WMYACCL Race 4 Walsall Arboretum 16th January

Race report by Jo Homer

There was some great racing at a new venue for the 4th WMYACCL race at Walsall Arboretum on the 16th January.  The race was jointly organised by RSCAC and Birchfield bringing lots of volunteers from both clubs to help support the race. The weather was kind to the organisers, volunteers and athletes and enabled many of our athletes to have fantastic runs with some great top 10 finishes.

The under 17 girls kicked off the event with Sian Duval finishing with a great 2nd place, closely followed by Bethan Homer in 3rd.  Supported by another good run from Beatrix Whistance in 14th, the team were 2nd on the day and currently in 1st place over the 4 races.

Under 11 boys saw a close-run battle with Will Seager taking the win again.  This makes 4 wins out of four and has secured Will first overall across the league races.  Yuvan Sidhu ran a very gutsy race to finish in 10th place.  The under 11 boys are over 100 points clear of the next best placed team across all the races so far.

The under 17 boys saw 2 athletes achieve top 10 places.  George O’Connor worked his way up the field to finish in 3rd with George Hope the next best finisher in 6th place.  Again, RSCAC are overall in first team position for this age group across the 4 races.

The Under 11 girls Isla Daly was in 10th place just edging out Sophia Potocka who was 11th with the same time for the course of 06.47.  Another impressive win for the girls who were best team on the day and overall.

The under 15 saw Will Stead returning his best performance of the season so far in 15th. The under 13 girls were closely packed with Willow McCarthy-Brown first back closely followed by her teammates.  Christian Neal was in first position for the club for the under 13 boys.  Both under 13 boys and girls teams are currently in 4th club position over the races so far.

In the under 15 girls the first finisher for RSCAC was Francesca Allen in 16th place.

Overall RSCAC were the 2nd best team on the day and currently are 2nd best team with all to place for at the last race at Nuneaton on the 20th February.

Again thanks for all the volunteers who helped set up the course and marshal on the day.

Senior Women’s and Men’s Cross Country League – 15th January 2022 – Race Report

By Steve Marklew & Linda O’Connor

Race 3 of the league saw both ladies and men’s teams travel to Burton Dassett. Arriving to a course shrouded in heavy fog, it was a while until the undulating course revealed itself. With slippery cambers and rolling hills it was more akin to a fell race!

A fantastic team of 10 ladies lined up for the gruelling 6km course. U20 Caitlin O’Connor, made a strong start for the team, in her first league XC of the season, following injury. Having negotiated the treacherous descent to the first of the big laps, Olivia Harris made her way through the field over the two big laps to finish strongly. Making their debut in the Senior League, U20’s Lucy Carey and Elsa Buchanan showed great maturity transitioning to the senior league with both having great performances.

The ladies all showed fantastic grit and determination over the unforgiving course, with the sting in the tail being the final long drag uphill to the finish.

Olivia was first home in 47th, followed by Caitlin 72nd (U20 – 16th), Gemma Sidaway 93rd and with Lucy 94th (U20 – 20th) completing the team.

Providing great support to the team and ensuring a sea of Royal Blue on the course were Sky Mileto 107th, Annette Belcher 116th, Jennie Lloyd 118th, Elsa Buchanan 126th (U20 – 24th), Georgia Delaney 134th and the always smiling Dale Lyons 153rd.

The ladies are currently 13th overall and with one race left in the league we are looking forward to a great turnout to secure a second season in Division 1.

Following swiftly on from the Ladies race, the men’s squad faced the same course but over a 10k distance in their 2nd division fixture. Sitting just outside the promotion places in the league following the first two races the pressure was on to make a challenge on the top three positions.

A frantic start saw many of the clubs runners towards the front end of the field, with just under 300 men facing the challenging course. First home was Ollie Harradence in 4th place which sees him remain in overall first position in the overall individual competition, swiftly followed by Dan Floyd (11th) Barry Lloyd (23rd) Alex Seabright (32nd) Andy Bradley (50th) and Richard Naylor (52nd) completing the A team. This meant that they finished in first place out of the 14 clubs making up the division and raised them to second place overall with one fixture remaining.

