2016/2017 Race 3 Results (14/01/2017)
- Published: 14 Jan 2017
Details of the 3rd fixtures in this season's league are available on the FIXTURES page.
Here are the links to the weather forecasts for the third round of fixtures in the League.
After 25 years as Secretary of Division 1 of the Birmingham League Bill Adcocks will be standing down from the position on the completion of this season.
In order for the Division to operate, a replacement will be required by the Annual General Meeting at the end of this season.
Interested individuals can contact Bill in the first instance to talk through what the job entails.
|7||Steve Howes||Solihull & Small Heath||118||↑|
|=11||Pat Powell||West Bromwich||107|
|=11||David Clarke||Massey Ferguson||107||↑|
|=13||John Peet||Tamworth and Sparkhill Harriers||103|
|=13||Graham Roberts||Leamington C & AC||103||↑|
|15||Richard Barrington||City of Stoke||102|
↑ Denotes a new count since the table was previously updated
Here is the table showing the number of race finishers in each division after the second round of League races.
|Birmingham & District Cross Country League (2016/17)|
|Race Finishers (No.)|
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
Here are the figures for last season.
|Birmingham & District Cross Country League (2015/16)|
|Race Finishers (No.)|
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
The Women's League totals are included to aid those clubs who may be staging both events.
Andy Prophett from Cheltenham Harriers sent in his teams "Squad Shot" taken by Tony Stanton on 12/11/16 which shows 24 of what they believe to be a club record turnout of 31 runners at the event in Pittville Park.
This compliments the home "victory" for Graham Rush from the club.
Standing (left to right): Dave Newport (coach), Matt Evans, Mateusz Podsiadly, Tommaso Migliuolo, James Miller (injured/spectator), Dave Tomlin, Ben Price, Andy Gardiner, James Bingham, Phil Beastall, Dave Roper, Andy Gore, Marc Fallows, Graham Rush, Gareth Edwards, Anthony Bailey, Richard de-Camps, Oli Mott,
Squatting: Leah-May Newport (mascot), Andy Prophett (Team Manager), Ben Colabella, Dave Aubrey, Will New, Jacob Pickering, John Parker, Ben Williams, Liam Roarty, Marcus England.
Missing from the photo: Phil Wylie, Alex Bampton, Steve Hall, Mike Gray, Andrew Kaighin Lee Groenewegen, Ian Giles
|7||Steve Howes||Solihull & Small Heath||117||↑|
|11||Pat Powell||West Bromwich||107|
|12||David Clarke||Massey Ferguson||106||↑|
|13||John Peet||Tamworth and Sparkhill Harriers||103|
|14||Richard Barrington||City of Stoke||102|
|14||Graham Roberts||Leamington C & AC||102|
↑ Denotes a new count since the table was previously updated
West Bromwich Harriers are one of the oldest clubs in the West Midlands and one of the six clubs that founded the Birmingham Cross Country League. Here is there shot taken by John Buckby, a club stalwart, before Saturdays XC Division 3 fixture at Burbage Common.
Left to Right - Andrew White, Paul Stevens, Matt Whitehouse, Adam Spellacy, Garry Howell (Volunteer Timekeeper, front row) Paul Mansell, Adrian Reece, Russell Collins, Dominic Ashton.
A proud Tim Price submitted his clubs photo from Cheltenham. The image was taken by a kindly member of Loughborough Uni to ensure all the K&D lads were in the shot.
Knowle & Dorridge Running Club - the Mens team prior to making their debut in Division 1 at Pittville Park, Cheltenham.
Back row - Left to Right (the tall ones) : Chris Thorley, Chris Morgan, Steve Evans, Darren John, Jonathan Randell, Richard Drakeley, Tim Price (Captain), Pete Austin & Chris Sharp
Front row - left to Right (the toddlers) : Pat Moss, James Taylor, Rob Houlston, Richard Dixon, Kirk Giles, Dan Rebeiro, Mark Amyes, Torsten Roesler & Joe Read
Steve Howes sent in this shot of Solihull & Small Heath Harriers squad at the Division 3 race at Burbage Common.
Back Row (Left to Right) - Andy Webber (volunteer Timekeeper), Louie Boot, Adam Cole, Paul Lloyd, Richard Horne, Graham Lawrence, Tommy Hill, Thomas Perks, Nick Martin
Front Row (Left to Right) - Steve Howes & Jorge Sanchez Mogollon
We would like to again invite clubs to provide us with a squad photograph for this season. Try and get all your club members together before a race start in club vests with any officials and mascots included!
Charles Gains (Former Halesowen A & CC Member and now with Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers ) writes...
"I first met Ken in the mid-60s when Smethwick Harriers were folding and he joined the Halesowen club. He became immediately involved, even taking on the job of secretary at one point. Like myself he was no great runner but had a great love of the simplicity of road and cross country running. He was a meticulous record keeper and lover of the history of the sport.
