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Sparkhill Harriers Chrismas Handicap, Fox Hollies Park, Sunday 20th December 2015 Print

I hope everyone enjoyed the event especially the extra squidgy hill climb at the end of each lap. Thanks to Craig for his efforts doing the handicapping. He has said he will try and take into account the fact that this is longer than ladies normally race when doing subsequent handicaps.

Also, congratulations to Simon Shepherd who won the draw for this years London Marathon place.

Handicapped times:   
Actual times:
 Charles Fentiman 
 50.36
 Mick Edwards
 50.42
 Barry O'Neill
 50.51
 Dave Pearson
 51.05
 Patrick Finnegan 51.21
 Anthony (Parent)
 51.23
 Jonathan Scott
 51.41
 Nick Stringer
 51.53
 Barry Crowley 52.10
 Tahir Akhtar
 52.23
 Rob Mills
 53.08
 Daniel Roulston
 53.19 
 Nick Clitheroe
 53.35
 Andy Hussey
 53.40
 Leanne Neal 53.45
 Craig Hinks
 53.50
 Katie Meredith 54.12
 Andy Wadsworth 
 54.27
 Sophie Arnold
 54.41
 Simon Outhwaite
 56.09
 Kevin Morris
 56.18
 Manisha Parmar
 57.06
 Jenny Price 57.50
 Mary Oldham
 60.04 
 
 Jonathan Scott 
 35.41
 Nick Stringer
 37.23
 Andy Hussey
 39.40
 Patrick Finnegan 
 39.51
 Dave Pearson
 40.05
 Barry O'Neill
 40.21
 Daniel Roulston
 41.49
 Tahir Akhtar
 41.53
 Anthony (Parent) 
 42.23
 Simon Outhwaite 
 42.39
 Andy Wadsworth 
 43.57
 Rob Mills
 44.08
 Craig Hinks
 44.50
 Katie Meredith
 45.42
 Barry Crowley
 46.40
 Sophie Arnold
 47.11
 Mick Edwards
 47.42
 Leanne Neal
 50.15
 Charles Fentiman 
 50.36
 Kevin Morris
 52.18
 Nick Clitheroe
 53.35
 Jenny Price
 53.50
 Manisha Parmar
 57.06
 Mary Oldham
 60.04 
 
Midland Women’s League, race#2 , Cofton Park, Sat 5th December 2015 Print

ImageThe second league race held at Cofton Park was certainly less muddy underfoot than Leamington and much warmer than Wolverhampton, yet provided new challenges in the form of high winds and gruelling hills.
It was another great turnout from the Sparkhill ladies, with fierce competition for the first finisher.  A great run by all, with a special well done to Krissie for claiming the crown.  Also a mention to Clare for a great run to round up the count.

Jenny

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Birmingham XC League, race#2, Aldridge, Sat 5th December 2015 Print

ImageCraig Writes >>

What a great day Saturday was. It might have been too windy to put up the tent but it didn't stop the men from putting in the best league performance for a good number of years. On a largely flat course the going was pretty firm, the only exceptions being some sticky areas through the trees.

We finished 6 in 32 and 12 in 79. The 'A' team finished 3rd with a fabulous score of 123 points. The 'B' team only scored 329 points and this would have seen it finishing 6th (counting in Dudley's 'B' team) if the 'A' and 'B' team results were combined. Overall we are 3rd (after 2 races) with an important 358 points between us and the 4th placed team (Aldridge).

There were some great individual performances. Jonathan finishing 5th (we knew he was in form but what a great run), Andy H in 23rd (looking really good for the 2nd half of the season), Simon in 28th (he'll remind me about this on Tuesday and for the next month - a man possessed) and Rob T in 32nd (how good was this first race!). Also really pleasing were the runners backing up - Paul, Stuart (big improvement on first race), John, Patrick (getting fitter), Dave (good first league race for the club) and Tahir. Some might question why I haven't mentioned Darren and Nick. Firstly Darren, if Nick is that close to you I question your effort and secondly Nick, if you are that close to Darren why didn't you beat him in a sprint finish? I jest lads, you are ever reliable and the foundation on which we are building. Nick, we will have to work on your sprint finish.

Barry was gutted at not even scoring in the 'B' team when finishing 81st. Thank you Graham for letting me beat you. A special mention to Pete for running and finishing. It was great to see you.

To everyone else who ran, a big thank you. We finished 21 runners and the team spirit was great. I felt it really helped when standing at the start and seeing all the Sparkhill vests.

I'd also like to thank Gavin, Bernie, Martin, Gill and Charles who made the trip to support us. It really spurs you on when you get words of encouragement. Also we sometimes forget that Graham was there in his capacity as an official. Without the officials the race wouldn't be held. Thank you Graham.

Please remember to put the following dates in your diary - 16 January and 13 February 2016. We really need to maintain our position and if possible get up to 2nd. If we finish in the top 3 we get promoted.

Craig

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Coombe 8, Sunday 29 November 2015. Print
Coombe Abbey on the edge of Coventry is the base for the annual Coombe 8 mile multi-terrain race.  A well organised event by the Sphinx club in Coventry, where every runner was awarded to momento of a modern sport bottle, rather than the usual medals.The weather today made the event challenging, strong winds were difficult to run into, especially on some of the more open stretches. The stream crossing had very high water levels hiding the steps over which I saw a couple fall, and the generally saturated course gave traction challenges. A number of ancient bomb craters to run into, the largest of which had a steep descent covered in mud, just to test who could stay upright!

279 runners, and large percentage of which represented local clubs, although I did spot a few from Birmingham and further afield.

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 Andy Wadsworth 
 1:03:31 

Full results can be found here .

Photos I would expect to appear also on this site, I'm sure the stream crossing will feature.
 
Rob Mills added: Congratulations to Andy on a strong run in extremely testing conditions to finish 2nd M55.
 
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