On Saturday our senior men and women were in action at Sandwell and Stratford on Avon in the second round of their respective cross country league fixtures.
It was another fine performance from the RSCAC Ladies team competing at a new venue on a very undulating and old style cross country course. All the runners had to be sure of their footing on this arduous course and it was of no surprise that there were several falls with 28 teams and over 232 runners competing on the day in this division. Although the team was depleted due to injuries and other commitments those that did run gave the club an excellent result, packing closely together. The 1st runner home for the club was Rachel Thebridge 97th place and 36th Senior, 2nd Georgia Delaney 101st place and 6th Junior, Helen Elsoueidi 115th place 69th Master being third home followed by Emily Campion 137th and 7th Junior. Overall an excellent result from this mixed team of Juniors, Seniors and Masters.
The men, racing at Sandwell Park, put out a team of 15 runners as they looked to consolidate their mid table position in their first season back in the top flight. Right from the off, Shaun Evans, Alex Jones and Ollie Harradence made strong starts with Evans running in a small group that broke away early with Jones and Harradence settling into the second group. While Jones dropped of the early pace, he held on to stay in the first 6 runners home for the club and joined by Tom Chew, Joe Spruce (making his debut for the club) and Dave Long, who all displayed some positive running to work their way through the field, to earn team RSCAC 10th place out of the 16 competing clubs on the day. This result sees RSCAC maintain the same 10th position in division one some 267 points & 4 places above the relegation zone. Special mention should go to Evans who finished in 10th place overall and 2nd in the junior men’s race for under 20’s
The B team was brought home by Mark Rickards followed by Fred Tremblay, Simon Corker, Russell Simpson, Steve Pitt and John Fletcher with Trevor Lewis, Paul Jenkins and Matt Stenson making up the club numbers.
The next race league fixtures for both men & women takes place on the 14th January 2017.