Weekly update – 3rd November 2021

It was a quiet week for the club, the calm before the cross-country storm, but there were still opportunities for members of the club to go racing and chasing medals.

A small group travelled to Long Eaton in Nottingham for the British Masters Cross Country Relays, an event restricted to runners of more mature years, the over 35s and upwards. It was a long way to go for 5 legs of 1.95 miles but it proved to be a productive journey, even if it took one of the runners longer to get from Worcester to Long Easton than it did to get back from the European Duathlon Championship in Malaga seven days before.

With clubs travelling from all four points of the compass to compete it was a busy event with the runners taking part in the first leg having to sharpen their elbows to ensure they held their spot in a big field. Dave Davies was off first for the club, proving that wearing his vest back to front was no hindrance (we only noticed when he was at the start line). Coming in as a late replacement for the Covid positive Roger Grand to make up the team. Dave finished in 12.52 with the club placed 12th. Gareth Briggs went off on the second leg moving the club up to 11th with a time of 11.42, Dave Norman was off third finishing in 12.26 with the club placed in 9th, Richard Wright came home in 12.05 maintaining the position and Dave Smith raced round in 11 47.

With a total time of 1.00.52 for the 5 legs the club placed 9th overall behind the winners Leeds City, with Salford taking the silver and Wirral AC the bronze medal, this was good enough to bag a Midlands Masters bronze medal as the Midlands area combined their event with the National Championships.

Elsewhere Dan Turner was in North Wales for the Bangor Half Marathon, he stormed round in a lightning quick 1.17.35 to place 2nd, a fraction under two minutes behind the winner but almost 5 minutes ahead of the third place finisher.

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