Race Report January to March 2020

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TRIG Race

Sunday 12th January 2020

Race Report Darren Mattocks

The Trig Race has (as long as I can remember) always kicked off the Harriers challenge series and what a race to start with. Unique in that its self navigating between Trig points over the beautiful Cannock Chase.
This was the 4th time I’ve done it and only decided to run the night before as I’d recently done a training run of half the course which did not go well at all. This meant doubt slipped in about whether I was up to the full beast!! But as the course had been shortened slightly I figured what the hell!!
Registration at Milford Cricket club and pleasing to see a fair few Harriers also entering. Tactics and routes planned were discussed before we set off for the short walk to the start at Milford Common. A quick briefing before we are set off and I’m surprised as everybody goes the same way.
This doesn’t last for long though as once we get to the end of the cutting most head off left towards the stepping stones where as I stick to my tried tested straight on up towards Brocton Coppice where it starts getting lonely.
A steep downhill is followed very quickly by a steep uphill (it is the Chase after all) and soon I’m at Rifle Range trig point.
Then it is on towards Marquis Drive and I manage to have a chat with another runner to ease away the journey.
Running down kitbag hill is great but you know that you’ve got to later come back up!!
After taking 2 mins at the Moors Gorse crossing to chat to Brian, Jane and Sculli I’m back off again heading towards the impending climb up Castle Ring. That is a killer of a hill and I’m not ashamed to say ‘I walked’.
Coming down is soooooo much easier and as I get to the bottom I pass the Harrier group of young pups starting their climb closely followed by the other Harrier group of not so young pups!!
I’m starting to feel the pain by now and my hip flexors are protesting widely but I push on and get to the downhill before Moors Gorse and have another runner to chat with.
I take more than my allotted 2 minutes break at the crossing (almost double) but I didn’t care its only seconds after all!!
The next few miles which include going back up Kitbag Hill are I have to say very challenging, several times I had to have ‘words’ with myself to keep going and get to Glacial Boulder trig point.
From there I know its only about 2 miles left and its downhill so try kick in.
In the last 100 metres, 3 others sprinted past me but I just hadn’t got it in me to match them so let them get on with it!!!
To say I was destroyed at the end would be an understatement and it was a slow waddle back to the cricket club before the rest of the Harriers came back and discussed our runs over soup and cake.
No idea how but I’d managed to be the first Harrier home in 2 hours 24 mins. Not bad considering the conditions.
So that’s 1 challenge race down 11 to go.
I’d fully recommend anyone doing the trig race, there aren’t many races like this but only if you’ve done the training otherwise it’ll be hell. The feeling when you finish is like you’ve done a marathon.

The race was 1.2 miles short this year.

Pos
Surname
Forename
Cat
Result
49th
Mattocks
Darren
M45
02:24:17
70th
Findlay-Robinson
Dan
MSEN
02:35:51
71st
Welham
Vanessa
WSEN
02:36:04
72nd=
Duegan
Liam
MSEN
02:36:12
72nd=
Langford
Alex
MSEN
02:36:12
75th
Treglia
Antonio
MSEN
02:36:15
92nd=
Oliver
Joanne
W45
02:55:11
92nd=
Hodkinson
Gill
W45
02:55:11
94th
Smith
Eddie
M65
02:55:18
95th
Foster
Lindsey
W50
02:55:42
96th
Murray
Karen
W50
02:56:50
97th
Oliver
Mark
M50
02:56:53
98th
Jones
Sue
W45
02:57:04
99th
Hodkinson
Ian
M45
02:59:44

 

Kidsgrove 10K

Sunday 12th January 2020

Race Report Leon Stringer

A trip up the A34 to Kidsgrove through some heavy rain. Fortunately, this had mostly passed on arrival with just intermittent light rain for the rest of the morning. Despite race instructions mentioning alternatives if the car park was full, there were plenty of spaces at the school used for race HQ. This event was being run as two separate races: male and female.

