We were blessed with a sunny morning; not too cold but very heavy going after even more overnight rain. A last minute course alteration made by the referee ensured the safety of the competitors and our thanks must go to the Colin Thompson and his team of marshals from Wolverhampton & Bilston AC who did a splendid job both laying out the course from 7.30am in the morning and also coping with this last minute change. Without them this event just would not have happened.
With all the Tipton Harriers team gathered together at the start, Stewart Harris, our Referee, gave a moving appreciation to the late Andy Holden, which was followed by applause from all present. A fitting tribute to a great athlete.
In the Men’s 8k race new ‘boy’, Phil Gould from Kenilworth Runners (M35), romped home 34 seconds in front of second placed Phil Clamp from Tipton Harriers (M40) with Paul Butcher, Mansfield Harriers & AC (M45) a further 9 seconds back in third.
The Women’s 6k race saw Kim Fawke-Williams, Centurion RC (W35) take first place from newcomer Nicola Roder, Leicester Triathlon Club (W35), with Kerry Marchant, Staffordshire Moorlands AC (W40) in third place.
In the Men’s M65+ 6k race there was a clean sweep for the M65’s with Geoff Aston, Worcester AC; Anthony Edwards, Sparkhill Harriers and Steve Herington, Hereford Couriers taking the first three places.
Full results ……..XC Results 2014
Our 2014 Cross Country Championships will be held for the second year running at Aldersley Stadium, Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW. Our friends at Wolverhampton & Bilston AC have agreed to organise the race on our behalf and our thanks go to them for doing so. Entries will be online only and will be open shortly.
To enter please go to http://areg247.co.uk Login with your username and password*, click on “Competition Entry”, click on the radio button against MMAC Cross Country Championships, accept the terms and conditions then click on “Choose Competition”. Click the box and enter an approximate 6k or 8k time as for your appropriate age, then click on “Submit”. Check that all the information is correct and click “Buy Now” and follow the instructions to pay.
* Members who have not used the online entry system before should contact the Membership Secretary on email@example.com and your username and passwords will be sent to you.
The entry fee is £8.00. Start time 11.30am. Please pick up your race numbers on the day.
Closing date for entries is strictly the 11th January 2014. No entries on the day.
The usual team awards will be presented as follows:-
Ages on day ….
8k Race: M35-44 (first 4 to count); M45-54; M55-64 (first 3 to count).
6k Race: M65+; W35-44; W45-54: W55+ (first 3 to count)
Location Street Map … http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=389900&Y=300800&A=Y&Z=120
Email from a competitor in the XC 2014…..
I would like to say a big thank you to you and all MMAC officials and friends for staging such a brilliant race on Sunday…thoroughly enjoyed the day despite not having a very good run! You even arranged great cross country conditions and lovely January weather!
Please do pass on my thanks to all concerned. I know how much thought and hard work goes into making such an event so successful.
All best wishes,
Steve Herington [Hereford Couriers]
thanks to Wolves and Bilston from oldies at Worcester AC for providing a challenging course, well marshalled, well laid out course marking, and encouragement during the race. Thanks to MMAC for well organised numbers and results. Weather was quite good as well!
On behalf of Coventry Godiva Masters, Just a quick note to thank the organisers of todays MMAC XC Champs…A really well organised event..course marking superb, registration slick, results fairly swift and overall a great event, well done all involved.
All course/marshalling etc was supplied by Wolverhampton & Bilston AC headed by Colin Thompson. They all did a brilliant job.