After a race long battle over 8 kilometres with Joe Pollard of Charnwood AC Hugh Sadler finally eased off in the last 100 metres and settled for the bronze medal in the Midland Counties Cross-Country held at Wollaton Park on Saturday 27th January 2018 clocking 27:26. Tom Mortimer of Stroud and District was the runaway winner in 26:27 The course was particularly heavy under-foot and with a couple of testing hills it was a true cross-country race.
In the senior ladies race the team started steadily on the medium 2k lap and picked up the pace on the two 3k laps to move through strongly. Charnwood AC looked and were invincible with three runners in the first four with Juliet Potter second and Jane Potter third and ended up scoring 30 points. Natalie GRIFFITHS was our leading scorer in fourteenth place (32:56) closely followed by Catie O’DONOGHUE in sixteenth place (33:19). Behind them Ellen HARRISON(34:20) and Elaina GARD (34:21) worked through the field from the thirties early on and the race commentator commented about the great scrap they had in the finishing straight as Ellen just held off Elaina to finish twenty-second and twenty third. The picture shows them all delighted with their silver medals. They were ably supported by Ana Maria DURAN MINGO in thirty-sixth place (35:33) and Latife COMLEK in 150th place (43:32). There were 250 finishers.
The senior men only had five runners on the day after two drop outs in the days preceding the race. Jarlath MCKENNA finished ninth (42:30) after a race long battle that at one point saw him as high as fifth. Ben ROBINSON started fast and dug in to finish twenty-third (44:06). Andy WATT had another solid race to finish twenty-sixth in 44:37. Andy SALMON finished fifty-sixth in 46:29 with Dan TITHERADGE our final finisher in 110th in 49:50.
Under-15 Boys fifth overall
Despite the early start and several team members missing due to illness, ten under-15 and under-17 boys headed for Nottingham for the Midland XC Championships on Saturday. Another strong run from Fred HAWKER led the team home in tenth place (14:19) (32 places higher than last year), followed by Luke ILES (28th in 15:07), third team member home was Lewis ADAMSON (37th in 15:20) and the muddy conditions playing to his strengths, Otto KINGSTON (66th in 16:00) completing the team. They were closely followed by Jay AKBAR (71st in 16:13), Cole EDMONDS (75th in16:24) and Jacob ROE (100th in 18:21). A pleasing fifth place overall, only 2 points from fourth place and moving up from sixth place last year. Robert KIEKUTH ran solo for the under-17 men, flying the flag for Bristol and West, and finishing fifty-fifth in 24:42 with much cheering and support from the younger boys.
Under 13 boys run to form despite flu and losing shoes.
A day out with the lads is always eventful and before long we had one forgotten packed lunch followed by one spike falling off during the race plus another spike somehow mislaid in the tent at the end. Although we lost a couple of lads to flu Ali Hurford’s target of finishing in a top 6 position was easily achieved finishing sixth out of seventeen teams.
Full marks to Joseph HULL who continued to run strongly with just one shoe on for most of the race – we are pleased that he managed to find the offending article on his warm down lap!.
The scoring team is as follows.
Joseph HULL 24th (12:26), Eoin O’HALLORAN 26th (12:31), Misha EVANS 35th (12:43) and Fred CUMMINS 50th (13:11).
They were well supported by Amos KINGSTON 57th (13:25), Ishmael BRADLEY 66th (13:35), Jay HUNT 81st (14:07), Luki FFRENCH 82nd (14:08), Jacob FRANKLIN 102th, Zac ROE 109th (16:24), Henry GODFREE 111th (17:22) and Alex ROBERTSON 114th (18:19).
Ali Hurford felt this result was well deserved and proves that we have real ability to challenge for the medals next year.
Under-15 Girls finish
Claudia SPICE led the girls home in tenth place (16:30), Danni SINCLAIR was our second finisher in twenty-seventh place (17:17), Grace CLARIDGE finished sixty-fourth (18:57) and Jemima DUTTON was our fourth scorer in ninety-first place (21:20).