Weekly Update 4th January 2023

The Christmas and New Year period is always an odd one, for some there’s the opportunity to train during daylight hours and get some quality work in, others have a bit of downtime and find themselves elbow deep in a tin of Quality Street. Whatever option Wolverhampton & Bilston athletes chose I hope they all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Even over the festive period there was an option to pull on the vest and race even if it was only so they could justify that extra mince pie.

A group travelled to Wheaton Aston for their annual Christmas 10k race around the country lanes around the Staffordshire village. First back for the club was Dan Turner who placed 10th in 33.55, Ben Foster crossed the line in 23rd place in 35.21, Paul Dean was 37th in 37.57, closely followed by Lucy Calrow who was a place behind in the overall standings and placed 2nd female in 39.03, Danny Malone put his injury issues behind him with a 49th place finish in 38.50, Derrick Milligan was 58th in 39.25 with Shaun Bennett clocking 39.34 to bag 2ndMV55. Sabrina Thomas was 74th in 41.23 placing 3rdFV35, Darren Owen-Jones nursed a tight calf around the course to clock 41.35 in 76th place, Dave Norman started on the road to fitness with 42.24 in 90th place, Sarah Thurley was 110th in 43.29, Emily Simmonds was 122ndin 34.10 and bagged 3rd FV40, Mark Perry was 163rd in 49.27, Vanessa Landreau placed 170th in 49.41, Danni Braine was 177th in 49.27, Lionel Spittle placed 208th in 51.40 and Elizabeth Walker crossed the line in 324thplace stopping the clock in 58.09.

January sees us enter another round of cross-country fixtures with county, league and regional championships so there is no let up, here’s to a successful start to a new year

Dave Norman

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