Our men's and women's road relay teams battled all Saturday afternoon to make the British top 10 in the National 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays at the traditional venue of Sutton Park, near Birmingham. In the end the women's team squeezed into 8th while the men were left just outside, in 11th. For the women, Jessica Sparke
and Jodie Swallow
notched the fastest stage times, while Ronnie Sparke
and Martyn Cryer
were the men's most impressive performers.
Once the women's team was finalised, an average stage time of 17.30 for
each 2.995m leg looked realistic for a total team time of roughly 1hr
45 mins, which looked as though it could possibly leave the team in
position 3-5 based on the 2008 result. But this was a year in which the
course record was broken by the first two teams and the overall
standard was higher.