boc :: Relays


It was back to same map used for the british Individual championships the previous day but this time to settle the Relay titles.

Looking at the teams lining up for the open titles, it promised to be one of the most exciting relays the british championships had seen in many a year. In a Nopesport poll ShUOC came out as the pre-race favourites but it was Graham Gristwood showing great relay form again who came back in 1st place a full 3mins clear of the pack. Unfortunately the OD didn't have the same strength as the others, instead it was pre-race favoutrite ShUOC who led after the 2nd leg. Then another twist as they got disqualified, later it was found that 1st leg neil Northrop had unfortunately missed a control out on one of the short legs. That put a newly formed Warrior team in 1st place with Intelopers in 2nd, 1 minute down and last years JK champions EUOC in 3rd. 3 of the fastest leg times of the day were produced by the respective 3rd leg runners but the positions didn't change leaving Jon Duncan to bring home Warrior in 1st, Scott Fraser leading Int home 2nd and Murray Strain anchoring EUOC to 3rd.

ShUOC featured heavily again in the womens race as Lizze adams came back in 1st place 45sec's clear of CLOK's Aislinn austin and Toni O'Donovan of Intelopers, usong her cross country speed to good effect.Unfortunately a poor 2nd leg from ShUOc dropped them into 4th leaving too much for Rachel Elder to catch up on last leg. This put CLOK in the driving seat and Karen Heppenstall consolidated their 1st spot. A strong run from Helen Palmer brought NOC up from 8th to 2nd and with Alison O'Neill on last leg it was going to be fight between NOC & CLOK. Pippa Whitehouse managed to hold Alison off and brought home CLOK to take the British Relay title. NOC were 2nd with ShUOC taking 3rd.

Full results and splits at the BOC website

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