Inter Countries Cross Country Championships

The UKCAU Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships are due to be held at Prestwold Hall Driving Centre, Loughborough, LE12 5SH on Saturday 12 March 2022.

Travel Directions – SAT NAV – LE12 5SH
Direction signs to the venue will be erected where safe and legal to do so.
For majority of athletes and spectators this will be a new venue so please allow sufficient time to arrive safely.

The following parking charges will apply
£5 per car
£20 Mini Bus
£30 Coach

Good luck to all the RSCAC athletes selected to represent Warwickshire and Staffordshire at this event.

National Cross Country Championships Parliament Hill London 26th February 2022

Set against the backdrop of the London city skyline, a number of our athletes battled the hills and the mud at Parliament Hill in the iconic National Cross-Country Championships.

The performance of the day was from Noah Homer in the under 13 boys who achieved a fantastic 4th place in the 400 strong field.  Run over a 3 km course the event was very competitive including the winners of the Southern, Midland and Northern Championships.   Noah got a great start up the first hill and was in around 10th moving into 4th position after a large hill and muddy section of the course. 

In the Under 17 women Bethan Homer ran a great race over a 5km course finishing in 65th.  This was a fantastic performance out of 300 competitors.  Like Noah, Bethan is bottom age so has another year at this age group.  Martha Wood also ran a strong race finishing in 172nd.

In the under 15 girls Maria Taha enjoyed running in her first National Cross-Country finishing in 303rd. This is her first season of cross country running and showed real determination and courage to compete at this level.

Under 17 boys saw Ethan Patel, George O Connor, and George Hope race over a small and large loop of the course (6km) in the 303 strong field.  Ethan was first back for RSCAC in 97th closely followed by George O Connor 113th and George Hope in 178th.

Not to be out done by her brother George, Caitlin O Connor ran in the under 20 Junior Women over 6 km. Caitlin finished 94th in the 150 strong field.  Tom Lloyd also had a fantastic run in the under 20 Junior Men’s race.

The 1000 strong Senior Women’s race saw a gallant run from Jennie Lloyd who worked her way through 8km course finishing in 495th, she was closely followed by Dale Lyons in 557th.

To make it a real family affair Barry Lloyd was the first RSCAC athlete back in the Senior Men’s in 575th supported by Andy Bradley in 696th and Sam Crawford in 1223rd.  Great performances in a very competitive race which was won by Mohamed Mohamed, with Emile Cairess in second and Alex Yee, double Olympic Gold medallist in the Tokyo Triathlon,  finishing in 3rd place.

Blessed with sunshine on the day, I am sure that all the RSCAC athletes that competed will remember the day for many years to come.  Well done to all.

Nicholas Pryce sets new 60m Club Record at British University Champs

At The British University Indoor Champs at Sheffield on the 20th Feb. Nicholas Pryce finished in 4th place in the 200m Final in a time of 21.50( same time as 3rd) having earlier  taken 1st place in his heat with 21.97 and 1st place in his semi-final with 21.68. On the 18th Feb he recorded a time of 6.92 in taking second place in his heat of the 60m which is a CLUB RECORD  beating the time of 6.93 set by Kane Howitt in 2019.He then followed this up with a time of 6.95 in his semi-final but did not make the final. 

You can watch Nicholas on TV TOMORROW  at 1209 (on the red button ) at the British Indoor Champs in the 200m . He is in heat 4 lane 5. They are on from 1025 to 1700.

Fantastic result Nicholas.

John T

Peter Ilo makes M60 400m Final At European Masters

At the European Masters Indoor Champs in Portugal Peter Ilo finished in 5th place in the M60 400m Final in a time of 61.31 having taken 1st place in his semi-final with a time of 60.86 . He narrowly missed out on the 60 m  and 200m Finals after recording times of 8.43 and 8.36 in the 60m and 27.10 in the 200m. Some excellent performances by Peter since he got an injury two weeks before these Champs and it was doubtful whether he would be OK to compete.

