Local teams were out in force for the latest round of the Birmingham & District Cross Country League, with strong performances posted across the three divisions:
Sandwell Country Park
Coventry Godiva Harriers with a squad approaching full strength won the team race for the first time this season. Godiva's success was achieved with four runners in the top fifteen. Matt Lole (8th), Toby Spencer (11th), Chris Bannon (12th) and Ben Jones (14th).
With 252 finishers, the team results on day were: 1st Coventry Godiva 92 pts, 2nd Loughborough Students 102, 3rd Birmingham University 191, 10th Kenilworth Runners 401, 12th Rugby & Northampton 493.
Overall Godiva on 387 pts have closed the gap on Birmingham University (366pts) in the team standings. However, they may have left themselves too much to do to catch current leaders Loughborough Students who are on 265 pts. Kenilworth Runners and Rugby & Northampton consolidated their team position and look secure for another season of premier division cross country competition. The final race in the series will be held at Perry Park, Birmingham in February.
Wyken Croft, Coventry
Sphinx AC played host and were rewarded for an excellent fixture with solid performances from Coventry & Warwickshire clubs.
Andrew Savery from Leamington C & AC was the leading local runner finishing 4th in a field of 203.
Severn AC dominated the team competition scoring 88 pts but in close order came the teams from University of Warwick AC 2nd (142 pts), Knowle & Dorridge finishing a impressive 4th (244), Leamington 9th (331), Sphinx AC 10th (339) and Stratford upon Avon AC 11th (387). The teams meet again in Cheltenham for round three of the competition with University of Warwick looking set for a quick return to division 1 competition and other Coventry & Warwickshire clubs appearing to be secure in this league.
Droitwich Spa High School
Perhaps the most keenly contested local competition as local club rivals Massey Fergurson RC, Northbrook AC and Nuneaton Harriers called on all of their resources to produce a close race.
Individually the race of 194 finishers was dominated by the Solihull & Small Heath pairing of Dan Reberio and Dan Strang but with the team competition based on each club's six best runners, Massey Fergurson RC came out on top with 133 pts. Close behind came Northbrook AC 2nd on 166 pts and Nuneaton Harriers 3rd with 258 pts. Solihull & Small Heath AC finished 10th and Coventry Triathletes made their team debut in 17th.
The final division 3 fixture takes place on Saturday 09 February and fittingly the race will be held on local territory at Coundon Hall Park and with all three local clubs filling the three promotion slots, competition will be fierce for the top team status. At the end of the three races the cumulative team scores are 1st Nuneaton 455, 2nd Massey Fergurson RC 498, 3rd Northbrook AC 543