SO road relays are all about the team but there moments of individual brilliance that also deserve special mention.
One of those is to lead the pack in on stage one which is the closest approximation to a straight race in a relay scenario and in which teams with no chance of overall glory often field their best runners.
So, the sight of Ellie Wallace (pictured left) proudly wearing her North Somerset AC vest and heading the pack at the end of the opening stage of the Midland Counties Four Stage Women’s Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park on Saturday is a special moment – for her and the club.
Wallace clocked a sparkling time of 14:41, 10 secs clear at the finish to hand over to junior colleague Alice Bridger Morales (pictured below right). She also ran well to hold onto fourth place with 16:31.
It meant that at the half-way stage North Somerset were looking good; sadly it was just the two of them and they failed to finish a team.
But Wallace’s time will have been noted and as the fourth fastest overall of the day, only six seconds slower than Birchfield Harriers’ Bryony Gunn, it was a quality performance that reflects her current form.
And that augurs well for the next few months when she will be targeting some major races and chasing the big prize of winning a Great Britain vest.
“Ellie is in great form for Cardiff (Gwent League and Cross Challenge opener) in October and then the big one, the Euro trials, in Liverpool, in November,” said her coach Julian Emery.
“She is still under 23 so trying to get selected for the European Cross Country Championships team.”