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Team boss Down realistic over teams near miss in relays

BRISTOL & West AC’s record of near misses in the National 6-Stage Road relay Championships continued over the weekend.

The Midland Counties champions had high hopes of a top finish in the event with the outside chance of a medal but sadly on the day had to settle for a hard-earned and certainty creditable fifth place.

That is the same position as two years ago and compares well to last year’s 11th – though Richard Peters’ calf injury was behind the team dropping from fourth on the final stage – 15th in 2014 and 10th in 2015.

“It is frustrating but I think to be honest that is probably where we stand at the moment,” said team manager Mike Down.

After a solid start Dan Studley (pictured) brought the club up to second on stage four which probably gave Maciej Bialogons, making his debut for the A team, a shock.

“Understandably Maciej went off a bit too hard but he gave it everything,” added Down.

The winners were Swansea Harriers (1:45.16) from Tonbridge (1:46.30) and Lincoln Wellington (1:46.34) with Aldershot, Farnham & District fourth (1:46.38) and B&W fifth in 1:47.59.