Once again we were blessed with the weather for this years Championships and we thank Colin Thompson and his team from Wolverhampton & Bilston AC for all their help in putting this event on. We are truly grateful.
Entries were slightly up on last year but there is always room for improvement. We do need more support entry wise to a) make this a true Club Championship and b) to make the effort involved; course layout; marshals; officials etc all worthwhile.
Thanks to all the runners making this event successful and to the Officials who turned out. Special thanks from me to Phil Owen for stepping into the breach to look after the officials and to Stewart Harris for acting as Race Referee and for making the race run smoothly.
Excellent photographs by our official photographer for the day, Brian Smith, can be viewed on West Midlands Running Scene Flickr page at http://tinyurl.com/oseuqko
A selection of Brian’s images appear in our Gallery below the results
Photographs from Lou Satterthwaite can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/lxcb5xl
Referees Comments to MMAC (Extract transcription from letter received from Stewart Harris 20/01/2015)
“I know the presentations went off well, as I was still sorting the car out, as some winners were departing.
Wolverhampton & Bilston AC did you proud. . They provided an amended course which worked out well and makes the most of the terrain close to Aldersley Leisure Village. They also provided Marshals and Officials aplenty and certainly are deserving of MMAC’s gratitude. At least the Parking issue is a legacy of the wide/great use of the facility.
Thank you for your input and Phil Owen provided plenty of Officials who all did a good job. Indeed, I was keen to ensure everyone felt they had a role and to me the event was incident free and well received.
The participant numbers were very close to last year – you deserve double! But those there were very appreciative.
Fortunately the weather was very good for a very pleasant event”.
GOOD WISHES, Stewart
Report on the days proceedings from Dave Norman, Dudley Kingswinford RC
You know it’s a Masters event when you overhear someone say “I can’t see the number, I haven’t got my glasses”, although the eyesight may be failing and the hearing is a little unreliable there’s certainly nothing wrong with the legs and the lungs of the older generation based on this showing. With all runners over a certain age, the certain age being 35, you’d expect the quality to be a little lower, the pace to be a little slower but if you were expecting something a little less competitive than the usual bread and butter of the cross country league you would be surprised by the quality on show. Standing together in the reception at Wolverhampton & Bilston’s Aldersley Stadium the first thing that stood out as the lean look of everyone around you, the weathered appearance and that steely glint in the eye as they considered the opposition. If you could imagine Lee Van Cleef in a Coventry Godiva vest, or a Tipton hoody and a woolly hat knitted by his wife then you get the idea.
With age the first qualifier and the second being that entry is only open to those registered with the Midlands Masters, the wheat is sorted from the chaff and you are left with a top class field of old men and women. The proper, old fashioned grizzled gun slingers with one eye on the opposition to see who turned up and who might have moved into a different age category this year, and the other eye on the clock as it ticked towards an 11.30 start time. There may have been less than a hundred lined up but the later start time at least meant the temperature had risen slightly and we were left with a beautiful winter morning. The grass crunching underfoot, the faint traces of ice in shady patches and the sun shining brightly in a sky the colour of a blackbird’s egg as runners zig zagged across the field performing elaborate warm up routines surrounded by the heady whiff of Ralgex. It takes the old bones at little longer to get going.
As the field lined up at the second of two sawdust lines there was a brief word, a moment of reflection for the passing of Ken Evans, the recently departed former Wolves & Bilston Secretary, this time last year it was Any Holden, and we were off. A mad gallop downhill towards the first turn, the runners charging away at the front like Werther’s Originals were on offer, before a left turn and left again following the perimeter of the start/finish field before the women and older, over 65, men peeled off for their own separate, shorter 6k race. The younger of the old men were round again before splashing through an icy puddle, struggling through mud before finding a rock hard icy patch, more mud, more twists and turns and round again. On paper the course looked relatively easy, no significant hills, just a few twists and turns between hedgerows but the combination of the little inclines here and there, gradual gradients of no significant height but some considerable length and the stamina sapping terrain made it tough. Coupled with the high quality field meant you were always trying to go half a yard quicker than was comfortable just to hold a position for fear of coming last.
