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January 2022

Birmingham & District Invitation Cross-Country League Div 3 Race 3 at Droitwich – 15 January OTH

Men’s ‘A’ Team 8th – 396 points, Overall 8th – 1091 points
Men’s ‘B’ Team 7th – 843 points, Overall 5th – 2516 points

27 Stuart Lumsden 0:40:31
46 Matthew Hathrell 0:41:59
65 Tom Mitchell 0:43:19
83 Terry Moynihan 0:44:25
85 Mike Wheeler 0:44:31
90 Richard Bruce 0:44:39
101 Robin Aston 0:45:40
103 Rory Anderson 0:45:47
142 Steve Turvey 0:47:57
151 Tommy Dempsey 0:48:36
165 Sean Duffy 0:49:28
181 Anthony Hughes 0:50:39
188 Paul Robbins 0:51:13
189 Mark Baker 0:51:26
193 Tom Miller 0:51:36
194 Francis Mason 0:51:39
198 Kyle Beddoe 0:52:06
203 Richard French 0:52:23
206 Lee Newark 0:52:32
211 Mark Parker 0:52:58
214 Kevin Coughlan 0:53:29
216 Spencer Davies 0:53:42
224 Adrian Lowe 0:54:50
238 David Mills 0:56:23
242 Simon Aldridge 0:57:02
246 David Tittle 0:57:22

Full results on Bham League web site


Midland Women’s Cross-Country League Race 3 at Abington Park, Droitwich – 15 January OTH

71 Tori Boyle 0:34:25
81 Emily Drage 0:35:17
110 Joanne Evans 0:37:15
123 Caroline Hughes 0:38:01
139 Claudie Combelas 0:39:58
159 Fern Kenny 0:42:02
162 Julie Cozens 0:42:08
172 Rebecca Barber 0:43:39
173 Tracey Jefferson 0:43:40
209 Kelly Parker 0:50:53
213 Tracey Cox 0:54:29

Round Sheffield Run – 10 JanuaryOTH

67 Claudie Combelas 2:20:00

CLAUDIE COMBELAS

A run in pairs with my friend Justine who now lives in Sheffield.

The run is 11 stages around Sheffield taking in all of its parks and woodland areas. You had to dib in and out at each section. Justine had not run since lockdown so she was somewhat worried. She did really well though and we completed the 15 miles together in 3h:20.

Note that the finish time is actually for the 12 miles which were running.


Cannock Chase Trig Points – 9 JanuaryOTH

  Cliff Evans 2:40:00

I was pleased to discover that the Fell Runners Club stage an annual Fell Race that wasn’t 100’s of miles away. I love Cannock Chase, there can’t be many places as close that have that sort of scenery and at £14 with refreshments and map included, I thought looked like a bargain.

The organiser Bob provided me with some pre-race advice on navigation and the whole event had that “friendly club race” atmosphere. Delays on the M6 meant I had just enough time to mark my route out and get to the start for the briefing. I had one friendly greeting from a former Northbrooker, Kev and we were off.

My concerns about getting lost meant I went out quite hard to stay within the pack but this soon spread out as people headed off on their pre-determined routes so I was forced to run hard to keep people in view. After 3 miles I was able to catch up with a runner called Melissa (who turned out to be the over 60 female winner) and she kindly shared a few directions which got me to the final outward checkpoint at 8 miles.

Feeling a little more confident that I could find my way back alone I decided to push on and pick a few runners off but by 10 miles my harder than planned start meant that getting to the finish became my only ambition. I got in just over 2hrs 40mins (which was a lot quicker than I felt I’d run) and after cheering a few runners in I hobbled my way to the registration center and was treated to a choice of cakes and a hot drink.

A tough course with a lot of hills and uneven terrain, but a super atmosphere and very rewarding.

 

CLIFF EVANS


Bedworth Park 5k – 9 January5K

1 Craig Slyde 0:24:05
2 Spencer Davies 0:24:27

Draycote Water 10k – 9 January10K

  Lee Newark 0:47:06
  Sarah Duffy 0:47:06

Winter Enigma 2, Milton Keynes – 9 JanuaryOTH

  Duncan Gordon 6:16:01

Hip still aching from yesterday so had an easy one, thanks to Charlie for keeping me company and getting me round.


Winter Enigma 1, Milton Keynes – 8 JanuaryOTH

  Duncan Gordon 4:41:19

Not the best weather for a jaunt around TBL, but felt good for the first half. Had an ache so slowed up ready for tomorrow. Great to see so many runners out.


Seven Sins and Immortal, Forest of Dean – 1/2 January

Seven Sins 1 JanuaryOTH

  Matthew Hatthrell 1:03:32  
  Claudie Combelas 1:40:02 2nd FV60-69

Seven Sins 2 JanuaryOTH

  Chris Archer 1:46:40  

Immortal 2 JanuaryOTH

  Matthew Hatthrell 2:14:01  
  Claudie Combelas 3:06:01 1st FV60-69

 

COVID put paid to two thirds of the planned Northbrook presence at this three-day event in the Forest of Dean. Claudie, Matthew and I were the last Northbrookers standing and went down there on Saturday.

Claudie and Matt took on the 7 Sins on Saturday: seven trail hills in 7.3 miles with lots of mud underfoot. Matt was 4th Male and Claudie 14th Female and 2nd Female 60-69, having added an extra mile due to a sign going missing. So far so good.

Off to the pub in Chepstow, Wales for our overnight stay to return on Sunday. Claudie and Matt set off on the Immortal: the 7 Sins route run both ways. As they both reached the turnaround, I set off on my 7 Sins race. Matt completed in 2:14:01 to gain 3rd Male (tee-shirt!); Claudie came as 2nd Female and earning 1st Female 60-69 in her third race in three days (Peterborough 10km on 31st December).

Smiles and congratulations all round, we headed back with a well-earned brunch en route. An excellent race in a beautiful forest. Despite problems with YPB race organisation before, this one went very smoothly and is recommended – Chris

 

CHRIS ARCHER