Weekly update 29th September 2023

There was plenty of action for club athletes to get their teeth into this week so let’s start up the road in Birmingham with the Midlands Counties Road Relays where the club were out in force in almost every age group with two camps on site and Wolves vests all over the course.

The U13 boys came away with a bronze medal in a total time of 16.40 with Rocco Hawley going of first and finishing in 5.23, Theo Ulfig took the second leg in 5.44 and Jonathan Yang brought the team home in 5.33 to hold off Wreake & Soar Valley by just a single second. The U13 girls placed 10th in 18.37 with Kiki Guest running 5.37, Gracie Billet running a second leg in 6.25 and Edie Shakespeare coming home in 6.42. The B team of Evelyn Haines in 6.25, Phoebe Bridgen 6.32 and Clara Butler Montero with 6.52 placed 23rd in a total time of 19.59. The C team of Amira Moulder 6.29, Amiyah Kumar Pal 7.10 and Kaleah Moulder 6.59 were 32nd in 20.38.

The U15 boys claimed a fantastic gold medal in a total time of 22.04 with Fred Jones putting them in contention with a 7.16 first leg which placed them 3rd, Oscar Davies ran 7.11 for the second leg which put them into the lead and Jack Stockton held off all challengers with a 7.37 third leg to beat Wreake & Soar Valley in second place, only 6 seconds adrift, and City of Stoke less than a minute behind in 3rd place. The B team of Sam Thursfield 7.55, Will Hughes 7.50 and Jayden Burdish 8.24 were 13th in 24.09. Oscar just missed out on the fastest time of the day by a single second. The U15 girls placed 8th with Grace Hendy running 8.40, Lucy Horton 9.03 and Ronni Read 9.11 giving them a total time of 26.54.

The U17 ladies placed 9th in 47.42 with Megan White running a 15.10 first leg, Jessica Yang clocking 16.14 and Scarlett Willoughby 16.18. We also fielded two thirds of an incomplete B team with Millie Williams running 17.15 and Ruby Buggins 18.01.

The Senior men were running 6 x 5.88k and finished 20thin 1.56.34 with Dan Turner off first with a time of 19.04, Harry Dyall ran 19.39, Tyler Hawley ran a 19.34 third leg, James Neilson made his senior debut with a 19.12 clocking, Louie Lambeth recorded 19.50 and Rob Meredith ran 19.15 for the final leg. The B team were 80th with a total time of 2.17.33 with Dylan Illidge clocking 21.29, Joe Flatley 24.20, Dave Newport 22.44, Tony Cheema 22.35, Paul Marson 21.57 and Darren Owen Jones 24.28.

The mens Masters team placed 8th in a total time of 2.08.30 with Jon Hart running 19.10, Dan Brazier recording 22.07, Rich Amor Wilkes 22.25, Rob Cartwright 21.04, Derrick Milligan 22.30 and Ashley Atkinson 21.14.  And the B team placed 21st in 2.28.16 with Greg Asbury clocking 21.53, Mark Illidge 24.28, Rob Edwards 25.25, the older Rob Edwards 26.31, Lee Partridge 26.13 and Garry Palmer 23.26.

In the ladies event the Seniors placed 32nd in 1.13.22 with Lucy Calrow setting the team off with 16.33, Beth Tabor ran 15.29 to put the team in 8th after two legs, Emily Simmonds ran 19.39 and Anna Moore 21.41.

The Masters ladies team were just 20 seconds off a bronze medal placing 5th in 1.09.12 with Hannah Creamer running a solid first leg in 17.17, Becky Palmer ran 18.16, Sabrina Thomas recorded 17.24 to place the club 6th going into the final circuit and Vicki Mackay clocked a lightning 16.15 to just miss out on a medal by a fraction. The B team were one short with Julia Condon running 27.00, Amanda Hughes 28.36 and Julia Cooper 26.39.

Twenty-four hours later a duo took part in the Stafford 10k with Debra Horton placing 568th in 55.50 and Ivan Fletcher placing 1112th in 1.10.54. Also over 10k Dan Tuner and Tyler Hawley made it two hard races in 24 hours by running the Farndon 10k on the back of their relays efforts, Dan ran for Shropshire placing 8th in 33.36 and Tyler pulled on the Staffs vest coming home in 22nd in 35.59. Ceri Card also ran finishing in 48.39 for 130th place.There was more marathon fun for Dave Joynson and Gill Mitchell in the Beford Autodrome Marathon with Dave finishing in 3.20.37 to take 69th place and 2nd M60 and Gill clocked 4.57.07 for 168th and 4th in her age group. And there was more marathon action in more exotic climes as we go from Bedford to Berlin for the iconic BMW sponsored Berlin Marathon where Phil Evans finished in 3.13.41 in 4810th place.

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