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English National XC Championships, Parliament Hills, London, Sat 24th February 2018 Print

ImageA good contingent of Harriers went down to Parliament Hills for this years National. The skys were clear and the ground relatively firm with only a brisk, bitter wind to spoil the day. Then the racing started.

The ladies were led home by national debutante Vicki and there were excellent performances for the whole team. I would like to single out Manisha for special praise as she is not the fastest but this cross country season she has been running as well as I have see her do in many years. Well done to Jenny for marshalling the team and fostering a great team spirit which really showed on Saturday.

 Vicki Bone 
 583 Emma Donnelly   
 656 Pauline Hygate
 762 Clare Bovill
 876 Jenny Price
 961 Manisha Parmar

1113 runners completed the course.

The ladies finished 76th of 84 complete teams. Well done.

For the men's race we were missing the ever present Craig and must conclude that everything that went right was the result of his absense. We were not the last bus out of the car park for once.

While some felt the couse was not too muddy it was very slippy in places and more like a ploughed feild  in others while the traditional big field led to the usual crushes and waits at pinch points on the first lap. Darren was first in (does that surprise anyone?) followed by Paul and Simon. Paul's performances have improved as the season progressed and this was an appropriate way to round it off. I can't mention everyone but Dave P had a very strong run (where were you all season) while Tahir seems to be coming back to his early season form. Well done all.

 1050 Darren Riley 
 1358 Paul Webster 
 1577 Simon Hodges 
 1650 Tahir Akhtar
 1732 Dave Pearson
 1786 Barry O'Neill 
 1820 Graham Hygate
 1961 Andy Law
 Andy Wadsworth 
 2215 Charles Fentiman
 2221 Kevin Morris 1.14.00

2328 runners completed the course.

The team finished 148th of 162 complete teams (6 to count) or 88 of 90 (9 to count).

Full results can be found here .

Next year is pencilled in for Harewood House near Leeds. Put it in your diaries.

Midland Womens League XC, Division 2, Race 4, Aldersley, Sat 10th February 2018 Print

ImageJenny Price (Ladies captain) writes >

A minimum of four athletes are needed to count in a race and I'm pleased to say we counted in every race.  This means we have a final division 2 position for Overall (11th) and for Masters (8th). 
Well done all - great individual and team performances.  Other season highlights:

- Nobody got lost or went AWOL on their way to the start line
- Everyone remembered their numbers
- We finally mastered the tent
- We ate cake :-)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the season and sharing the experience with you - there really is something special about cross country.
Looking forward to joining many of you at Parliament Hill :-)


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Also Vicki Bone writes >

Another good turn out from Sparkhill ladies and it was nice to welcome Julie to the team. Sadly Emma arrived just a few minutes late due to traffic problems so wasn't allowed to enter. We all did well on quite a muddy course and luckily the rain held off for us.
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 36 (v15)
 Vicki Bone 
 69  (v38 ) Pauline Hygate  29.39
 109 (s39) 
 Jenny Price 
 118  (v70) Julie Brooks
 132 (v80)    Manisha Parmar 

Category position in brackets (s=seniors, v=vets).

Full results can be found here .

Birmingham XC League, Div 3, Race#4, Aldridge, Sat 10th February 2018 Print

ImageFinal race of the XC league for this season. Pete and Charles ran their first races this season and performed admirably. Whilst there were a number of missing regulars due to injuries we still had some excellent performances and improved positions. Special mention for Darren Riley who completed top ten finishes in all the 4 league races.

 Darren Rilley 
 33 Paul Webster 
 Nick Stringer
 61 Stuart Underwood 
 83 Graham Hygate
 90 Tahir Ahktar
 Pete Reeves
 125 Andy Law
 128 Rob Mills
 154 Charles Fentiman
 155 Mark Arnold
 164 Barry Crowley

The team finished 9th on the day with 326 points (9,33,50,61,83,90). Overall the team finished 8th for the season.  We also completed a b team result in all 4 races and finished 3rd overall

Full results can be found here .

Midland XC Championships, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, Sat 27th January 2018. Print

ImageDespite the late notice for entries we still had 7 men and 4 ladies in the senior races. Thanks to the efforts of Nick Stringer, junior XC team manager, we even had a junior running for the first time in a number of years. These were possibly the muddiest conditions we have experienced this season with foot deep sections to test the toughest resolve.

Nick says, "According to the Midland Counties Athletic Association website (, Alice's appearance seems to be the first for Sparkhill Harriers in the U15 Girls' race in over ten years. Furthermore, she did herself proud with a determined attitude to her running on a demanding course." 

U15 Girls (4K)

 Alice Stewart 

Senior Ladies (8K)

 Emma Donnelly 
 Pauline Hygate
 206 Jenny Price
 212 Manisha Parmar 

250 runners completed the course of 1 small and 2 large laps. The team finished 31st of 34 complete teams (4 to count).

Senior Men (12K)

 223 Paul Webster 
 276 Nick Stringer
 304 Barry O'Neill
 Grahame Hygate 
 368 Andy Manning
 379 Tahir Ahktar
 Andy Law

473 runners completed the 4 lap course. The team finished 36th of 38 complete teams (6 to count).

Full individual and team results from all the races can be found here .

Well done all.

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