The aim of the club is to promote and organise 'fell' races in and around the West Midlands.

The Mynd Mac - one off race on 1st April. From Carding Mill Valley - VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSE - MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

A REMINDER - The " Mynd Mac " will take place on this SUNDAY 1st APRIL. 10.00 am.  This race will be in aid of MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT.  Come along and support this worthwhile cause.  There is ENTRY ON THE DAY and costs £5 or donation.  It is a 7.25k route with 414.5m ascent centred around Cardingmill Valley.  Registration in Cardingmill Valley in the NT Education Rooms by the Pavilion.  Further details from Michael Burton 07802 566405

Coaching Courses

I now have the dates etc. for the next batch of leader and coaching courses - these are also on the FRA website.
There are two courses offered at present. The LiRF (Leader in Running Fitness) is the equivalent of the old level one course and covers organising running groups, covering things like warm-ups, training sessions, safety, etc. at a fairly basic level. It is specifically tailored to Fell and Mountain Runningand is an official UKA qualification. This course lasts a day and will be run three times in 2012:

Lad's Leap - Simon Bailey wins First English Champs Race!

Mercia Fell Runners has kicked off the championships season with a bang at Lad's Leap. The course is a hard but classic fell race, with a steep initial climb followed by a singletrack trod over some very peaty muddy ground and a short steep descent to run under the Lad's Leap crags to a second much more runnable ascent, more peaty single track and a flying last mile down rough fellside. Although advertised as a short race, we got good value, with most folk's GPSs reading 6.1 or 6.2 miles!

Results for the Newsletter

Just received a note from Rob Court:

"I have taken on collating race results for the Club Newsletter. I will be doing my best to collate any races that Mercia runners compete in but I may miss the odd one. If you are doing a race which is a bit further afield and low key it would be great if you could let me know. Either mention it on a Tuesday night or drop me an email:
I look forward to collating your results!
Rob Court"

Cardingmill Canter Race Report

Anna Bartlett on her way to a ladies record - Cardingmill Canter 2012

I woke up on Saturday morning to see the valley clouded in mist and drizzle. Oh dear! It was lovely yesterday. Not to worry, as the morning fully unfolded it cleared and we had mostly clear blue skies for the race, gee that's better. After the race it clouded over again and started raining. Someone was looking after us that day!
115 runners set off and 115 safely returned. Leading the way in was Steve Cale, and the first lady home was Anna Bartlett, newly of Mercia, and setting a new ladies record! (47:19).

Cardingmill Canter Results

Results from todays race are now available on the results page
Photo's from the race will be available shortly on Alistaires website

Announcing the Mercia Ladies Challenge (20in12) - Sunday 24th June

Ladies (and Gentlemen)!

With the Olympics looming, I thought we could have some fun and games with our own little event....

So I’m announcing the "Mercia Ladies 20 in 12 Challenge" to be held on Sunday 24th June 2012.

Jim and myself have come up with an idea that should provide us with plenty of hill training, a nice bit of team building and a social to follow ;-)

The plan is to do 20 thousand feet of ascent in 12 hours as a relay. We have chosen the lovely Callow Race route (!) which will

South Shropshire Circular

Lead group (including several Mercians) on the traverse to SC3

Well, it's been and gone, and Mercia runners had a great day at the South Shropshire Circular again this year. The 25 mile / 3,600' course started from Cleobury North and took in a lovely traverse around the north end of Brown Clee and then up to the summit, then a further traverse under Abdon Burf down to the main road. Crossing this, we headed up Titterstone Clee (there was a faster going around the hill option, but no-one from Mercia did that, did they?).

The Mynd Mac - one off race on 1st April. From Carding Mill Valley

This race is being held in aid of McMillan Cancer Support.  It is a short race (4.5m) with 1360 feet of ascent. Held in accordance with FRA Rules. Kit requirements. Toilets. Pins. Prize List dependent upon entry numbers. For full details go to

Jessica May Werrett has arrived!

Another new Member!    Congratulations.   We are pleased to tell you that Tim and Sue Werrett's baby has arrived safe and sound.  Jessca May was born at 11.56 am yesterday and Mum, Dad, sister Kate and Baby are doing fine!!

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