Blackheath & Bromley’s Senior men have comfortably qualified for the National 12 Stage Road Relay which takes place at Sutton Coldfield on April the 14th. They did so by finishing in twelfth place at the Southern event at Milton Keynes.

Andy Rayner got the team off to a fine start when he came home 9th on the traditionally competitive opening leg in 24.16. The race alternates between long and short stages and on leg two Russell Bentley hauled the Club up to 2nd place with a time of 15.13. This was the highest the Club reached all day.

Joint team manager Alex Gibbins slipped back to 9th (26.05) before Ben Harding edged the team up to 7th with 15.44. The steady progress continued as Colin Norris (25.26) and James Poole (15.13) each moved the team up a place to leave them 5th at the half way stage.

Peter Tucker slipped a couple of places on the seventh leg (26.59) and with good efforts from Richard Hall (17.56), Jamie Darling (26.24), Jonathan Vintner (18.00), David McKinley (26.25) and Richard Daniel (19.20) the team closed in the top dozen.

Bentley and Poole’s 15.13 times were the equal 8th fastest short legs of the day.

Unfortunately the Senior women could not complete a team. Elaine Murty was the sole representative finishing in 4th place on the opening stage with 17.53, the 13th fastest of the day. Blackheath & Bromley caters for all ages, abilities and disciplines. For further information on your particular interest please e-mail Alternatively leave details on the Club answer phone service on 020 8462 3115.

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