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ATHLETICS: Delighted Godiva open in style with a bronze.

Byline: JOHN WILKINSON

COVENTRY GODIVA Harriers kicked off the short road relay season in style by taking the bronze medal in the Nike Midlands men's six-stage championship at Sutton Park.

A solid all-round team effort was headed by Glynn Tromans, who ran the second fastest leg overall, and there was joy as well for Leamington C&AC, Nuneaton Harriers and Rugby & Northampton AC who also qualified for the national final later this month at the same venue.

Tromans, whose time of 17-16 for the 5.8-km course was only beaten by Telford's Chris Davies (17-10), put Godiva in the lead at the end of the third leg after opening efforts by Iwan Jones (19-11) and, climbing 16 places to hand over in seventh, Matt Lole ( 18-01).

Eventual winners Birchfield Harriers moved back in front on the fourth leg with Gareth Deacon (18-14) coming in 20 seconds down, and Godiva's challenge was completed by Martin Slevin (19-36) - in training for the Athens Marathon -- and Jon White (19-32), who had raced in the New Forest Marathon six days previously.

Hywel Davies (19-53) had his first run for Rugby since suffering a bad ankle break in a cross-country race in January.

Godiva were edged out of a medal on the last leg of the women's four- stage championship when Charnwood's former national junior cross-country champion Juliet Potter overhauled Jayne Mumford (16-40).

Opener Maxine Baker (15-03) ran the fourth best leg of the race to hand over in third place, and Kati Thomas (15-27) gave Godiva a narrow five- second lead at halfway before Sarah Hayward (16-40) dropped to third.

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CHAMPION SHOW: Glynn Tromans who was instrumental in Godiva winning a bronze medal at Sutton Park.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 5, 2002
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