It should have been easy, a sprint of only 8k on paper but in reality a fraction less, but it was brutally hard, the thought of going round again enough to make you go pale, but the leaders seemed to make short work of this one. Mark Couldwell of Charnwood taking first place overall in 24.44 from Scott Hazell of Coventry Godiva in 24.55 but still taking his age group, and Stuart Hawkes of Amazing Feet RC in 3rd in 24.14. In the women’s race Kerry Marchant of Staffs Moorlands took 1st place in 23.12 for their 6k race from Claire Smith of Charnwood in 23.25 and W&B’s Audrey Wilson in 3rd place in 23.31. There were individual prizes in 5 year age groups and team prizes for every team years, with Coventry, Charnwood, Dudley Kingswinford, Wolves & Bilston, Tipton Long Eaton and Cannock & Staffs all taking team medals, meaning the results were rather convoluted and the prize giving long and extensive.
Due to the quality there were no easy medals in this event – unless you were over 75 and had outlived your competition – but it’s depressing that you can’t catch runners in their 50’s and 60’s and can only hang on for as long as you can as they skip away from you. They may not be as good as they used to be but don’t get taken in by the excuses, if they’ve seen better days their better days must have been bloody good.
Click here for a printable PDF version ………..Results 2015
|MMAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Held at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton Sunday 18/01/2015|
|RESULTS WOMEN and MEN 65 + 6km|
|1||23.12||Marchant||Kerry||Staffordshire Moorlands AC||W40||1|
|3||23.31||Wilson||Audrey||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC W35||W40||2||2 W35|
|4||23.44||Caddick||Julie||Tipton Harriers W35||W35||2||1 W35|
|6||24.28||Jolliffe||Clare||Bristol & West AC||W45||1|
|7||24.46||Walker||Sally||Tipton Harriers W35||W40||3||1 W35|
|9||24.54||Cambridge||Lucy||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC W35||W40||4||2 W35|
|12||25.26||Aston||Geoffrey||Worcester AC M65||M65||2|
|13||25.27||Barber||Penelope||Tipton Harriers W35||W55||1||1 W35|
|14||25.35||Everitt||Sarah||Bristol & West AC||W45||2|
|15||25.40||Herington||Steve||Hereford Couriers RC||M65||3|
|16||25.46||Halford||Jacqueline||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC W35||W50||4||2 W35|
|18||26.17||Wells||Lisa||Coventry Godiva Harriers||W45||3|
|19||26.50||Copson||Angela||Rugby & Northampton AC||W65||1|
|20||27.02||Kilkenny||Christine||Cannock & Stafford AC W45||W60||1||1 W45|
|21||27.17||Allen||Paul||Halesowen A & CC||M65||5|
|22||27.31||Lambert||Harold||Kidderminster & Stourport AC||M65||6|
|23||27.36||Williams||Catherine||Rugby & Northampton AC||W55||2|
|25||27.52||Hibbitt||David||Worcester AC M65||M65||7|
|27||28.25||Kneill-Boxley||Susan||Cannock & Stafford AC W45||W45||5||1 W45|
|28||28.29||Marconi-Wrigley||Loretta||Newcastle AC (Staffs)||W55||3|
|30||31.01||Hackett||Joanne||Staffordshire Moorlands AC||W45||6|
|31||31.22||Fellows||Dorothy||Cannock & Stafford AC W45||W70||1||1 W45|
|32||31.34||Wynds||Jacqueline||Forest of Dean AC||W60||2|
|33||32.04||Smallman||Hazel||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC W35||W50||5|
|37||52.13||Green||Leslie||Cannock & Stafford AC||M75||1|
|W35 1st Tipton Harriers 73.57 2nd Wolverhampton & Bilston 74.11|
|W45 1st Cannock & Staffs 86.49|
|MMAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Held at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton Sunday 18/01/2015|
|RESULTS MEN 35 – 64 8km|
|1||24.44||Couldwell||Mark||Charnwood AC M35||M40||1||2 M35|
|2||24.55||Hazell||Scott||Coventry Godiva Harriers M35||M35||1||1 M35|
|3||25.14||Hawkes||Stuart||Amazing Feet RC||M35||2|
|4||25.15||Smith||David||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC M45||M45||1||1 M45|
|5||25.43||Clamp||Philip||Tipton Harriers M35||M40||2|
|6||25.56||Turner||Marc||Halesowen A & CC||M40||3|
|10||27.03||Sheen||Rob||Leicester Coritanian AC||M50||2|
