Race Reports January to March 2013

 

 

 

 

SOUTH CHESHIRE 10K

 



Easter Sunday 31st March 2013 saw the South Cheshire Harriers’ popular 10K race take place on a course that is reckoned to be the fastest for a road race in Cheshire. With minimal elevation, the majority of the route follows wide pathways making it safe for experienced and inexperienced runners alike and the event finished on the Crewe Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Representing Stafford Harriers, Matt Woodman took 8th place overall in a time of 0:35:00 and Alan Griffin finished a creditable 77th in 0:41:16 while Darren Taylor completed the course in 1:03:40. The event was won by Staffs Moorlands AC’s Ryan Holroyd in a time of 0:31:44 while first lady was Mandy Vernon of Trentham Running Club - 0:36:40

 

 


IRONBRIDGE HALF MARATHON

31/3/13

 



 

After heavy snowfall had forced a postponement from the original date a week earlier, the rearranged 24th Ironbridge Half Marathon finally took place on Easter Sunday. Unsurprisingly, there was a much reduced field from last year with only 280 runners – about half of the 2012 turn out.

The race starts in Telford Town Park, just down from the Ice Rink and heads through some park footpaths before hitting a disused railway line which takes you through Blists Hill.

Having crossed the River Severn at Coalport (5 miles), runners double back up on the other side of the river where the tracks became a little muddy in places.

At 7 miles you get your first sight of the world famous bridge, with the route taking runners underneath the bridge for a mile loop before you eventually get to cross back over the river. Naturally this is where the biggest crowds gather to encourage runners.

Up to now, the course has been relatively flat, if not a little down hill, but a few hundred yards after crossing Ironbridge lies the killer hill up into Coalbrookdale.

This climb is just short of half a mile long and competes with Milton Bank (Potter’s), Buttermilk Hill (Uttoxeter) and the climb out of Dovedale (Ashbourne) for difficulty.

The route continued along a combination of tracks and a short section across a particularly muddy field before eventually returning to the disused railway line and back into Telford Town Park for the finish.

My run went ok, finishing 102nd. I was a little disappointed in my (chipped) time of 1h 45m 23s - a couple of minutes outside of last year – but the old hamstrings began playing up at 3 miles so I was pleased to get through without serious injury.

The race was won by Tom Bailey of Notts AC in 1h 16m 8s in what must have been an exciting finish as he pipped Telford’s Paul Ward by just one second. Winner of the ladies race was Anna Bartlett (unatt) in 1h 27m 26s.

This was my third running of Ironbridge and one thing that has struck me is the lack of Harriers competing in this local race. I think I was the only one involved on Sunday although a couple of others had entered for the original (you can defer your entry to next year if you let them know before 5 April).

Chris Elsley



LISBON HALF MARATHON 2013

24/3/13

 

 

 

After all the talk of threatened strikes by Portuguese Airlines, Harriers International finally made it to Lisbon.  Four Harriers had already spent three days there on a scouting mission to find the best places to visit (bars).  This, by looking at the state of them, they had done very successfully.  The new arrivals soon fitted into the fold well and set off to final registration.  The registration area gave us the first view of the iconic bridge that we would be crossing in two days time.

After registration it was felt we needed to start the pre-race hydration, this continued for most of the weekend (as many of you have seen from the photos flying around the social network world).  The talk in the bars was of a potential PB course with it being flat and the forecast was looking favourable for this as well.  As a veteran of the International tours I knew this may have been pre-race bravado.  A few of us felt the need to keep hydrating long into the night, (Saturday morning actually).  It was at this point I could see the confidence and colour draining away as the reality that drinking, late nights and running really don’t mix, dawned on my fellow runners.  So we did what needed to be done, drink.  I am actually shocked and a little saddened to report that we all had early nights in preparation for the morning’s half marathon.

Sunday morning soon came around and Chris Ross took control and guided us all onto the metro and train to get us to the start line (I won’t mention that we nearly got off at the wrong stop).  On arrival at the station nearest the start line, we suddenly realised how big this event was.  With so many runners, the scrap to the toilets started.  Not known for their shyness a few Harrier ladies decided to use the gents with a gallant male Harrier as door monitor.  The wander up to the start line was an amazing experience.  We made it to the start line and the first site of the bridge.  Then the race begins.

The start was a free for all, no timing zones, so walkers were mixing with runners which caused a massive bottle neck and a very slow start.  So it was at this point that you really had chance to take in your surroundings and the breath taking view from the bridge. This slow pace continued for most of the race, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.  It was a very flat course with quite a few twists and turns, but that gave the chance to watch the African race leader sprinting down the road in the opposite direction to where I was going, what a sight.  What was great about the course was the chance to see fellow Harriers going the other way and give them a shout.  Yet again, it doesn’t matter where you go the travelling support was amazing.  Everywhere on the course there seemed to be a friendly face, thank you for the support again.

