On Saturday, the Senior men’s squad fielded 2 complete teams in Mansfield at the National CC relays with the ‘A’ team finishing a superb 15th – the Club’s best result since 2007’s 12th place.
Neil Johnston ran a strong first leg to hand over to Neil McCartan in 22nd place who picked off another 2 places. Third leg runner Conall Kirk flew past another 5 runners leaving last leg Damian Nevins to hang onto 15th place. The ‘B’ team finished a respectable 70th place out of 153 teams. First leg runner Jim Cooper was in 80th position as he handed over to Noor Mohamoud who along with Joe Gammell and Jonny Hill worked through the field to make up 10 places.
The Senior women fell foul of the sickness bug in the Bland household as they were unable to field a full team. First leg runner, middle-distance specialist Laura O’Connor suffered an ankle sprain early on but battled on to hand over to Eilish O’Grady in 65th place. The steeplechaser stormed through the field coming home in 40th place. A top 50 place was on the cards!