Senior XC Leagues – 1 December

The senior cross country teams are in action this weekend in the 2nd round of league fixtures.  The women travel to Burbage Common, Hinckley hoping to build on their fantastic 5th place finish in the first match.  The course is described as “flat but can be very wet under foot” – could be interesting!  The men’s team travel to Cofton Park where the course will by anything but flat. Race details are available here. Good luck to everyone competing!

Chance to win a top signed by Team GB Olympians

Here’s your chance to win a fantastic Christmas present.  We will be having a prize draw at the club house on Thursday 20 December with two great prizes on offer. The 1st prize is a team GB T-Shirt, 2nd prize is a club vest. Both are signed by Olympic athletes Greg Rutherford (Long Jump Gold Medalist), Christine Ohuruogu (400m Silver Medalist) and Lawrence Clarke (110m hurdles 4th place).  Tickets are £1 each and are available from the coffee bar.

Weekend roundup – 17/18 November

A number of runners were out on the roads at the weekend. Clive Hackforth made up for the disappointment of missing out on the New York Marathon by running 3.09 at Luton.  This knocked six minutes off his PB and qualifies him as “good for age” for the London Marathon (the 12th runner at the club to have achieved this during 2012).  Ollie Harradence finished second in the Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon running sub 1.15 for the 3rd time this year, whilst Paul Davey knocked 50 seconds off his PB running 1.23 at the St Neots Half Marathon. Well done all!

100 club

The next 100 club prize draw will take place on Thursday 29 November after training in the club house.  The prizes are: 1st prize – £50; 2nd prize – £30; 3rd prize – £25; 4th, 5th and 6th prizes – £15

The Christmas draw for £100 (one ball only) will be taking place after training on Thursday 20 December.

If you’re interested in taking part further details and an entry form are available on our 100 club page here.  Alternatively, speak to Phil Pollock.

West Midlands Young Athletes XC – 11 November

On Sunday our junior athletes travelled to Wolverhampton for the second league race of the season.  There were over 60 athletes competing and they all ran fantastically!

The top individual performance came from Elemena Saunders who led from start to finish to win the U15 girls race by 21 seconds.

The U11 girls won their team race with Beth Darrock 3rd, Georgia Platt 9th, Caitlin White 11th, Maisie Cain 12th and Rachel White 18th.  Harrison Batchelor (8th) and Alex Stapleton (12th) starred in the U11 boys race.

There were great performances in all the age groups with Molly Rees, Georgia Curry, Laura Richardson, Kieran Mullis, Shaun Evans and Jerome Austin all recording top 20 finishes.

The results are available here. Well done to everyone who took part!

Senior Cross Country Leagues – 10 November

The men’s and women’s senior XC teams were both in action for the 1st league race of the season at Newbold Comyn, Leamington.  On a gruelling course with thick mud, a short energy sapping hill, a stream crossing and more mud, both teams put in great performances.

The women continued their great form following their 6th place finish in the English XC Relays last weekend.  Katie Ingle was the first runner home in 9th place, with Megan McBrien 19th, Rebecca Robinson 39th, Miranda Stoddart 70th and Rachel Smith 73rd.  The team was 5th.  The results are all the more impressive given that all the athletes are running in their first year for the senior team.

The men’s race comprised all three divisons and more than 700 runners.  Ollie Haradence was first home for the club in 33rd place.  The other 1st team scorers were Nick Corker (72nd), Mark Bridges (126th), Dave Long (127th), Russell Simpson (136th) and Simon Corker (152nd).  Great performances from the other runners with 20 people competing.  In particular, well done to Paul Davey, Matt Stenson, Subudh Dave, and Richard Lewis who were making their XC debuts (always good to pick a nice easy race for your debut!).  The team was 15th on the day.

The next race is on 1 December, with the men at Cofton Park and the women at Burbage Common (Hinckley).

The men’s results are available here.  The women’s results are available here.

English Cross Country Relays – 3 November

A 6th place finish for our Junior Women was the highlight from a great day of racing at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield.  Well done to the team of Megan McBrien, Katie Ingle and Rebecca Robinson, and also to Rachel Smith and Miranda Stoddart who recorded great times as B team runners.

There were great performances from our other teams:

  • U13 girls – 52nd (Lois West, Melissa Adkins, Rebecca Evans)
  • U15 girls – 19th (Elemena Saunders, Georgia Curry, Laura Richardson).
  • U17 women – 46th (Molly Rees, Elizabeth Ward, Lydia Sergiew)
  • Senior men – 110th (Nick Corker, Russell Simpson, John Fletcher, Simon Ralph)

Also, congratulatons to Elemena Saunders – her time was the 9th fastest in the U15 girls race.  The full results are available here.  There is also lots of coverage of the event on the athleticos website here.