Men’s B’ham Div 1 XC: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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Let’s deal with the elephant in the room straight off. Yes. We may have let Greg Turner give us the postcode for the race in Habib’s car. And, again, Yes. Instead of the race venue we may have, for a short time, found ourselves parked not at a field full of runners. We may have in fact found ourselves parked outside the race directors lovely home around 2 miles away. In some ways, I suppose and on reflection it may be our own fault for letting Greg provide the postcode. As we know Greg.

Anyway. On to what was probably the strongest K&D Cross Country line up ever fielded. An array of talent on display the delivered with gusto. While other clubs may have one or two 14 or 15 minute 5k’ers, the strength of K&D between 16 and 20 minutes is absurd. K&D’s men sit a superb 11th after 3 rounds, well clear of relegation battles and looking up the table. We’ve never been so strong and so well placed in the hyper competitive Divsion 1.

Over a rolling course with sloppy mud and grinding long inclines Chris Sharp let a super-six. Chris finished 33rd overall. Backed up by Rob Michaelson-Yeats in 68th. With the Uni’s using this as BUCS trials and warm ups Uni student numbers were up. Gareth Wainwright still finished a super 74th. High numbers of teenagers wearing Alice bands (just don’t) didn’t stop Chris Morgan, happy as ever to be in shorts and a vest in January, finishing an excellent 86th. From here on in is where the teamwork counts. Gary Polhill was 91st and Steve Whatmore, on his debut, ran a super race to finish 127th.

Our B team backed up the A squad superbly as Torsten Roesler (147th), Tim Price (150th), Nick Woolley (151st), debutant Habib Farazmand (154th), Dave Carbutt (158th) and Richard Dixon (162nd) all packed superbly.

Rob Mundy (165th) again showed great form, meanwhile almost all our runners once again added points to the other team’s totals. K&D men are just one league match away from a record breaking season.

Full Results:
Chris Sharp – 33rd (34:31)
Rob Michaelson-Yeates – 68th (36:08)
Gareth Wainwright – 74th (36:32)
Chris Morgan – 86th (36:53)
Gary Polhill – 91st (37:14)
Steve Whatmore – 126th (38:55)
Torsten Roesler – 147th (39:42)
Tim Price – 150th (39:47)
Nick Woolley – 151st (39:51)
Habib Farazmand – 154th (40:00)
Dave Carbutt – 158th (40:15)
Richard Dixon – (40:25)
Rob Mundy – 165th (40:30)
Darren John – 180th (41:40)
Paul Baker – 191st (42:04)
Greg Turner – 199th (42:46)
Paul Bentley – 209th (43:44)
Andrew Connors – 222nd (45:32)
Phil Wood – 231st (46:27)
Ian Voaden – 238th (47:08)
Stephen Ray – 246th (49:23)