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

Cardingmill Canter 2008

CARDINGMILL CANTER  -  1ST MARCH 2008
MARSHALLS REQUIRED  - if you are at a loose end on Saturday, and don't fancy a trip to the Garden Centre or Supermarket, come and give us an hour of your time, we would like 3 or 4 marshalls to come and help at the above race - please be at the Registration Point (Paviliion) in the Cardingmill Valey at 12.00.  Thanks ! 

Club Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening

1st March 2008 - 7.30
The Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening for Mercia Club Members is this year to be held at the Longville Arms near Church Stretton, and 50+ Mercians are expected to gather to enjoy good food, good wine and good company.  We are, as in the past, holding the Dinner after the Cardingmill Canter with many members "staying over" and making a  packed weekend.   Let's hope for good weather and a good turnout for the race.  Hope to see you there.

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CARDING MILL CANTER - Final race details

SATURDAY 1st MARCH
AS. 4m 1800’. (ish!) 1.00pm start.

Start and Parking. In the Carding Mill Valley N.T. car park £2 or free to N.T. members. Alternative parking in and around Church Stretton. (10 mins walk away) Please car share where possible.

Carding Mill Canter 2008

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The next Mercia Race will be the Carding Mill Canter on Saturday 1st of March, the Course starts and finishes in the Cardingmill Valley and follows a route devised some 10 years ago by local runner Gill Harris, although billed as a 4 mile race it's possibly closer to 5 and as the record time of 37minutes and 35seconds set by Tim Davies suggests it is a tough little race, the Course has been used as a English Championships race on one occasion although in that year we did have to lengthen it slightly as the National Trust was concerned about so many runners using the steeper descents, we have n

Shropshire Hill Winter Series 2007 - 2008 After 4 Races

The latest positions are now available for the Winter Series after 4 Races, Peter Ball and Anna Bartlett both from Shrewsbury AC lead the SM & SL respectiveley, with Roger Lamb & Julie Cowley from Mercia heading the Vet 40's but with 2more races, The Cardingmill Canter on March 1st & The Wrekin Fell Race on April 13th many places could still change, remember it the best 3 race to count, so far 419 different runners have competed in on of this seasons races, 66 have done two, 34 have done three and 13 have done all four.

Rick's Relays - Sunday 10th February

The inaugural run of RICK'S RELAYS took place in balmy sunshine, with eight teams lining up in Carding Mill Valley on the Sunday morning, being waived off in fine style by friends, family and a host of visitors to the popular National Trust Valley.

Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening - 1st March 2008

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Bookings are rolling in for the Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at the Longville Hotel, it is proving to be a very popular event. We do have an upper limit so if you want a seat, let me know by 16th February, send your menu choices and cheque to Pauline Richards, 23 St. Annes Road, Collegefields, Shrewsbury, SY6 6AU. or for any further information ring 01743 352387.

Shropshire Weekend Results and Photo's

Pete Vale, Tim Werrett and Ricky Graham

None of the forecasted snow arrived as predicted by weathermen and the organisers' fears of a small turnout disappeared and lots of fell runners turned up from far and wide, 70 braved the icy conditions for the 25th running of The Titterstone Clee Race on Saturday, with Simon Bailey leading a field that included 23 runners from Springfield Striders.

Midfield view of the Long Mynd Valleys race 2008

The backwards facing camera, I was caught on film taking this shot, I can be seen later in cycling hat!!!

­Some of you doing this race may have noticed a guy amongst you with a weird looking thing on his head - it was a rearward facing camera set to take a picture every 5 seconds (they don't call me 'gizmo' for nothing!). Of the 1,330 pictures it took before the batteries went flat, the bulk are no good because my head was jigging around too much for it to focus properly, but a few are good enough to show. Here they are:

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