewi Griffiths ran the fastest long leg of the day in 25.10, nearly 30 seconds ahead of his closest rival with team mate Kristian Jones posting the fourth fastest.

Verity Ockenden & Dewi Griffiths with their fastest leg medals (pic by Mark Shearman)

Liam Lloyd anchored Swansea Harriers to the gold medals, witnessed by his delighted team.

Team Manager George Edwards commented that it was great to see Club Captain Marc Hobbs as a part of the team sventeen years after he began trying to win the prestigious title.

Cardiff AAC went on to  finish 10th, six months on from taking ERRA Autumn Road Relay Championsphips glory.

Aberdare Valley AAC were a welcome addition to the event with experienced Marathoner Richard Gardiner running for his team 18 years on from winning the six stage Road Relay Championships with his former club Cardiff.

Swansea Harriers women’s team came through the field to claim silver medals in their six stage relay, anchored by Alaw Beynon-Thomas.

Verity Ockenden took Swansea straight in to the lead on leg one, posting a time that wasn’t beaten throughout the rest of the race.

Cardiff AAC’ team finished seventh with Clara Evans running the sixth fastest time of the day.

Pics by Mark Shearman.

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