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WOMEN WIN MIDLAND CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE

Midland XC

RACE REPORT AT WARWICK UNIVERSITY ON SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Going into this race the Stags were leading the Division 1 but by a small margin from Loughborough Uni with a large contingent not available due to other commitments. However a decent team assembled at Warwick University course on a cold damp afternoon which threatened snow.

The pack set off at a modest pace although from a spectators view it was difficult to follow. At the end of the first lap Katie Allen, coming back to full fitness,  Fian Sweeney who took the trouble to travel back from Exeter Uni, Bryony Gunn returning from a lengthy injury and Ellie Stevens who was not at her best but was determined not to let the team down were all in the leading group closely followed by Debbie Walters, Frances Vickers, Lizzie Watters, Nicola Ross, Sarah Capewell and Kimberley Thomas.

Despite not wanting to lead the race, as the second lap progressed Katie Allen found the pace too sluggish and went into the lead despite being unsure of the course, along with many others. With some 300m. to go the runners appeared for the final run in and Katie Allen was still leading with a fast finishing Fian Sweeney on a charge behind her, Bryony Gunn had come through the field and she too was finishing strongly. The remarkable Debbie Walters came through next followed by Ellie Stevens all with scoring potential.

This proved to be the finishing order with Katie Allen registering her maiden victory in the Midland women’s league, Fian Sweeney 2nd, Bryony Gunn 4th and Debbie Walters 14th. These four secured a fine victory on the day and overall league victory for the second time in three years.

Ellie Stevens was 15th, Frances Vickers 37th, Lizzie Watters 44th, Nicola Ross 72nd

Sarah Pallet (Capewell) 92nd, Kimberley Thomas 99th.

There were 348 finishers.

I would like to thank everyone who ran and even scored in previous matches.

Report by Eddie Cockayne.

BIRMINGHAM CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 AT KENILWORTH, SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2017

Senior Men had a strong team going into the final race. Will Richardson (U20) finished 5th, followed by Jonathan Goringe in 9th. Not far behind was Rory Grant in 11th and Thomas Beasley 18th. The scorers were completed by Andrew Ridley and Orlando Corea (V40) finishing 29th and 37th respectively. The team finished 2nd on the day with 109 points and 4th overall with 688 points.

Our other runners in the races were Matthew Missen 43rd, Alistair Rutherford (U23) 55th, Teklay Gebrekidan (U20) 71st and Steve McPhan 208th. 258 athletes finished the course.

WEST MIDLANDS YOUNG ATHLETES CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE, SUNDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2017

BOYS REPORT

On the morning of this final league fixture the weather was cold, damp and windy, but were we miserable? No! Twenty five Birchfield boys turned out to do battle with the elements and keep their teams firmly in the competitive mix.

First off were the U11 Boys team, Oliver Hurd 10th, Seb Taylor 14th, Ash Burgess 76th, Ren Zhi Howse 116th, Jake Jan Vuuren 124th and George Astbury 131st finished in 9th place on the day but slipped down one place to 6th team overall. Considering a poor start to the season this is a satisfying finale. In the individual rankings Seb Taylor was 8th and Oliver Hurd 10th.

Silas Goshawk Birchfield’s sole U17 men’s competitor finished in a seasons best 28th place.

 

Alex Stapleton, Nathan Casey, Sam McFall, Daniel Swain, Ryan Shields, Michael Gayle, Dylan King, Tony Frain (Team Manager)

Alex Stapleton, Nathan Casey, Sam McFall, Daniel Swain, Ryan Shields, Michael Gayle, Dylan King, Tony Frain (Team Manager)

Birchfield’s U15 boys team poised to claim the champions mantle were pushed down  into 2nd place on the day by Wolverhampton & Bilston but were eventually crowned champions by a margin of 42 points. Michael Gayle 9th, Ryan Shields 12th, Daniel Swain 15th, Dylan King 23rd, Sam McFall 30th, Alex Stapleton 32nd, Nathan Casey 52nd and Kyle Corbin 63rd kept the opposition at bay.

Michael Gayle was 10th in the individual rankings.

Birchfield’s U13 boys team sitting in third league place prior to this race were delivered a blow when two of the squad withdrew with injuries/sickness but the team hung on bravely to eventually claim their bronze medals. Archie England 13th, Theo Kearns 14th,Alex Cook 37th, William J. Finlay 43rd, Zac Wagenfuhrer 61st, Ben Ferguson 65th, D’angello Darrell 70th and Rohan Patel 81st This young team could go higher next season.

Finally a big thank you to all parents, guardians and friends for helping out. These events would not be possible without you and I hope to see you again in the autumn.

Report by Tony Frain

GIRLS REPORT

In the Under 11 Girls, our first scorer was Amira Hamilton finishing in 10th place, followed by Lola Orton in 19th. Our other runners were Brooke Burton in 22nd, Kelly Wagstaff 24th, Abby Hurley 64th, Katie Collis 75th and Livia Casey 95th. The team finished in 5th place on the day.

In Under 13 Girls Amy Harland, who won the first four events, was missing but our girls still put in a good race. Emmeline Grace finished in 11th, Hope Kendall 53rd, Anisa Hamilton 75th, Maya Whitehouse 89th, Lucy O’Neill 90th and Amelia Clynes 102nd. The team finished 12th on the day with 687 points.

In Under 15 Girls we only had three representatives; Georgia Lees finished 22nd, Eve Greenway 63rd and Lola-Bella Macey 67th.

Erin Tapley Birchfield’s sole U17 women’s competitor finished in 18th place.

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