The Midland Championships were held today on the Longshaw Estate north of Bakewell. Chasers had some great runs, topped by 4 Chasers becoming Midland Champions. They were Matt Hartland on M16A, Bob Dredge on M60L, Claire Bushnell on W50L and Carol Dredge on W55L. Well done to all four, and also to Judith Hughes who just missed out being champion by 22 seconds on the W45L course.
(Photos of Claire, Carol and Bob courtesy of DVO)
The 9th night-O of the 2014 series took place on Thursday night around Barton-under-Needwood organised by Neil Lawford. Jon still has a good lead in the men’s race with Christine holding on to the top spot in the women’s race – with just 3 races to go. Next one on 6th November at Ray’s. Results so far are here…Winter Race 9 2014
Last Thursday saw the first night-O of the winter season. Jon organised the race from Penkridge and a good turnout of 15 made for a good race to get the 2nd half of the annual series under way.
Results and series scores so far can be found on the link here: Winter Race 8 2014
Following a call for ideas made to the juniors by their rep, Holly, the concept of a “yellow jersey” t-shirt was formed to be awarded for an impressive performance at a nominated event. The first event was the Stafford urban race on Sunday, and the (more of a green jersey) t-shirt was awarded to George H at training tonight for managing to complete his course without mispunching or retiring, even though he had (somehow) ended up with a longer, harder course than his age group were running, and he didn’t come last He even managed to model the t-shirt for the second half of training.
The next nominated event will be the British Schools Champs on 16th November
Thanks to Bob, Carol and Sarah Dredge for planning and organising today’s Urban event in Stafford town centre and to Mark Garside for controlling.
Results and Splits can be found here.
Winsplits can be found here.
Splitsbrowser can be found here.
Routegadget can be found here.
Chasers next event is at Chillington Hall on 30th November.
Well done to all the Chasers juniors who took part today in the British Schools Score Champs – Chasers were a very visible club in terms of the results, and there were plenty of familiar faces on the podium.
Holly Stodgell (Year 7 girls) and Meg Colclough (Year 8 girls) are now both British Schools Champions for Walton High. Meg was joined on the podium by Holly Craig in 2nd (for Weston Road) and Amy Mitchell in 3rd, with Charlotte Cairns-Smith (Abbotts Bromley School for Girls) just missing out in 4th.
Carolyn Codling-Loidi won a fantastic silver medal on the Year 6 girls running for Oakridge.
The boys did well, too, with Joe Holland finishing in 3rd place for the Year 8 boys, while the trio of Ethan Evans, Henry Webb and Adam Mardling were 4th, 5th and 6th for the Year 7’s (all from Walton High).
Other top 10 finishes came from Beth Colclough (10th in Year 5 girls), Will Downing (7th in Year 5 boys), Laura Shermer finished 9th running with Megan Dale in the Year 8 girls, and Alfie Spencer was 9th in the Year 8 boys. Sastin Codling-Loidi finished in 10th in Year 9 boys running for Adams Grammar School, and in the Year 10/11 girls, Heather Craig finished 6th (Weston Road) with Gemma Cairns-Smith 10th. For Matt Hartland in the Year 10/11 boys, it was a 5th place finish with a score that would have seen him in 2nd place in the Year 12/13 boys competition!
There were other Chasers out running, too, but 17 club members finishing in the top 10 on the day is a fantastic achievement! Well done everyone Also, many thanks to HOC for staging the event, results can be found here.
Final details are now available for the Stafford Urban event on Sunday 12th October.
***PLEASE NOTE – JUNIOR AGE GROUPS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED ON COURSES E and F TO MATCH BOF GUIDELINES. ANY JUNIOR M/W12 AND UNDER CAN RUN COURSE F WITH A SHADOWING ADULT. M/W14 and M/W16 CAN RUN COURSE E WITHOUT SHADOWING***
Well done to the Chasers junior team “Happy birthday Mike & June” who competed in the Peter Palmer Relays in the early hours of this morning.
This six leg relay kicks off at 4.30 am and consists of 2 red (long orange) courses, a light green course, an orange course, a yellow course which can have up to 3 starters (but only the first one in counts in the overall time) and finishes with a green course. There has to be at least one male & 1 female in the team, and runners have to be M12-M18. The competition also has trophies for “young” teams (teams whos total age is under 92) and for teams who come from “small” clubs.
Our team of Matt H, Heather C, Alfie S, Holly C, Joe H, Holly S and Gemma C-S saw debuts for Alfie, Joe and Holly S, with Alfie running his first ever light green course, definitely counted as a “young” team, with the total age of the counters coming to only 72, giving away over 20 years in age and experience to the fastest teams!
Matt flew around on first leg finishing in 4th place, and a good run from Heather saw Alfie not only heading out onto his first ever light green course, but doing it in the dark! He did well, but unfortunately managed to be caught when 2 lines headed out of the control circle for number 2 – one the line to number 3 and one a power line, and in the half light and trees, he missed out number 3 Holly C ran well on the orange, Joe flew round the yellow finishing in the 7th fastest time of the day, backed up by Holly S & her broken toe, before Gemma gave it her all on the green course, bringing the team in as the 10th team across the line, although disqualified.
Disqualified but not downhearted, a good time was had by all. Bring on PPJR 2015!!
Oh, and Happy Birthday, Mike & June!!