Last Laugh for Llewellyn

by Steven Scott — 28th June 2024.

Andy LLewellyn won the British Sprint title on his debut Andy LLewellyn won the British Sprint title on his debut

Andy Llewellyn showed that it's not how you begin a competition that matters in the end, but how you finish, as he picked up a debut title in the British Sprint Championships in Coventry.

By his own admission, Andy doesn't care much for sprint; his only previous appearance in a big Sprint race was back in 2007, when he was 52nd in the JK. It looked as though he was only there for the scenery this time too, as he took more than twice the winner's time in qualifying (30.48). However the size of the M35 field this year meant that everyone progressed to the final, and the last laugh was on him, as he set an opening time of 9.42 that nobody could get close to for the gold medal.

Grace and Peter Molloy were both in silver medal positions in the big Open races, Grace finishing in 14.06, and Peter getting up late for a time of 13.57. Roger Goddard picked up his 6th British Sprint medal, a silver in 10.20, while Rachel Kirkland had her 4th in succession, having to settle for the silver this time (11.28). Trevor Hoey was 3rd in the M60B final (14.40)

This was the second event of a Sprint doubke header weekend, and FVO Flyers were in fine form at the British Mixed Sprint Relay in Birmingham, as they took the silver medal in the competition, and with it the overall men's British Relay League crown

Rebecca Hammond was moved up the order this time to open the account, and she hung on well in the face of some more experienced competition, coming back in 13th place for the leg (18.00). Peter Molloy is is heavy training ahead of the final WOC trial next week, and he showed a good turn of pace to pick up nine positions on the second leg (15.21), which saw pre-race favourites SYO crash out on a mispunch.

Andy Llewellyn gained another place on leg 3 (18.12) to put the team into medal contention, and then Grace Molloy had a chance to turn on the afterburners on the final leg. Although Fiona Bunn was down the track for an EUOC win by that point, Grace was 2nd quickest on the leg (15.21) to lift the Flyers into the silver medal position.

FVO won the (unofficial) Men's Relay League by three points from EUOC, with INT and OD tied in 3rd. EUOC got their revenge in the Women's League, with three wins and a 2nd giving them a handsome margin over SYO. INT was 3rd, two points above a battling FVO, .

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