The finish to the race was a two mile stretch that seemed to go on forever, but the finishing memento was probably the most welcome one I’ve ever had, a Magnum Ice Cream (Ken Rushton take note).  As suspected my time was slow but was comforted to see that most of my fellow Harriers had the same problems and just decided to try and enjoy the race atmosphere.    It’s probably not the best race I’ve run but for atmosphere its right near the top.

As is customary we decided the best way to discuss the day’s race we needed to find a bar.  Traditionally after the race all of the group go and eat together then go onto a few bars.  It was probably one of my highlights of the weekend.  The newcomers mixing with the older Harriers, it was lovely to see.  So the rehydrating continued, with lots of funny sun glasses being purchased and lots of incriminating photo evidence being produced, (may I add, not just the youngsters). I think there may have been a few tired wobbly legs this night, so tiring that one decided to have a little nap.

The next day a dozen were booked on a city bike tour, sadly two never made it (Wright and Caley).  This tour gave, if we could award it already, a champagne moment.  Whilst the tour leader was giving a talk about a historic square we were in, I glanced to my right to see a Harrier falling over his bike and getting tangled up in it.  It has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen, which Jane, Jill and Steph will all agree on, watching me cry with laughter.  Further on in the tour it was pointed out to me that the guilty faller needed ET putting in his basket to complete the look.  Towards the end of the bike tour the wind had really whipped up and we were told not to stand the bikes on their stands or they will fall over, so we laid our bikes down, or did we.  CLATTER, one person hadn’t listened and the wind knocked the bike over.  Yes you’ve guessed it, it was our faller again. Brilliant.

All I can say about this tour and the previous one, if you are ever in doubt just how good our club is, please attend one of the Harrier International trips, friends for life. Please try and go, you won’t regret it.

A massive thank you to Pete Burns for his patience and the girls at Regent Travel for their persistence in making this tour happen.

 

Craig Baxter. 

 

 

 

Following their efforts in the Stafford Half Marathon, 17 Stafford Harriers and accompanying supporters escaped Britain’s wintry shores to take part in the Lisbon Half Marathon on Sunday. While local races were cancelled due to the arctic conditions, these Harriers basked in sunshine before heading to what one competitor labelled ‘a bonkers start’ with almost 37,000 half marathon and mini-marathon contenders crossing the magnificent Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge and taking in tremendous views all round the course.

 

The race was won by Kenyan Runner Bernard Koech in a time of 0:59:54, and winner of the ladies’ event was Edna Kiplagat who came in a time of 1:08:46. In this truly International field, Paul Bosson led the male Harriers’ challenge with a time of 1:29:15 and first lady was Steph Clayton in 1:44:24. Steph commented later about the race - “Too hot and too many people for pb's but what a gorgeous view the whole race”.

 

Other times achieved were:

Mark Orchard 1:36:41

Chris Ross 1:37:02

Joe Atherton 1:44:10

Richard Caley 1:44:35

Mark Bentley 1:50:47

Jill Ross 1:55:29

Craig Baxter 1:55:43

Graham Williams 1:56:42

Jane Bisiker 1:57:55

Angela Brookes 2:00:34

Mark Oliver 2:01:23

Brian Langston 2:03:24

Michael Jones 2:10:02

Tony Baker 2:15:10

Holly Wright 2:27:04

Mark looking pleased with his run.

Who ran in the 10K for the Harriers?

Was it chef Richard Corrigan or Richard Bisiker?

STAFFORD HALF MARATHON

17/3/13

 

After all the predictions of rain, snow and a palgue of frogs the weather was perfect for this years running of the Stafford Half Marathon. Chris Hollinshead was first Harrier home in 7th place in 1.15.45 and this gave him the 1st old bloke, sorry 1st V45 prize. First Harrier lady was Sally Gray in 1.27.29 which won her the 1st L35 prize. Also in the prizes was Paul Doulglas 1st V60 in 1.28.00.

 

So far we have found 107 Harriers who ran and we have found 24 pb's. Please let us know if you are missing from the results or your pb isn't there.

Here are the Harriers times :-  





7

Chris Hollinshead

1.15.45

1st M45

12

Tom Sandy

1.18.09

 pb

21

Steve Vaughan

1.19.39

 

33

Matt Woodman

1.21.09

 

40

Phil Hilsdon

1.21.39

 

61

Nathan Sabin

1.23.35

 

105

Paul Bosson

1.27.08

 

107

Mark Bridgwood

1.27.13

 pb

116

Sally Gray

1.27.29

1st L35

118

Paul Douglas

1.28.00

1st M60

135

Kevin Darby

1.28.50

 

136

Ian Hodkinson

1.28.51

pb

137

Richard Caley

1.28.57

pb

158

Chris Owen

1.30.17

 pb

161

Alan Cook

1.30.20

pb

170

John Gumersall

1.30.45

 

176

Alan Griffin

1.30.58

 pb

194

Roy Draper

1.31.31

 

