Testing time in road relay race

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The National Road Relay Championships take place at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, this weekend, the senior races today and the young athletes events on Sunday.

Rotherham, who won the Northern Cross Country Relay last weekend, were sixth in the National relay 12 months ago at Clumber Park. There is likely to be a stronger field this time and Rotherham will do well to equal last year’s sixth position.

Natasha Hatswell, Steph Burns and Sam Johnson were the winning trio last week in the three stage race.

On the road there are four stages with Laura Spence added to the squad. Hallamshire and Sheffield Running Club are entered for the women’s race whilst Rotherham and Sheffield Running Club are listed in the men’s six stage race.

In the under 15 age group, City of Sheffield , with Amelia Lancaster, Mariella DeLara and Emily Simpson, won the Northern title and could make a big impact at National level whilst Rotherham, bronze medallists in the Northern, should do well in the boys race. Rotherham should also be prominent in the under 13 girls race.