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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.

 100 
 Tahir Ahktar
 1:25:38
 147 
 Andrew Wadsworth   
 1:32:18  
 316 Margaret Ehrenberg 
 1:51:44

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?
 
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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 !

 19 
 Andy Hussey 
 41.32 
 38 
 Andy Wadsworth
 42.52

Full results here here.
 
 
Bournville Leafy 10K Sunday 4 October 2015 Print
Andy Hussey and I did the annual Bournville Leafy 10K race last Sunday on a beautiful sunny Autumn morning.  As ever the race was very well organised with friendly encouraging marshalling around the two-lap course followed by an excellent selection of home-baked cakes at the end. "Mmm... Victoria sponge or chocolate brownie?  I think I'll go for both, I've just run a 10K after all."
 
My only caveat about the race is the general consensus among the GPS-wearing runners that the course was a little short (I made it 5.8 miles rather than the usual 6.2) so the times were all somewhat flattering.
 
236 runners finished the race.  Andy ran strongly to finish 13th in 37.09 while I was fairly happy with my 37th overall in 40.37 (particularly pleased to "out-sprint" another M55 vet to get 1st MV55 by the massive margin of 3 seconds!).
 
Would recommend this race and advise entering early next year as it filled up a fortnight in advance so several runners seeking to enter on the day were disappointed.
 
Rob Mills
 
 13 
 Andy Hussey 
 37.09 
 37 
 Rob Mills
 40.37
 

Full results can be found here .

 
MCAA Road Relays, Sutton Park, Sat 19th September 2015 Print

Fantastic showing at the event with 20 harriers taking part.

We were able to field a ladies team and 2 full men's teams and 1 incomplete men's team.

The ladies finished 33rd of 79 complete  teams in a time of 1:15:20.

  Time Team Pos
 Krissie Davies 
 19.04 
 48 
 Megan Harris
 19.38 47
 Jane Bartholomew 
 17.09 34
 Sophie Arnold
 19.29 33

Full results for the ladies can be found here .

Men's A finished 59th of 85 complete teams in 2:20:55

   Time 
 Team Pos 
 Barry O'Neill 
 24.20 
 85
 John Goulding 
 23.30 75
 Patrick Finnegan 
 24.16 75
 Daniel Roulston
 22.56 68
 Nick Stringer
 22.55 64
 Darren Riley
 22.28 
 59

Men's B finished 79th in 2:39:06

   Time 
 Team Pos 
 Tahir Ahktar 
 24.24 
 86
 Kevin Morris 
 28.25 92
 James Hannon 
 26.05 91
 Rob Mills
 25.18 84
 Mark Arnold
 28.14 81
 Alex 26.40 79

Men's C was incomplete but finished in a time of 1:55:38

   Time 
 Team Pos 
 Martin Millicheap 
 31.33 
 100
 Paul Shipway  28.05 97
 Stuart Minchin
 28.02 95
 Craig Hinks
 27.58 93

Full results for the men can be found here.

 
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