Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s road runners were the top Surrey team in the South of England senior men’s six-stage road relay championship at Bedford Autodrome on Sunday. The squad were only one of two Surrey teams to qualify for next month’s National Championships, reports Tom Pollak.
First leg runner Richard McDowell, making his debut in the event, had a storming run to finish 24th of more than 60 teams from all over the South of England to clock the fastest Hercules Wimbledon time of the day, 18 minutes 20 seconds. Steeplechaser Rob Tuer (19:20) held onto 24th spot before a fine run by Jonathan Cornish (18:41), having his second race of the weekend, lifted the team to 18th place. Alex Robinson (19:05) gained one place before Russell Price (20:50) and Joe Toomey (20:01) slipped to 19th place out of 57 teams to finish.
By finishing in the top 25, Hercules Wimbledon once again qualified for the National Championships which are being held in Birmingham’s Sutton Park on October 8th. “Despite missing some of our top runners we were pleased to make the nationals,” said team manager Rob Tuer. “We aim to be much stronger for the national.”
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