Midlands Cross Country Championships, Stafford Common, 30th January

Nine Harborough AC runners tackled both inconsistent conditions and the Midlands region’s elite athletes at the 2010 Midlands Cross Country Championships, on Saturday 30th January. A combination of cold, icy weather conditions, and unpredictable ground underfoot – yielding very wet, muddy areas in some places, alongside others sections that were frozen hard – across the exposed arena of Stafford Common, made the going tricky, and somewhat precarious. For Matt Driver this resulted in an unfortunate ankle injury, which meant he was unable to complete the course, and was forced to drop out of the Men’s Under20 8km race part way through. However, there was more positive news in the other Junior events; with Martha Clapp and Jake Watson again showing great promise. Martha fought hard to improve by 17 places on her position in the same race last year, finishing in 37th in the Under13 Girls category over 3km; while Jake finished in the top ten athletes from Leicestershire-based clubs, coming home 65th in the Under17 Boys 6km version.

In the Senior ranks, Karen Brooks was the sole representative in the Ladies’ event, following up on her recent Midlands Masters silver medal with a very creditable 85th position over the 8km route. Meanwhile, in the Men’s equivalent – run over 12km, both Will Clapp and David Waddington finished comfortably inside the top-200, with Rick Brown, Graeme Rolfe and Dave Oram rounding off the Club contingent with good quality performances.

Focusing on the youth aspects of the Club, Cross Country captain Will Clapp said, “All those who turned out to fly the flag for the club on a cold day in this prestigious event can be really proud of their efforts and achievements on a real cross country course which attracted international standard runners. We’re all wishing Matt a speedy recovery.”


Midlands Cross Country Championships, Stafford Common, 30th January

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