- Coalville 10k
- Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 1
- Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 1
- Six Dales Circuit
- Let’s Go Round Again Nottingham Marathon and Half-Marathon
- Rockingham 10 Mile and 10k
- Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile
- Warwick University Cross-Country Relays
- Poppy Run, Sutton Coldfield 5k
|18||Spencer Davies||44:51||1st MV45|
|142||Tracey Williams||66:33||3rd FV50|
In the season of double headers, 6 Northbrookers put their legs back together after Saturdays XC and arrived at Coalville. The weather was cold to start but soon warmed up. This 10K is based on old coal mine slag heaps that have been turned into a country park. This means it’s not flat. The hills are steep, slippery and the mix of tarmac to trail is 60:40. Two experienced hands knew that meant trail shoes, as David soon found out trying to ascend the first mudslide. A sideways shuffle through brambles ensued for him. It got worse, Rich and David in a pack took the wrong turn. Up to 25 went about 30 mins off course before realising their errors.
For me, it was my best time around here and with tired legs I was pleased to get top 20 and 1st in age category. Rich and David battled each other all the way round and both put in sterling performances on tired legs. Then the women brought the prize home, they won the team prize. It goes to show what sheer grit and determination can do – Spencer
Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Race 1 at Coundon Hall Park, Coventry – 10 November
Men’s ‘A’ Team 5th – 208 points
Mens’ ‘B’ Team 3rd – 519 points
Thirty seven Northbrook men descended on the “home” fixture of Coundon Hall Park, from far afield. The call was heard in Leeds, Sheffield, Sutton Coldfield and from 25 years previous. They came and they kept coming. By the time the team was gathered we were raucous, and full of enthusiasm and excitement. The women showed us how to run, then the heavens opened. Cross-country season was here. The start line was spirited, the teams names chanted, the steam rising off the men. This was not a place to stand back, you had to get in the mix, and early.
Division 3 has improved, but so have we. Stu set the pace, and the train of sunbursts behind him kept going. We had one drop out injured and one dropped out with the event proving a hard fast race. The intensity of a cross-country league race was soon remembered – no quarter is given and you take the guy in front, then repeat. There were a couple of fallers, Rory resembled Bambi as he face planted in front of a Northbrook cheer squad, I went over trying to keep a pack behind me. But the groups of Northbrook runners kept coming. We all left everything we had out there. What a team, what an event. 5th place overall is a great start to the season, but, we all need to push on.
The order is simple, another 2 places at least each please, and finish positions 7-18 need to chase harder. You know what to do, Plock Court awaits. It’s fast and flat, and its ready for the Northbrook train – Spencer
Northbrook Women – 10th
Northbrook Women Masters – 7th
|4||Terry Moynihan||1:26:40||2nd MV45|
|8||Amanda Deavy||1:28:35||2nd female|
10 mile race
This is what this time of year is all about – sneaking off in a van full of club mates, trying to work out if the event you’re doing will be cool, not windy, flat and deliver you the time you’re hoping for (and crucially the requisite points in the road race league).
Andy, Damian, Liam, Charlotte and I set off chasing points, times and dreams to the Rockingham race circuit and were treated to a three in one race as the organisers were also running a 10k and a 5k event at staggered starts.
We had a simple 3 and a bit lap course to negotiate, and once we were away we settled into our positions with me watching Liam power away into the distance and Andy and Damian keeping me within sight. The miles ticked off relatively easily, although the wind was strong enough to make a difference in certain sections. Thanks to some of the sharp corners and exposed nature, I could see Andy slowly advancing on me over the last lap and a half and I was worried that a fast finish from him would result in a close tussle. I managed to hold him off, albeit only by a few seconds, but at this stage of the season, that’s enough.
I’m still not convinced on the accuracy of the course, as all 4 of us recorded different distances with my Garmin clocking up 10.2 miles. Mmmmm……. Needless to say, it’s my fastest time at the distance since 2009 and my 2nd fastest time ever so bigger picture and all that. Charlotte Mills clocked 1h24m02s which put her 2nd overall in her age category which shows the speedy nature of the race.
Damien Dear rattled off an impressive PB of 36m35s for 3rd place overall in the 10k race – Rich
|10||Natasha White||32:16||PB, 2nd female|
|15||Spencer Davies||33:30||1st MV45, 3rd MV|
|34||Cath Fenn||35:45||3rd FV|
Twenty Northbrookers and friends went over for the first race in this season’s Grand Prix series. The weather was dry and not too cold. All looked and sounded nervous beforehand, talking their chances down. For some the 2 miles or 4 miles of cross-country the day before was weighing heavy on the minds and the legs.
Steve set the pace and dragged us all along in his wake, with pockets of us behind having our own battles. Northbrook cleared up in the prizes with Natasha claiming 2nd female, Spencer claiming 3rd old man and Cath claiming 3rd old woman.
Overall a great race and a great event. Roll on Race 2 – Spencer
Northbrook Men – 9th 48:12
Northbrook Men – 20th 52:25
Northbrook Men – 23rd 55:00
Northbrook Men – 24th 55:15
Northbrook Men – 26th 57:05
Northbrook Men – 28th 57:35
Northbrook Women – 12th 49:44
Northbrook Women – 13th 51:26
Northbrook Women – 14th 52:03
Northbrook Women – 15th 53:00
Northbrook Women – 17th 53:10
Northbrook Mixed – 4th 49:50
Northbrook Mixed – 15th 64:04
Saturday came round with dryish weather and 43 Northbrookers bearing down on to the Warwickm Uni relays. Our biggest contingent ever at this event and the sea of sunbursts out on the course, together with the added supporters was a tremendous sight.
At times we felt like we were a train, but the serious bit was indeed serious. 2 miles of cross-country running hurts like hell, and to top it off leg 1 was furiously fast. You just got sucked along with the youth from the universities. But we did amazingly well, 4 men ran twice to complete teams, in tough competition.
We may not have won but we certainly showed up. League race next and we are all needed again – Spencer
Poppy Run, Sutton Coldfield 5k – 3 November