By Jamie Arrowsmith 17/04 Updated: 24/04 14:41
BROMSGROVE & REDDITCH Athletic Club ladies recorded a time of 2:03:47 to finish 29th out of 37 teams who competed in the English Road Relay Association Nike National Road Relays on Saturday in Sutton Park, Birmingham.
The B&R team beat local rivals Worcester Athletic Club by just one place in this six-stage relay in which another 14 incomplete teams also took part.
As in the Midlands Relay two weeks ago, Katy Anderson ran the fastest three-mile leg for B&R as she improved her time to 18:47.
The gold medals were won by the 2011 champions Aldershot whose team included Great Britain international Stephanie Twell, although it was Twell's team-mate Charlotte Purdue who ran the fastest leg of all in 15:29.
B&R women's times (position at end of leg in brackets): Tamara Ball (40) 19:33; Katy Anderson (29) 18:47; Gemma Clay (30) 20:36; Thomasina Ball (34) 22:29; Charlotte Ball (32) 21:23; Karen Riley (29) 20:59.
Leading teams: 1 Aldershot Farnham & District A - 1:36:30; 2 Swansea Harriers A - 1:41:27; 3 Leeds City Athletic Club A - 1:42:42.
Unlike the women's relay, where all the legs are the same length, the men's 12-stage relay consists of four long legs, each interspersed by two short legs.
Several B&R men improved their times achieved when qualifying at the Midlands Relay and the team finished 57th in a time of 5:06:11.
Adam Lloyd ran a long leg instead of a short leg this time and recorded the club's best time of 30:22 for the 5.4 miles.
Sean Bowden was quickest B&R runner on a short leg as he covered the three miles in 16:21.
Tipton Harriers won the event by nearly three minutes from second placed Leeds City, with Notts AC taking the bronze medals.
B&R men's times: Adam Lloyd (58) 30:22; Sean Bowden (57) 16:21; Mark Graham (61) 33:47; Andrew Freeman (61) 17:24; Mark Appleton (62) 32:35; Damian Lewis (60) 17:12; Stephen Beddoe (64) 35:41; Robert Mole (63) 17:45; Paul Atkins (62) 34:28; James Hood (60) 17:09; Clive Dent (60) 35:39; Ashley Ross (58) 17:48.
Leading men's teams: 1 Tipton Harriers A - 4:10:17; 2 Leeds City Athletic Club A - 4:13:12; 3 Notts AC A - 4:14:13.
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