The third of four rounds of this winter’s cross country league took place on a very tough course in West Bromwich, it was cold and windy with a great deal of mud to negotiate on the hilly 6 mile course for the men and 4 miles for the ladies.
Going into the round the men were in 13th place, 189 points above Royal Sutton Coldfield in 14th place. The rules of the league are that the 14th,15th and 16th teams are relgated so points were essential. We were promoted last year and our ambition is to stay in the first division. The Wolves team was depleted by a number of injuries to some of our runners. We were all heartened when Ian Grindley appeared as we thought he had another appointment and Dan Brazier who is still recovering from injury
The mens race was won by runaway winner Ben Livesey from Birchfield in 31:19 he had a big lead from start to finish. The evergreen Dave Smith who is in great form was our first counter in 47th, followed by Paul Hammond 48th, Ian Grindley 86th, Brian Wright 118th, Dan Brazier 136th and Mark Moore 155th. Brian’s running has come on hugely, 12 months ago he was our 14th cheap ativan online counter, yesterday he was 4th counter. Mark Moore was very pleased to be a counter for the first time. A half fit Dan Brazier is still faster than most of us!
The full results are now on www.birminghamccleague.co.uk We were 15th on the day but still 13th overall. However we are only 45 points ahead of Bournville who had a much stronger team on Saturday and were 245 points better than us. The final round is on Saturday 9th February at Perry Park which promises to be a relegation cliff-hanger our best team will be needed. The Management Team of Tabor and Brazier are also hopeful of making a star signing during the transfer window.
The ladies put out another strong team, the star once again was Tess Parkinson who’s form gets better and better. Yesterday she was 9th in 24.47 which was only 35 seconds behind the winner. Audrey followed in 40th , then Kathryn Morgans 45th who just pipped Debbie Blakeman 46th in the run in, then Hayley Richards 54th and Jackie Halford 58th. The team were 5th and the Masters team 2nd