Centurion Running Club

Centurion Running Club

Cross Country 2001/2002

12/01/02 Birmingham Cross Country League - Race 4, Great Malvern

23/021/02 National Championships, Bristol

26/01/02 Midland Championships, Newbold Comyn

12/01/02 Birmingham Cross Country League - Race 3, Princethorpe College

05/01/02 Warwickshire Champs, Newbold Comyn

01/12/01 Birmingham Cross Country League - Race 2, Coundon Park

03/11/01 Birmingham Cross Country League - Race 1, Senneleys Park

Saturday, March 16th - Birmingham Cross Country League

Division 3, Great Malvern

In the end, we needn't have worried at all about relegation - we found out (after all the worrying) that only two clubs were going to be be relegated after all. Add to that, Rugby and Northampton amalgamating, and why were we ever worried?

Several fine Centurion performances, particularly an excellent 7th place from Preston and a sparkling debut from Ian, saw us through to 9th on the day and 11th overall. In the end, a tough season ended with only an agonising 9 points separating us from tenth placed Royal Sutton.

And things are looking up. With sixteen Centurions turning out on the superb Malvern course, two of them making their League debuts, and - at last - the prospect of youngsters coming through, we'll be doing our level best to avoid another relegation battle next season.

Many thanks to our friends from Northbrook with whom we shared a coach and a few pints at the Nightingale on the way home. Looks like we'll be renewing our acquaintance later in the year.

Individual Results

Position

Name

Time

7 Preston Eckloff 36:27
17 Paul Bingham 37:15
36 Pete Taylor 38:47
50 Gary Turner 39:51
90 Robin Howes 42:33
93 Ian Satterthwaite 42:42
97 Tony Haden 42:58
98 Bob Eaton 43:00
99 Andy Matthews 43:06
101 Graham Robinson 43:21
107 Dave Emery 44:11
113 Olav Martin-Giles 44:27
114 Neil Prentice 44:34
142 Mick Hollis 49:20
143 Tony O'Connor 49:57
144 Butch Bradley 50:10

Team Results

Position

Team

Points

1 Wolverhampton & B 95
2 Worcester 111
3 Rugby 124
4 Dudley & S 206
5 Newcastle 215
6 Gloucester 266
7 Stourbridge 281
8 Northbrook 288
9 Centurion 293
10 Warwick U 298
11 Royal Sutton 344
12 Kenilworth 419
13 Sphinx 473

Final League Table

Position

Team

Points

1 Rugby 471
2 Worcester 567
3 Gloucester 735
4 Dudley & S 888
5 Wolverhampton & B 917
6 Northbrook 937
7 Warwick U 1112
8 Newcastle 1189
9 Kenilworth 1197
10 Royal Sutton 1255
11 Centurion 1264
12 Stourbridge 1417
13 Sphinx 1638

Saturday, February 23rd - National Championships

Bristol

Ladies

Position

Name

Time

230 Val Ackrill 38:06
266 Mary Williams 39:13
294 Sally Gisbourne 40:28

Men

Position

Name

Time

329 Preston Eckloff 47:10
650 Gary Turner 51:21
836 Robin Howes 54:21
858 Andy Matthews 54:43
1068 Eddie Cupitt 1:00:06

Saturday, January 26th - Midland Cross Country Championships

Newbold Comyn

Having watched the lads tear round Princethorpe 2 weeks earlier I thought this looks too much like fun not to have a go myself. So when Andy Matthews asked me if I was interested in having go I naively said yes to do the next event, i.e. the Midland XC at Leamington, Newbold Comyn.

It wasn't until the Thursday before the race that Bob Eaton (my coach) told me, under his breath, it was 12k and not 10K. He then shared the weather forecast with me suggesting it might be a bit windy. Little did I think I would need my swimming trunks as well.

I arrived with Bob just in time to watch the start of the senior women's race. I watched in horror at the state of them as they made their way round in mud half way up their shins. It was then that Bob kindly pointed out that the men's race was twice the distance and 3 times up 'the hill'.

What had I done !

I set off with only one objective: to get round. The first small loop was like running through treacle; little did I realize this was good ground compared to the rest of the course.

Having never ran a XC before I was at a loss tactically, should I take a wider line to get better ground or just plough another furrow through the mud. It wasn't until the start of the second full lap that I decided I would always take the shortest route possible. At certain points round the course this meant running through 18 inches of mud filled lakes !

As I got to the top of the climb along the river for the second time I was lapped by the leader, a Mr. R Birchall who even in these conditions came floating past. I was quickly overtaken by a further 3 of the leading runners before starting my final lap.

Having set out with just one objective, to get round, I knew I would make it once I reached the summit of 'the hill' for the the final time. From here it was just another 15 minutes of mud wrestling to the finish line.

I crossed the line with a real sense of achievement; I was elated with the whole experience. I started jogging 7 months ago simply to improve my squash game it has subsequently turned into a real fun adventure which I hope to continue and improve upon for many more years to come.

