End of Season XC Report (26/03/2013)

Tony Phillips has given us his thoughts as we close off another sucessful cross country season at Tipton Harriers.

Tipton Harriers have rounded off the cross country season with several outstanding performances.

The cross country season ended with the World Championships being held in Poland, and Tipton's Phil Nicholls was representing Great Britain in the senior men's team; Phil's selection is well earned  and  he deserved recognition. The club ended the season in good form, with a third placing in the National Championships at Sunderland, in terrible conditions that rivaled  Milton Keynes in the 1980's and Alton Towers two years ago, the team gave a gutsy performance, as did the senior women's team who finished twelfth. It is worth noting the the combined scores for the senior men's and women's senior teams placed Tipton as the leading cross country club in the championships. the leading teams were - 1. Tipton Harriers 637 pts. 2. Aldershot, Farnham and district 705 pts. 3. Coventry Godiva Harriers 1254 pts., and both Tipton Teams were below full strength.

In the recent British Masters Championships Phil Hinch was the winner of the M35 group, a great run to gain his first Masters title, and Mike Hagar gave another outstanding performance in winning the M60 title to continue his outstanding record in Masters national events.

Ian Mitchell finished second in the Welsh Championships and was selected for the Welsh team in the Home International Championships, another recognition for Ian and the club.

Seven young Tipton Harriers were selected for the West Midlands Schools Teams in the National Schools Cross Country Championships, they included Luke Vine, Jacob Anson, Rosa Lewis, Amelia Silk, Isher Mander, Katie Dolan, Ailish Craig.

Well done to all.   The season continued the Club's tradition of high standards of achievement in cross country running, and it could have been even higher with full strength teams turning out.

Tony Phillips, March 2012.