MIDLAND COUNTIES XC CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESTWOLD HALL, LOUGHBOROUGH SATURDAY, 28TH JANUARY 2017
The Midlands Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday 28th January 2017. We had Stags in every singe event except U15 Girls and returned home with three team medals, gold, silver and bronze and an individual bronze medal .
The team finished in 6th place with Amy Harland in 6th, Emmeline Grace 29th, Hope Kendall 62nd and Caitlin Casey 86th.
Ryan Hands 17th 13.11s, Christian Chapajong 38th 13.56s and involved in a shoulder to shoulder race for the finish line with Alex Dickson 39th also 13.56, Alex Cook 44th 14.08s and Zac Wagenfuhrer 78th 15.32s. The team finished in 6th place, the champions being Bristol & West AC. An encouraging performance from Birchfield’s young team most of whom will be competing in this age group next year.
Birchfield’s U15 Boys team and possible medal contenders before the 4km. race were hit by the withdrawal of two members overnight with illnesses, however they were still in the race with a fair chance. Michael Gayle this year finishing the race with all footwear intact was 18th in 14.08s. Ryan Shields 21st 14.14, Nathan Casey 23rd 14.15. Sam McFall 37th 14.42, Daniel Swain 47th 14.55, and Jordan Fisher Brindle 60th in 15.32. The team finished in 3rd place just 7 points behind 2nd placed Rugby & Northampton winning the bronze medal.
Our sole competitor was Caitlin McMorrow who managed to finish 53rd.
As in the girls event, we only had one competitor Silas Gashawk who finished in 56th.
Due to last minute withdrawals Karys Amory was our sole representative who just missed out on a medal when finishing in 4th place.
Our representatives in this event were: Will Richardson 3rd, Cameron Shankly 14th and Reis Brooke 22nd.
This was a competitive race for individual places. At the end of the first lap there was a group of three runners, Juliet Potter (Charnwood), Katie Holt (Stoke) and Birchfield’s Chloe Richardson who has established a lead. Louise Webb was our next runner in 5th followed by Katie Allen and Ellie Stevens seemingly recovered from a recent illness, followed by Frances Vickers, Nicola Ross and the amazing Val Carter who has recovered from a debilitating injury.
With the second lap nearly complete Potter and Holt had managed to move away from Chloe but other gaps had opened up and Chloe was well clear in 3rd place which was her finishing position. Next home was Louise who had a fairly isolated run but showed great signs of coming into form with a fine run in to finish 6th.
Next Stag home was Katie Allen, who despite shoe problems, ran tremendously well and charged past an opponent on the run in to finish 12th. Last but not least in the scoring for the team was effervescent Ellie who confirmed her recovery with a fine 16th place.
Frances Vickers is proving to be a valuable asset to our team as she has turned out on every occasion this winter and she finished 55th. Nicola Ross will undoubtedly be the same and she finished 94th. Last but by no means least we had the redoubtable Val Carter finishing 105th.
Our Senior Women made it two year’s in a row by winning the gold medal. Congratulations to Eddie Cockayne, the team manager, for doing such a great job.
This must be the most improved team of the day. In 2015 the team was 7th and last year they finished in 19th position but in 2017 they came away with silver medal.
This year we had three athletes in the first 10: Rory Grant was 6th, Jonathan Goringe 8th, Phil Nicholls 9th, then came Alex Tovey 18th, Andrew Ridley 34th and Orlando Corea 40th completing the scoring for the team. Last year our first runner was in 110th position.
Other stags taking part were Jonathan Cullen (V40) 50th, Ben Griffiths 63rd, Alistair Rutherford 67th, Ian Dempsey 89th, Peter Dimbleby 161st, Rob Deakin 165th, Simon Rhodes (V40) 207th and Stephen McCann (V45) 313th.