The SEAA Road Relays at Aldershot are a popular fixture in the men’s racing calendar and we again sent 5 teams and 26 athletes to the event including, for the first time, a V60 team. Buoyed by good performances over the summer on the track and at the Overton 5 road race event we travelled with some confidence and looking forward to pitting ourselves against some of the best clubs in the South. That confidence was not misplaced and we recorded perhaps our best ever results.
The day consists of 2 races.
All the Vets teams start together at 12.30 with 4 legs of 6km and this year that meant 63 athletes set off together stampeding up the hill before things spread out as pace and age differences separates the teams. WADAC had 4 teams (V60, V50, V40A, V40B) in the Vets race with Martin Mannion and Simon Stevens in particular seeking to get our colours out towards the front. Martin covered the course in 20’18 (2nd fastest V50 and 10th fastest overall Vets) to handover in 5th overall and 2nd V50. The V50’s were consistently towards the front of their group and even up to 1st at the end of the second leg before finishing third to win WADAC’s first ever medals at this event. Not to be outdone our V60’s were a model of consistency to be third throughout and Jonathan Kane (well into his 70’s!) ran a fantastic last leg to ensure there were bronze medals for them too – magnificent!. Detailed results are further below.
The Senior Men start at 14.30 with 6 legs round the same 6km course. There were 79 teams starting this years event and with many putting their top athletes up front we were thrilled to have Toby Lambert put the Black and Gold 7th at the end of the first leg. Toby’s time of 18’27 was the 16th fastest of the day and we were always going to be hanging on from there. This year’s team had strength in depth however and good performances throughout the team kept us in the hunt and allowed Bis Batuwitage to bring us home in 30th and secure an invitation to the Nationals.
Overall a really successful day not only our first medals but also our first return to the Nationals since 2005/6 so many congratulations to all the athletes who took part.
The detailed results are below.
Snr Men – 30th from 69 complete teams
Toby Lambert 18m 27s (16th fastest)
Stuart McCallum 19m 38s
George King 19m 44s
Bonnor Sullivan 20m 18s
Ian Debnam 21m 40s
Bis Batuwitage 22m 20s
V60 Men – 3rd from 6 complete teams – Bronze Medals
Martyn West 25m 05s (8th fastest V60)
Steve Goodwin 25m 19s (11th fastest V60)
Derek Smith 28m 13s
Jonathan Kane 29m 24s
V50 Men – 3rd from 19 complete teams – Bronze Medals
Martin Mannion 20m 18s (2nd fastest V50, 10th fastest Vet)
Marius Kwint 21m 58s
David Vosser 23m 06s
Graham Bungay 22m 00s
V40 A Men – 11th from 33 complete teams
Simon Stevens 21m 00s
Bruce Ayling 22m 06s
Peat Allan 23m 44s
Mark Curtis 22m 36s
V40 B Men – 22nd from 33 complete teams
Robert Bryan 23m 45s
Steve Oliver 23m 45s
Richard Nichols 24m 28s
Matt Lane 24m 24s