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      National Womens 4 Stage - 26th October 2002

Highgate Harriers women were in action at the weekend in Birmingham, hoping to improve on their 20th place in the 2001 National Road Relays. The current buoyancy in the women's section meant that the North London club were able to send 2 teams to this prestigious event.

Leading off on the first leg for the A-team, Astrid Wingler had her work cut out holding off in-form team mate Sally Hannah, finishing 11th in 15.22, 17 seconds ahead of her team mate, who finished 20th.

Gowry Retchakan-Hodge and Kate Jenrick took over on the second leg, with Jenrick taking the lead as Retchakan-Hodge's run was hampered by a worrying achilles/calf problem.

Esther Evans resumed A-team precedence on the third leg, improving by 3 places with a solid run of 16.00, while Natasha Cendrowicz lost 3 places for the B-team on leg 3, with a time of 17.14.

Half marathon specialist Anna McCutcheon ran the glory leg for the A-team, improving by a further 4 places while covering the 4.314km course in 16.01 and Sharon Cooney brought home the B-team in 17.54, to finish 29th overall.

Team Manager, Natasha Cendrowicz was satisfied with the club's run, finishing 2 teams in the top 30, out of 74 teams was no mean feat, particularly with the A-team only 4 and a half minutes adrift of overall winners Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow, in 14th overall.


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