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Knighton 20, Sunday 13 March 2016 Print
Well done to Clare who ran the Knighton 20 Race as part of her spring marathon prep. It was the first running of the race replacing the Stafford 20. The running conditions were superb but the 3 lap course was tough.
 Clare Bovill 

410 runners completed the race.

Full results can be found here .

Droitwich Half-Marathon, 6 March 2016 Print
Last Sunday saw Patrick and I set off for a cold but sunny Droitwich to run the annual half-marathon organised by Droitwich Running Club.
I had originally been drawn to this event as it had been described to me as "flat with good PB potential"... Perfect, I thought, just right for the end of the cross-country season.
In fact (following a dispute with the local golf course allegedly) this year's race was held on a new course which was anything but flat: challenging and undulating would be a better description.
Anyway, it was  a lovely rural course virtually traffic free.  The marshalling was excellent and very friendly with overall organisation very good.  Based at the School/Leisure Centre we all know well from the X/C fixture, the race started at a very civilised 11.00am so we didn't have to get up too early to eat our porridge.  An unusual feature of the course is the hilly figure-of-eight section between miles 6 and 9 where runners have to collect a wristband from the marshal to enable them to "escape" for the final section towards the finish!  Nice technical tee-shirt too.
The field was small with 229 runners finishing the race, most of whom were sporting vests of local clubs.
Patrick finished 51st in 1.34.39 (chip) (1.34.43 gun).
Having watched him zoom off on the start line I was happy to finish in 63rd position in 1.38.43 (chip) (1.38.47 gun).
We were 7th and 9th respectively in the M50 category.
I would recommend the race but not if you are seeking a PB.
Full results can be found here .
Rob Mills
Stourbridge Stagger, Sun 7th February 2016 Print
This year was the 25th year of this run organized by Stourbridge RC. 10.3 miles of very mixed terrain, roads, footpaths, bridleways, steps, stiles and kissing gates, plus some very attractive countryside. The organisers add to the intrigue by naming some of the features, Dinosaur Beach, Horsetail Bank, Joan's Delight, Slop Gully & Step Hill  and each present their own challenges. Add to this sunshine in parts made for an enjoyable event. Underfoot the conditions were also very varied, plenty of mud in parts as expected, some large puddles, but other areas were quite firm, the official line from Stourbridge RC went along these lines 'It was a tad muddy out there & tough conditions this year' which summed it up quite well.
Sparkhill colours were represented by a team of three who finished as below.

 Tahir Ahktar
 Andrew Wadsworth   
 316 Margaret Ehrenberg 

397 intrepid runners completed the event, all presented with a notable memento of a bright red hand towel embroidered with the words 25th Stourbridge Stagger !

81 entered the ladies only 7K race, both races going off in a mass start and diverging after just about 3km marker

Full results can be found here .

Plenty of photos taken on the day, lots of smiling runners enjoying the challenge can be found here .

Morrisons Great Birmingham Run, Sun 18th October 2015 Print
Rob Mills writes...
Since it became one of the Great Run series, the cost of entering the Birmingham half-marathon has increased significantly.  I had considered it too expensive for a run around a lot of streets and parks I usually run around for free, but then I thought...
It's local, it's convenient.  Low transport costs.  No need to park the car.  Should support Birmingham, I suppose.  Should fly the Sparkhill flag (well the vest anyway).  Good training for the cross-country season.  It's on the telly.  Coffee at 6/8 Kafe afterwards.  Bound to be some Cadbury's chocolate in the goody bag...
Go on then, why not?
Alcester 10km, Sunday 11th October 2015 Print
Sunday 11th October was the inaugural running of the Alcester 10km. A perfect day for the event, dry, limited breeze and a flat course on closed roads and a general carnival atmosphere within the town. A broad cross section of club runners and fun runners and great support especially in the town itself for the start/finish.

Two Sparkhill entrants and free beer at the end for all runners !

 Andy Hussey 
 Andy Wadsworth

Full results here here.
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