Neil Prentice

Individual Centurion Results

Position

Name

Time

67 Preston 49:49
98 Paul B 51:51
157 Gary 54:24
256 Tom 58:49
257 Andy M 58:49
266 Bob 59:13
344 Neil 63:59
381 Eddie 68:55

Centurion finished 17th men's team.

Saturday, January 12th - Birmingham Cross Country League

Division 3, Princethorpe College

A weakened Centurion's men team produced some fine individual performances but failed to prevent the team dropping into the bottom three.

On a dry but chilly afternoon, first Centurions home were once again Preston, Pete and Paul - all of them improving on their positions from race 2. Then came a small posse of Centurions as Robin, Graham and Dave fought out a tremendous club battle over the last lap, Dave improving by 40 places over his Coundon Park performance and Graham improving by no less than 42 places! Great performances also from Andy M, Bob, Tom and Kevin and a particular mention must be made of young Adam, competing as a junior in his first ever cross country league race for Centurions - a star for the future.

In the end, though, it was all just too much for us as Wolves produced by far their best result of the season to leapfrog us in decisive fashion and leave us occupying the third relegation place. The last race of the season at Malvern will now require a great escape of Colditz proportions if we are not to drop down a division. Finally, many thanks to Rugby for putting on a true cross country race over yet another variation of this fine course.

Individual Results

Position

Name

Time

13 Preston 38:06
18 Paul B 38:33
40 Pete 39:59
83 Robin 42:53
85 Graham 43:09
86 Dave 43:13
90 Andy M 43:31
101 Bob 44:21
115 Tom 45:16
117 Kevin 45:19
137 Adam 47:23

Team Results

Position

Team

Points

1 Worcester 133
2 Rugby 145
3 Wolverhampton & B 148
4 Gloucester 163
5 Kenilworth 167
6 Dudley & S 200
7 Northbrook 274
8 Warwick U 282
9 Royal Sutton 283
10 Stourbridge 291
11 Centurion 325
12 Newcastle 432
13 Sphinx 456

League Table (After 3 Races)

Position

Team

Points

1 Rugby 347
2 Worcester 456
3 Gloucester 469
4 Northbrook 649
5 Dudley & S 682
6 Kenilworth 778
7 Warwick U 814
8 Wolverhampton & B 822
9 Royal Sutton 911
10 Centurion 971
11 Newcastle 974
12 Stourbridge 1136
13 Sphinx 1165

Saturday, January 5th - Warwickshire Championships

Newbold Comyn

Ladies

The story of the race in photographs.

Position

Name

Time

5 Kim Elliott 28:46
31 Mary Williams 35:38
39 Steph Smart 37:08
41 Sally Gisbourne 37:37

Men

Position

Name

Time

34 Preston Eckloff 40:16
40 Gary Turner 40:40
78 Andy Matthews 44:27
96 Kevin Southgate 46:54

Saturday, December 1st - Birmingham Cross Country League

Division 3, Coundon Park

Individual Results

Position

Name

Time

19 Preston 38:33
23 Paul B 38:46
41 Gary 40:09
54 Pete 40:44
84 Robin 42:31
89 Tony H 43:04
98 Trevor 43:36
105 Bob 43:54
111 Paul D 44:11
113 Andy M 44:13
126 Dave 44:55
127 Graham 45:21
154 Clive 47:51
165 Tony O 49:43

Team Results

Position

Team

Points

1 Rugby 100
2 Gloucester 144
3 Worcester 182
4 Northbrook 188
5 Warwick U 223
6 Dudley & S 256
7 Wolverhampton & B 259
8 Centurion 312
9 Newcastle 317
10 Royal Sutton 351
11 Sphinx 362
12 Kenilworth 374
13 Stourbridge 444

League Table (After 2 Races)

Position

Team

Points

1 Rugby 202
2 Gloucester 306
3 Worcester 323
4 Northbrook 375
5 Dudley & S 482
6 Warwick U 532
7 Newcastle 543
8 Kenilworth 613
9 Royal Sutton 618
10 Centurion 648
11 Wolverhampton & B 675
12 Sphinx 712
13 Stourbridge 849

Saturday, November 3rd - Birmingham Cross Country League

Division 3, Senneleys Park

Individual Results

Position

Name

Time

22 (225) Paul Bingham 41:03
35 (287) Preston Eckloff 42:10
47 (319) Pete Taylor 42:40
56 (342) Gary Turner 43:13
79 (413) Tony Haden 44:49
97 (465) Bob Eaton 46:05
112 (512) Graham Robinson 47:02
117 (520) Dave Emery 47:09
120 (529) Andy Matthews 47:22
135 (597) Kevin Southgate 49:10
151 (655) Eddie Culpitt 51:40

Team Results

Position

Team

Points

1 Rugby 102
2 Worcester 141
3 Gloucester 160
4 Northbrook 187
5 Newcastle 226
6 Dudley & S 226
7 Kenilworth 239
8 Royal Sutton 267
9 Warwick U 309
10 Centurion 336
11 Sphinx 350
12 Stourbridge 405
13 Wolverhampton & B 416