Ken held strong views on a multiplicity of topics which did not always endear him to everyone but you while you could easily disagree there was underneath was very kind and respectful man. I walked the Lakes with him on occasion and we even combined for the Vaux 2 Man Mountain Marathon. We both loved the wild places and he was the ideal companion. We could walk for hours without talking simply taking in the sheer beauty of the hills.
I am grateful that I met up with him again earlier in the year and we swapped old stories and a few jokes. For me the lights are going out on what was a very rich time of joy and companionship.
I trust you have taken your kit with you, Ken. There's a pack run of old guys assembling somewhere who are going to welcome your eternal company."
The League has been informed of the recent death of Ken Westley. Ken was latterly a member of West Bromwich Harriers. Before that he had been involved with Smethwick Harriers and also Halesowen A & C.C.
Ken was a keen advocate of the Birmingham & District Cross Country League and throughout his life kept in touch with what was going on. He was a frequent attendee at our AGM’s and would make sure the current Secretary always had “stamps” so he could keep receiving the results.
He was one of the “founding fathers” of the Midland Veterans A.C. (now Midland Masters A.C.)
Over his long life he enjoyed all aspects of our sport from road running, cross country, track and onto the fells. Indeed it is believed that he was one of the very early members of the FRA.
He ventured far & wide for his sport often on impulse. His main competitive portfolio was cross country and road running up to a distance of about 15 miles. He did many of the “classics” of our sport such as Nos Galan in Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve in the late 50’s & early 60’s. Such races were an adventure to be savoured.
He undertook many administrative tasks within the clubs & associations he was a member of over the years. He was variously a Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Promoter. At many events he would help officiate.
He was very keen on the conservation of athletic history and the League has indeed benefitted over the years from his archives with early copies of race results regularly finding their way onto this website. He also lodged near complete sets of West Bromwich Harriers Newsletters and also the MVAC/MMAC newsletters at local archives to ensure preservation. He very much enjoyed reading of great athletes such as Arthur Newton & Emil Zatopek.
His network of athletic friends, rivals & associates extended around the Midlands and beyond.
He was able to see the benefits that athletics and running could bring to a person - not just from the competitive angle but to life in general. He communicated well and inspired many he came into contact with through the clubs he was involved with.
Our thoughts are with his family.
Cards of condolence can be sent to - A Westley & Family, 12 Middlefield Lane, West Hagley, Stourbridge. DY9 0PX.
More details when/if available
The third and final new club this season is again from the Birmingham area. Seth Atkin has sent in his resume of the club.
"City of Birmingham Striders (COBS) is a club for runners of all abilities. COBS is a small club with a core of highly committed runners. The club values its diversity and is proud to work closely with Birmingham City Council and others in the development of running in and across the city of Birmingham. We have open sessions and specific training programmes at all levels. We meet at three different locations around Birmingham city centre making extensive use of the canal network and a lot of the Birmingham 10k route. COBS led a pilot for the active parks programme in 2013 at Edgbaston Reservoir. Our association with the Birmingham waterways is symbolised by the inclusion of a swan on our purple club clothing.
The club is organised around developing and supporting our sessions and programmes. The sessions are led by UKA qualified run leaders (CiRF and LiRF). COBS was formed in 2013 and affiliated with England Athletics in the same year (October 2013). The club grew out of a group of people who met at the Yoga Haven studio in central Birmingham and trained weekly for the Birmingham half marathon in 2012. The club secretary and EA coach, Seth Atkin, led these founding sessions and is managing club participation in the Birmingham and District cross country league. COBS aim is to actively encourage participation in running at all levels. Our first regional event was the Midland Counties 5 & 7 championships in 2013. Since then we have competed in regional, national and masters relays, the Midland regional relays, and the women’s cross country league.
We prioritise races to enter as a club including regional cross country races,Cannon Hill parkrun several times per year, some of the Warwickshire Road Race league races, the Great Birmingham half and 10k, Centurion Grand Prix, and an annual favourite is the Conductive Education 10k in early November. COBS looks forward to taking part for the first time in the Birmingham and District Cross Country league."
Another new club will be seen this season in the many shapes and sizes of members of Spa Striders from Leamington. Their club colours are a green vest with a broad red hoop. Dan Stannard is their Team Manager and here he gives us a brief insight to the club and it's aspirations.
"Spa Striders is a sociable and friendly running club based in Leamington Spa. The origins of the club are long forgotten (sometime in the 1980s), but the club now boast a diverse membership of around 150 seniors and masters (no juniors) with particularly strong female age group runners and increasingly competitive men’s teams.
The ladies last year won promotion to Division 1 in their second season in the Midlands Women’s Cross Country League with the Women’s Masters finishing in second place.
A highlight of the club’s calendar is always the Cotswold Hilly 100 relays for which we entered five teams in all this year. The club also takes great pride in our performances in the Warwickshire Road Race League, our noisy supporters and baking skills.
The Club’s chair is James Civil. Club sessions run five nights per week, plus informal groups and specialist session at the weekend. In recent years the club has introduced a number of schemes to encourage new runners, including: 10 weeks to 10k and Club Ready, which are designed to help new runners make the transition into the regular weekly sessions.