200

Neil Martin

1.31.47

 pb

245

John Peach

1.33.15

 

270

Paul Higginson

1.34.04

pb

299

Laura Sandy

1.34.55

 

304

Adam Morris

1.35.03

 

349

Michelle Rushton-Fox

1.36.32

 pb

374

Mark White

1.37.19

 

375

Mark Bentley

1.37.21

 

378

Steph Clayton

1.37.25

 pb

415

Chris Skellern

1.38.05

 

417

Joe Atherton

1.38.05

 

529

Chris Elsley

1.40.58

pb

547

Rob Proctor

1.41.15

 

555

John Burdett

1.41.34

 

571

Eddie Smith

1.41.58

 

616

Chris Pearce

1.42.57

 

697

Tom Exton

1.44.57

 

731

Tim Hough

1.45.49

 

689

John Richardson

1.44.43

 

741

Emma Waldron

1.45.56

 

755

Mark Oliver

1.46.12

pb

767

Bernard Wilkes

1.46.26

 

855

Craig Baxter

1.48.31

 

902

Tracy Ridings

1.49.38

 

914

Shelley Burns

1.49.53

pb

990

Angela Brookes

1.51.56

 pb

1037

Gill Hodkinson

1.53.04

 pb

1043

Graham Williams

1.53.06

 

1046

Leon Stringer

1.53.09

 

1071

Esther Batho

1.53.45

 

1107

Ralph Wedlock

1.54.38

 

1119

Karen Murray

1.54.57

 pb

1153

Caroline Edwards

1.55.38

 

1185

Liz Cook

1.56.30

 

1198

Shaun Holt

1.56.43

 pb

1218

Rachel Davies

1.57.11

 

1256

Jo Oliver

1.58.09

pb

1263

Marie Claire D’Arcy-Barron

1.58.22

 

1307

Keely Gilhooly

1.59.33

 

1309

Denise Hart

1.59.34

 

1312

Helen Morris

1.59.35

 

1313

Amy Wilshaw

1.59.36

 

1334

Tina Darby

1.59.58

 

1374

Katrina Jones

2.00.58

 

1421

Sally Liggins

2.02.08

 pb

1431

Bill Whitworth

2.02.36

 

1480

Steve Turner

2.03.46

 

1484

Julie Noakes

2.03.54

 

1498

Mike Jones

2.04.16

 

1539

Julie Gumersall

2.05.52

 

1554

Fay Ridgewell

2.06.11

pb

1572

Helen Walker

2.06.40

 

1594

Ian Coghalan

2.07.26

 

1633

Darren Mattocks

2.09.04

 

1634

Dominic Mattocks

2.09.04

 

1638

Anne Mellor

2.09.06

 

1646

Wendy Sears

2.09.31

 

1696

Anne Coghlan

2.11.20

 

1735 Sally Dean 2.12.22  

1741

Allison Kelly

2.13.21

pb

1750

Jacko Greatholder

2.14.01

 

1760

Emma Withington

2.14.23

pb

1766

Julie Mogey

2.14.49

 

1767

Rachel Pine

2.14.49

 

1773

Holly Wright

2.15.20

 

1777

John Hateley

2.15.45

 

1816

Rachel Marsden

2.18.21

pb

1840

George Singh

2.20.00

 

1846

Kara Bateman

2.20.18

 

1869

Becki Hollins

2.20.52

 

1899

Charlotte Ward

2.24.45

 

1918

Helen Down

2.25.40

 

1929

Sally Burns

2.26.54

 

1939

Val Stuart

2.27.41

pb

1940

Louise Morgan

2.27.51

 

1941

Lindsay Ashforth

2.27.53

 

1942

Elizabeth Pearson

2.27.53

 

1948

Ruth Edwards

2.28.19

 

1972

Claire Preece

2.33.03

 

1973

Carly Smith

2.33.29

 

1977

Steve Cartwright

2.33.39

 

1982

James Thorpe

2.34.07

 

1992

David Kumar

2.35.10

 

1997

Frank Evans

2.36.03

 

2013

Julie Birtles

2.38.10

 

2015

Carly Bryan

2.38.44

 

2016

Tracy Burrows

2.38.53

 

2040

Suzanne Lucas

2.46.08

 

Captions please.

Craig -"You too can have a body like this"

Richard - "If your not careful"

Cheadle 5

3rd March 2013

 

Report by Caroline Nichol


I was the only Harrier to venture off to the Cheadle 5 this year. Cheadle 5 is a small (178 finishers this year) friendly 5 mile race run through the small town of Cheadle and over undulating quiet country roads. It has been 3 years since I last ran this race and I had forgotten how hilly it was. It's a great little challenging race which I enjoyed just as much as I did the first time. I finished in a time of 40.09 and feel like, at last, I am making progress.

