English National XC Championships – 23 February

Well done to the hardy group of athletes who made the long journey North for the National XC Championships in Sunderland. As with many races this year conditions (snow and mud this time) did not make for easy running! The highlight for the club was a 5th place finish by the junior women, with Katie Ingle 11th, Megan McBrien 18th and Miranda Stoddart 65th. The team was only 1 point behind the 3rd place team.

Well done to everyone else who competed. Videos of the races are available on the Athleticos website here. Results are available here.

Donald Brown – 2013 Cultural Artist Award

Check out Donald Brown’s latest sculpture to mark the London Olympics. This work has meant that Donald has been nominated for the 2013 Cultural Artist Award and he will be going to Atlanta, USA to receive it in April. Well done Donald. To see Donald talking about his sculpture, go on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Haju6DKk4kA. It’s an intersting video.

New officials needed!

If any athletes, parents or supporters are interested in becoming a track and field official there are a couple of courses coming up at the Alexander Stadium –  a level 1 course on 9 March and a level 2 course on 20 March.  It’s a great way to get involved and support the club. If you’re interested please speak to Katie Jennings.

Indoors Athletics – 9/10 February

Nicholas Pryce ran in the 200m at the British Athletics European Trials and UK Chamiponships. He ran a time of 22.23 in his heat against Conrad Williams and eventual winner and UK Champion Chris Clarke.

Kane Howitt, Megan Evans, Luke Fleming, Adam Barnes and Ethan Clamp were all in action at the Midland Championships. The results are available here.

Birmingham XC League Div 1 – 9 February

www.birminghamccleague.co.uk - 2012/13 - Race 4 The senior men finished the league season with a great performance at Perry Park today.  Ollie Haradence had an outstanding run to finish in 17th place. Our other scorers were Nick Corker (24th), Paul Terleski (89th), Dave Long (92nd), Steve Marklew (118th) and Russell Simpson (125th). The full results are available here.

Our score of 466 points was our best in the four races and meant we finished in 13th place on the day.  Unfortunately it was not enough to keep us in Division 1.  However, hopefully we can bounce back again next year.

The results for our runners from each of the four races are available here: XC team rankings – 2012-13

Many thanks to Phil Pollock and Bob Owen for supporting the team and helping us with marshalling duties.

Good luck to all the juniors who will be competing at the same venue tomorrow in their final league match.  We’ve softened up the course nicely for you!