22 May 2013

Victory for Masters at British Masters Relay Championships, Sutton Park

Leicester Coritanian M45 Masters men’s squad travelled to Sutton Park on Saturday 18th May to contest the British Masters M45 relay championships which were held in conjunction with the M35 and M55 classes.

Gordon Lee gave them the best possible start when he completed the course in 15.03 to hand over a 35 second lead to Rob Sheen over the second placed team Redhill, with Wolverhampton and Bilston in 3rd place.

Rob ran 16.32 to increase the leading margin to 1 minute and 15 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Oxford City with Tyne Bridge coming through into 3rd place.

Gareth Deacon completed the third leg in 16.51 to hand over to Danny Keating to further increase the lead after running a time of 17.03 over the emerging and eventual 2nd placed team, Salford.

By now the pattern of the race was set to allow Tommy Hughes, who had travelled over from Northern Ireland, to complete the 5th leg in 16.35 and again further increasing the lead over Salford to 1 minute 34 seconds.

Chris Southam anchored the team to victory on the final leg with a time of 16.03 to give the Coritanians a combined time of 1hr 38mins 7secs over Salford's time of 1hr 40mins and 3rd placed team Tyne Bridge's 1hr 41mins 4secs

Not only is this the third consecutive British Masters Relay title but Gordon Lee achieved the fastest leg of the day.

The squad were on the road again on Sunday when they contested the West End 8, the final race in the 2013 winter league series. The team of Chris Southam, Gareth Deacon, Dave Pearce and Dave Saunders gained the points to give the Coritanian squad the Division 1 Winter League title for the fourth consecutive year.

Team manager Tony Forryan said it was a superb weekends work and wanted to thank everyone for their efforts including Matt Poynton, Martin Booth, John Noble and Chris Berwick who also contested the West End race for the seniors.

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