On 15 January 2016 In Running News

Fields of Gold...........( and silver, and bronze)

Men’s Cross Country - County Championships - Warley Woods - 9th Jan 2016


Another successful day’s racing for the men at the combined Warwickshire and Worcestershire event saw a hatful of medals won by BRATs. Jack Gray won the Senior Men’s race outright by 15 seconds and was crowned Warwickshire Champion for the 3rd year in a row. Well done Jack, brilliant run. The senior men’s team unfortunately were not quite able to defend the Warwickshire team title they have won for the last two years but Jack, Ed Banks 7th, Chris Ashford 20th and Mark Ince 24th came home with team silver medals to add to their collection. Well done lads. Coventry Godiva won the team trophy.


A special mention to Martin Matthews in 26th place, who although a Master had agreed to be entered as a Senior along with Chris and Mark to bolster the Senior team. Sadly Martin was not one of the 4 medalists mentioned above and also missed out on the medal he would surely have won in the Masters team, but he played an important role in adding strength in depth. The other senior finishers were Tom Powell 16th though a non-scorer in this race until his transfer is confirmed, and Chris Grimley 53rd. Well done guys.


The Masters team themselves, Thanos Tsolakis 39th, Rene Vergo 41st, Huw Jones 45th and Toby Close 65th forced themselves into the bronze medal places in the Masters race. Well done to you guys, great work. Good support also from Nick Forrest 82, James Connolly 98, Nathan Smith 114, Michael Gilbride 121, Martin Ludford 125, Rob Ryan 165, and Ed Hartley 177.


Kelton Aldridge aged 17 running in the U20 men’s race, had a great run to finish in 4th place, unfortunately just outside the medals, but showing what talent he has. Well done Kelton, with two more years in this age group your prospects look good.


Tim Carter was running in the Worcestershire event and had a storming race to finish 5th despite falling mid race. Well done Tim, guaranteed selection for the County team for the Inter Counties Championships in March is well deserved.


Thanks for all the support from everyone round the course, and thanks to Richard Carney who was officiating at the funnel.



Martin Ludford


Photos by Eloise Lee


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