2013 – website statistics

Looking back at 2013, below a link to some statistics for for 2013.

48,000 views….enough to fill the Sydney Opera House 18 times.

Well done to John Topliss who is our number 1 pundit judging by the number of comments posted in 2013.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 48,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

County Championships – 4 January

2014 kicks off with a big weekend of action for the club with the cross country county championships taking place on Saturday.

The Warwickshire County Championships take place at Halesowen. The course, which was used for the recent Young Athletes meeting, is likely to be both hilly and muddy. Details are available on the Warwickshire County AA website: Essential Information and Full Programme

The Staffordshire County Championships take place at Stafford Common. Details are available on the Staffordshire Athletics website.

Good luck to everyone competing!



Royal Sutton has ten athletes listed in the AW UK Rankings

It’s been a great year for our Senior and Masters athletes as demonstrated by the fact that ten of our athletes are included in the AW 2013 UK rankings.

Katie Ingle (under 20)
1500m Steeplechase  1st 4.52.77
3000m Steeplechase  2nd U20, 7th SW 10.20.67
Laura Whittle (Senior Women)
5000m 3rd 15.35.24
3000m 7th 8.57.63
1500m 30th 4.17.16
Fiona Ellis (W35)
100m 5th 13.06
200m 10th 27.85
Janice Pryce (W50)
Triple J 1st 9.97
Long J  7th 4.26
Lorna Foster (W50)
Shot 9th 9.63
Donald with his gold medalKevin Brown (M45)
Discus 1st M45 and M40, 14th SM,
Donald Brown (M50)
100m 3rd 11.98
200m 5th 24.64
100mH 4th 14.79
Nick Corker (M35)
3000m Steeplechase 10th 10.05.5
Rob Andrew (M50)
800m 3rd 2.07.1
1500m 2nd 4.18.3
David Price (M70)
Javelin 4th 30.33
Fred Tremblay is not included as he is represents France. However, his 800m time of 1.57.03 would have put him in third place in the UK for the M35 age group.
Well done to everyone and all the best for 2014!

100 club

And the results for the 100 Club December Draw are in and the winning number is………………………ball number 88. Congratulations to Lynne Duval who wins £100.

Best wishes to all 100 Club members and thank you for your support.

Christmas Training

There will be no “normal” 6pm-8pm training sessions at the club on Tuesday 24th December, Thursday 26th December and Tuesday 31st December.

However there’s no excuse not to train as various groups will be organising training sessions over the Xmas period – please contact your coach for further details.

The sprints group (Tony Ashford, Meg, Fiona, Liz, Nikki and Dennis’ group) will be training at the following times over Christmas:

Tuesday 24th December = 10 am – midday
Sunday 29th December = 10 – midday
Tuesday 31st December 10 – midday
Thursday 2nd January = 6 – 8 pm
Friday 3rd January = 5.30 pm – 7 pm at the Alexander Stadium indoor centre. You pay at the main reception, then walk to the indoor centre. Long, triple, high jump and hurdles are on offer at these indoor sessions.

Then it’s back to normal sessions: 10 – midday on Sundays, 6 – 8 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5.30 – 7 pm on Fridays. The Friday sessions are at the Alexander stadium indoor centre until further notice. Long, triple, high jump and hurdles are on offer at these indoor sessions.


The results are in for Paul Davey’s Runner’s World 26.2 challenge

Vote for PaulThe results are in for the Runner’s World 26.2 challenge – unfortunately it wasn’t good news for our own Paul Davey. After a week of tireless campaigning and despite over 4,000 votes being cast in his favour he was pipped to the post in a photo finish. It must have been very close, with the lead changing hands countless times in the last 24 hours of voting.

Thanks to everyone for the support – he definitely had the whole club behind him!

Birmingham XC League – 7 December

More great results from the weekend, with the senior men putting in a strong performance at muddy Burbage Common. The A team finished 3rd and the B team won the B team race.

Everyone ran superbly and it was great to have another strong turnout with 18 runners competing.  Ollie Haradence had a great run to finish in 4th place, whilst Chris Taylor and Tom Chew also ran particularly well, improving significantly on their placings in the 1st race.  Well done everyone!

Thanks to Phil Pollock for helping with the officiating and to our small band of supporters who cheered us on in the cold. Your support is much appreciated.

The results are available on the Birmingham XC website.

And if you haven’t done so already, spread the word and VOTE PAUL DAVEY