 

I would like to have a little rant however...on the pre-race info it said no MP3 players. There were quite a few people using MP3 players and I can't tell you how annoying it was. I could hear their music and one woman was even singing along to hers. It was very distracting! So to all you MP3 users, please first of all obey the race rules and if you want to break those rules please do it quietly and NO SINGING! Rant over!



Cloud Nine
3/3/13
Report by Liz

The start to this years Cloud Nine race was delayed by 15 minutes making it a late start of 11.15 but waiting at the start was made easier by us all basking in the glorious sunshine. I have never done this race before (much to Anne Jones and Bryan Dales amusement pre race, seems my legendary hatred of mud and hills stretches beyond the Harriers!) and I had received many differing pieces of advice on how to run it, or rephrased, get through it.
So we were off and sorry Mick, I didn't heed your advice to go off hard in the first mile, self preservation kind of kicked in. I found the first 2 miles the hardest, a huge amount of stopping and starting and enforced walking as the pathways narrow with gates and fences to negotiate. A long gradual uphill through slippy fields and all I kept thinking, with dread, was that I shouldn't be this tired yet, I haven't even hit the climb to 'The Cloud'!
And what a climb! However, I had worked myself up for it that much that I actually didn't find it that bad. Again there are narrow pathways where you can only go as fast as the runner in front and if they are walking, so are you. Lots of boulders and uneven terrain to negotiate whilst experiencing burning lungs and shredded calf muscles. The views from the top are truly awesome and as it was a perfect day you really could see for miles. There was great support at the summit (yes I am likening it to a mountain) and then the fun of the downhill begins. Only way is to just go for it and I did overtake lots of more cautious runners here, but I am a mountain goat and I do not fear the steep descent or the tree roots, rocks and obstacles in my way.
The uphills haven't quite finished when you think they have and a particularly unpleasant sandy hill took me by surprise. Then it is country lanes, trail paths and fields more or less downhill all the way home. Back onto the track you started on was a welcome sight as I recognised and knew my end was in sight. But no, we get taken off the track for more country lanes and to turn a corner in the last 400 metres to be greeted by an absolute monster of a concrete hill! Oh how cruel!
Home made soup and a roll, gingerbread men (how many did you have again Chris??) and unlimited drinks all complimentary for the runners.
This was a fantastic race which I am so glad I decided to do. The scenery is stunning, its a varied course through woodland, farmland and along trail tracks, there were so many marshalls all the way around who were brilliant and all vocal and encouraging, and its a great feeling of satisfaction at the end. Well done to all the other Harriers who all seemed to have enjoyed themselves once the altitude sickness had worn off.
 
Winner - Simon Bailey - Mercia fell Runners 54.54
1st lady - Kerry Marchant - SMAC 1.06.50
 
Harriers times
Alan Griffin 1.14.18
Dave Payling 1.15.25
Adam Morris 1.15.42
Michelle Rushton-Fox 1.18.32
Mark White 1.21.05
Joe Atherton 1.22.20
Eddie Smith 1.22.49
Chris Skellern 1.23.30
Liz Stanyer 1.31.18
Steve Turner 1.32.52
Michael Jones 1.45.48
Michael Moore 2.03.51



 

 

 

photo by Mark Sherman

NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sunderland 23/2/13

 

We only had two Harriers taking part up in Sunderland for the English Championships,  and that was Ian Hodkinson and his son Jack. The photo above is of the start of the mens race. Anyone spot Ian? With heavy snow up to an hour or so before the start the conditions were not unlike those we had at Stafford Common for the Midland Championships, but with nearly three times the numbers, it made for tough conditions.

 

Jack was first up in the under 15 boys and he had a great run in the conditions to finish 193rd in 19:38. The Ian was part of the 1085 men who ran the final race of the day. Ian covered the 12K course in 64:33 to finish a very muddy 858th. The race was won by the defending champion Keith Gerrard in 41:21 after a epic battle with Steve Vernon who had led up until the last 250 meters.

 

On the Park and Ride on the way to the course Jack said he had sat close to the defending champion Gemma Steel who had her trophy with her. Unfortunately for Gemma she was unable to defend the title with Louise Damen winning by exactly one minute from Sonia Samuels with Gemma third.

 

A very interesting fact popped up in the results of the ladies race. Lily Partridge (9th) was 2 places in front of Emily Pidgeon (11th) who was followed in by Claire Duck (12th). Not far behind was Clare Martin and a bit further back was Jo Finch. Not sure if they all ran so well because there was an Aiveen Fox in the field.

 

For spectators there were some other top races to enjoy with many Internationals running. Among those spectators were Brendon Foster and Steve Cram.

 

To see a brief report on the event from Sky Tyne & Wear, including an interview with Steve Cram, click HERE 

 

 

 



Stafford Harriers Half Marathon preview run

17/2/13

Sunday was the day that the sun shone, spring seemed to be awakening and, for the Stafford Harriers Club Coaches, it was the day that the hard work put in by them and the many running beginners on the various training runs was put to the test.  With only a month to the Stafford Half Marathon, 69 Harriers gathered at the St Leonard’s Sports and Social club to do a preview run on the half marathon course, ably supported by club members providing outriding support and water stations.

