Alex Brecker was in commanding form at the first race in the North Staffs Cross Country League winning the senior men’s race last Saturday (29 September) at Winsford.
This win makes it four in a row for the City of Stoke AC athlete who was victorious in 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2018. He finished in 25:36 – his fastest time to date in the race and almost a minute and half in front of teammate David Sheldon who was second in 27:04. James Fradley of Newcastle AC closely followed him to take third in 27:08.
City of Stoke AC took five of the top 10 places in the senior men’s race to secure them overall victory in this division. They also won the U13 Girls, U15 Girls and U13 Boys divisions.
Newcastle AC dominated the senior women’s race, taking 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 9th places. This display resulted in them winning the senior women’s division.
Winsford is the first in a series of four races organised by the North Staffs Cross Country League (NSCCL). The other three are at Stafford Common, Park Hall and Rodbaston Campus and are open to club runners from Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, West Midlands and North Wales. Trophies and medals are presented after the final race of the series.
Alex Brecker has been in action elsewhere this year including an appearance at the Muller British Athletics Championships (30 June to 1 July) where he came 9th in the 1500m. He also took part in the Midland Counties 6-Stage Road Relays (22 September), winning his 5.88K race in 18:13. His win at Winsford XC adds a final flourish to an outstanding season.