Birmingham Cross Country League
A strong team turned out for the first league match, keen to defend the title they won in 2019. Competition was fierce with strong teams from both University of Birmingham and Loughborough University alongside local clubs.
This was a combined fixture of all the divisions and a total of 656 athletes took part. Taking an excellent first place overall was Omar Amed who was 17 seconds in front of his team mate Kadar Omar. In division one next to count for the team was Ed Banks in 14th place. U20 Max Price had a great debut run to finish in 26th place. Closing the counters were Jonathan Bradford in 46th and only one place behind him Dominic Smith, another U20 athlete who was racing in the league for the first time.
A pack a black vests meant Jason Bennett was in 48th place so it was a tustle between the three to see who was part of the team score. Richard Bravington finished in 109th ad the final Birchfield athlete was Alex Jolly in 132nd.
Midland Women's League
The course was both interesting and challenging being hilly and a tad over distance, a series of meadows with longish grass but very little in the way of flat running. As is often for the first race we had an excellent turnout of fourteen athletes and team manager is hopfeul this will continue through the season.
The Birchfield team had a mixture of regulars and a sprinkling of junior first timers plus a new Masters runner. The multitalented Ejiro Okoro in full winter gear who led the team home in 14th place. Next team member to complete the course the equally talented Hayley Carruthers (19th) who is beginning her return after a torrid period in her athletics career.
Our third counter for the team was Carli Baldwin (25th), followed by Vicky Bradbury (31st), an U20 athlete who is very new to cross country running and she closed the team scoring for this race. Rae Nicholls had a great run to finish 37th.
It was good to see the Watters sisters Lizzie and Sam back in action. Lizzie was reliable as ever in 50th and Sam came home in 77th. Sarah Conway ad Danel Jansen Van Rensberg more stalwarts of the Club were 59th and 60th. Then came Esther Hunt, a lady who ran for us as a junior now a Master, who acquitted herself really well to cross the line in 75th. Debutants to the league Olivia Worth (77th) Saliah Baig (103rd) and Chloe Pettit (140th ) did themselve proud.
It was an excellent turnout and performance and despite missing some key athletes the team were overall