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Cardiff 7th as Swansea win

Sunday 8 October 2017

Cardiff's senior men's six stage road relay team travelled to Birmingham's Sutton Park yesterday as defending national champions but had to concede the title to Swansea Harriers, whilst still finishing in a highly creditable 7th place out of 82 finishing club teams.

The ladies' four stage team, bronze medal winners last year, finished in eleventh; Charlotte Arter clocking the overall second fastest leg of the day, behind GB international Jessica Judd.

Sam Blake was Cardiff men's first leg runner and handed over to Jake Heyward in 53rd place. From this point on Cardiff steadily moved through the field, Jake handing over to Carwyn Jones in 37th. Club road and cross country captain Carwyn ran the 10th fastest of the third leg runners and pulled the team up to 22nd. Next off was ironman Matt Clowes who produced the fastest fourth leg and handed over to Mike Kallenberg in 15th. Mike (7th fastest on his leg) came home in 10th and Ieuan Thomas (8th fastest) completed the team and crossed the line in seventh place.

The men's B team (Mike Kershaw, Steve Morris, James Thie, Ciaran Lewis, Jac Smith and Nat Lane) finished in 47th place.

The ladies' team finished in a respectable 11th place with Carys Hughes (23rd), Charlotte Arter (4th), Emily Brown (10th) and Clara Evans (11th).

Congratulations to Swansea, whose men's team win means that both six and twelve stage titles remain in Wales.

The men's results can be seen HERE and the women's HERE.