Well done to Peter.

John T

Great Senior Performances Arrow Valley Park in Redditch on Saturday 19th Feb 2022

Senior Men’s Cross Country Report – By Steve Marklew

Twenty-one of the clubs senior men faced a waterlogged and muddy course at Arrow Valley Park in Redditch on Saturday (19th Feb) in the wake of storms Dudley and Eunice. Sitting in a strong 2nd place in Division 2, a further strong performance would see promotion to the top tier of the Birmingham and District cross country league.

Superb running by the first six RSCAC athletes home saw the club finish in first place on the day with Ollie Harradence first home in 4th place followed by Dan Floyd (15th), Barry Lloyd (22nd), David Sutton (29th), Alex Seabright (37th) and Richard Naylor (38th). This was enough to confirm 2nd place at the end of the 4 race series and secure promotion. In addition, Ollie finished in 2nd place overall over the season, winning the individual silver medal for his seasons efforts.

The next six home also showed great consistency with Chris Taylor (47th), Andy Bradley (63rd), Tony Davies (67th), Russell Simpson (70th), Mark Rickards (75th) and John Hayman (86th) completing the B team scoring. This was again sufficient for RSCAC to win the B team competition on the day and completed a clean sweep of victories over the four fixtures.

This strength in depth was further shown by the fact that RSCAC were the only club to have all 12 athletes over both A and B teams to finish in the top 100 in all four races, something no other club in the division could achieve even once.

Other athletes home were Alex Blackham (103), Martin Clutterbuck (119), Ed Stead (123), Simon Corker (129), Paul Terleski (133), Steve Marklew (157), Tom Lloyd (165), Subodh Davé (178), Callum Thomas (184), Josh Hughes (195) and Paul Jenkins (205).

Over the season a total of 33 different athletes represented the club which again shows the growing strength over the two senior squads. Next season will see RSCAC compete against the strongest clubs in the league and it is hoped that a similar turnout will be experienced as we seek to maintain a presence at the top table of what is widely considered the biggest and strongest cross country league in the country.

Senior Women’s Cross Country Report – By Linda O’Connor

The final race of the season saw the women’s team tackle the wet, muddy and windy course at Newbold Comyn, Leamington. The recent storms resulted in a course change to bypass the dreaded ditch! This was met with mixed feelings across the team, with some having been excited at the challenge, whilst others had been dreading it.  Once again there was strong representation with 9 athletes on the start line. Olivia Harris once again lead the team home in 40th, supported by U20 Caitlin O’Connor 58th, Ellen Humpherston 75th & U20 Lucy Carey 90th. Sky Mileto and Jennie Lloyd showed great teamwork to finish in 98th & 99th respectively, with Dale Lyons 116th, Georgia Delaney 123rd and an admirable run from Annette Belcher, who having lost a shoe in the mud, finished in 137th to cheers from the team.

The women’s team finished a fantastic 13th overall in their first season in Division 1. With 12 athletes competing across the season we had between 7 & 10 athletes on the start line for each race. The season also saw the team welcome U20’s Lucy & Elsa. Six ladies that competed in all 4 races were rewarded with a Top 100 in the individual standings.

It was an honour to be the Team Manager this season to such a committed and enthusiastic team and I know that Roy would have been proud and delighted with the performances across the season and the growing numbers in the women’s team. With some new talent joining next year from the current U17 age group the women’s team continues to go from strength to strength.

Staffordshire Schools Cross Country Championships 5th February 2022

RSCAC were well represented in the Cannock and District Team at the recent Staffordshire Schools Championships. The races were held in windy conditions over the challenging Bentley Court Farm course near Crewe. The senior and inter girls started together before the senior girls peeled off to do an extra loop of the small field. Grace Bessant was first home for the club in the Inter Girls, finishing in 12th, closely followed by Amber Hoey in 15th with the team achieving 2nd place. In the senior women’s race Sian Duval ran strongly throughout, winning comfortably and finishing 44 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed athlete. Jess Hales also worked hard round the undulating course, finishing in 5th.