In a strong show of club strength, the next six runners home for the club, thus making up the B team were Russell Simpson ((62nd) Tony Davies (68th) John Hayman (70th) Chris Taylor (73th), Fred Tremblay (79th) and Alex Blackham (84th). This placed the club as first in the B team competition for the third race of the season and were the only club to score with all 12 scorers inside the top 100 finishers. Also in the top 100 were David Sutton (86th) Dylan O’Rourk (96th) with Paul Terleski (101st) Nick Blunt (128th) Shaun Hemmings (139th) Iain McKie (179th) Dean Lucas (182nd) Josh Hughes (213rd) and Paul Jenkins (223rd) completing the roster for another strong turnout for the club with 21 athletes competing.

With one race left in the season, the club need one final strong performance to gain promotion to the top division and to win the B team competition as well.

Huge thanks must also go to Phil Pollock who did a double-shift in his officiating duties, in very cold conditions, to officiate for both races on Saturday, recording times at the finish.

A great assortment of cakes was presented after the race by Katie and Jenny which were gratefully devoured by both squads. The only disappointment is that the men and ladies race at different venues for their final fixtures, so careful consideration will need to be given to ensuring sufficient rewards are available at BOTH venues.

West Midland Schools – Times and Course Map

Posted by Jo Homer

The West Midlands Schools Championship is tomorrow (22nd January). The event is being held at Warley Woods.

If your school has not entered you there is still an opportunity to compete by registering on the day. Below is the course map/distances. The race times are as follows.

TIMETABLE/approx. distances:

  1. 10.00am Year 7 Girls 1900m
  2. 10.20am Year 7 Boys 2500m
  3. 10.40am Jun Girls (Yr 8/9) 2500m
  4. 11.00am Jun Boys (Yr 8/9) 3200m
  5. 11.20am Int/Sen Girls (Yr 10/11 + 12/13) * 3200m
  6. 11.40am Int/Sen Boys (Yr 10/11 + 12/13) * 4800m

Staffordshire County Championships, January 8th 2022

Race Report by Linda O’Connor

With the Warwickshire County Championships unfortunately cancelled, all eyes were on the Staffordshire athletes to fly the flag for RSCAC this year.

Travelling to Betley Court Farm, Crewe, the team arrived to very wet and muddy conditions, at what is always known as a challenging course. With 10 athletes representing RSCAC this year, it was by far the biggest club entry in recent years.

Having warmed up in driving rain, RSCAC was first represented in the U15W by two athletes, Amber Hoey and Grace Beasant. Both girls fought bravely round the course in very difficult conditions.  

With the U17M, U17W, U20W, Senior W & Masters W all in the same race, it provided an added challenge for the athletes to know how to pace the race and, with no way of knowing where they were in their respective age groups. With 5 RSCAC athletes in this combined race it also provided added challenge to the spectators as the field spread out over the two-lap course!

By half way round the 1st lap, George O’Connor had caught up with the early leader, in the U17M race, and from that point onwards he pushed on relentlessly, winning his 1st Championship in style with a 1min 15 sec lead over the 2nd place athlete by the finish.

Two medals were achieved in the U17W race. The three RSCAC athletes battled hard round a course which was far longer than they’ve raced over so far this year. First home for the club was Sian Duval who placed a clear 2nd and she was ably supported by Beatrix Whistance who finished 7th and Jess Hales in 20th. These performances meant the team placed a very pleasing 3rd.

Great Running by Sian and George

It was also great to see Caitlin O’Connor back to racing after injury and illness have restricted her training and she added another medal to the club’s total, finishing 3rd in the U20W race.

The senior men were returning to the venue of the first league cross country race of this season back in November, though this time with much muddier conditions contributed to by the preceding three races earlier on the day.
Three athletes represented the club in this race with an excellent performance from Dan Floyd finishing in 14th place followed by Sam Crawford (25th) and John Hayman (40th).

Photos credit – Bryan Dale

WMYACCL Race 4 Walsall Arboretum 16th January 2022

The next league race is being hosted by RSCAC with Birchfield Harriers on the 16th January at Walsall Arboretum. A big thank you to all those who have offered to support the race as volunteers, information will be sent out to you in the next couple of days.