The ‘newbies’, of all ages, did fantastically well and all completed the course receiving and giving mutual support and now have the confidence for the event next month.

 

Bill Whitworth

 

 

and from the Chairman.

 

If any proof was needed, the Stafford Half practice run, just went to show what the Stafford Harriers are all about.

 

It was great to see a wonderful mix of abilities encouraging each other around the route. The weather this year was on our side, which made the whole run very special. With well over 60 runners, it took a big effort from group leaders, back markers, traffic enforcement officer and drinks marshal.

 

I want to thank everyone involved in the day and to say how proud I am to be the Chairman of such a wonderful club.

 

Thank you all.

 

Craig Baxter



BIRMINGAM LEAGUE FINAL FIXTURE

9/2/13

The final event of the 2nd Division of the Birmingham and District Cross Country League took place at Coundon Park, Coventry on Saturday over a very flat, decidedly muddy course amid melting snow.  Six Stafford Harriers competed and while finishing 14th Team on the day, secured 13th position in the league for the season. 

First Harrier home in 75th position overall was Chris Ross with fellow team mates coming in at     78th – Darren Mattocks

                        102 – Alan Griffin

                        159 – Eddie Smith

                        160 – Roy Clay

                        167 – Bill Chidlow

 

The winning runner, who runs for the League winning team of Nuneaton Harriers, was Matt Amos.

Taking second team place in the league was Northbrook AC with Massey Ferguson RC finishing third.

STOURBRIDGE STAGGER

 

3/2/13

 

Four Harriers were among a field of just under 400 who tackled this year’s Stourbridge Stagger.

The challenging course was made a little trickier than usual with many pathways being ankle deep in mud, threatening to take the shoes off your feet if you weren’t careful. It has also convinced me that I feel more secure with traditional laces than the elasticated ones.

The 10.5 mile course involves a wonderful combination of off road paths and tracks, steep hills and gullies, stiles and gates through scenic Worcestershire. In some areas the route is almost too narrow to pass (or be passed). Slop Gully (the name should give you an idea of what is in store) lived up to expectations while I’m not sure who gains any pleasure from the climb up Joan’s Delight. But these obstacles are all just part of the fun!

The event is well supported and excellently marshalled – particularly at road crossings – while four drinks stations ensure you shouldn’t run dry.

First Harrier home was Rich Caley (102/384) in 1:23:43, followed soon after by Michelle Rushton-Fox (116/384) 1:24:59.

I just managed to sneak inside the top 200, finishing 199th in 1:33:44 and Jane Bisiker finished 274th in 1:42:25.

Winner overall was James Baird of Halesowen AC (1:02:00) while first lady – 26th overall - was Sophie Ward (BRAT) in 1:13:24.

If you fancy a race with something a little different, this should be one on your calendar.

There is also a Ladies Only 7k race that begins at the same time as the Stagger with participants diverting off the main course at around 2 miles.

 

Chris Elsely

ALSAGER 5

3/2/13

 


On Sunday 39 Stafford Harriers traveled the short distance to take part in the season’s first North Staffs Road Runners’ event, the Alsager 5 mile race in good, but fresh conditions.  Matt Woodman was the first Harrier home in a personal best time for the distance of 0:27:08, one of 19 Stafford Harriers to achieve personal bests on the day.

Among the prizewinners were Paul Douglas, 2nd male in the 60 years category and Chris Skellern, 2nd female in the 50years category.

 

Congratulations to the Ladies who ran for the Harriers. The team finshed in third spot out of 41 teams that completed. They were only beaten by Charnwood AC (who had Gemma Steele and Juliet Doyle in their team) and Trenham AC.

The Ladies vets team also came third out of 32 teams.

 


Runner

Position in Race

Chip Time

 

Matt Woodman

44

0:27:08

pb

Phil Hilsdon

108

0:30:10

 

Mark Bridgwood

126

0:30:53

pb

Sally Gray

141

0:31:31

 

Paul Douglas

159

0:32:06

2ndV60

Alan Cook

201

0:33:37

pb

Ian Hodgkinson

202

0:33:38

pb

Alan Griffin

204

0:33:39

pb

Mark Orchard

217

0:33:58

pb

Steph Clayton

227

0:34:06

pb

Dave Payling

244

0:34:24

pb

Joe Atherton

298

0:36:11

 

Chris Skellern

301

0:36:14

2nd L50

Jeff Martin

359

0:37:47

pb

Shelley Burns

397

0:38:50

pb

Bill Chidlow

409

0:39:13

 

Angela Brookes

419

0:39:20

pb

Mark Oliver

432

0:39:31

 

Steve Turner

458

0:40:05

 

