On 27 September 2015 In Running News

Midland 6 Stage

On a lovely day at Sutton, conditions were perfect for PB for those on form.

Jack led off as usual, along with Toby Spencer of Coventry opening a gap to the chasing pack. Finishing in 2nd place in a course best and 5th fastest overall. Ed had the daunting task of not slipping down the order, and Ed was indeed undaunted holding onto 2nd and handing the pressure onto Nick. Now Nick’s tactic of weaving to prevent any overtaking was faulted and despite a really good time and PB, we were inevitably overhauled slipping to 8th. Could we build on this and snatch our best ever finish?

Dan the builder said “yes we can”, storming round, just missing out on sub 19, but BRAT were up to 7th (he isn’t a builder so don’t ask for free quotations). Mark Lawlor was on good form and another PB was achieved; however, he was ambushed by a fast charging Notts on their way to 5th, and that was the B team! Mr “last leg” (he has all his legs) Martin Matthews never says never, racing side by side with Birchfield the full 5.8K, pushing into the lead at the latter stages, but just being out sprinted at the end. A great finale.

[Fastest midland times (although not course pb) also for Dan and Martin, with Ed’s a second fastest time]

The B team were led off by ever present and reliable Kevin McMillan taking a PB on the fast first leg, in 40th. Thanks to Adam BH not feeling at all well, who had stood in absolute last minute late Friday when several changes had to be made. Chris Grimley, although not back on form yet, pulled back a place, handing onto Eliot who made a place gain a habit. A fantastic debut for Andrew Robbins who couldn’t be messing with one place, but stormed round gaining 8 places and we were back in 40th! Robin, not to be out done, ducked under Andrew’s time finishing in 38th.

Well done team with last minute changes.

Our C team was led off by Ben smashing previous times to a PB. Stuart Male had a stormer gaining 15 places, overtaking the B team and showing up the manager. A debut saw a good time for Pete Matthews, handing onto new boy Ben de Laune running well. Abayomi was not going to miss out on some glory, racing really well to yet another PB (told you it was PB weather). Finally “long time no race” Richard Carney finished the team on home ground.

Thanks C team for accommodating the absolute last minute (literally) changes.

Thanks to all the teams and supporters. Sorry I did not get chance to speak to a lot of you, but I was out on the course supporting, and as I had to walk, it took a long time to get back !

Hope to see you on the mud in November.

Richard Gray


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