Newark Athletic Club veterans master British Open Masters relay championships
Newark Athletic Club was ranked in the top ten on its debut in a national road relay competition.
Newark finished eighth in the annual British Open Masters Relay Championships at Sutton Park, which brings together the UK’s top veteran athletes (age groups over 35).
The format calls for six people each to complete a 5km loop over a challenging, hilly course.
Many competing athletes have previously represented national and international senior and age group teams.
Newark AC’s men’s V35 team started strong with Jan Bailey completing his run in a stunning 16-13 time before handing over to fourth-placed Geoff Gregory.
After Gregory’s impressive step, fending off the challenge of many traditionally strong teams, David Robinson and then Dan Wheat took on the responsibility of keeping Newark in the race for the top ten.
With the field beginning to expand, it was left to the reliable Adrian Dix and reborn Tom Marshall to lead the team home in a supremely creditable eighth position.
Team Principal Damian Davies said, “With the number of junior, senior and veteran athletes vying for regional and national honors, Newark AC’s reputation is increasingly recognized as a strength. with which to reckon.
“Supported by the coaches, committee and volunteers, along with the newly built facilities at the YMCA, it looks like the future of the club is in good shape to bring many more successes to the city.”