Christmas Handicap and Warwickshire XC Championships.

Since the third cross-country league race was called off in December due to snow, Sparkhill’s Juniors have taken part in two cross-country events.

The first event was Sparkhill Harriers’ Christmas Handicap which took place on Sunday, 17. December 2017.
Junior and senior harriers set off together, running between one and five 1700m laps on a challenging, muddy course around Fox Hollies Park; afterwards, some more senior members were reminiscing about the five cross-country league races that took place there in the late 90s and early 00s. It was very pleasing to see junior athletes, Aaliyah, Grace, Alice, Izabella, Lola, Charlotte and Zac, taking on the testing course - made more difficult in the rain. A big thank you to the marshals: Hilary, Ambrose, Bob and Emma; to those who set up the course: Craig, Barry, Stuart and Emma; to those providing welcome, post-race refreshments: Ella, Callum and Charles; to Craig for determining how many laps each individual had to run; and to Barry for leading the festive warm-up.

The second was the Warwickshire County Cross-Country Championships which took place on Saturday, 6. January 2018.Prior to the Senior Women’s and Men’s races which completed the meeting, six Juniors ran on a firm, undulating course in Warley Woods Park. Well done to all the junior athletes who competed, especially to Josh who was running his first race for Sparkhill this season and to Izabella who received an invitation form for the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships in March.

 Josh Murtagh 
 Lola-May Smeulders 
  15.35min 16th
 Alice Stewart U15s/4km 
 23.34min 25th
 Izabella Thompson U17W/5km 
 21.54min 10th
 Zac Minchin U17M/6km 23.01min 15th
 Dylan Sudworth  24.49min 22nd

 Full results can be found here.
These positions are for Warwickshire: the Worcestershire Championships were being run concurrently.