WMYACCL Race No: 4 Abington Park, Northampton, Sunday 15th January 2017
The earlier heavy rain had eased off just before the first race was due to start but snow and rain that had fallen during the latter part of the week contributed to making the course slippery with patches of mud in several places. This mucky event is suited to those athletes that have the ability to compete in an energy sapping race and then go home happily covered in mud.
We had seven athletes taking part in this event. First to score was Anita Hamilton in 11th followed by Brooke Burton in 16th. Next was Kelly Wagstaff in 49th. The rest of our runners were Abby Hurley in 58th, Katie Collis in 83rd, Ava McMorrow in 10th followed by Isabelle Taylor in 109th. The team finished in 6th with a total score of 788.
Ever improving Amy Harland won the event for the fourth time in succession. Not far behind her was Emmeline Grace in 5th. Completing the team were Hope Kendall in 49th, Caitlin Casey in 56th, Anisa Hamilton in 65th, Tara Patel in 72nd and Lucy O’Neill in 87th. The team finished in 4th with 829 points.
We only had four race starters in this event but they did well. Georgia Lees finished in 22nd, Poppy Jones in 29th, Leah Spencer in 37th and Lauren Fisher in 65th.
We only had two runners in this event. Erin Tapley managed to finish in 17th (one place improvement from last race) and Caitlin McMorrow in 27th (who improved two places from the last race).
BOYS AND MEN’S REPORT
After some encouraging results at Perry Barr in race No. 3 the Birchfield Boys were hoping for a similar improvement here that would boost team points totals and the performances of individuals. They were not to be disappointed.
The U11 Boys team again with seven race starters finished in 5th place with an improved total of 850 points which lifted the team up one place to be 5th in the league. Seb Taylor 8th, Oliver Hurd 11th, Ash Burgess with a remarkable 25 places better than his previous race in 13th, Aidan Barker 21st, Ren Zhi Howse 102nd, Jake Janvuuren Jake 114th and George Astbury who fell in the mud very early in the race but bravely got up and managed to finish in 124th place.
Birchfield’s rapidly improving U13 Boys squad brought off the best team result of the season being 2nd team on the day with a total of 897 points. They have consolidated their 3rd place in the league and appear to be strong enough to hold this position going into the final race on February 12th. Theo Kearns with a seasons best 10th place, Archie England 11th, Alex Cook 26th, Christian Chapajong 28th, Alex Dickson 29th,Daniel Hawes who lost a shoe on course but still managed to finish in 64th place and Rohan Patel 72nd
Birchfield’s U15 Boy’s team going into the race with a 116 points lead over 2nd placed Wolverhampton & Bilston were pushed back into second but still retain, dare I say it, a 110 points lead going into the final at Wolverhampton on February 12th. Michael Gayle 11th. Ryan Shields 12th, Daniel Swain 14th, Nathan Casey 18th, Alex Stapleton 25th, Dylan King 29th, Sam McFall 30th, Jordan Fisher Brindle 31st and Kyle Corbin 45th. Is the title in the bag? A similar team performance will ensure victory next time.
Silas Goshawk , our sole U17 competitor finished in a respectable 40th place.
Report by Tony Frain