Midlands Women’s League Match 1 at Coundon Hall Park Coventry Sat 11th Nov 2017

Tamworth AC Ladies competed in the 1st Cross Country of the season with a great team for 2017-2018.

Out of 213 runners Katherine Bradley was 48th in 31:53mins

Lisa Stretton came 62nd in 32:43mins

Laura Lewis was 89th in 34:27mins

Kate Pearce came 95th in 35:00mins

Caroline West was 116th in 36:50mins

Tess Barnard 120th in 37:12mins

Sue Fairburn 158th in 40:42mins

Laura had to travel from Austria (where she now lives) to take part in the race so she was a little tired.

There were great debut runs from Kate, Tess and Sue in their 1st cross country for Tamworth AC

Katherine had a great run and had some great positive vibes which motivated the other ladies.

The Team manager Paul Tasker was feeling very positive with all the performances saying “we still have 6 runner’s to bring in to help boost the squad.”

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Left to right: Laura Lewis, Kate Pearce Lisa Stretton, Sue Fairburn, Katherine Bradley, Caroline West and Tess Barnard

Midland Woman’s XC League Race 3 Saturday 14th January 2017 at Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton

Tamworth senior women fielded a depleted team at the 3rd fixture of the Midland Woman’s XC League.
In a large field of 380 starters, the trio of Katherine Bradley, Lisa Stretton & Laura Lewis acquitted themselves very well over the two lap, undulating, 6.4Km course. Running together and feeding off each other’s strength’s the three ladies produced very good performances. Katherine Bradley was first counter home in 63rd place, just ahead of Lisa Stretton in 65th place and ably backed-up by Laura Lewis in 72nd place. All three women produced performances bettering their seasons bests so far, just rewards for the training done over the Christmas holiday period. Team manager Paul Tasker commented, “I am really happy for the women with their performances, all three of them worked so hard together in the race and just rewards for hard work in training recently”.
The fourth and final fixture will be held on Saturday 11th Feb at Warwick University, Coventry.

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.

Staffordshire County Cross Country Championships at Aldersley Wolverhampton 7th January 2017

Report and Photos by Allen Cook

Tamworth AC athletes took part in the Staffordshire Cross Country Championships at Aldersley, Wolverhampton last weekend.

The Under 13 Girls were Abi Hamer who came a strong 11th followed by Emily Pearce 19th and Tegan Vickery in 20th.  Ellie Gauntlett came 26th.  The Under 13 Girls did well coming in 2nd place in the team competition behind Wolverhampton and Bilston who were present in large numbers.

In the under 13 Boys event Ben Edwards was Tamworth AC only boy entrant.  Doing an excellent job he came 5th.


Ben Edwards

Hannah Brayer running in the Under 15 Girls event just missed out on the medals finishing in an excellent 4th place.  Katie Stretton also in the Under 15 Girls came 20th.

Charlotte Bush with a powerful run took the Bronze Medal in the Under 17 Women’s event. Her team mate Rebecca Brayer came in a good 12th place.

Sarah Jemmett representing Tamworth AC in the Veteran Women’s event came 21st


Sarah Jemmett


Finally David Brayer came 23rd in the Veteran Men’s event.


David and Hannah Brayer pre-race


Midland Woman’s XC League, Race 2 Saturday 03 December 2016 Clopton Park, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Report by Andy Wright. Photos by Allen Cook.
Clopton Park, Stratford-Upon-Avon played host to the 2nd race of the Midland Woman’s league. Ran of the same lap course as the men’s race albeit over two laps but offering an equally challenging task to the Woman.
The race was won by Jenny Nesbitt of Worcester from Claire Martin who had pulled well clear of the field after the first of the two laps
Megan Paynter had a superb run for Tamworth, running well despite a fall to finish in a very respectable 24th place.
Katherine Handley was next home in 77th place followed by Laura Lewis in 90th place and Lisa Stretton in 113th place.
In the team competition, Tamworth Woman finished in a creditable 14th place from the 29 clubs competing.