|11||27.04||Jones||Iwan||Coventry Godiva Harriers M35||M40||5||1 M35|
|12||27.05||Stewart||Mark||Coventry Godiva Harriers M45||M50||3||2 M45|
|13||27.07||Kingsbury||Michael||Charnwood AC M35||M45||2||2 M35|
|14||27.39||Hill||Dean||Tipton Harriers M35||M40||6|
|15||28.03||Hope||Robin||Staffordshire Moorlands AC||M45||3|
|17||28.20||Rogers||Paul||Tipton Harriers M45||M45||4||3 M45|
|19||28.36||Brotherhood||Jason||Coventry Godiva Harriers M35||M35||4||1 M35|
|20||28.44||Ludford||Martin||Birmingham RA & T C||M55||2|
|21||28.57||Brunt||Martyn||Coventry Godiva Harriers M45||M45||5||2 M45|
|22||29.06||Edwards||Darren||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC M45||M45||6||1 M45|
|23||29.11||Fox||Robert||Long Eaton RC M55||M55||3||1 M55|
|24||29.21||Daniels||David||Cobra R & T C||M55||4|
|25||29.29||Peters||Michael||Coventry Godiva Harriers M45||M50||4||2 M45|
|26||29.39||Calrow||Simon||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC M45||M55||5||1 M45|
|27||29.51||Devlin||Joseph||Coventry Godiva Harriers M55||M55||6||2 M55|
|28||29.57||Wright||James||Dudley Kingswinford RC M35||M35||5||3 M35|
|30||30.08||Stanier||Ray||Tipton Harriers M45||M55||7||3 M45|
|31||30.22||Bonner||Gary||Dudley Kingswinford RC M35||M50||5||3 M35|
|32||30.33||Pincher||Ian||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC M45||M45||7|
|33||30.47||Makin||Martin||Charnwood AC M35||M40||8||2 M35|
|34||30.49||Wilkinson||Richard||Long Eaton RC M55||M55||8||1 M55|
|35||31.09||Norman||David||Dudley Kingswinford RC M35||M40||9||3 M35|
|36||31.12||Maplethorpe||Alan||Long Eaton RC M55||M55||9||1 M55|
|37||31.16||Spittle||Lionel||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC M45||M60||2|
|38||31.18||Gower||Ian||Coventry Godiva Harriers M45||M50||6|
|39||31.38||Mills||Bryan||Tipton Harriers M45||M45||8||3 M45|
|41||32.22||Mensley||Peter||Charnwood AC M35||M60||3||2 M35|
|42||32.23||Clarke||Simon||Coventry Godiva Harriers M35||M40||10||1 M35|
|43||32.45||Andersen||Howard||Coventry Godiva Harriers M55||M55||10||2 M55|
|44||33.21||Grice||Alan||Tipton Harriers M45||M60||4|
|45||33.27||Wildgoose||Graham||Dudley Kingswinford RC M35||M45||9||3 M35|
|46||35.05||Banks||Peter||Coventry Godiva Harriers M55||M60||5||2 M55|
|47||36.14||Andrews||John||Dudley Kingswinford RC M35||M40||11|
|M35 1st Coventry Godiva 112.57 2nd Charnwood 115.00 3rd Dudley & Kingswinford 124.55|
|M45 1st Wolverhampton & Bilston 84.00 2nd Coventry Godiva 85.31 3rd Tipton H 90.06|
|M55 1st Long Eaton 91.12 2nd Coventry Godiva 97.41|
ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
Full Entry List
|BMAF Area Club Number||Last Name||First Name||Age Category||First Claim Club|
|83659||Hawkes||Stuart||M35||Amazing Feet RC|
|83627||Brotherhood||Jason||M35||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83682||Hazell||Scott||M35||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83693||Wright||James||M35||Dudley Kingswinford RC|
|83443||Lester||Paul||M40||Cannock & Stafford AC|
|83598||Richardson||Dean||M40||City of Stoke AC|
|83639||Clarke||Simon||M40||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83563||Jones||Iwan||M40||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83692||Andrews||John||M40||Dudley Kingswinford RC|
|83323||Norman||David||M40||Dudley Kingswinford RC|
|83296||Turner||Marc||M40||Halesowen A & CC|
|83687||Heighway||Steven||M40||Rugby and Northampton AC|
|83460||Briggs||Gareth||M40||Staffordshire Moorlands AC|
|83531||Brunt||Martyn||M45||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83580||Hope||Robin||M45||Staffordshire Moorlands AC|
|83407||Edwards||Darren||M45||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|83459||Pincher||Ian||M45||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|83397||Smith||David||M45||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|83086||Gower||Ian||M50||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83537||Peters||Michael||M50||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83098||Slevin||Martin||M50||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83686||Stewart||Mark||M50||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83166||Bonner||Gary||M50||Dudley Kingswinford RC|