The Men’s CC team is managed by Dan Stannard. Our main goal for this season is to field a full team every month and if we can’t match the ladies success, we at least hope to match their enthusiasm. In recent weeks the club facebook page has seen several enquires about ‘the best spikes’, though none yet about ‘the best facepaints’."
The 2016/17 season sees three new clubs join the League. These are - City Of Birmingham Striders, Kings Heath Running Club and Spa Striders. We welcome them and wish them well for the season.
We have asked each of the clubs for an introduction and some background to their activities and what they hope to get from the competition that the League provides. We begin with Kings Heath RC. Mike Green from that club takes up the story:-
"Hello from KHRC!
Kings Heath Running Club was set up in September 2010 by a small group of people who wanted to be able to run safely in Kings Heath in the winter months. Since then, we have developed the range and depth of our running enormously. Our foundation is in welcoming beginners to a supportive and friendly running community. We're starting to complement this by building a faster and more competitive element. We're developing coaching in the club, with four of our members working towards CiRF qualification. Our greatest competitive success has been at the Whale Ale/Run for Beer relay in Stratford, where we have entered 10 teams and dominated the prizes two years running.
The Club is chaired and captained by Barbara Partridge. Our club colours are an orange lion's head on a black vest - hence the club nickname the Lions. In the main our members come from South Birmingham, with most living in the Kings Heath and Moseley areas. Since the club formed, over 1,200 people have run with us. Roughly 50% of those who participate in our weekly runs are paid-up members. We have approximately 120 paid-up members but many more run with us regularly: in the interests of inclusivity we allow anyone to run with us, for as long as they like, for free. our male/female balance is about 50-50. all our runners are over 18 - we don't have a juniors section.
Our women run in the MCAA Cross Country League, with our women’s Masters finishing mid-table last season. Before gaining admission to the league we have entered full men’s teams in the 6 stage Road Relays, the Cross Country Relays, the 5 & 7 Mile Championships, the Warwickshire Championships, the Midland Championships, and the National Championships. The consistently high standard of our Cross Country picnics has been noted.
The men's XC team is managed by Mike Green, (in the green jacket in the Cross Country team picture), who runs with the team when injury permits. The club's 'A' goal is to field fully teams throughout our inaugural season, The 'B' goal is to not come last - but come what may, we intend to thoroughly enjoy our racing."
The athletes pictured above, from left to right, are: Back Row (standing) - Greg Robson, Steve Twomlow, Stu Thomas, Peter Evans, Paul Jolliffe, Simon Dix, Sean Phillips, Ian Mackenzie. Front Row, (kneeling) - Darren Salmons, Mike Green, Paul Daymond, Dave Johnson.
As the season approaches we take the opportunity to get the 2016/17 League President, Bob Hughes, to introduce himself:-
"My involvement in athletics started in the winter of 1983 when I went to watch my nephew Steven who was 11 at the time compete in a Cubs cross country race on Cannock Chase finishing in second place. My response was to take him to Rowley Park to do some regular training (Steven still holds the Under 13 Boys 1500 metres club record of 4.43.3), I was soon asked by Stafford Athletic Club to join them and take up coaching seriously which I agreed to do. In 1985 Stafford A. C. were approached by Cannock Chase Athletic Club to consider an amalgamation between the two clubs which the athletic side of the club favoured but the road runners did not, leading to the road runners leaving to form their own club which later became Stafford Harriers. The new club Cannock and Stafford Athletic club went from strength to strength over the next twenty five years regularly contesting the main finals of the Young Athletes league at the Alexander Stadium until the closure of the Cannock track in 2010 which hit the club hard in terms of membership from the southern part of Staffordshire.
The role of the Birmingham Cross Country League has been for many years a stepping stone for many of our senior athletes who having progressed from the younger age cross country leagues continued their move to the higher level of competition leading on to National and International level not only at cross country but track success as well, one Spencer Duval a C&S athlete a winner of the Birmingham league on several occasions went on to represent Great Britain at the highest level in the steeplechase so proving the tradition of the league is a great start out for our future champions.
My involvement with the Birmingham League started with the amalgamation taking over as cross country team manager for all the age groups and continuing to do so to this day, on race days I delegate the job of completing the envelope to one of the parents while I on the day fulfil the role of timekeeper which I have done for the past five or six years.
My role as President of the League for the forthcoming season is a great honour for me and I will do all that is required of my position to serve the league in the best way I can,, making sure that the Birmingham League remains one of the strongest leagues in the country. I would like to thank all the clubs who are hosting a meeting this season because without their willingness to host, the league could not survive, also a big thanks go out to all the officials who give their time and experience! and again without them the league would cease to exist.
I intend to visit the first race at Cheltenham with Division 1, then Division 2 at Stratford followed by Division 3 at Droitwich then back to Division 1 for the final meeting hosted by Kenilworth."