All athletes please ensure you liaise with your coaches for the agreed meeting times to walk the course. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR BRING YOUR NUMBER, CLUB VEST AND PINS. Race times are given along with details of the course on the map below. Please note the site is currently very wet so the course may be subject to slight changes if necessary, this will be decided a couple of days before the event. Based on ground conditions long spikes may be needed (12/15mm). Also below are direction for the event.

Walsall Arboretum main carpark for the race is accessed from Broadway north (A4148) and is next to the Grange Playhouse. The post code is WS1 2QB. From junction 7 M6 head North down the A34 towards Walsall on reaching the A4148 in 2.4 km. Turn right along the A4148 to the post code (1.3km) the entrance is on the right. From J10 M6 head East along the Bescot Rd towards Walsall, at the first island take the 3rd exit along the A4148 for 4.2
km. to your destination.


There is a large public carpark with hard surfacing, you will see the course in front of you if you stand with the public works depot on your right hand side. The tent area is approx. 300m. away

There is on street parking in the vicinity but please don’t park on Broadway North or on the large grass areas in front of the houses in Sutton road as these belong to the house owners and will jeopardise our chances of repeat events.


The start finish area is quite close together so please follow guidance to avoid congestion at the finish.

West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League

Race 3 Wolverhampton and Bilston 5th December

Some great performances from RSCAC athlete in the last league race with several top 10 performances on the day. In the under 17 girls Bethan Homer came 5th in a very competitive race  and Sian Duval was 8th.  This enabled the girls to be positioned first team on the day.

Yuvan Sidhu was the first athlete back in the under 11 boys in 9th position. Supported by other strong performances enabling the team to be positioned 2nd overall.

There were 2 top 5 performances from Ethan Patel in 2nd and George O Connor in 5th, supported by George Hope just outside the top 10 resulting in RSCAC being positioned 1st overall on the day.

Sophia Potocka was 7th in the under 11 girls with the team achieving 2nd position in a very competitive race.

Under 15 boys were led home by Isacc Cartwright (23rd), closely followed by Will Stead. Under 13 girls were overall 2nd on the day being led back by Willow McCarthy-Brown (12th) just outside the top 10.

Noah Homer has a fantastic run in 1st place supported by Kody Gilbody running second claim for the club in 5th place.

Under 15 girls were led home by Francesca Allen just outside the top 10 in 13th position.

Overall, the club achieved 2nd team on the day behind Rugby & Northampton AC.  We currently are positioned 2nd across all three events so far.

The next league race is being hosted jointly by RSCAC and Birchfield on the 16th of January at Walsall Arboretum.  We are hoping for a fantastic turn out at our local event and plenty of support from our wider running community to shout on our athletes.

Great Senior Performances at Clopton Park

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!

WMYALCC League Race Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton 5th December

The next league race is this Sunday at Aldersley (postcode WV6 9NW). Please remember your club vest and race number.

EVENT TIMES AND COURSE

DIRECTIONS Approaching from South (M1, M5) M6 to M54 Leave M6 via M54 (signposted Telford/North Wales). Leave M54, Junction 2 (signposted A449 to Wolverhampton). Enter Wolverhampton City Approaching from the North – M6 Exit 11 – Cannock (A460 to Wolverhampton for 1.5 miles. Enter Featherstone and turn right at crossroads (signposted Coven) and continue for 2 miles to T junction. Turn left and proceed over hump back bridge to A449 (dual carriageway). Turn left and pass under M54. Enter Wolverhampton City. Exit 11 – Cannock (A460 to M54 to A449) Proceed along A460 to Wolverhampton for 2 miles. Join M54 (to Telford) leave M54 after 1 mile at Junction 2 to A449 to Wolverhampton. Enter Wolverhampton City. Approaching from North Wales, A5, Shrewsbury Leave M54 at Junction 2 signposted A449 to Wolverhampton. Enter Wolverhampton City. Directions after entering Wolverhampton City Proceed 1.5 miles (2 traffic islands) to traffic signals. Turn right into Oxley Moor Road (signposted Aldersley Leisure Village). Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to Aldersley Leisure Village entrance on left.

