Ok. I would have been going either A38 or M42 and then M40 (it is M40 J12). Tamworth services (M42) Dean? Draxx/Elvira, it is a bit outta your way, I would do M6 south and then meet us near coventry but it is your decision.
Of course it all depends on whether I go out with work for beer and curry saturday night
I don' think the "southern boys" will have gone home by lunchtime. The Men (and women) down south have much more staying power; and don't need loads of beauty sleep. (Okay some might need a bit, but on the whole............)