Staffordshire Cross Country Championships
6th January 2018
Report by Chris Elsley
Sandwell Park Farm was the setting for the Staffordshire Cross Country Championships on Saturday Stafford Harriers’ Men finished 8th with Justin Green finishing as the leading runner for the town
club. Meanwhile Nia Nokes finished in 22nd place as the Ladies came 10th.
Also running were (Men) Michael Dobson (70th), Spencer Holland (74th), Ian Wood (83rd), Anthony Haycock (97th) and Roy Clay (108th).
For the women, the Harriers team also included: Kerry Hall (40th), Kelly Collins (53rd), Mel Deakin (54th), Chris Skellern (55th), Lisa Fraser (58th) and Julie Nokes (76th).
Running in the Junior events were: Ben Green (33rd – U13 Boys), Ben Cook (11th – U15 Boys), Kian Arnott (17th - U17 Boys) and Saffron Latham (17th – U17 Girls).
1st January 2018
Report by Chris Elsley
A cold, wet and blustery start to the New Year did not deter 82 hardy runners who took part in Stafford Harriers’ annual Limp Wrist Race on Monday morning.
This race is a rarity in that anyone can win. The reason for this is that the winner is not the first across the line but the one who most accurately can predict their finishing time. The catch is
that no watches or other time keeping devices are permitted to be worn by competitors – hence the ‘Limp Wrist’ name given to the race.
The event starts on Martin Drive, Castlefields and comprises of a loop around the nearby pool before heading off up the disused railway towards Derrington before doubling back down the line back
to Castlefields, another loop around the pool then the finish by the small car park at the end of Martin Drive.
This year’s event produce joint winners as Hilary Rees and Harriers’ chairman Darren Mattocks both finished within two seconds of their predicted finishing time while Lee Edgington of Rising Brook
Runners finished in 3rd place, just 3 seconds off. Rees’ victory came despite the fact that she was the 80th runner to cross the finish line.
Fastest runner on the day was Bret Bassett but his time of 32:16 for the five mile course was 44 seconds quicker than predicted and only good enough for 20th place.
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For photos go to Bryan Dales Race Photos
Pics – 1) Race winner Hilary Rees (434), 2) Harriers’ members Simon Bromley (43), Shelley Burns (32) and Darren Mattocks (248) at the start of the 5 mile race