Sandra Smith

493

0:41:21

pb

Liz Stanyer

495

0:41:23

 

Gill Hodkinson

510

0:42:01

pb

Karen Murray

531

0:42:34

pb

Michael Jones

546

0:43:04

 

Liz Cook

566

0:43:39

 

Joanne Oliver

589

0:44:39

pb

Julie Nokes

605

0:45:13

pb

Gael Earp

607

0:45:17

 

Chelsie Cook

650

0:45:57

pb

John Hateley

686

0:48:24

 

George Singh

692

0:48:41

 

Amanda Dunn

745

0:52:36

 

Bobbie Phillips

749

0:52:57

pb

Val Stuart

750

0:53:05

 

Carly Bryan

759

0:54:54

pb

Kate Sigley

760

0:54:55

 

Nicola Bridgwood

779

0:57:22

 

Helen Clarke

780

0:57:40

 

David Kumar

781

0:57:41

 

 

 



MIDLAND CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

26/1/13

 



Well done too everyone from the Harriers who made the Championships on Saturday so successful.

The conditions were not great and problems were encountered on the parking area but it is a great testament to the team work shown by you all that it went off so smoothly. 

We had thanks and congratulations from the officials and also a lot of team managers expressed their thanks on a very professional job. We have also had emails to this website thanking us. Here is just one from Graham Heeley Chief Official and Stewart Barnes Treasurer of MCCA

 

 

Hi Peter

 

On behalf of Stewart Barnes and myself many thanks to Stafford Harriers for putting on the MCCCA Championships at Stafford Common yesterday.

Under all the circumstances I thought that all went exceedingly well and a majority of this was through the team effort of all the lads & lasses from your club.

Please pass on our thanks to all your team for a job well done.

 

Well done and thanks again.

 

Graham H & Stewart,

 

On a visit to the course on Sunday morning the area around where the finish was, a lot of the finishing loop and where the Marquees were, was a large lake. The car park was clear though.

 

We got away with it. Again thank you all.

 

Results are on the Midland Cross Country page.

 

Results

Bryan Dales photo's are here

 

 

Here is a taster of the race. There are more vidoes on You Tube.

TRIG RACE 

6/1/13

Report from Graham Williams.

 

 On a clear still morning, perfect for running, some twenty one Harriers started the Trig race comprising a distance of approx seventeen miles with 1500ft of ascent. They all finished on a course which was a little drier than the precious week collecting some seven age awards for which they were rewarded with either a bottle of barley wine or beer. There were 130 finishers with Robert Little of Dark Peak first home in a time of 1.43.53, first lady was Tracy Dean unattached in 2.08.20.Harrier times and places were as follows.

Place

Name

Time

 

35

Chris Owen

2.15.17

 

37

Chris Ross

2.17.21

 

38

Dave Payling

2.17.27

 

52

Chris Skellern

2.23.44

3rd over 50

60

Richard Caley

2.24.39

 

63

Ian Hodkinson

2.25.50

 

67

Tracy Gee

2.29.04

2nd over 40

71

Eddie Smith

2.29.49

3rd over 60

81

Mark Bentley

2.32.21

 

82

John Peach

2.32.50

 

86

Mark White

2.35.47

 

88

Karen Davies

2.36.55

1st over 45

98

Graham Williams

2.41.57

2nd over 65   

103

Jayne Bisiker

2.44.02

 

100

Vicky Lowndes

2.43.34

2nd over 45

104

Ester Batho

2.45.06

3rd over 40

114

Craig Baxter

2.55.15

 

117

John Greatholder

3.01.58

 

118

Sally Burns

3.03.25

 

119

Rebecca Bostock

3.04.47

 

130

Amanda Pearce

3.37.09

 

Vernon's Limp Wrist Race

1/1/13

 

One hundred and Twenty Three runners turned up for the annual 'Limp' wrist race that starts our running year. Some were even sober.

 

The first ten were within 10 seconds of their predicted time. There were three runners that tied for second place just 2 seconds out. Stafford Harriers Shelley Burns, John Cooke from Stone MM and Kevin McCourt from Michelin AC.

 

The winner however was Liz Stevenson from Potters Trotters who came within 1 second of her predicted time.

 

Below is the results list with the winning times. 

If you want to see the results in time order open the pdf below.

