Saturday, 9th September 2017
Bolton’s team of four returned victorious from Blackpool’s Stanley Park, where the North West Road Relay Championships, which incorporated the county championships of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside, were being held.
Jonny Kay was first up, though the anticipated four miles of his leg was cut short slightly when the lead bike took a wrong turn. Still, a strong 20:34 put the team fifth and less than 20 seconds off the lead. The other legs followed the ‘correct’ route, with Karl Darcy (21:09) moving up to third before Tommy Harrison (22:06) maintained the top five positioning. Tony Valentine (21.32) used his experience to retake fourth overall and hold off any Greater Manchester challengers – seeing the team home to be County champions. Bravo!