Race Report 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 Coalbrook dale.

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 plague 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.

 

 

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 travelled 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 finished 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 MCCA 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

 

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.

DownloadLIMP_WRIST_2013

 

 

 

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