On Sunday 24 March, a team of 12 dedicated Abingdon AC members made the journey to Milton Keynes.

The relay

Abingdon AC athletes were prepared to line up alongside 50 other teams in what is considered to be one of the biggest events in the club running calendar, The Southern 12 Stage Road Relays. A good team performance at this event could send you through to the national competition, a couple of weeks later.

The 12 Stage Road Relays comprises of six ‘short’ legs and six ‘long’ legs. The short leg was around 5km and the long leg was around 7.7km.

A perfect day

The sun was shining and it was the perfect day to put everyone through their paces. Each individual stuck their neck on the line and gave it their all - I think we are all still feeling the effects of the race! Below are the names of those that made up our team of 12 senior males, along with the times for their legs.

Our runners

Abingdon total time: 4:41:41

  1. James Clayton 28:13
  2. Aric Klukowski 17:47
  3. Harrison Read 26:55
  4. James Willard 18:47
  5. Cameron Weir 29:29
  6. Les Newell 16:59
  7. Phil Egerton 27:49
  8. Andrew Caruana 19:53
  9. Paul Hughes 29:06
  10. David Bedlington 21:41
  11. Owen Stepney 26:47
  12. Peter Akrill 18:15 

Well done and a huge thank you to all of those involved with the running and organising this year. A full set of results can be found on the SEAA website.

Looking towards next year's event

It’s safe to say that this event is not to be missed and it is important that Abingdon AC sends teams to compete. It was a fantastic experience representing Abingdon AC at such a big event. It’s not often you get the opportunity to compete alongside the region’s, and nation’s, top athletes.

A race like this is a great opportunity to put your training to the test. It’s also perfect for those sharpening up in preparation for spring marathons.

Hopefully, we can continue our attendance and enter one, or more, male and female teams next year. 

Another event for the calendar

Southern 6/4/3 Stage Road Relays, Sunday 22 September, Crystal Palace. 

Report by Harrison Read