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National CC Championships, Birmingham 19 February 2005

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Hi Guys

Many thanks to all those that competed on Saturday at the National Cross Country Championships in Birmingham. Yet again it was another fantastic weekend with some great personal performances. Due to injuries and illness we were missing some of superstars which left us slightly on the weak side in the team event. But taking all this into account the team performed extremely well.

The Senior Men's results were:
26 Andrew Rayner
145 Jaime Atkinson
152 Ant Draper
236 Alex Gibbins
242 Peter Tucker
280 John Thorpe
296 Roy Smith
479 Geoff Rickerby
707 Con Griffin
902 Richard Hall

The Junior Men's results were:
91 R Perkins
110 C Daniel
120 D Griffin
126 D Ryan

In the Senior race the 6 to score team finished in 15th place and the 9 to score team finished in 12th place. In the Junior race the team finished in 15th place Lads, you are all equally great and I am proud to be associated with such a great team.

I know I say this same comment every time I post a results page but with many of our younger guys performing as well as they did at the weekend it will come that day again, when everyone gets to the start line together we WILL smash all the other clubs in the country. I am so looking forward to that!!!!!!!!

I must say a massive thanks to all the supporters that were there on Saturday. Once again the weekend was a complete success and enjoyed by everyone!!

Get yourself super fit and be ready for the 12 stage in April!!

Take care


once again the results.


70 Ella Fisher 22.27

38 Jennie Butler 31.58
158 Bridget Davey 36.18
183 Kate Pratten 36.18
226 Bella Clayton 37.23 - 605 POINTS 19TH TEAM
276 Clare Lodwig 39.04
280 Annie McDonough 39.09
288 Carolyna Jones-Baldock 39.25
347 Anne Cillia 42.02

The Nationals were at a new venue this year on an excellent course at Cofton Park. With weather forecasts for snow, we were let off lightly with near zero temperature, bright sunshine, and a wind chill factor of something that felt around the -10 mark.

We had our biggest ever turn out from the senior ladies with 8 on the start line. We were smack in the middle of the starting pens and a gentle downhill slope made a good fast start. A small incline and several corners later the field had spread out.

Although Jennie had hoped for better, she was still our fastest and first home in 38th. Keeping up with recent good performances Bridget was second home after struggling around the second lap to finish 158. Kate pulled rank and overtook Bella on the first lap and ran her socks off to finish in 183 (this will probably be the only time Kate will finish ahead of Bella!) At 226 Bella finished halfway through the field and discovered the hard way why so few do x country! With our top 4 in the first half we were 19th team home, and second Kent team. Clare, Annie and Carolyna went for mob tactics and all finished within 12 places of each other. Once again Anne Cillia didn't disappoint her supporters streaming past a string of competitors along the finishing straight with a superb sprint finish!

It was a successful day and well done to all those who finished, it is hard work as well we know. No slacking just yet though, the road relay are in a months time so keep up the good work.














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