Birmingham & District XC League, Div. 2 Saturday 03 December 2016 Clopton Park, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Report by Andy Wright. Photos by Allen Cook.
Tamworth ACs Senior Men cross country were in good form again at the 2nd race of the Birmingham & District XC League on Saturday 03/December. The three lap, 6 mile race was held over a very challenging course on Clopton Park, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Without any doubt this new course to the league offered the sternest seen for a number of seasons, commented team manager Andy Wright.
Following on from their good form shown at the first race three weeks earlier, Steve Parkes & Scott Hudspith were away quickly on the uphill start, settling into a good rhythm of running through the very hilly first half of the opening lap. Parkes commented “athletes were hesitating to push hard over the opening lap knowing what hills were to come, I felt very good and settled down well”. Parkes ran fluent throughout the race to finish in an excellent 8th place, an improvement of 4 places from the first race. Scott Hudspith ran excellent too, chasing Parkes hard over the hilly course that suited him well to finish in 15th place.
Third Tamworth counter home was Ben Evens in 55th place closely followed by club stalwart Howard Bush in 60th place.

Dave Williams had a superb race, after a steady start over the opening hilly lap, Williams worked his way through the field to finish in a superb 86th place. 6th and final counter for the A-team was Dale Langley who brought his race home in 99th place.


The race was won by Paul Ward of Telford AC from Callum Hanlon of Leamington and Simon Myatt of Trentham RC in 3rd. The team competition was dominated by Leamington again with 84 pts, followed by Warwick University AC in 2nd with 122 pts and Worcester AC 3rd with 195 pts. Tamworth AC performed very well to finish in 7th place with 323 pts.
In the B-team competition, the team were led home by Andy Wright in 126th place, followed by Steve Deegan who ran out of his skin to finish in in 133rd place. Tom Ainsworth
spent most of the race wondering what he was doing racing over such terrain but stuck to his task very well to come home in 166th place just ahead of Derek Bolton who also had a very good run to 176th place. Mark Waplington was next home in 184th place and the final 6th counter being taken by Nigel Fisher in 243rd place.
Overall, in the B-team competition, TAC finished in an excellent 8th place with 1030 pts. Winners on the day were Leamington C & AC with 317 pts, Worcester were 2nd with 450pts and Warwick University 3rd on 461 pts.
The 3rd race of the 4 race series will be held on Saturday 14 January at Telford.

Birmingham & District XC League, Div. 2 Saturday 12th November 2016 Newbold Comyn, Leamington Spa

Tamworth ACs Senior Men cross country team put in a superior performance at the first race of the Birmingham & District XC league fixture held over the typically wet and mud saturated Newbold Comyn course.

Held over an undulating 3 lap course including 3 climbs of the daunting beacon hill this course is fast becoming the typical season opener for the Div#2 clubs.


Steve Parkes and Scott Hudspith were always to the fore over the first lap and only when the heavy conditions started to tell on their legs did then fall back off the lead group. Parkes led TAC home with a highly creditable 12th place followed closely by Hudspith who was making has senior team XC debut in 14th place. Ben Evans was the 3rd TAC counter finishing in 38th place followed by Bikram Singh in 44th place. Club stalwart Howard Bush had a solid performance despite nursing a sore hamstring to finish in 63rd place ahead of Dale Langley who completed the counting A-team 6th counter in 85th position. The race was won by Leamington’s Callum Hanlon from Alex McKerrell of Warwick University AC and Peter Freedman of Massey Fergusson RC

Overall and all importantly in the team competition TAC finished in a fine 6th place with 256 pts. Winners on the day were Leamington C & AC with 116 pts, Warwick University AC were 2nd also on 116 pts and Worcester AC 3rd with 147 pts.

In the B-team competition, the team were led home by Dave Williams in 101st place, followed by Andy Wright in 117th. Tom Ainsworth, more used to track running over 400 & 800m had a very good run into 146th place, narrowly edging out Steve Deegan into 147th place. Mark Waplington was next home in 194th place and the final 6th counter being taken by Derek Bolton in 214th place. Nigel Fisher also returned to action for the team, placing 278th place.

Overall, in the B-team competition, TAC finished in an excellent 7th place with 919 pts. Winners on the day and completely replicating the A-team 1,2, 3 results were Leamington C & AC with 333 pts, Warwick University 2ndon 444 pts and Worcester were 3rd with 521pts.

The 2nd race of the 4 race series will be held on Saturday 03/December at Stratford upon Avon.