The last time that we had to tackle a course as hilly and greasy as the Welcome Hills was an awfully long time ago at Leek in Division One.
We have, traditionally, fared well on such terrain but by 3.15pm we had succumbed to a whopping 58 point deficit on Worcester and now find ourselves under great pressure in fourth place with much catching-up to do at Cofton Park on the 13th January.
It’s not that we performed badly either – on the contrary, it was a very respectable performance – but unfortunately Worcester ran so much better.
Mateuz led the team home with an improvement to 11th place followed by Roger in an excellent 24th. Kristian continues to impress and improve with 31st and Marc was fourth counter with 34th place. The counting six were brought home with a better run from Adam in 42nd and concluded by young Tom in 44th, leaving the ‘B’ team to be headed by Dave T (51), then Pete (65), Joe (76), Russ (86), David L (94). The ‘B’ team are now third overall with more than a good chance of improving.
The race was won by C. Perrin (Cannock & Stafford) whose team were a long way off the pace compared with the first race (an optimistic note for us).
The remainder of the mighty Halesowen pack, helping to increase the points of enemy clubs, were led by a charging Phill (109), Matt (138), James H (168), Alex (177), Bill (186), Andy N (194), Rich (215), John (217), Andy C (224), Paul (258) and Ali (268).
That made twenty-two runners who all received excellent support from the ladies (after their race) and other supporters, some of whom then went on to enjoy a ride in the minibus and the delights of a bottle of bubbly provided by Matt (Prosecco Princesses’ failure duly noted), all drinking from the same cup, as they say. All returned safely for a non-communal hot shower and the King Edward pub.
Thanks to Maurice, Keith and Barry on officiating, driving and tent duties.
Keep the faith.