Cross country runners put their physical and mental endurance to the test at the weekend as they tackled the hilliest course of the season so far.

For what the course at Stratford upon Avon’s Clopton Park lacked in mud, it made up for in elevation.

Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletic female runners joined other regional clubs on Saturday, December 4, to run their second race in the Midland Women’s XC League 2021-2022 Division 1.

The seven ladies were a strong team as they tactically played to their strengths and experience of cross country racing to overcome the mighty hills. The mammoth hill start of the two lap course prepared the ladies mentally and physically for the shorter and sharper inclines that followed. 

On a mainly grassy terrain with some fun speed bumps along the way, the route took the ladies twice around

The last few hundred metres to the finish was flat and spongey underfoot, which meant the ladies were able to use that last burst of power for their sprint to glory.

Seniors Olivia Harris, Ellen Humpherston and Sky Mileto’s speedy legwork got the team got off to a flying start, coming in at strong overall positions of 26, 76 and 113 respectively.

Olivia completed the course with a time of 27:44, with a senior position of 26.

Ellen finished in 31:04, with a senior position of 76, while Sky’s time was 33:03 and a senior position of 113.

Jennie Lloyd and Dale Lyons strength and endurance ensured a solid performance for the club overall.

Jennie’s time was 32:03, with a finishing position of 93 overall and 29 in the “masters” race.

Dale completes the course with a time of 34:52 and a senior position of 139.

Georgia Delaney unleashed the power and speed when it counted as she flew down the inclines twice over, easily managing to leave many of her competitors behind. This got Georgia a completion time of 34:52 and a senior position of 138.

Annette Belcher’s performance included a time of 34:46, with an overall position of 137 and 60 in the masters race

Jo

Combined race report for the man’s & ladies cross country race from Saturday 4th. Can you post on the club website please

Race Report:

Saturday 4 December saw both ladies and men’s cross country teams at the same venue as they tackled the hilliest course of the season so far. For what the course at Stratford upon Avon’s Clopton Park lacked in mud, it made up for in elevation yet provided a great opportunity for each team to support and encourage each other on the challenging course.

The ladies ran first in the second race in the Midland Women’s XC League 2021-2022 Division 1

The seven ladies were a strong team as they tactically played to their strengths and experience of cross country racing to overcome the mighty hills. The mammoth hill start of the two lap course prepared the ladies mentally and physically for the shorter and sharper inclines that followed. 

On a mainly grassy terrain with some fun speed bumps along the way, the route took the ladies twice around

The last few hundred metres to the finish was flat and spongey underfoot, which meant the ladies were able to use that last burst of power for their sprint to glory.

Seniors Olivia Harris, Ellen Humpherston and Sky Mileto’s speedy legwork got the team got off to a flying start, coming in at strong overall positions of 26, 76 and 113 respectively.

Olivia completed the course with a time of 27:44 and a position of 26.

Ellen finished in 31:04, with a senior and overall position of 76, while Sky’s time was 33:03 and a position of 113.

Jennie Lloyd and Dale Lyons strength and endurance ensured a solid performance for the club overall.

Jennie’s time was 32:03, with a finishing position of 93 overall and 29 in the “masters” race while Dale completes the course with a time of 34:52 and a senior position of 139.

Georgia Delaney unleashed the power and speed when it counted as she flew down the inclines twice over, easily managing to leave many of her competitors behind. This got Georgia a completion time of 34:52 and a senior position of 138.

Annette Belcher’s performance included a time of 34:46, with an overall position of 137 and 60 in the masters race

Swiftly following on from the ladies race saw the men set off on their 6 mile race taking in three laps of the same course raced by the ladies earlier, with the charge up the long, steep start straight. A great team performance saw strong running from all who turned out resulting in a superb A team effort finishing in first place on the day.

First home was Ollie Harradence in 2nd place overall followed by club debutant Dan Floyd who came home in 13th place. Other A team counters were Alex Seabright (25), Barry Lloyd (30), David Sutton (44) and Ollie Sheppard (50).

Strength in depth was in full evidence as the B team won their compete for the second race this season, comprising of Richard Naylor (52), Russ Simpson (60), Andy Bradley (64), Fred Tremblay (68), Tony Davies (on his debut in club colours 73) and Chris Taylor (75). These combined results saw the clubs first 12 runners home in the top 75 finishers.

Overall, these results saw Ollie Harradence sit atop the individual competition following his two 2nd place finishes while the club move up to 4th place in the league, just 16 points off the promotion places. The B team also extended their lead to just under 200 points in that competition.

Competition for the scoring places was keen with Alex Blackham (84), Dylan O’Rourke (88), Shaun Hemmings (106), Nick Blunt (111), Brad Watkins (113), Martin Clutterbuck (125), Iain Mackie (169), Josh Hughes (191) and Paul Jenkins (205.)

This meant that a total of 21 runners competed for the club, another great turnout from the senior men’s squad.

The combined men’s and ladies teams were able to celebrate their individual and team success with another selection of goodies, provided by the Lloyd household with Toms lovely shortbread biscuits and Jens delightful frangipane topped mince pies, a fine reward for the efforts on the day.

Next league race is on 15 January on the hilltop venue of Burton Dassett where the club will seek to maintain the push in their respective league positions.

More cake please!

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