On the evening of Tuesday 25th
The Civil Service men had a stiff task to retain their LBH Bridges Relay title without Chris Smith in their line up but they put up a sterling performance in an valiant attempt to try and hang onto the title. Mike Cummings ran the opening leg for the Civil Service Men's "A" team and clocked the fastest leg of the night by a London Business Houses entrant (4th overall) with 11:38. Nic Gould ran the 2nd leg in a very swift 12:33 and handed over to Crispin Allen who produced a fine run of 13:03 keeping the team in first place out of the LBH teams. Richard Hall took over on the anchor and put in a good effort with 13:44 but it wasn't quite good enough as he was closed down on the long run for home and overtaken by the anchor man from Barclays. The team finished 2nd out of 61 LBH teams and 4th overall out of 103 teams in the open category.
The Civil Service Women's "A" team was backloaded with each runner improving on the previous runner’s time. Maureen Noel led the Civil Service women off with 16:19 and handed over to Jenny Thomas who ran 16:07. Ellie Cox (15.34) took over on the anchor leg to bring the team home to team silver in 48:00 behind the Metropolitan Police Women's "A" team who were the 1st LBH team in 46:58.
There was a tremendous battle on for
team bronze between our women's "B" team and Nationwide. Maggie
Statham had kicked off the first leg with 17:23 and handed over to Ilona
Bagi who produced a run of 15:27 which substantially reduced the Nationwide advantage from 2:20 to 60 seconds.
In the open category we had a mixed team that performed well holding their own and showing good promise for the future. They were the Civil Service "C" team and finished as the 35th LBH team from 61 teams and were placed 64th overall from a field of 103. Bilal Evans opened for the "C" team clocking 16:48, Saskia Bradbury backed that time up well with 16:41. Matthew Bollington put in a useful 15:25 before Charlotte Seymour took over on the final leg to bring them home with a run of 16:52 which saw them close in 1:05:46.
Unfortunately, due to withdrawals I had decided to reorganise the Civil Service teams running orders which resulted in there being no Civil Service "B" team in the open category. That is apart from me (John O'Shea). However, as I'd handed out all the Civil Service race numbers with 3 minutes to spare before Big Ben struck 7 O'clock I decided to run and joined the first leg runners all 136 of them and run as a solo for the "B" team clocking 13:45.
The evening saw both the men's and women's course records fall. Shaun Dixon of Highgate Harriers set a new course best with 11:12 and Stacey Ward representing KPMG clocked 12:35 to set a new women's course record.
Congratulations to Katie Meredith for running the 3rd fastest leg of the evening out of 123 women with a tremendous leg of 13:35 for Highgate Harriers for which she is the women's road relay team manager. Katie had previously led the Civil Service women to team gold in 2010 when she teamed up with Claire Day and Caroline Tuck. Katie's husband Stephen Meredith is also a civil servant and on my Civil Service
Thank you to everyone's efforts on
Tuesday. The Bridges Relays are always good fun and there's always a good
friendly atmosphere as team mates and supporters cheer each other on particularly
from the spectators’ gallery along the back wall of
See attached for full results. I have also attached the "All Time" course records. Stephanie Robson is listed back in 2003 with a fastest leg of 13:22 as is Chris Smith from last year with 11:24. The Civil Service women's winning team from 2009 are listed but not the individuals, just for the record they were Diana Kennedy (14.24), Stephanie Robson (13.56) and Liz Stavreski (14.09). Liz was looking forward to running in this year's Bridges Relays but was knocked off her bicycle some weeks ago by a driver as isn't as yet ready run. We all wish you well Liz and look forward to seeing you back competing in the near future.
1st LBH OPEN Barclays Barclays A 0:50:45
2nd LBH OPEN Civil Service Civil Service A 0:50:58
3rd LBH OPEN Nationwide Nationwide A 0:51:58
1st LBH LADIES Met Police AC Met Police Ladies 1 0:46:58
2nd LBH LADIES Civil Service Civil Service Ladies A 0:48:00
3rd LBH LADIES Nationwide Nationwide Ladies 0:49:25
1st LBH MAN Civil Service Mike Cummings 11:38.0
2nd LBH MAN Capco Andy Greenleaf 11:41.0
3rd LBH MAN Barclays Andrew Lawrence 11:53.0
1st LBH LADY JP Morgan Deya Rivera Luna 14:28.0
2nd LBH LADY British Airways Vicky Edwards 14:39.0
3rd LBH LADY Standard Chartered Bank Victoria Mallinson 14:57.0
NON LBH PRIZES
FASTEST OPEN TEAM Highgate Harriers Highgate Harriers B 0:48:06
FASTEST LADIES TEAM Highgate Harriers Highgate Ladies 1 0:40:46
FASTEST MAN Highgate B Shaun Dixon 11:12.0
2nd FASTEST MAN Highgate D Ben Noad 11:14.0
3rd FASTEST MAN Highgate B Danny Russell 11:31.0
4th FASTEST MAN Highgate A Ben Pochee 11:40.0
FASTEST LADY KPMG Ladies Stacey Ward 12:35.0
2nd FASTEST WOMAN Highgate Ladies 1 Esther Evans 13:25.0
3rd FASTEST WOMAN Highgate Ladies 1 Katie Meredith 13:35.0
4th FASTEST WOMAN Highgate Ladies 1 Vicky Frew 13:46.0
Acting Team Manager
London Civil Service Athletics Team
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