Birmingham & District Cross Country League, Race 3 Saturday 14th January 2017 at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Nr Telford

 After the Christmas and New Year festive break Tamworth AC’s senior Men & Woman resumed their respective XC competitions last Saturday.
The senior men fielded a weakened team to that which had given the team such a good first half of the XC season. Team leader Steve Parkes was missing because of work commitments at Northampton hospital where he works as a junior doctor and with Dale Langley on holiday and Steve Deegan who had made such a great start to his season over the country was out through injury.
Held over a 9 Km, four lap, twisty course, saturated from the recent inclement weather the ground quickly cut-up badly in places to leave a heavily mudded and water logged course in many places.
Scott Hudspith led Tamworth home with a very good race to finish in 12th place, “I was really pleased with my run, I have been training very well recently and results are getting better” commented the Baddesley Ensor athlete. Secound counter for TAC was Ben Evans who also had a very good run, achieving his best results of the season so far with a very respectable 35th place, Ben commented, “I found myself in a four man sprint for the finish line and found out that marathon training is of no benefit for sprinting but I am very happy with my race and result”! Howard Bush was 3rd counter in 69th place, although H commented that he was “not firing on all cylinders but could not have gone any harder on the day”. Dave Williams came home as 4th counter in 96th please just ahead of team manager Andy Wright, 5th counter in 100th place. TAC’s 6th counter was the club 400/800m specialist Tom Ainsworth who is using the XC season as endurance training as preparation for this summer’s track season. Tom finished in a very commendable 140th place, his best finish of the season. 7th counter home was the ever reliable Mark Waplington in 184th place, Derek Bolton was 8thcounter in 195th place and Nigel Fisher 9th counter in 229th place.
The race was won by Paul Ward of the race host club Telford AC from Simon Myatt of Trentham RC and 3rd place Stephen Millward of Gloucester AC.
In the all-important team event, Tamworth AC finished in 10th place with 452 pts where University of Warwick AC were winners with 115 pts from Telford AC with 121 pts and in 3rd Trentham RC with 129 pts.
Overall league positions after 3 events, University of Warwick AC and Leamington C & AC tie on 353 pts from Trentham RC on 517 pts with Tamworth AC lying in 10th place on 1231 pts.
The 4th and final race of the series will take place on Sat 11/Feb and held over the flat and very fast course at Coundon Hall Park, Coventry.

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