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 Once again the weather was unpredictable,  at 8:30am it was pouring down and we got and by 4pm we were enjoying warm sunshine.

Some last minute withdrawals meant the teams had changed completely in the week prior to the race so it was with some trepidation we approached the race. There was a a nice touch by Midland counties in the form of applause for the recently deceased ex president of Birchfield Tom McCook who was ever present at these events and his reports in AW will be missed.

Terrific performances came from Bryony Haines and Fian Sweeney who achieved 2nd and 3rd quickest short legs of the day helping to give the Harriers second place overall.

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Leg 1 Katie Allen’s family had travelled from Poole in Dorset to visit so she was a tad wound up to do well and so she did on the competitive first long leg coming back in 9th with a time of 33:17

Leg 2 Bryony Haines is a great asset to the team and Club being only 18 years old but an experienced racer. She gained 4 places with a fine short leg run to come home in 5th place with a time of 18:15 which was the 2nd quickest short leg time of the day.

Leg 3 Ellie Stevens ran a strong long leg gaining three places to put us into 2nd place with a time of 32:46

Leg 4 Sarah Conway, who always gives a hundred percent for the team, held it together today in a time of 20:28

Leg 5 Fian Sweeney, also just turned 18 and in her first competitive outing in the stag vest,  turned in a fine performance opening the gap between us and third placed runner with a time of 18:34. Her time was the 3rd quickest short leg of the day.

Leg 6 Lizzie Watters has to have run of the day being shunted up from the B team to glory leg in the A team going out in second place and being chased down by a very good lady from Notts. She held her nerve and brought the team home in the silver medal spot with a time of 21:20

Total time 2:24:40

B TEAM            (3rd B team)                                           C TEAM

Leg 1 Val Carter                   40:31                               Leg 1 Kimberley Thomas 42:34

Leg 2 Marion Peak              24:39                                Leg 2 Karon Jones          26:56

Leg 3 Clare Nightingale      40:55                                Leg 3 Sarah Capewell     47:04

Leg 4 Sam Watters              25:32                              Leg 4 Mary Ross            27:03

Leg 5 Julie Rogers                24:42                              Leg 5 Kaylee Harris       28:27

Leg 6 Faye Morley               25:28                               Leg 6 No runner

Total time 3:01:47

Many thanks to the runners in the B & C teams for their support.

Eddie Cockayne.

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