Athletics
B&R perform well in the Cheltenham mud

By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 07 November 2012 Updated: 15/11 17:09

PITTVILLE Park in Cheltenham was the venue for the second meeting of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League on Saturday and the visiting athletes from the Bromsgrove & Redditch club proved undaunted by the tough challenge awaiting them.

The league operates as both a team and individual competition and B&R submitted a number of teams in the senior categories, but were also joined by two juniors running in the individual competitions.

It was a tough course as the previous night's rain had made the course incredibly slippy in places, fallen leaves hid tree trunks and the water level in the stream crossing was a lot higher than it usually is, not to mention cold!

First to compete was the club's youngest representative of the day, 12-year-old Livvy Worth, who ran in the U13 age category.

She completed her 2.5km race in 10.55, placing her fifth. The race was won by Rosanna Mutsaars from Bourton Road Runners in 10.29.

Next up to race was Orianna Ball who had to negotiate a 4.2km route. The race was won by Banbury Harrier Tory Mobley in 17.20, with Orianna taking sixth place with a time of 19.19.

In the women's race athletes took on a 6km course and first in for the club was Sally Hogan who finished third in her U20 age category and ninth overall in a time of 25.52.

Katy Anderson was next in 26.09, placing her seventh in her category and 13th overall. They were followed by Tamara Ball (tenth in category, 19th overall), Melanie Hepke (fifth in category, 39th overall), Charlotte Ball (second in category, 47th overall), Rebecca Selvey (12th in category, 61st overall), Jeanette Malin (fourth in category, 65th overall), Jayne Parsons (fifth in category, 72nd overall), Jane Anderson (ninth in category, 85th overall) and Karen Riley (18th in category, 86th overall).

In the team competition the A team finished in a brilliant third place, the B team were 13th and the C team were 24th out of 32 teams, whilst in the Masters competition the A team placed fourth and the B team were 11th.

In the men's competition the race distance rose to 9.1km and, with the course already run on by hundreds of competitors, it had become even more of a challenge.

The race was won by Bristol and West's Oliver Mott in 31.48. B&R's first athlete home was Simon Lanckham in 35.18, placing him 20th overall and 17th in category.

He was followed by Andrew Freeman (34th, 25th in category), Kevin Lanckham (37th, fourth in category), Gavin Moorhead (72nd, 35th in category), Darryll Thomas (92nd, 40th in category), Phil Richardson (118th, sixth in category), Peter Hawcroft (122nd, fourth in category), Phillip Anderson (147th, 16th in category) and Ian Nutter (155th, 18th in category).

This placed the men eighth in the team competition and 11th in the Masters competition out of 24 teams.

WHILE many of the B&R athletes took part in the Birmingham Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago, the club's president Roger Beacham, club member Lara Jackson and club guest Felin Lally all took part in the Stroud Half Marathon, which was held on the same day.

The event attracted around 2,000 runners - most of whom are club runners - making it a very competitive half marathon.

Jackson was first in for B&R in a time of 1h, 41 as she finished tenth in her over 40 age category, with Lally finishing in 1.43.

Finishing in a time of 2.02, Beacham took third place in his over 70 age category.

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