On 06 February 2016 In Running News

Midland XC Championships - Men's Race

Men’s XC - Midland Championships – 30th Jan 2016

With Stafford Common flooded and unavailable, eight hardy BRATs travelled to the hastily rearranged location near Loughborough for the Midland Counties XC Championships which saw 350 of the region’s keenest XC runners race around the grounds of Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire, an interesting new venue for almost everyone I suspect.

Tim Carter had a great run to finish in 36th place, his best ever at this event, Mark Lawlor was very happy with his 83rd place, Huw Jones stormed round to finish 118th, an impressive result for an M50. Ben Beaumont 131st, Nick Forrest 153rd and Martin Cleaver 154th were battling hard all the way and were the other counters to bring the team home, with yours truly in 243rd place still trying to recapture race fitness. Bad luck for Tom Powell who had to pull out when his spikes disintegrated under him on the final lap when well placed for a top 50 finish.

This gave us 11th place out of 32 in the team competition, a good improvement on 15th place last year and 22nd place in 2014. Thanks and well done guys, definitely worth the trip!

Full results available on www.midlandathletics.org.uk/

Attention now turns to the final Birmingham League race at Aldersley in Wolverhampton on 13th Feb.

Martin Ludford

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