|Date:||30 Sep 2002|
|Article:||South of England Women's 4 Stage Road Relays
Having finished fouth in these prestigious relays in the last two years, Headington's women's squad finally claimed a medal in the 4 stage road relays in Aldershot on Sunday. Two women's teams completed the course and finished 3rd and 30th teams overall against some of the best opposition in the South of England in a race dominated by Bedford.
Led off by Allison Hirst and suppported by solid runs from Jo Knapman and Kirstie Anderson, the bronze medal was eventually taken when Jude Craft ran the 3880 metre course in the 3rd fastest time of the day, holding off a challenge from GB international Hayley Yelling from the Windsor Slough and Eton club who ran the fastest time of the day in an attempt to make up the deficit the Headington trio of Hirst, Knapman and Anderson had established over them. Running in superb form, Craft managed to hold onto the third place and Headington finished just 9 seconds clear in an exciting and tense finish, a fitting reward having missed out on bronze last year by just 12 seconds.
For the first time, Headington also completed a B team in the event, reflecting the depth of women's running in the club. The team, led off by veteran Sue Walters, was suppported by Dianne Moore on her Relay Debut and Helen Turley. Jo Choulerton ran the anchor leg to bring the team in 30th overall out of 54 teams, a fantastic performance.
The bronze medal is now added to the gold the Headington women's squad won recently in the AAA 10km team championships in Bradford and sets up a challenge to gain more honours in their first appearance in the National cross country relays in November.