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10th Apr, 2022, Alastair Aitken

Highgate Harriers Women’s team made history at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield on Saturday 9 April by finishing second in the National Six Stage Road Relay Championships, which first started in 2000.  They came second in a total time of 2:18.12 behind Salford who did 2:14.27, but behind Highgate were strong clubs including Birchfield Harriers and Liverpool. That was out of 36 starting clubs, including 25 complete finishing teams. There were two long legs (stages) and 4 short ones to make up the number. Hannah Viner, the 'Highgate Star', went first running a long stage and ran 30:31 (6th fastest overall on the day) to come in fifth. Then came teenager, Ellen Donald, who gained one place with a fast short stage in 18:26. Yasmin Goater took over and her 18:39 moved Highgate up to second and then Nina Griffith took over for a long stage, which she did in 31:11, a fine performance for somebody out of athletics for a year. Then Jemima Storey on leg 5 came in third in 19:55 and Karina Thornton did the last leg and moved Highgate back into second place in 19:30 for a fantastic team performance.