05/03/2023 - The XC battle at Bosworth.

Race results

As one door closes, another one opens, and as we wave goodbye to the Derby Runner XC league, the Burton Summer League is right around the bend. The opening fixture of Run in the Forest hosted by South Derbyshire on the Conkers trails may have patches that resurrect lasting memories of our muddy courses, thanks to the recent rain, but we hope that won’t deter any of you from filling the race with our trademark blue.

So back to XC, the closing race of the season where our superb guys and girls battled for positions in the overall team rankings, and didn’t they do well. After five races, our mixed team placed in a mighty silver medal position in the most competitive division, 37 points overall beating West End to second by just one point.

The ladies team also graced the podium, again in division one, a bronze placing for them, tying with Poplar on total points but nudging ahead on the total position count. The men, also in the top division, settled for five place, only three points off Hinckley and West End, the former taking bronze on total position count.

And what can we say for our individual superstars; Mark Parker made seventh position in a fierce senior mens competition, Paul Woods and Paul Codd both ranked top 10 (4th and 8th respectively) in their category, Ramzi Sidani a superb third with Karl Wideman fifth in theirs, Emily Wideman a fabulous 4th with all top 20 finishes, and our final mention deserves the biggest cheer as Jill Singleton was top of the pops leading the way in her category by more than 40 points.

We also had runners complete all five races of the season, the hall of fame for 100% goes to Patrick Horn, Rich Hope, Paul Codd, Karl Wideman, Paul Averillo, Mark Bradford, Martin Yeomans, Roger Western, Lindsay Tilbury and Emily Wideman.

Not mentioned yet, but giving their best at the boggy Bosworth course which always provides the best entertainment, a big round of applause to Dan Bladon, Richard Martin, Andrew Stanley, Mark Hoult, Colin Hope, Kev Laz, Adrian Fowler, Amelia Monaghan, Tom Ball, Cath Watkins, Mindy Ashton, Phil Cooling, Carolyn Osborne, Lucy Allsop, Jenny Hope, Keith Baron, Lily Smith, Sonia Hoult & Grania Towle.

Written by Emily Partridge - last updated on 02/04/2023