Sian Duval in the Under 17 Women

It was great to see the Staffs Schools Championships back on and the RSCAC athletes representing their districts again!

Final West Midlands Young Athletes League Cross Country – Pingles Stadium Nuneaton 20th February 2022

It is the final cross country league race of the season on the 20th February at Pingles stadium Nuneaton. It will be great to see as many RSCAC athletes out as we can for the last of the 5 races. As it stand RSCAC are competing for a number of individual and team medals. The course map and time are outlined below as well as directions to the venue. Please remember your club vest, spikes and race number if you have competed in this event before.

Directions to venue:

From M6 Exit M6 at junction 3, signposted Nuneaton and follow A444. After approximately 2.5 miles you will pass the George Elliott Hospital on your left (also footbridge over road). Continuing along the A444, after the large island get in the right hand lane as you go down the hill. Taking the 2nd exit onto the A4254 (signposted Hinckley). After approximately 300m you will approach a set of traffic lights, with a public house called the Cedar Tree to your left, also signposted the Pingles Leisure Complex, turn left. The car park is at the top of the drive, in front of the Stadium. From the M1 Exit M1 at junction 21, turn onto the M69 (signposted Coventry). At Junction 1 exit motorway to the join the A5 (signposted Nuneaton) / Hinckley), taking the exit off the island towards Nuneaton. After approximately 2 miles you come to a T junction with a set of traffic lights, taking the filter to the left joining the A47 (the Crest Motel will be on your left), continue on to the next island, taking the 1st exit joining the A4254, signposted to Coventry. Continue for approximately 2 miles along this road, you will approach a set of traffic lights with a public house named the Cedar Tree diagonally in front on you and also signposted the Pingles Leisure Complex, turn right. The car park is at the top of the drive, in front of the Stadium. From A5 from the West After travelling along the Atherstone bypass continue along the A5 approximately 3 miles you will come to a T junction with a set of traffic lights, turn right joining the A47 (the Crest Motel will be in front of you left). Then follow the directions as above.

MIDLANDS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Berry Hill Park, Mansfield – 29th January 2022

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.

Pole Vault Record

Charlotte (Charlie) Prince has set a new club pole vault record yesterday at an indoor meeting at Manchester. Charlotte (under 17) achieved a height of 2.81m beating her previous personal best of 2.70m set by her last year. This is a fantastic foundation for the coming track season.

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West Midlands Schools XC Championships

Warley Woods 22nd January 2022

Another great day for RSCAC at the West Midlands Schools XC Championships at Warley Woods. 26 athletes from the club competed for their school boroughs which was a fantastic turn out.  Several of our athletes achieved medal places and automatic selection to represent the West Midlands in the English schools XC Championships in Kent 19th March.  The first 6 athletes in each race from year 8 upwards are automatically selected with 2 discretionary places to be selected on league race and Midland Championship performances.

A notable performance was Bethan Homer in the Inter girls.  The race was run combined with the senior girls.  Bethan had a terrific run achieving silver place in the Inter girls and was 3rd overall in the combined race.  Francesca Allen was the next place RSCAC athlete positioning 5th in the inter girls.  Both Bethan and Francesca are automatically selected for the English Schools Cross Country Championships.  The combined race saw Zara Buchanan finish in 11th place which was 3rd place in for the Senior girls.  Lucy Carey also achieved automatic selection for the 19th March.

George O’Connor continued his fantastic season by achieving 3rd position and picking up the bronze medal in the Senior boys again achieving selection to Kent in March.

Noah Homer also had a fantastic race in the year 7 boys achieving a silver medal.  A great result.  Gabrielle Daly also had a great race in the year 7 girls achieving 3rd place and picking up a bronze medal.   Year 7 pupils are not able to compete in the English Schools but can run in the National Primary School Championships.

More of our athletes may well be selected due to excellent performances over the cross-country season.

Well done to everyone who competed and good luck for those running in the English Schools XC Championships.