For the seventh year Randwick Botany relegated arch rival Sydney University into second place in an exciting open men’s 4x4km NSW Road Relay Championship at Ourimbah on Saturday.
Despite pushing Randwick Botany to the limit in recent years Sydney Uni, surprisingly, has only won the race once in 2005.
But hope springs eternal and that marvelous off-road runner Russell Dessaix-Chin kept that hope alive when he took Uni to the lead on the second leg. Dessaix-Chin, 34, has been at the top of the tree for more than 10 years, setting a half marathon PB in 2002 and a 5km PB on the road as recently as 2010.
On Saturday he powered around the course in 11 minutes 34 seconds, the second fastest split of the day, bettered only by Randwick Botany’s Olympics bound Jeff Hunt (11:20).
For Hunt leading Randwick Botany home in a total time of 46 minutes 27 seconds to Sydney Uni’s 46:59 was a fitting warm-up before running in the London Marathon in three weeks time
- Hunt leads Randwick to relay victory (jeffreyhunt.com.au)
- 62nd NSW Road Relays: Sydney University V Randwick Botany (jeffreyhunt.com.au)
- NBN News: Relaying to the Road Title (jeffreyhunt.com.au)