NSCCL Race #2: Stafford Common

On a cold Saturday morning 20 Telford Harriers made the short trip from Telford to Stafford Common to compete in the North Stafford Cross Country League second race of the calendar.

Thirteen men and seven women made up the 20 Harriers ready to take on the 4.5mile and 3mile course respectively with men running 3 laps of the course and women running twice.

The green and gold were coming off an excellent performance at Winsford just 4 weeks earlier, which saw the ladies team sitting 9th in the league table (out of 19 teams) and the men sitting in 7th position (out of 18 teams).

Telford Harriers at Stafford Common XC

After a much needed warm up before hitting the course it was the ladies who took to the start line first at 13:30. A large field of 227 senior lady runners collected at the start ready for the whistle with our 7 strong green and gold runners feeling confident.

In a lovely mark of respect, all Telford Harriers wore a yellow ribbon to commemorate the passing of club founder Jim Bremner. Jim was influential in the running scene in Telford and founded Telford Harriers in 1984.

Club Chairman, Rob Friel had this to say about Jim: "When you spoke to Jim about the club you could always see this glint of happiness and enthusiasm in his eyes. Although he had stepped away from the day to day running of the club about 15 years ago he was always interested on what the harriers were doing how people had improved and how the club was preforming overall

He knew quite a few members by both sight and name and was involved until the end with the founder’s award that we give away on presentation night. Always interested in the story as to why the award was given to that person.

Fund raising until the end Jim walked the old ironbridge half route to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital whose work he had seen at first hand and had heard how they needed funds. This was a mark of the man. Someone who always looked out for others and someone who always tried to make a difference.

Jim should always be remembered as a pioneer. Long before Parkrun or the mass appeal of the London Marathon he saw running as a mass partition sport and saw the good it did people in both keeping them active, making friends and encouraging each other the spirit we still hold dear as Telford Harriers today.

Jim’s enthusiasm smile and humour will be missed by all that knew he and had the privilege to spend with him. May the Telford Harriers live long as a memory to its founder."

A fitting tribute to a man who did so much for the running community in Telford. Jim's memory will live on in the Green and Gold of Telford Harriers, and all who had the privilege to know him.

With yellow ribbons pinned, the whistle sounded as the clock struck 13:30 and the ladies XC race was underway. This undulating course proved challenging to runners and despite it being relatively solid underfoot there were sections to test even the seasoned runner.

First ladies home was Kerry Richardson in 64th position with a time of 23.26, closely followed by Christina O'Brian in 82nd and a time of 24.13.

With an all round excellent performance by all of our runners, the remaining ladies came home as follows:

Lousie Bibbings: 24.28, 88th place

Kim Chatfield: 26.45, 133rd place

Naomi Ashmore: 27.05, 138th place

Hannah Bandy: 30.10, 183rd place

Sonia Edmonds: 31.12: 189th place

Some fantastic running by our girls with the first 4 counters coming in to give the team 367 points and climbing to 7th position in the league table. A move of 2 places!!

Next up where the men and were itching to produce a good showing to maintain their good position in the league table. All 13 of our men runners also ran with yellow ribbons pinned to their green and gold tops.

The mens race got underway at 14:10 and consisted of 3 laps of the circuit to provide the 4.5 mile distance.

In a field of 307 runners, Harriers were led home buy the ever improving Dean Aston, finishing in an amazing 22nd place and with a time of 26:12.

Second Harrier home was Michael Smith with another fantastic performance coming home in 47th place with a time of 27:04.

Again, each and every runner did themselves proud with the rest of our mens team coming home as follows:

Victor Bennet: 29:59, 122nd place

Andy Pigg: 30:40, 127th place

Jon Edmonds: 31.04, 146th place

Richard Palmer: 31.40, 159th place

Andy Dippie: 32.15, 177th place

Jamie Cwdrill: 33.49, 211th place

Robin Chebsey: 34.25, 223rd place

Gus Erlandson: 34.29th place, 226th place

Paul Ruscoe: 34.53, 235th place

Rob Friel: 35.49, 248th place

Matt Giles: 36.38, 262nd place

Our first 4 counters gave the mens team 318 points for the race and secured 7th position in the league table.

Results for the first 2 races for our runners as follows:

After another great day at XC we now look to Parkhall on 17th November for race 3 of the NSCCL schedule.


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