British Masters Cross Country Relays Championships – 23 Nov

The club entered two teams in the BMAF Cross Country relays championships in Derby on Saturday.

The 2-lap race took place around Moorways Stadium on a 3k undulating and twisty course, in chilly conditions.
After being in a strong 11th position after Leg 1 and moving up to 9th after Leg 2, the M35 team finished in a credible 15th position out of 20 teams.
The M45 team finished 10th in their category, with very strong performances from John Fletcher and Simon Corker.

John Fletcher finishing on a strong second lap
John Fletcher finishing with a strong second lap

Well done to all, especially Gethin Rees for one of his first outings for the club and a good time too.

The full results can be found here:

M35 team:

Paul Terleski 11’22
Fred Tremblay 11’00
Simon Ralph 12’14
Gethin Rees 12’45
Subodh Dave 12’35

M45 team

Paul Jenkins 13’50
Simon Corker 11’24
Matt Stenson 13’28
John Fletcher 12’14
Richard Lewis 14’00

Friday Training will take place at Alexander Stadium until 20 December

Friday training sessions will be taking place indoors at the Alexander Stadium High Performance Centre up to and including Friday 20 December (5.30pm – 7pm). Long and triple jump, high jump, hurdles and sprints will be on offer. Pay at the Alexander Stadium main entrance – then walk over to the indoor centre. The cost is £2.40 for U16’s, £4.80 for older. For further details please speak to Megan Evans.

100 club

The next 100 club draw will take place on Thursday 28th November in the Clubhouse. The £100 Christmas draw on is on Thursday 19th December. There are still numbers available – Ask at the coffee bar or speak to John Mills if you would like to take part.

West Midlands Young Athletes XC – 17 November

U11 boysThere was some fantastic running by our young athletes in the second West Midlands Young Athletes XC fixture at Wolverhampton yesterday. In testing conditions the star performance came from Alex Stapleton who won the U11 boys race in style. He took the lead on the long hill and held off a spirited late surge from his rival to claim victory. He was followed home by Joseph Martin in 3rd place, with Daniel Olatundun also having a great run in 14th. Overall the U13 boys finished 2nd.

The U11 girls also packed well to secure a 2nd place team finish with Holly Tyson (4th), Lucia Cantone (9th), Lucy Corker (11th) and Tamsyn Booth (12th) all finishing in the top 20.

In the U13 boys race Lewis Duval was the 1st Royal Sutton runner home in 8th place, whilst in the U13 girls race the top performances came from Ellen Humpherston and Melissa Adkins who finished 10th and 12th respectively.

In the U15 girls race Georgia Curry ran superbly to finish 4th. Elsewhere, there we’re top 20 finishes for Shaun Evans, who was 13th in the U17 Men’s race and Sophia Karski, who was 14th in the U17 women’s race.

Overall, the strong showing by all our athletes resulted in Royal Sutton finishing 4th on the day out of the 19 clubs competing. After two races the club is now 3rd in the league, with the next race at Halesowen in early December. Let’s have another great performance then!

The full results are available here and photos taken by Marc Kirsten are available on our FLICKR page here.

It’s Sportshall again this Friday

The second Sportshall (indoor athletics) match takes place this Friday at Stockland Green Leisure Centre, Slade Road, Erdington from 7-9.45pm. There are competitions (races and relays, standing jumps, speed bounce, chest pushes, etc, etc) for the U11, U13 and U15 age groups (school years 5 to 10) – it’s lots of fun!

If you are competing wear shorts, a club vest or Royal blue T-shirt and trainers and bring some safety pins and a drink.

If you want more details please speak to Tony Ashford, Megan Evans or Fiona Smith. A link to the Birmingham Sportshall website is here.

Good luck everyone!


Birmingham XC League – 9 November

Royal Sutton Senior Men's XCThe senior men had a solid start to their league season with the A team finishing 4th and the B team winning the B race. There were great performances by everyone and it was particularly pleasing to have 19 Royal Sutton athletes out braving the mud.

Standout performances came from Paul Davey, who scored for the A team for the 1st time, and Vikram Balachandar, who was narrowly pipped to the last A team place. There were also great league debuts for Tom Chew and Liam Sparrock. The individual placings were as follows:

A team: Nick Corker (5th), Ollie Harradence (6th), Fred Tremblay (30th), Paul Terleski (46th), Paul Davey (48th) and Simon Corker (55th).

B team: Vikram Balachandar (56th), Chris Taylor (62nd), Colin McAuley (77th), Tom Chew (83rd), Liam Sparrock (84th) and Russell Simpson (101st).

C team: John Fletcher (112th), Dave Liddall (146th), Simon Ralph (153rd), Subodh Dave (158th), Richard Lewis (192nd), Paul Jenkins (213th) and Matt Stenson (217th).

The full results are available here. Photos are available on the Mudrunner Photography website here.

This weekend’s cross country senior men and women kick off their XC league campaigns this weekend at Newbold Comyn, Leamington. The women race at 1.30, the men race at 2.30.

For those who have not run at Leamington before, the course is “a good challenge” and includes a bit of mud, a steep energy sapping hill and a stream crossing. Click here to see the senior men tackle the stream last year. The course is being run anticlockwise this year.

Race information is available on the Birmingham XC League website here. Good luck everyone!

English Cross Country Relays – Junior races

Mudrunner Sports PhotographyOur junior athletes were in fine form at the English Cross Country Relays at Mansfield yesterday. In the U13 girls race the A team of Melissa Adkins, Ellen Humpherston and Rachel White finished in a fantastic 34th place, whilst the B team of Caitlin White, Lucy Ollerenshaw and Georgia Platt finished 52nd. In the U15 girls race the team of Rebecca Evans, Libby Dunne and Emma Greenaway finished 70th. Well done everyone!

There is video coverage of all the races on the Athleticos website here.

The photo is from the Mudrunner Sports Photography Facebook page here.