LIMP_WRIST_2013.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [58.1 KB]

Thanks to Bryan Dale here is a video of the start. If you want to see any more photos or videos the go to his website. RacePhotos

 



1 199 Liz Stevenson Potters Trotters 49:52 0:49:51 00:01
2 175 Kevin McCourt Michelin A C 48:39 0:48:41 00:02
2 216 John Cooke Stone M M 34:15 0:34:17 00:02
2 303 Shelley Burns Stafford Harriers 42:24 0:42:26 00:02
5 145 Chris Elsley Stafford Harriers 37:15 0:37:12 00:03
6 297 Bill Clarke Stone M M 43:00 0:43:06 00:06
6 117 Michael Moore Stafford Harriers 56:00 0:55:54 00:06
8 140 Tracey Gee Stafford Harriers 38:40 0:38:33 00:07
9 232 Mick Beardmore Cheadle R C 34:56 0:35:05 00:09
10 84 Jill Martin Stafford Harriers 01:02:17 1:02:07 00:10
11 374 Ian Hodkinson Stafford Harriers 34:25 0:34:36 00:11
12 111 Stephen Burrows Trentham R C 35:10 0:35:24 00:14
12 141 Nigel Addison Stafford Harriers 42:42 0:42:28 00:14
14 298 Rosemary Wilson Trentham R C 42:50 0:43:05 00:15
15 294 Mac McCoig Stone M M 47:23 0:47:07 00:16
16 54 Kathy Ling Wrekin R R 01:08:03 1:08:20 00:17
17 202 Sue Davies South Cheshire Harriers 49:45 0:49:27 00:18
17 215 Linda Cooke Stone M M 38:21 0:38:03 00:18
17 296 Graham Williams Stafford Harriers 42:30 0:42:48 00:18
20 197 Ann Jones NSRRA 40:24 0:40:44 00:20
20 400 Alan Jeavons Unattached 37:12 0:37:32 00:20
22 229 Ben Gamble Tipton Harriers 27:15 0:26:54 00:21
23 170 John Guest Trentham R C 34:30 0:34:52 00:22
23 383 Mike Cultler South Cheshire Harriers 41:45 0:41:23 00:22
25 150 Vicky Loundes Stafford Harriers 41:00 0:40:36 00:24
25 278 Philip Cooke Stone M M 41:15 0:41:39 00:24
27 176 Craig Baxter Stafford Harriers 39:28 0:39:53 00:25
28 260 John Corbett Unattached 35:01 0:35:27 00:26
29 112 Steve Turner Stafford Harriers 43:43 0:43:15 00:28
30 375 Hillary Lees Team Derby 54:30 0:54:59 00:29
31 174 Bridget McCourt Michelin A C 48:10 0:48:40 00:30
32 319 Mak Singh Unattached 38:10 0:38:46 00:36
32 381 Julie Griffiths SMM 46:37 0:47:13 00:36
34 139 Eddie Smith Stafford Harriers 39:02 0:39:39 00:37
35 172 Jackie Evans Michelin A C 48:15 0:47:33 00:42
36 120 Sally Burns Stafford Harriers 48:14 0:48:58 00:44
37 213 Brian Langston Stafford Harriers 44:20 0:45:07 00:47
38 251 Sally Liggins Stafford Harriers 46:38 0:47:28 00:50
39 396 Richard Fain Stone M M 38:00 0:38:51 00:51
40 196 Carl Astley Cheadle R C 33:10 0:32:18 00:52
41 168 Margaret Shaw Stone M M 48:10 0:47:17 00:53
42 392 Salley Kenny Cheadle R C 37:02 0:37:56 00:54
43 198 Bill Stevenson Michelin A C 39:09 0:40:04 00:55
43 378 Paul Bosson Stafford Harriers 35:31 0:34:36 00:55
43 279 Mark White Stafford Harriers 40:00 0:39:05 00:55
46 391 Adrian Reeves/Jones Cheadle R C 37:10 0:38:06 00:56
47 250 Gareth Briggs Staffs Moorlands A C 28:50 0:29:47 00:57
48 261 Bill Whitworth Stafford Harriers 50:11 0:51:12 01:01
49 214 Robert Wilson Unattached 37:00 0:35:57 01:03
49 126 Katerina Jones Stafford Harriers 44:30 0:43:27 01:03
51 228 Esther Batho Stafford Harriers 43:07 0:41:59 01:08
52 143 Chris Skellern Stafford Harriers 37:23 0:38:33 01:10
53 221 Tony Bennet Unattached 43:36 0:44:47 01:11
54 149 Richard Shaw Stone M M 39:10 0:40:22 01:12
55 138 Kerry Bromhill Telford Harriers 40:56 0:42:10 01:14
56 119 Kevin Uzzell Stone M M 34:56 0:36:13 01:17
57 242 Joanne Oliver Stafford Harriers 45:52 0:47:11 01:19
58 118 Alan Griffin Stafford Harriers 39:00 0:37:39 01:21
59 385 James Thorpe Stafford Harriers 43:00 0:44:22 01:22
60 115 Rebecca Bostock Stafford Harriers 48:15 0:49:38 01:23
