Bud's Run & Sportsman's Dinner (09/03/2014)
Many of you will know Bud Baldaro. An inspirational figure in the world of athletics as a teacher, coach, mentor, promoter and above all friend. You may also know that recently he has not been too well with Parkinson's. Well now is the chance to help Bud and his family.
Following Bud's diagnosis with Parkinson's in 2009 he spoke with his family about the desire to turn this challenge into a positive scenario. Typical of the "good" man he is.
On Saturday October 4th 2014 there will be a day of events at the University Of Birmingham, in Edgbaston, to raise money for Parkinson's UK to fund research into this degenerative condition.
As well as a number of participative events such as a 5Km & 1Km run there will be many other things going on for young and old alike. In the evening there will be a Sportsman's Dinner held in the Great Hall at the University with guest speakers and a charity auction. What a great opportunity to book a table with friends and show support for this humble, humerous and "Merlin" like figure who has supported Tipton and athletics for over 40 years.
Here is an image from the Tipton Archives in the 1980's with Bud right bang in the centre of the row crouching down. Timeless.
Over the years Bud has raced for Tipton, coached many from the club, was instrumental in bringing success to many Tipton Harriers over the years, forged connections, brought sponsorship and made friendships that have lasted for life. A quiet word from Bud before any race is always worth an extra few seconds. He is a great man it is your chance to help him out by supporting this fund raising event.
More information is due out shortly and will be posted here in due course. For now you can check out the following links
Audio Clip (Radio WM)
Facebook - Bud's Run
CAU Inter Counties XC (08/03/2014)
No results available as yet.
Park Run Round Up (09/03/2014)
This week saw a 1-2-3 at Walsall. At Walsall Martin Williams, Dean Hill & Simon Cooper came in 1,2 & 3. James Booker, Penny Barber, Chris Somerfield & Sophie Hill were also in action. At Wolverhanpton it was Matthew West & Joe Fairfax representing the "Green & Whites". Finally at Cannon Hill Dan Beier was No.1 and Dave Mole 14th.
Old Film Footage (04/03/2014)
Following on from the National XC Championships at Wollaton Park we came across this footage of a cross country race held there back in 1958. This is just one of many clips on the excellent MACE site. Whilst it does not contain any obvious Tipton content it is interesting to view the course used then.
The Nationals - A Personal View By Tony Phillips (03/03/2014)
A week last Saturday the club cross country season ended for most runners at a new venue, the impressive and historical Wollaton Park, Nottingham, where the English National Cross Country Championships were held for the first time, organised by the English Cross Country Association and Notts.A.C. The day turned out to be a great success with over 10,000 runners and spectators involved, and a record number of nearly 4,700 athletes competing in the different age groups. It was a bright near perfect day, in contrast to recent championships with snow, ice and rain , and deep mud underfoot. It was a fast undulating course with testing hills and muddy areas, and logs across the paths to break the rhythm of the runners.
With expectations high Tipton's best chance of medals was with the senior men's team including talented runners, but with the exception of Josh Lilly, who finished in 20th place for an outstanding run over the 10k course in a field of about 1700 runners , the team underperformed and finished 8th out of 127 competing clubs, a relatively good position but disappointing after being in the medals in the last three Nationals. Other team counters were 57th Phil Nicholls, 58th Richard Kay, 101st Ian Rawlinson, 127th Matt Granger and 128th Ian Williams, with Liam Roberts the first non-counter 137th.
5km "Onesie" Race (02/03/2014)
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the 5Km "Onesie" race at Tipton today. This was a fundraising event for the club. We had 28 athletes who took part and would like to say that everyone who took part really enjoyed it. It's a shame we couldn't have had more taking part. We would also like to thank everyone who helped on the day.
Photographs by Dave Payne
Marg Cherrington (General Secretary)
Officers In Action ! (02/03/2014)
Credit and "thank you" to two of the hard working club's officers. Both were "in action" to day at the fundraising "Onsie" event down at the Club. Chairman Ian Magness was in full costume for his participation whilst Marg Cherrington was on hand keeping everything ticking over. Thank you both. Photographs by Dave Payne
Reading Half Marathon (02/03/2014)
Ryan McLeod was our leading member at Reading this year in 66m 31s. Richard Kay, the regular racer, was 16th in 67m 12s. Veteran Nigel Stirk was 59th in 71m 41s and Matthew Smith 182nd in 78m 44s. Results
Ron Copson RIP (02/03/2014)
Club President Ron Bentley reports that Ron Copson, one time member of Tipton Harriers has sadly died recently.
