Tue 8th May 2018

Venue Sutton Park Nr Birmingham

Winchester and District Athletic Club (WADAC) ladies V45 team went to Sutton Park near Birmingham to battle for honours in chilly and damp conditions in the British Masters Road Relay Championships. Sutton Park is thought of as the home of British road relays and i s always testing. On this occasion the BMAF put the relays on a revised course with legs of just over 5km. The race was over 3 legs and the WADAC team consisted of Kath Bailey, Sam Parkinson and Karen Rushton.

On a very rapid Leg 1 Kath Bailey had a blinder of a run and brought WADAC home 3rd just 13 seconds behind the leaders Dulwich Runners. To emphasise the speed of leg 1 Kath’s time ended up being the 4th fastest overall of all the legs.  Kath handed over to the much improved Sam Parkinson and she passed the Dulwich runner ahead of her but could not pass the Telford athlete but Sam came home 2nd in a time of 21.11 giving WADAC a wonderful to win medals. On the final lag WADAC’S Karen Rushton went ahead with 600m to go, but her lead was being rapidly closed on by Maria Heslop of Tonbridge and looked sure to catch her but Rushton found a strong sprint to win by seven seconds. This was a magnificent achievement by theses ladies and WADAC are proud of their efforts.