60 195 Rebecca Harrison Cheadle R C 32:20 0:33:43 01:23
62 53 Michael Jones Stafford Harriers 45:05 0:46:30 01:25
62 258 Karen Sokolenko Unattached 52:30 0:51:05 01:25
62 277 George Singh Stafford Harriers 52:00 0:53:25 01:25
62 386 Stuart Turner Stafford Tri Club 36:00 0:34:35 01:25
66 234 Mark Oliver Stafford Harriers 41:30 0:43:00 01:30
67 393 Karen Sabin Stafford Harriers 42:42 0:44:16 01:34
67 398 Simon Taylor Unattached 47:35 0:49:09 01:34
69 302 Jayne Ford Stone M M 42:24 0:40:48 01:36
69 377 David Marshall Unattached 42:30 0:44:06 01:36
71 103 Richard Caley Stafford Harriers 34:50 0:36:35 01:45
72 395 Matt Woodman Stafford Harriers 27:45 0:29:31 01:46
73 148 Colin Earp South Cheshire Harriers 44:30 0:46:17 01:47
73 192 Colin Pheasant Chase Harriers 45:08 0:46:55 01:47
73 380 Stephen Leighton Unattached 39:30 0:37:43 01:47
76 173 John Cotton Michelin A C 49:00 0:47:11 01:49
77 390 Alan Cooke Stafford Harriers 37:28 0:35:38 01:50
78 397 Steve Weaver Unattached 41:35 0:43:26 01:51
79 137 Adam Morris Stafford Harriers 45:00 0:46:54 01:54
80 142 Amanda Pearce Stafford Harriers 51:15 0:49:20 01:55
81 89 Nicola Atkins Telford Harriers 42:10 0:44:08 01:58
81 295 Pam Davies Stone M M 43:43 0:41:45 01:58
83 335 Rachel Davis Stafford Harriers 46:30 0:44:30 02:00
84 299 Wayne Vaughan Stafford Harriers 39:50 0:37:49 02:01
85 337 Jo Aartse-Tuyn Unattached 47:14 0:45:09 02:05
86 384 Simon Walker South Cheshire Harriers 37:42 0:39:48 02:06
87 382 Nick Boulton SMM 43:34 0:41:15 02:19
88 151 Richard Loundes Stafford Tri Club 36:00 0:33:38 02:22
89 304 Paul Risby Stafford Harriers 38:20 0:35:52 02:28
90 336 Guy Aartse-Tuyn Mow Cop 34:28 0:37:04 02:36
91 301 Bernard Wilkes Stafford Harriers 38:49 0:41:26 02:37
92 231 Suzanne Potts Newport & District 50:00 0:47:22 02:38
93 171 Andrea McCutcheen Michelin A C 49:50 0:47:09 02:41
93 191 Colin Bourne Michelin A C 49:50 0:47:09 02:41
95 230 John Coombes Newport & District 50:00 0:47:18 02:42
96 387 Mal Moore Tri Club Bournemouth 40:00 0:37:14 02:46
97 169 R Ellis Unattached 45:38 0:42:35 03:03
98 87 Mark Bentley Stafford Harriers 35:30 0:38:34 03:04
99 233 Val Stuart Stafford Harriers 55:10 0:58:17 03:07
99 300 Ryan Downes Stafford Tri Club 38:00 0:34:53 03:07
101 262 Yvonne Hancock Stafford Harriers 01:05:30 1:02:15 03:15
102 85 Jeff Martin Stafford Harriers 43:33 0:40:13 03:20
103 86 Anglea Brookes Stafford Harriers 45:12 0:41:51 03:21
104 194 Jen Seager Stafford Tri Club 42:36 0:38:55 03:41
105 338 Jay Williams Unattached 47:20 0:43:37 03:43
106 399 Clare McHugh Unattached 53:20 0:49:31 03:49
107 255 Russell Williams Cheadle R C 36:30 0:40:47 04:17
108 134 Caroline Edwards Stafford Harriers 52:25 0:47:59 04:26
109 82 Leon Stringer Stafford Harriers 44:42 0:40:09 04:33
110 388 Kelly McHugh Stafford Harriers 52:53 0:47:59 04:54
110 389 Helen Morris Stafford harriers 52:53 0:47:59 04:54
112 379 Bill Chidlow Satfford Harriers 46:06 0:41:11 04:55
113 144 Michael Bradbury Stafford Harriers 44:05 0:49:08 05:03
114 219 Sara Broome Stafford Harriers 01:01:16 1:06:47 05:31
115 394 Tom Sabin Stafford Harriers 38:39 0:44:15 05:36
116 264 Chris Barlow Stone M M 47:20 0:52:57 05:37
117 114 Kate Bonser Unattached 55:00 0:48:57 06:03
118 193 Darren Taylor Chase Harriers 37:50 0:43:58 06:08
119 339 Jack Hodkinson Stafford Harriers 45:00 0:38:02 06:58
120 132 Frank Evans Stafford Harriers 55:55 1:04:10 08:15
121 83 Rod Campbell Staffs Moorlands A C 50:00 0:41:41 08:19
122 88 Sue Taylor Cheadle R C 57:34 0:48:36 08:58
123 147 Gael Earp Stafford Harriers 45:29 0:59:38 14:09