He was a regular member of the Tipton Harriers Ultra Distance squad during the 1960's & 70's. He raced the majority of the ultra classics in the UK including the RRC London To Brighton Road Race, Exeter To Plymouth, The Two Bridges & Maindy 40 Mile Track Race. He also competed for the club in many road relays.
In 1972 he went to South Africa with the "gang" who won the Comrades Marathon which brought him immense pleasure as he wrote in 1975 where he reflected modestly on himself.
"That only leaves myself (last as usual) on whom I refused, on the grounds that I might incriminate myself, to pass any comments, except to say that I have had my moments, and slight flushes of success, running with and against the lads, and that to me is my satisfaction. Amongst my collection of souvenirs and trophies is a tankard engraved with the words "a member of the magnificent seven" – I need say no more.
He also wrote, promoting the expolits of the ultra squad and was published in the Road Runners Club journal, an example of which follows.
Ron Bentley & Pete Boxley attended the funeral on behalf of the club.
Our thoughts go to his family and friends.
Bath Half Marathon (02/03/2014)
Penelope Barber was the only runner listed as Tipton Harriers in this race where she placed 594th in a time of 1h 31m 25s. Results
Silverstone Half Marathon (02/03/2014)
Jon Shaw ran this event and recorded a PB with 1h 53m 12s for 2251st. Results
Walkers To The Fore (01/03/2014)
Jessica Finney came 1st in the 2Km "Molly Barnett" race walk today held in Coventry with a time of 12m 02s and Charlotte Finney came 3rd in the U20s 5Km with a time of 32m 26s. Both walked excellently and smashed smashed their PB's. Well done girls.
Charlotte Finney POT Profile
Jessica Finney POT Profile
XC Statistics (26/02/2014)
As the domestic cross country season is now over for clubs we have updated our various summaries on the Men's National & Midland XC Championships.
Eligibility - 02/14 (25/02/2014)
The latest changes of clubs have been published. No Tipton movements. Details
Gavin Tipper 5Km (25/02/2014)
We have received details of the 2014 Gavin Tipper 5Km to be held on Wednesday 11th June 2014. This event is staged in memory of an athlete with connections to Tipton. Please support it if you can. Details
Action Heart 5 (23/02/2014)
A local race with six from the club in action. Martin Williams was first home for the club and in the race. Steve Brookes was 3rd, Paul Rogers 5th, Dave Mole (on the comeback trail) 15th, Loz Heathcock 17th and Sue Street-Hall won the Ladies race.
National XC Results (22/02/2014)
Here is the link to the results. ECCA 2014 National Results
Armagh 5Km (21/02/2014)
A small party under the guidance and leadership of Mick Hill ventured across the Irish Sea to this high class mid week race. Ryan McLeod (14th), Ian Rawlinson (30th), Richard Kay (38th), Liam Roberts (48th) & Nigel Stirk (64th) completed the Tipton contingent. A number of these are also due to represent the club at the National XC Championships on Saturday. We wish them well. Results
Cross Country - A Personal View (18/02/2014)
Last week the cross country league season for senior men ended at Cheltenham with Tipton Harriers finishing third in the Birmingham and District Cross country League Div.1, with Loughborough University champions and Birmingham University runners up. Ian Rawlinson had his best run of the season with an outstanding run in third spot, with Ben Gamble and Matt Granger also having strong performances to finish 10th and 11th, followed closely by Ian Williams,16th, and much improved junior Luke Vine 60th, and Adam Soley, 71st, completing the count. Non-counters included Mike Buntin - good to see him competing again, 78th, Dean Hill, 99th, and Matt Smith, 103rd, completing the turnout. Without full strength teams in the four races Tipton performed well with numerous runners turning out during the series, but never at full strength to beat the universities. The event was a useful lead into the next contest.
Missing Trophy! (17/02/2014)
A request from Paul Rogers regarding a trophy that he's missing!
"Can you pass this message on to any Tipton runner who was at the Midland and National relays last year, Ross Jones passed on a boxed glass memorial trophy to an athlete in the Tipton tent, to pass on to me, but he cannot recall who it was, and it needs to be returned to the organisers with in the next two weeks. Cheers Paul."
Tipton Games - Update 3 (13/02/2014)
Bill Griffiths informs us that, regrettably, there will now be no Tipton Games held in 2014.
Following a meeting on Monday between members of the Club Committee and representatives of the Sports Centre and Local Authority it was decided that the promotion could not take place this year.
Urgent repairs are need to many parts of the track facility and these are to be scheduled when better weather can be assured, hopefully during the early Spring. These works would likely coincide with the normal staging of the Tipton Games. It is hoped that the Games will return next year.
Tipton Harriers thanks all competitors, sponsors and helpers who have, in the past, made this event a great season opener and look forward to welcoming them again in the future.