On 13 November 2016 In Running News

Men's XC League opener.

Birmingham XC League Div 1, race 1 – Cheltenham  - 12 November 2016.

 

The horses were in action at the racecourse a mile up the road, but the crucial racing was in Pittville Park where the cross country league got under way in earnest. Dan Robinson ran like a true thoroughbred to finish 38th in a seriously strong field, and lead the BRAT A team home. It was then great to see three BRAT debutants Chris Silver 52nd, Steve Dunsby 69th and Simon Lanckham 70th closely follow him in. Rene Vergo 118th and Abayomi Adedimeji 161st made up the scoring six for a score of 508 to take 9th place out of the 16 A teams. Well done all - impressive performances just when we needed them! It’s encouraging to see that we can hold our own even when we are not at full strength. We now have a solid start to the season and can look to make progress in the remaining races.

 

 

A Team

Points

1

LOUGHBOROUGH

44

2

B'HAM UNIV

97

3

CHELTENHAM

98

4

TIPTON

215

5

BIRCHFIELD

222

6

COVENTRY GODIVA

260

7

CITY OF STOKE

402

8

WOLVES & BILSTON

473

9

BRAT

508

10

ROYAL SUTTON COLDFIELD

602

11

KENILWORTH RUNNERS

613

12

CANNOCK & STAFFORD

615

13

KNOWLE & DORRIDGE

647

14

RUGBY & NORTHAMPTON

685

15

HALESOWEN

698

16

BROMSGROVE & REDD.

1120

 

The battle for B team places was hard fought. In the end, Adam Western 172, Iain Squires 184, Ben Beaumont 193, Nick Forrest 207, Chris Grimley 214, and Toby Close 220 grabbed the honours to close the B team on 1190 points, also taking 9th place in the B team table. Well run guys!

They were well supported by Huw Jones 229, Raggy Gray 231 (his worst position ever, he wants you to know!), Andy Piddington 244, Ming Nham 246, Paul Shackleton 251, Derek Laverty 261, Owen Doherty 270, Stuart Male 278, Rob Ryan 286, Richard Carney 297, and David Sansom 299. (23 BRAT finishers in total)

Big thanks to Jort for taking on our finish funnel duties and to Jon for supporting and helping with the discs etc.

Check the League website www.birminghamccleague.co.uk for full results.

Next race Tipton on 3rd December – details to follow soon.

 

Martin Ludford

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