U11s, U13s and anyone else who wants to join us are invited to an end of x country season meal at Jimmy Spices, Sutton Coldfield Sun 14/2 5-7pm £21 (To cover buffet meal & 2 drinks).
As its Valentine’s Day, we are constrained by numbers and must pay upfront a £5 deposit per person. If anyone wants to come please get a letter off Elsa (U13s) or Zara (U11s) ASAP and give your deposit to them. Please don’t chance just turning up on the day as you may be left all by yourself on Valentine’s Day!
Our Senior men’s and women’s teams were out competing at Crypt School in Gloucester last Saturday.
Roy Humperson reporting on the women race:
Katie Ingle in 31st place, her 1st race for close to a year, great return Katie..
Helen Elsoueidi in 137th as reliable as ever in her 1st season with the club.
Rachel Thebridge 172nd her 1st ever XC race in her life !
Emily Campion 175th her 2nd great run for the XC team.
There were 281 finishers
So thanks to those that ran a great effort, the next league race is February 13th at Wolverhampton, so lets make sure we have a team out for this local race.
Results of the ladies race will be posted here soon.
RSCAC Men made a hard push for promotion, in the penultimate race of the season, by achieving 2nd place on the day, at Gloucester on Saturday.
With the recent onslaught of rain and with temperatures getting close to freezing levels, the course was always going to be very challenging for all participants, although it was shorter and flatter than in previous races.
The team managed to place 3 runners in the top 20 for the first time this season.
Shaun Evans gained victory for the first time in the Senior Men’s league, following on from his win at the U20M Cross Country County Championships last week.
Ollie Harradence finished strongly in 9th, and Tom Chew a great 17th. Both also sit in the Top 20 scorers overall in the league after 3 races.
Closing the march for “Team A” was the always improving Jerome Austin (36), Dave Long (59) and Steve Marklew (82).
All other runners managed to get vital points over our closest rivals, with Simon Corker (110), Chris Taylor returning to good form (119), Jon Higgins (129), Paul Terleski (135), Russell Simpson in a sliding performance (141), Fred Tremblay (144), Steve Semple (155), John Fletcher (177), Simon Hall (190), Matthew Powel (200), Paul Jenkins (203), Matthew Stenson (205), John Alcock (219).
The first meeting of the year for the sprint squad took place on Saturday 16th
January at the Indoor Performance Centre, Alexander Stadium.
With 60 metres the only sprint available, the pressure was on and the 3 athletes
who took part performed well. Ethan Brough was pitched against the best sprinters
in the Midlands and equaled his PB of 7.6 seconds.
For both Rachel Iliffe and Cameron Harris, it was their first time running this
distance and both moved up an age group to u 20 and u 17 respectively.
Rachel ran a respectable 8.63 seconds, with only a small improvement to 8.5
seconds needed for a ranking on the Power of Ten. Similarly, Cameron achieved
7.89 seconds with 7.7 seconds needed for a ranking.
Unfortunately, Mollie Darrock had to pull out at the last minute due to injury.
Winter arrived with a vengeance yesterday as our junior athletes travelled to the notorious mud of Burbage Common for their fourth league match of the season. There was some fantastic brave running by our athletes in truly awful conditions of mud, snow and deep slush. Overall the team finished third out of 19 clubs and remain in fourth place in the league. Well done to everyone who took part – you truly did the club proud!
The full results are on the WMYACCL website and photos taken by Marc Kirsten are available on the FLICKR page. Team results and standout individual performances in each age group are summarised below:
U11 boys – 2nd, with George Hope 1st back for RSCAC in 10th place, and great support from Ben Stewart, Jack Wakefield, George O’Connor and Tom Smith to bring the club home 2nd in a highly competitive race.
U11 girls – 4th, with top ten finishes for Hope Stirland (6th) and Sian Duval (7th)
U13 boys – 7th, with Jack Newman 1st home in 26th
U13 girls – 3rd, with Ella Semple top in this age group in 15th
U15 boys – 10th, with the pick of the performances being a great run by Lewis Duval finishing 11th
U15 girls – 3rd, with Ellen Humpherston 1st home in 13th
U17 women – 6th with Georgia Curry finishing 4th
U17 men – 3rd, with great teamwork from Euan Cox (10th), Alex Blackham (11th) and Alex Jones (14th)
The final race is at Birchfield Harriers on 14th February. It’s close to home and conditions surely can’t be as bad again so let’s have a great turnout and finish the season in style
Well done to all the runners who competed at the Warwickshire County Championships at Warley Woods on Saturday. We had a great day with two runners crowned as individual champions and numerous other medals – both individual and team. Shaun Evans continued his amazing season winning the U20 Men’s race. He followed the brisk early pace and moved up to the leaders after the first kilometer. He eased into the lead and was never challenged crossing the line well ahead of the field to take the County title. There was excellent support from Jerome Austin in 5th and Tom Wheeler in 9th which earned them the U20 men’s team gold.
The U17 men continued to impress. Alex Jones ran strongly to take 5th with Euan Cox in his first outing for the Club in 10th and Alex Blackham completing the scoring in 13th. The team were rewarded with bronze team medals. Tom Parkes had a good run in 29th.
U17 Georgia Curry had a fine race to take individual silver, with the team, which also included Verity O’Shea (11th) and Amy Tuckett (15th), winning team silver.
U15 Ellen Humpherston had a great run but was just edged out of the individual medals in 4th. Strong support from Abi Trevis (9th) and Caitlin White (11th) meant the U15 girls also won silver.
Ben Horton was delighted with his performance in the under 15 boys race where he finished 8th.
In the U13 girls ran superbly as a team (see below photo) but missed out on a medal by a single point. Lucy Corker finished 9th, Lucy Carey 11th and Elsa Buchanan 12th. Strong support from Charlotte Hey (13th), Jessica Cope (14th) and Maddie Hammond 32nd meant Royal Sutton had the 1st B team in this age group.
In the U13 boys race the strongest run came from Jacob Higgins who was 21st.
Megan McBrien put in a fine performance in the Senior Women’s event to finish 7th with Andrea Deathridge in 13th.
There was also a gold medal for Ollie Harradence, who won the Masters Men’s race. Another highlight came from Tom Chew who had a strong run to finish 27th in the senior men’s race.
At the Staffordshire County Championships held at Sandwell Valley the top performance came from Ella Semple who finished 11th.
The strong performances mean many of these athletes will gain county selection for the Inter County Championships to be held at Cofton Park in March.
There is good news and bad news for all those who are attending our sessions. The good news is that we re-open after the Christmas festivities on 21st January 2016. The bad news is that we shall be missing Lucy for 2 weeks as she and her boyfriend are flying out to Australia for a well deserved holiday.
Hope all you guys and dolls have been keeping fit despite having eaten all that turkey, Christmas pudding and chocolates.
Looking forward to seeing you all on 21st January!
From Lucy, Kate, Barry, Ernie, Abigail, Hope, Shaun, Max, Jerome and Phil
Ps We must apologise for those who turned up on 7th January only to find our clubhouse closed. We thought that we had told everyone that we wouldn’t re-open until 21st