5-8 miles of hills, mud and water. The XC races can be very fun and enjoyable events, but are also a chance for runners to run as part of a team field where time does not count.
The overall league is scored on a positional basis; individual times are manually recorded and are used for the Lichfield Running Club’s trophy only.
Best 3 results to count. Single trophy on a handicap basis. An explanation of the handicap system can be found here.
These are the events for 2022/23:
12/02/23: Shipley Park
12/03/23: Foremarke Reservoir
Cross Country 2021/2022
There were 6 events scheduled for this season, however due to the poor weather, 1 event was cancelled and 5 were completed. We have had a total of 13 different male and 13 different female runners competing. We completed a female team in each event of the series. Sadly due to a lack of numbers (and it needing 8 men to complete a team) we only completed a team for the men in 2 events. We also had to contend with two fixture clashes with the Grand Prix (Fradley 10k and Rugeley 10 mile) although the fixture clash with Rugeley was eventually sorted as the XC event that day was cancelled due to bad weather.
We had some fine performances, with John Doyle finishing 7th (twice) and 8th in his 3 events, Dan Floyd (as a 2nd claim member) finishing 3rd in his 1 event, James Pickering 8th in 1 event and Konrad Wainaina finishing his season off with 10th in the last event. Sarah Hayman finished 5th in her first event of the season and was followed by many other fine runs by her teammates throughout the season. At the end of the season John Doyle was 5th overall in the senior men’s, Owen Davies 4th in the V40 category, Chris Cheek was 7th in the V45 category and David Gould was 3rd in the V65 category.
The ladies were super consistent throughout, with the contenders for this year’s XC trophy proving consistency is the key to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. Helen King finished 5th in the V40 age group, having completed 5 events. Anna Sanders came 3rd in the V45 category having completed 4 events and Marian Lowther also finished 3rd in her age category (V55) from 5 events.
Congratulations to Nick Parkes, John Doyle and Stephen Howard for taking first, second and third places respectively in the club competition, following their strong running this season.
Team manager, Chris Cheek, would like to personally thank everyone for their support and hard work throughout the season. Chris is stepping down from this role; we will miss his organisational skills, endless encouragement, and (of course), his cakes! On behalf of Lichfield Running Club, many thanks, Chris.