Southern 6 and 12 Stage Road Relays
The SEAA 12 (men) and 6 (women) Stage Relay sees the best runners from all over the South of England compete to be the top club and for the prestige of qualifying for the National Relays a few weeks later.
The event has a great pedigree with the likes of Ovett and Coe, and more recently Mo Farah, representing their clubs and, due to the relay structure and duration, it is one of the few races where team mates can support each other and enjoy a social occasion, while savouring over 4 hours of racing atmosphere.
Here are the details:
- Date: 25th March, 2012 . Both the men and women compete on the same day, at the same time, on the same course. The men’s team is made up of 6 that run the short leg of 5.053 km and 6 that run the long leg of 7.664 km. These legs are run alternately starting with a long leg. All the 6 women run the 5.053Km leg.
- Venue: Stantonbury Athletics Stadium, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN. Course map here.
- Timing: Expect to be out the whole day (10am to 6pm) once travel time there and back is included
- Top 20 men’s teams qualify for the Nationals. The women have no qualifing position to reach but must have competed in the Southerns to compete in the Nationals. The Nationals are held in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham on Saturday 14th April, 2012
- Entry is restricted to athletes who are at least 17 on 1 October 2011
- Athletes entering the SEAA Championship must be registered with England Athletics and be first claim members of HAC.
This year there are some changes with the traditional venue at the Open University being replaced with a new venue at Stantonbury Athletics Stadium, Milton Keynes and course as well as a drive to drag the event into the 21st century, and create a renewed atmosphere that all clubs can build on into the future. The aim is to get as many clubs (including clubs that may have lapsed their participation over the past few years) fielding as many teams as possible and for the social aspect to be enhanced, with the encouragement of gazebos, support, BBQs, picnics etc.
HAC normally enter 1 male and 1 female team but we have a big enough squad to have 2 Men’s teams if everyone is fit and available. Paul Leppard, the Men’s team manager, has set an entry standard. Paul will send out further communication nearer the time regarding team selection but for now, if you are capable of running 5km in 18 minutes or quicker or 5 miles in 30 minutes or quicker, please make yourself available on 25 March 2012. The teams have been selected. If you haven’t been informed of your selection you cannot compete. No HAC women’s team is entered
Results from previous races can be found here.
It is also hoped that HAC will be offered 12 places in the Bupa London 10k (UK Championships) for both men (6) and women(6). To get one of these places you need to have competed in the relays. More details to come on this.