A team of 6 Keswick runners took on the best road runners in the region on Saturday at the Northern 6 Stage Road Relay Championships on Saturday. Starting and finishing at the Manchester Regional Arena, each runner completed a 6.5km loop in the shadows of the Etihad Stadium.

The team had a youthful look this year, with two 17 year olds getting their first taste of relay action, alongside some more “experienced” runners.

Leg 1 is traditionally the fastest leg and Sam Stead got the team off to a good start, completing the loop in 20:21 for 26th. Captain Steve Hebblethwaite then gained some places in an impressive 20:41 lap. Bobby Hagan, becoming more and more important to the team, put in an excellent 22:44. It was then time for the ‘young guns’ with Harry Bolton (23:27) and U18 club fell champion Nathan Postill (24:09) showing there is a bright future for the club. Debutant Eddie Fletcher, more used to ultra marathons, anchored the team home in 24:09 for a creditable 45th place overall.

A top day out for all involved representing our club on the big stage.

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