|83170||Duckworth||Kevin||M50||Dudley Kingswinford RC|
|83691||Wildgoose||Graham||M50||Dudley Kingswinford RC|
|0266||Sheen||Rob||M50||Leicester Coritanian AC|
|82972||Ludford||Martin||M55||Birmingham Running Athletics & Triathlon Club|
|83395||Daniels||David||M55||Cobra Running & Triathlon Club|
|83446||Andersen||Howard||M55||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83576||Devlin||Joseph||M55||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|82954||Fox||Robert||M55||Long Eaton RC|
|83688||Maplethorpe||Alan||M55||Long Eaton RC|
|82808||Wilkinson||Richard||M55||Long Eaton RC|
|83542||Calrow||Simon||M55||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|81715||Banks||Peter||M60||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|83470||Park||Robert||M60||Kidderminster & Stourport AC|
|83689||Spittle||Lionel||M60||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|82294||Allen||Paul||M65||Halesowen A & CC|
|83141||Herington||Steve||M65||Hereford Couriers RC|
|81631||Lambert||Harold||M65||Kidderminster & Stourport AC|
|81049||Whitmarsh||Guy||M70||Croft Ambrey RC|
|80792||Green||Leslie||M75||Cannock & Stafford AC|
|90824||Marchant||Kerry||W40||Staffordshire Moorlands AC|
|90878||Cambridge||Lucy||W40||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|90842||Wilson||Audrey||W40||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|90872||Everitt||Sarah||W45||Bristol & West AC|
|90873||Jolliffe||Clare||W45||Bristol & West AC|
|90590||Kneill-Boxley||Susan||W45||Cannock & Stafford AC|
|90898||Wells||Lisa||W45||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|90719||Orridge||Sharon||W45||Long Eaton RC|
|90897||Hackett||Joanne||W45||Staffordshire Moorlands AC|
|90588||Mumford||Jayne||W50||Coventry Godiva Harriers|
|90802||Park||Lynne||W50||Forest of Dean AC|
|90739||Blower||Carol||W50||Leamington C & AC|
|90791||Mather||Jackie||W50||Long Eaton RC|
|90901||Halford||Jacqueline||W50||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|90903||Smallman||Hazel||W50||Wolverhampton & Bilston AC|
|90902||Marconi-Wrigley||Loretta||W55||Newcastle AC (Staffs)|
|90442||Williams||Catherine||W55||Rugby & Northampton AC|
|90190||Kilkenny||Christine||W60||Cannock & Stafford AC|
|90868||Wynds||Jacqueline||W60||Forest of Dean AC|
|90733||Copson||Angela||W65||Rugby & Northampton AC|
|90043||Fellows||Dorothy||W70||Cannock & Stafford AC|
Midland Masters AC Cross Country Championships 2015
Our 2015 Cross Country Championships will be held for the third year running at Aldersley Stadium, (Aldersley Leisure Village) Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW on Sunday, 18th January 2015. Once again our very good friends at Wolverhampton & Bilston AC have agreed to organise the race on our behalf despite their own heavy schedule of races and our thanks go to them for doing so.
To enter please go to http://bmaf.org.uk and click on “Member Login”. This takes you to the Athletes Registration System Home Page. Click on “Login/logout”. 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 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 or have forgotten their login details should contact the Membership Secretary on email@example.com and your username and passwords will be sent to you.
The entry fee is £9.00. Start time 11.30am.
Please pick up your race numbers on the day.
Closing date for entries is strictly midnight on the 10th January 2015.
No entries will be accepted after the closing date or taken on the day. There will be no exceptions.
The usual individual and team awards will be presented dependant on the number of entries and we reserve the right to make amendments.
Teams are as follows:-
All 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)