----------------------------------- Birmingham Reebok Cross-Challenge (30/10/04) ----------------------------------- Women's Race Pos Name Time 1 Hayley Yelling 22.16 29 Courtney Birch 24.47 43 Alice Beverly 25.44 44 Emily Ferenczi 25.44 57 Kathy Burgoine 26.47 60 Rachel Deegan 27.08 65 Lucy Flanner 27.20 68 Eve Bugler 27.27 69 Abigail Sheals 27.35 70 Kim Sonne 27.43 71 Jessica Leitch 28.00 75 Hannah Kitchen 28.14 76 Elizabeth Butler 28.25 77 Sian Williams 28.28 78 Rachel O'Neill 28.53 80 Rachel Hughes 29.08 84 Nolanne Chang 30.39 85 Kate Bugler 30.52 Men's Race Pos Name Time 1 Peter Riley 35.26 19 Ben Moreau 37.40 23 Jonathan Blackledge 37.54 51 Martin Bishop 39.46 53 James Hogan 39.55 54 Luke Walton 40.15 61 Mark Dewhirst 40.30 68 David Bruce 40.53 70 Graham Grant 41.03 84 Christopher Parr 42.27 85 Samuel Rowlands 42.29 88 Ed Catmur 43.20 91 Stephen Granger-Bevan 43.50 93 Ian Hewitt 43.56 94 Henry Alty 44.02 96 Paul Harrison 44.31 98 Ben Clarson 44.49 100 Steve Marshall 44.59 101 Ian Ross 44.59 102 John Richards 45.20 104 David Maas 45.33 107 Robin Spacie 45.59 111 Charlie Sharp 47.09 112 Will Unsworth 47.13 113 Stuart Rutter 47.19 114 Nick Aggelopoulos 47.28 115 Thomas Stevens 47.33 117 Jamie Darling 49.05 118 Michael Hobbiss 49.08 119 Derek Li 49.13 120 Richard Morris 49.24 121 Mark Abrahamson 49.40 125 Patrick Wallace 52.34 126 Vikram Mittal 52.37 127 Ant Brown 53.38 128 Dan MacGowan-von Holstein56.12 129 Ivanhoe Leung 1.01.31 Report
OUCCC set a new club record when it took nearly 65 people to the Reebok Cross Challenge, held at Senneleys Park, Birmingham, on a foggy but mild October morning. We had so many dark blue warriors we had to hire a minibus and a coach! This is really good news in the run-up to Varsity. For some this was their first taste of cross country, and what a baptism of mud! The whole park was saturated by the recent rains and the junior races proceeded to rip up the ground leaving the seniors with a sea of brown to negotiate themselves through. Conditions were bad enough that the first brook crossing was abandoned, having been deemed unsafe. However this still left the second crossing as a major talking point, especially after many of us witnessed most of the U15 girls' race fall in the deeper than expected water. Many of the boys pondered over line, number of steps and exit strategy. Cue quote of the day from Hayley Yelling - "I doesn't matter lads. You're going to get wet whatever." Spot the irony there.
The fog had mostly lifted by the time the senior womens' 6K race started, leaving mild and dry air, but still very wet and muddy ground, contrary to the forecast which promised thunder and lightning. First home for Oxford was Courtney Birch in a great 29th place, although Hatti Dean managed a fantastic 6th place in an Oxford vest, which got us mentioned lots by the commentator. Yay! Courtney was followed by Alice and Emily F, who recorded indentical times.
Unsuprisingly the womens' race had not improved underfoot conditions, so when over 800 men set off for their 10K race, the course was starting to appear distinctly agricultural. Although the results below are for the Reebok Challenge only, both mens' and womens' races were run concurrently with the Birmingham Cross-Country League, ensuring huge fields of local club runners. Stars for Oxford in this event were Captain Moreau and fresher Jonathan Blackledge, who did well in conditions not well suited to his short course speed. They were ably backed up by veteren Wish, fresher Hogan and the much improved Luke Walton, even though he had trouble counting up to four. Although many were unhappy with their races, all did well just to brave the start, which was pretty chaotic, let alone finish the course, which most ranked as amoung the toughest they'd encountered. Particularly well done to all the freshers for whom this was their first race.
Thus a good debut race for the club, even if we had to put our shoes in plastic bags to placate the bus driver on the way home. Somehow I managed to get three pairs of shoes muddy. Some brave souls even made it out again to Pizza Hut, but perhaps this was just to avoid accusations of blocking the shower with mud from their housemates. Right, I'm off to clean my shoes........or maybe work is more appealing.
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