It was great to see our athletes competing in the Midland XC Championships at Berry Hill Park – Mansfield –  29th January 2022.  We had athletes competing across the age groups from under 13 to Seniors.

The event was set over a strenuous course with elements of hills, down hills, mud, and grassed areas.  The conditions added to the demand with a strong cross wind.

We achieved 3 runners in the top 10 with a notable performance by Bethan Homer picking up the silver medal in the Under 17 Women’s race just 12 second behind the winner Isabelle Price of Wolverhampton and Bilston.  The race saw a pack of 7 move away from the others over the short lap slowly reducing as the race went on.  Bethan took up the lead part way through the 2nd lap where 4 eventually moved free of the rest of the field.   Bethan managed to hold off the 3rd placed athlete Iris Downes of Shrewsbury AC to finish 2nd in a time of 19:29 for the 5km course. Martha Wood also ran well achieving 34th place.

Bethan Homer and other medal winners Under 17 Women

The under 13 boys was a competitive race with only 20 seconds separating the top 4.  Noah Homer had a great race just missing out on the medals in 4th place with a time of 10:30 for the 3km course.  Christian Neal had a very impressive run finishing in 37th.

George Hope had a fantastic race achieving a top 10 place finishing 9th in the Under 17 boys.  Ethan Patel also had a good run in 19th.

Other performances include, Under 13 Girls Tiffany Latham 50th & Imogen Neal 58th. Under 15 Girls with Amber Hoey 39th & Eva Cartwight 61st. Under 15 Boys with Isaac Cartwright 48th & Joel Cartwright 69th.Under 20 Women  – Lucy Carey 20th  and Under 20 Men Tom Lloyd in 37th.

There was a great turn out by our Senior Men again in a very competitive race which included 279 athletes.  The top-quality field saw the winner, Douglas Musson (a 2:20 marathon runner) edge away from Jack Gray also a 2:20 marathon man.  Well done to the first RSCAC runner Ollie Harradence who continued his great recent form , finishing in 33rd place. Great running also from Daniel Floyd 53th, Alex Seabright 74th, Barry Lloyd 77th and Sam Crawford 140th.

Well done to all involved.

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