WMYALCC Warley Woods 14th November 2021

There were some great results in the West Midlands Young Athletes League Cross Country at Warley Woods on the 14th of November.  Renowned for being a tough cross-country course many of our athletes had great performances on the day.

RSCAC were first overall in the Under 11 boys, Under 11 girls and Under 17 girls and second in the Under 17 boys.

As well as strong team performances several of our athletes achieved top 5 places.

  • Brilliant running from Sian Duval 3rd and Bethan Homer in 4th  place in the under 17 girl’s race.
  • Great results from Will Seager winning the Under 11 boys and Sam Seager finishing in 5th place.
  • George O’Connor had the race of his life to finish in 2nd in the Under 17 boys.
  • Noah Homer had another great performance finishing in second position in the Under 13 boys.

It was great to see so many athletes competing helping RSCAC help the club achieve 2nd best performing team overall on the day.

For more results, please go the WMYACCL website or click on the link below.

2021 11 14 Warley all races.pdf (wmyaccl.com)

Great Senior Performances X Country Update

Both Ladies and Men’s senior athletes made the journey to Betley Court, Crewe where the first fixtures of the respective leagues took place on Saturday.

The day started off with a combined race featuring the Ladies 1st and 2nd divisions running together, with RSCAC making its return to the top level following promotion back in the 2019/20 season. This also marked the first ladies cross country race since the sad passing of former team manager and inspiration of the ladies team, Roy Humpherson, which left a big hole in the assembled gathering from the club and brought emotions to the fore for many there on the day.

An enthusiastic team of 8 ladies took to the start line for the undulating two-lap course. With over 340 athletes in the multi-division race and 166 finishers in Div 1 , Olivia Harris led the team home finishing an impressive 30th overall (24th Div 1). Linda O’Connor and Jen Lloyd showed great teamwork on the final lap with only 5 secs between them at the finish. Linda, on her long overdue return to competition, was 87th (Div 1) and 24th (Masters), with Jen 89th (Div 1) and 25th (Masters). Gemma Sidaway brought the scoring team home strongly in 94th place. There were debut performances from Sky Mileto, 99th and Dale Lyons, 128th. Having turned her ankle during the race Annette Belcher showed great courage and commitment finishing 102nd and 34th (Masters). Georgia Delaney returning from injury finished strongly in 138th.

With 7 ladies unavailable for this first race the ladies team is going from strength to strength and the team spirit, support and encouragement both in training and on the race course is testament to Roy’s legacy. The enthusiasm of the ladies team in cheering on the men really added to the occasion.

Following swiftly on from the Ladies race, it was the turn of the men’s team in another combined divisions race covering three divisions with RSCAC taking its place in Division 2.

23 athletes stood on the start line for the club, the largest single turnout for the men in current memory, spanning back over 20 years. In a fiercely competitive race, Ollie Harradence was first home for the club finishing 32nd overall, but 2nd in the second division battle. Excellent debut performances for the club over the country saw Alex Seabridge, David Sutton and Andy Bradley make the scoring 6 along with Barry Lloyd and Richard Naylor rounding off the A team, which finished in 5th place on the day less that 40 points off the promotion places. The strength of the team, reflecting the ever growing training squad, was even more in evidence with the B team comprising of Chris Taylor, Ollie Sheppard, Sam Crawford, John Hayman, Shaun Hemmings and Fred Tremblay finishing in top place in the B team competition.

With other athletes who were unavailable for this fixture due to return for the next race in December, it is hoped that movement towards a promotion place can be made. Other runners making up the 23 were Russel Simpson, Paul Terleski, Dylan O’Rourke, Tom Lloyd, Matt Bennet, Iain Mackie, Josh Hughes and Paul Jenkins. Squad coach and Team manager Steve Marklew was also on hand to provide his usual words of “gentle encouragement” to his athletes around the course, particularly on the last climb to the finish line.

Having both Ladies & Men’s teams at the same venue helped create a great sense of combined team spirit, which was assisted greatly by an awesome array of home made cakes and cookies provided by various of the athletes in attendance and bolstered the post-race celebrations. The good news is that both groups ate together for the next two races so, in the words of the popular TV cooking program, “On your marks, get set, BAKE”