Warwickshire and Worcestershire County Cross Country Championships, 5th January 19, Newbold Revel

Women XCThe first Cross Country race of the New Year was the Warwickshire & Worcestershire County Championships hosted by Warwickshire in the beautiful parklands surrounding HMPSC, Newbold Revel. It was also the first outing of the new club tent, which was not needed for the weather, cold as it was it remained dry, but it with the size of the club turnout (39 runners and plenty of supporters!) it was great to have a smart new base for events. Thanks to Suzanne Bunn for the excellent photos of the event!

Tom Bunn was the club’s sole representative in the Under 20’s race, finishing in a very respectable 46th position after a run of excellent recent results.

Nic Sykes County ChampsThe Women’s 6km race was next and saw Nicola Sykes in imperious form finishing well ahead of her nearest rival to take first place in a competitive field. Jess Bond and recent joiner Sara Foster completed the Senior Women’s team in 43rd and 62nd place respectively for the senior women’s team to finish in overall 4th position. Excellent results for Monica Baptista, Alison Price and Laura Gale (14th, 15th and 28th in the Masters’ Race) saw the master’s women finish in 6th place and the rest of the squad also put in some great performances across the board.

Mens XC TeamIn the Men’s 10km race it was the Masters who led the charge with Paul Thompson, Richard Bayliss, Kevin Morris and Mat Pollard in 5th, 9th, 10th and 16th place respectively in the Masters’ Race and taking home Silver Medals with some more great performances throughout the field from the men in teal.

Away from Warwickshire we were also represented in County XC races elsewhere by Dave Powner (Staffordshire) and Henry Brocklehurst took the individual Silver medal in another great performance in his home County Championships race in Humberside.

There’s not long to wait until the next Cross Country action on 12th January when the Men’s League Race 3 will be held at Burton Dassett Hills Country Park, hosted by Spa Striders and the Women’s League race takes place at Droitwich High School, hosted by Droitwich AC. Both teams are in a great position going into the second half of the season so please contact Rhian or James if you’re interested in taking part and hopefully helping to secure promotion to Division One.

Women’s 6km Results:

1 20:42 Nicola Sykes
43 25:03:00 Jessica Bond
52 25:28:00 Monica Baptista
54 25:34:00 Alison Price
62 26:05:00 Sara Foster
74 26:29:00 Laura Gale
76 26:38:00 Heather Tyrie
83 26:47:00 Sarah Rock
90 27:01:00 Sara Hewison
91 27:05:00 Jo Green
94 27:15:00 Rhian Littlewood
119 28:38:00 Emma Whigham
120 28:38:00 Emma Hawkey
123 28:47:00 Nicola C Morris
126 29:02:00 Jude Glynn
134 29:37:00 Sam Pretlove
142 29:50:00 Pauline Wright
163 31:39:00 Caroline Ankcorn
168 32:34:00 Suz West
192 34:53:00 Anna McManus

Men’s 10km Results:

36 35:38:00 Paul Thompson
55 36:38:00 Richard Bayliss
57 36:41:00 Kevin Morris
69 37:22:00 Matthew Pollard
74 37:44:00 Iain Jones
84 38:07:00 Richard Keep
116 39:36:00 Stuart Pearson
118 39:38:00 Grant Whigham
119 39:39:00 Ian Faddy
131 40:06:00 Sean Rose
138 40:14:00 Andrew Hall
139 40:25:00 Andrew Hoole
211 44:07:00 Andrew Wheeler
215 44:14:00 Ian Mackenzie
241 45:31:00 Richard Shearing
289 49:00:00 Guy Marston
298 49:52:00 Stuart Crowton
318 56:58:00 John Cheel