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Birmingham XC League, Div 3, Race#1, Gloucester, Sat 11th November 2017. Print

ImageA fine day at Gloucester greeted us for the first race in the 2017/18 Birmingham League season.

A good turnout with 16 runners starting (unfortunately Andy Carroll had to pull out on the first lap).  The course was in the main pretty firm but with some testing stretches where a few inches of wet mud made grip difficult.  Most definitely a course that suited spikes.

We came 10th out of 18 clubs (B team 5th out of 6) with 361 points.  Taking into account that we had some key runners missing I consider it to be a really good performance.  There is plenty of scope for us to score better at the next race.

Well done Darren, still Sparkhill’s number 1 and what a great run to finish 10th.  It was a real bonus for Simon to be able to run and finish a fabulous 48th.   Paul and Nick are both coming back from injury so it bodes well for the next race.  Tahir, having passed photo responsibility to James, ran well to be our 3rd counter.  Our 6th and final counter (not including the B team) was Andy W who I think will have benefited from the course not having too many twists and turns.  Graham has started the season in good form and I’m expecting him to push on in the next race.  In a sprint finish who would put money on Andy M beating Andy L?  I’d have lost my money. John and Rob had good runs taking into account that they aren’t where they would like to be fitness wise.  I had a good run and I have to admit it’s given me a bit of a fillip for the rest of the season.  Mick, Mark and Barry all backed up really well and I expect it has been a while since we’ve all been in before 50 minutes.   

 10 Darren Riley
 48 Simon Hodges
 56 Paul Webster
 67 Tahir Ahktar
 85 Nick Stringer
 95 Andy Wadsworth 
 Graham Hygate
 109 Andy Manning
 110 Andy Law
 122 John Goulding
 125 Rob Mills
 144 Craig Hinks
 155 Mick Edwards
 160 Mark Arnold
 161 Barry Crowley

Full results can be found here .

Thank you to those who came along to support – Shippers, James, Margaret, David and Gavin.  It always helps to receive encouragement.  Gavin is mentoring James on collecting the team’s discs and writing down our places.  I know it’s a big job Gavin so I’m grateful for your patience.               

Well done all and see you at the next race on 2 December.  It is Gloucester again so you’ll be able to compare times.



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