Tamworth ACs senior Men and Woman were in cross country action last W/E competing in the Birmingham & District Cross Country League Div#2 and Midland Woman’s Cross Country League resp. Both events were held over a heavy playing field course at Crypt high school at Blackridge, Gloucester.
Birmingham & District Cross Country League – The men’s team were bolstered by new members Martin Bell and Simon Stretton, both of whom were running their first cross country events for many years. Ran over a unusually short 5.25 mile, 3 ½ lap course a fast race was always going to be on the cards despite the heavy ground. From the starters gun, a very much inform Jason George was out fast and helping to force the pace over the opening small lap, so encouraging to see a Tamworth athlete at the front of the race, ‘my aim was to have a solid race and finish in the top 20 again’, the pace of the race picked-up going into the first of the three long laps and George started to drift off the lead pace but still very much holding his own within the race. After a very strong last lap George was to finish in 18th place, another very good performance in a very competitive race. The ever reliable Howard Bush was next to finish for Tamworth with a hard earned result for 46th place. Ben Evans improved on his previous finishing position with 65th place, ‘XC is still new for me and it is taking time for me to get used to it but I am determined to do so’ comments Evans after his race. The young Bikram Singh had a tough race, working hard throughout the race to get his result of 81st place overall and 8th junior. TAC chairman was next home in 86th place followed by Martin Bell making his Tamworth XC debut into 99th place, a great performance. Andy Wright was home in 101st place followed by Simon Stretton, also making his TAC debut in 153rd place. After a difficult period with injuries Derek Bolton bounced back with a good race to finish in 207th place.
The race was won by Shaun Evans of Royal Sutton Coldfield, followed by Chris Perrin of Cannock & Staffs and Stuart Hawkes of Amazing Feet in 3rd place.
In the all-important team event, Tamworth finished in 12th place with 395 points, the race was won by Leamington AC 129 points from Royal Sutton Coldfield 204 points and Cannock & Stafford 206 points.
Overall, Leamington AC lead with 538 points, from Cannock & Stafford 541 points and Knowle & Dorridge 577 points. Tamworth AC athletes are doing themselves proud in a very good 7th place with 937 points.
The last race of the league series takes place on Saturday 13th Feb, again at Blackridge, Gloucester but ran over a different course.