Firstly, for anyone who doesn’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself, I am James May (not that one) and I am pleased to say the new STAC Men’s captain – following on from Paul Ebrey who I’d take the opportunity to say did a fantastic job and has left a big set of boots to fill.
I’m sure it hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that the PECO cross country series is almost upon us, and especially exciting is that we are hosting the first race, thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts in securing the venue.
For those who are new to the club, please take the time to visit the PECO XC website and read a little about the series;
They are fantastic events, very cheap, a great opportunity to socialise afterwards and a real team event.
Scoring is simple; for a race your team score is the sum of the positions for your first eight finishers, so the lowest score is the winning team. It might seem therefore that it’s all about the eight fastest from the club who turn out on the day, but this is simply not the case; the clubs remaining runners have the opportunity to place above scoring runners from other clubs, pushing them further back in the placings and increasing their overall score.
For the old hands, this year the league structure has altered a little with three divisions for senior men while vets remain as a two league structure.
Last year we did well, our main team finished in the middle of the premier division and the vets finished an impressive third in their premier division. We were hampered though by injuries and marathon training in the later races; this year though we’ve grown, have some fantastic strong runners across all age ranges and I am hopeful that we can improve on our performance.
In fact, I seriously hope this year we have a real crack at the Colin Morath Trophy for the most improvement over the season.
Above all though my aim is to consistently field strong numbers throughout the season and I’d strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t previously ran in this series to give it a try.
I’m collating names now to allocate numbers, so please respond asap to confirm if you would like a number, whether you intend running one or all races you need your own number which you will keep throughout the season. I will be at the club this coming Tuesday and hope to start handing numbers out then.
I have sent this email to all men, including social members as I believe these events are of a social interest – if however you’d prefer not to receive future emails please let me know.