Black Pear Joggers competed in their second cross country fixture in the Gloucester league (Pittville Park – Cheltenham 03/11/2012).

This was the clubs second fixture in the cross country league, again the club gave a good showing against a field that was a lot stronger compared to the first fixture. The men’s team was able to field 9 runners in the senior event.

The men’s team came 9th overall out of 24 teams and the vets men’s team coming 13th out of 22 team. As a team we have beaten Droitwich AC (14th) and Malvern Joggers (21st) so local bragging rights go to Team BPJ.

Unfortunately we could only field 1 member in the ladies race (Lorraine Westcott) but I feel she will now spread the word to what a good team event the cross country league is. And I look forward to more ladies joining in. Remember only 3 ladies are required to make a team.

The course was a lot flatter than the first fixture over in the Cotswolds, but conditions under foot were very slippery owing to some very muddy sections on the course and not forgetting the water jump (stream) that had to be negotiated three times. But even though conditions were challenging again Black Pears rose to the challenge with some fine displays.

Darren Salisbury came 12th overall and 1st in his age category, followed by two very good debuts from Bart Thomas 22nd overall and Matt Fitzgerald 71st overall.

Results as follows:

Mens Senior / Vets

Pos  Bib   Name                             Club                          Category    Time

12  – 7     Darren SALISBURY        Black Pear Joggers  MV45/1      – 34:07:00

22  – 764 Bart THOMAS                 Black Pear Joggers  SM/19        – 35:26:00

71  – 765 Matthew FITZGERALD   Black Pear Joggers SM/34         – 38:52:00

83  –  83  Chris HARRIS                 Black Pear Joggers SM/38         – 39:29:00

101 – 767 Chris ATTWOOD           Black Pear Joggers SM/47         – 40:25:00

127 – 766 Mike LANE                     Black Pear Joggers SM/59         – 42:05:00

136 – 759 Nick TOY                        Black Pear Joggers MV40/20     – 42:36:00

177 – 218 David BESSANT            Black Pear Joggers MV45/23     – 45:45:00

189 – 763 Richard KEMP                Black Pear Joggers MV50/26    – 46:39:00

Ladies Senior/Vets

Pos  Bib   Name                             Club                          Category    Time

100 – 89   Lorraine WESTCOTT     Black Pear Joggers LV40/19     – 34:15:00

Next Race

The next fixture is on Saturday 8th December 2012 @ Tewkesbury School.

Ladies race is @ 13:40 and the Men’s race is @ 14:20.

We are also putting teams together for the Worcestershire County Cross Country Championships which will be held in Malvern this time on Saturday 5th January 2013 @ 14:15 for Ladies and 14:45 for the men’s.

Entry for the County Championships is £5 and all names have to be sent off by WEDNESDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2012. So I will need names and money a week prior to this date.

The men’s team consists of the first six to cross the line but we want as many people as we can get as most teams were putting out up to three teams.

The ladies team only require three ladies, so I’m sure we could easily put out three teams as we have some good quality ladies at our club.

If you require any further info then contact Chris Harris (Cross Country Organiser) via Facebook or e-mail [email protected].