Midland XC Champs, Stafford – 30 Jan 2010

Sarah Rock reports: on an excellent turnout from the BvH

Ten brave BvH ladies braced themselves for the icy cold wind and set out to run the Midlands Counties race at Stafford Common.  As always, the exposed common meant strong winds, but at least there was some sunshine to brighten the day.  However, the mud and bogginess of the course was the worst I have ever known it and the unpredictability of the varied surfaces (ice, water, mud) combined with a few short sharp hills that were so muddy that even the downhills were treacherous, meant that I am forced to concede that this 8km course was worse than the Suicide Six!  Probably did wonders for our core strength though!  Well done and thanks to all those who ran, including those who battled through colds and flu.

Cake Rating (vegan cake kindly baked by Nicola): 10/10!

Team results as follows:

Bournville Harriers SW Pos 7th (252 points)

BvH results as follows:

Marianne Hensman        Pos 47   39:09

Nicola Cumley                 Pos 54   39:43

Laura Leslie                     Pos 74   41:15

Caroline Harlan-Marks   Pos 77   41:44

Becky Hampson              Pos 80   42:05

Sarah Rock                      Pos 81   42:07

Tania Ugwu                      Pos 101 44:11

Kathryn Abbott                 Pos 109 45:23

Emily Holden                    Pos 123 49:09

Leslie Pymm                    Pos 141  58.35 

Brian Smith’s Ladies photos here

Also at: http://www.racephotos.org.uk/


Dean Parker and Gareth Cadd also ran solid performances in the Men’s race

70th    Dean Parker         46:11

129th  Gareth Cadd        50:17

Brian Smith’s Men’s photos here