Reigate Priory Relays

Team third for Walton senior men at Priory Relays!

The sun was high and the wind likewise as the WAC men and women donned their vests for this annual piece of fun.

After a couple of drop-outs during the week nine men turned up to race, presenting a minor difficulty in teams of four. However, some internal wrangling and a change to the paperwork gave a solution with some doubling up to complete the C team.

On the women’s side, the legendary Williams sisters were having their first cross-country race together since records began and seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, stepping up from their somewhat more accustomed distances to tackle this 4km course.

The men’s A team was led off by Andrew Crooks, returning to XC running this season after a few years away. Andrew handed over to Jamie Mcloughlin who ran a storming second leg (fastest WAC runner of the day) to hand over to Jon Ladley. Another strong leg from Jon brought us into the final leg in fourth place as Jon handed over to Chris de Mauny. Chris passed the third placed runner on the flat section on the top of the hill and ran in to clinch third place. Both the first and second placed teams (Dorking and Belgrave) contained current or former senior internationals: Walton was very much the “best of the rest” today.

Rob Marcus, Chris Ness, Richard Drew, James Bartosik and Adam McCarthy had a complex race among themselves since between them they managed seven legs of the four-leg relay, Andrew Crooks also running a second time to complete the C team.

Full results are not yet available but will be here soon.

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