Clean Sweep at Midland XC Relays (06/102012)

The cross country season started on a high note with wins for both men and women at the Midland Cross Country Relays, held at nearby Walsall Arboretum.  Although the course was relatively flat, heavy rainfall made the course very wet for much of the 2km loop.  The womens trio of Jools Caddick, Sophie Lynch and Hayley Jennings ran in winners ahead of Birchfield Harriers whilst  Steve Brookes, Phil Nicholls, Dan Beier and Matt Grainger won the mens battle ahead of last years winners Notts AC.

Bob Lynch reports on the Womens race,

 A gritty performance by the Tipton ladies saw them outrun all the other Midland teams to win this year’s event at Walsall Arboretum yesterday, beating Birchfield into second and Rugby and Northampton into third.  Not only this but Julie Caddick came in at fourth fastest leg overall.

On a very soggy 2-lap course, Julie Caddick and Sue Davies set out first with Julie handing over to Sophie Lynch in fourth place. Sophie overtook Leicester Triathlon, Wolves & Bilston and Northbrook, giving Hayley Jennings a narrow lead to defend. Despite a very strong early challenge from Birchfield, Hayley held on well and eventually increased the gap, giving Tipton a well-deserved victory by 20 seconds.
Times: Julie 25.22, Sue 27.47, Sophie 27.16 & Hayley 25.57.

Real prizes this time - the girls chose rather swanky Thermos flasks but strangely ignored the alcohol on offer!

Midland Cross Country Women Winners