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Midlands 7 & 5 Mile XC Championships, Bulwell Hall Park, Nottingham, Sat 18th Nov 2017. Print

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The annual Midland 7 and 5 mile races were held at Bulwell Park (just north of Nottingham) on Saturday.  The course was changed from last year with a wooded (uphill) section added and the ditch excluded.  I like the course which has testing sections but also sections where you can get into a good rhythm.  It is also really good for spectators with you able to stand in one place and support your club members in 4 locations on the course.  The men and ladies gave each other excellent support which was a great boost.

There were 68 finishers in the ladies’ race with the team finishing 7th out of 8 completed teams.  I know Vicki will find this difficult to believe but it was a great run.  It was a determined performance and in finishing 12th Vicki was only 13 seconds off being in the top 10.  The ever improving Pauline was 28th looking nice and relaxed.  Jenny was 49th and found the last lap tough but received good support (legal) from Shippers.  Manisha was 58th and at the moment is running better than she has done for a couple of years.  Well done girls.

 Vicki Bone 
 28 Pauline Hygate 
 49 Jenny Price
 58 Manisha Parmar

There were 153 finishers in the men’s race with the team finishing 11th out of 13 completed teams.  Mark Williams stepped in late in the day to finish 74th which is a really good run in what was a quality field.  Mark, we need you in Gloucester.  Tahir was 96th and for all his moaning he appears to be running well at the moment.  Barry fancied his chances against Tahir and wasn’t far behind finishing in 101st.  Considering the injury problems Barry has had over the last few months this was a pleasing performance.  It should be noted that Barry and Tahir swap notes on their injuries.  Andy Law might be starting to get his pacing better and finished a creditable 122nd.  7 miles was a long way for Andy so this will set him up nicely for Gloucester.  I managed to haul in an injured Rob on the last lap with us finishing 135th and 136th.  Credit to Rob for keeping going and credit to me for having little sympathy as I passed him but plenty at the end.

An added bonus was the chips.  They were kindly purchased by the girls and were devoured by the boys.  A good afternoon out enjoyed by all.

 74 Mark Williams 
 Tahir Ahktar
 101 Barry O'Neill 
 Andy Law
 135 Craig Hinks
 136 Rob Mills

Full results can be found here .

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