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Birmingham XC league Division 2, Race#2, Clopton Park, Stratford upon Avon, Sat 3rd December2016 Print

ImageWell done all.

 Darren Riley
 Paul Webster 
 Nick Stringer
 111 Mark Williams
 144 Stuart Underwood 
 161 Patrick Finnegan
 162 James Hannon
 170 John Goulding
 187 Andy Wadsworth
 188 Rob Mills
 193 Andy Manning
 212 Pete Reeves
 213 Mick Edwards
 231 Craig Hinks
 233 Simon Hodges
 237 Charles Fentiman
 241 Martin Millicheap

 A team  finished on 677 points (79 81 101 111 144 161) - 16th in the division. After 2 fixtures we are 16th overall with 1504 points.

B Team recorded a result of 1112 points (162 170 187 188 193 212) .

Full results can be found here .

Sparkhill Christmas Handicap, Fox Hollies Park, Sunday 18th December 2016 Print

With Dave running a track session, we had 2 events running simultaneously. A two lap trace for juniors joined by newbie Claire, and the usual 3 lap affair for seniors.Craig did a fine job with the handicapping but there are always a few where it seamed overly generous or mean.  Congratulations to the winner Barry Crowley who is obviously running far better than Craig anticipated. Well done to all the runners and many thanks to those who participated as marshals or helpers including those organizing the social afterwards in the hall.

2 Laps

 Callum 37.54
 Katie 38.43
 Clare 38.55
 Erica 44.00

 3 Laps

 Barry Crowley
 0.00 45.53 
 Claire Bovill
 2.30 47.04
 Charles Fentiman 
 0.00 48.01
 Pete Reeves 5.30 48.16
 Grahame Hygate 
 7.00 48.36
 Kevin Morris
 4.00 48.43
 Tahir Ahktar
 5.30 49.01
 Andy Wadsworth 
 8.30 49.06
 Simon Shepherd
 4.00 49.24
 Patrick Finnigan
 10.30 49.25
 Jenny Price
 0.00 49.47
 Craig Hinks
 1.30 49.55
 Jack 8.30 49.56
 Paul Webster
 12.30 49.59
 Patrick Purcell
 7.00 50.47
 Andy Manning
 8.00 51.08
 Stuart Minchin
 5.30 51.35
 Vicki Bone
 7.30 52.28
 Liz 3.30 53.21
 Rob Mills
 8.30 55.17
 Sian Evans
 7.00 56.29


Croome Capability Canter, Sunday, 27th November 2016 Print

The 2016 running of the Croome Canter was as usual held in the stunning setting of the National Trust owned Croome Park, between Worcester and Pershore, making a very attractive and interesting run. This race is tough first to gain entry for, numbers are limited, to ensure minimal damage to the park, however all the places were initially sold out this year with 10 minutes of entries opening, such is the demand.

The course covers, open uneven fields, woodland trails, mown grass paths, a stream crossing and some hardcore/concrete paths making this a truly multi-terrain event. Add to that a number of hills, including one at the very end to check out any remaining stamina to add to the challenge. It has a reputation for being a muddy race, however weather conditions meant that the terrain was generally firm with some slippery parts where vehicles had previously passed.

323 runners on the day, as expected good numbers from the local Worcestershire clubs, the Sparkhill runners finished as below


 Paul Webster   



 Andrew Wadsworth


Full results can be found below (including as I understand a course record for the first male from Worcester AC)

Lots of photos were being taken around the race, I'm sure they will appear on the Black Pear site in the next few days should anyone want to see more. Good organisation by Black Pear Joggers, well signed route and supportive marshalls, one certainly I would really enjoy doing again.

Sphinx Coombe 8, 20th Nov 2016 Print

This was the second year on the spin that I have done this race based at Coombe Abbey on the edge of Coventry. The route varies each year but is always around or just over the eight mile mark so is a good fitness test. With perhaps only one percent on tarmac surfaces, the undulating course goes through beautiful countryside including undulating woodland trails, open grazed farmland, and a number of areas where the grass is significantly longer. Throw in a four metre stream to cross, about three bomb craters to drop into and scramble out up the steep sides, plus a number of low (30cm) wooden path boundary fences to hurdle and it is a good challenge. Late November weather also adds to the fun, although most of the route was firm underfoot.

Plenty of club runners from the Warwickshire clubs, plus good numbers from Leicestershire and Derbyshire so good competion. 

I was the only Sparkhill runner there today, finishing as below




256 runners this year, full results can be found here.

It's a very enjoyable event, well organised and marshalled and one I would highly recommend.

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