The whole course was on a tarmac or paved surface, but North Staffs is rarely flat and the course undulated almost continually with a longish descent after about 2km that unsurprisingly we had to climb back up at 8km. The route took us around Bathpool Park where there were narrow paths with standing muddy water which got in your shoes. There was another short climb about 100m from the finish line which put paid to my hopes for a faster finish.

Support from the marshals directing runners and stopping cars was fantastic, energetic and friendly – I wonder if they managed to keep that energy for the ladies’ race!

 

Race Report Richard Booth
To be honest, running the Trig race never seemed that appealing. In a conversation with a fellow Harrier, I stated that I would prefer to run a marathon than 16 miles over the Chase in January. So when I saw the Kidsgrove 10k advertised it was pretty much a no brainer to enter.
Despite living in Stoke for 8 years I hadn’t spent much time north of Hanley so didn’t really know what to expect.
As I arrived, the rain which had been forecast to finish at breakfast was still dropping and it was clear that it would be a wet & muddy race.
The race was somewhat unique in that there were separate races for Males & Females. The only reason I can think was that as we entered Bathpool Park for a loop that it was tight in places. Coming out of the park I wondered how we would finish and we ended up on a tour going back up some of the hills we had previously dropped down, along with a few others thrown in.
Before long we were finishing in Clough Hall Park where we were given a rather good medal. I was wanting a time under 50mins so was happy with 50:14.

 

Male 10K (165 finishers):
1st Jamie Lambie (Shrewsbury AC) 33:04

Harriers:
61st Drew Wicken 46:08
103rd Richard Booth 50:12
108th Leon Stringer 50:42
151st Tom Davall 58:14

Female 10K (101 finishers):
1st Amy Grace (South Cheshire Harriers) 40:08

Harriers:
34th Ruth Edwards 55:45

 

North staffordshire road runners associations (NSRRA) 2019

Presentation Evening 10th January 2020

Report by Karen Murray

The NSRRA was set up in July 1974. Members from many running clubs are organised into groups based on ability (7 mens and 4 ladies) groups. There are also male and female age groups (16-34, 35-39, 40-45, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 70+. This gives the runners a chance to win by ability, age or both.

Stafford Harriers had a successful year within the NSRRA league. We came away with 11 Trophies. Nine Harriers attended the presentation evening, some with partners. It was at the Florence Social Club in Stoke.

We were lucky to get a table together as there was a good attendance. As always, Ken Rushton (Chairman) gave the introduction to the President, Stan Winterton. He gave an opening speech which is always funny and entertaining. How he memorises it is to be admired. Ken introduced the guest of honour to present the trophies. Colin sadly had a heart attack last year during the Cannock Chase park run but has now made a full recovery and is back to running.

It was great to have so many Harriers at the presentation evening this year.

Stafford Harriers Winners (in order of presentation):

Karen Murray – 3rd in Group W

Chris Skellern – 3rd in Group M

Chris Skellern – 2nd Age Group 55-59

Michael Dobson – 2nd in Group C

Ian Wood – 2nd in Group D

Darren Mattocks – 2nd in Group E

Graham Williams – 3rd in Group G

Michael Dobson – 2nd in Age Group 50-54

Ian Wood – Age Group 55-59

Phil Hilsdon – The George Kay Memorial Trophy for 1st L runner in Knighton 20

Spencer Holland – Compleat Runner for completing all 20 races in the league.

The Mens Team came 4th missing 3rd position by just 1point and the ladies team came 3rd.

I would encourage our runners of all abilities to join the NSRRA. It costs £10 for the year. It gives you a chance of winning a trophy as an individual or as part of the Stafford Harriers Team. Look on the NSRRA web site to view the 20 races. The first race is the Alsager 5 on 2nd of February. It would be great to see more harriers at the presentation evening next year clasping trophies or winning the team prizes.

 

Race photos by Bryan Dales

Vernons Stupid Heroes Limp Wrist Race

1st January 2020

 

What a great start to the year, two people managed to match their predicted time. We managed to raise over £400 for Katherine House Hospice.

 

Race photos by Bryan Dales

 

Pos
First Name
Surname
Club
Pre time
Actual Time
Diff
Prize
1
Diana
Wilsion-Patrick
Unattached
47:00
0:47:00
00:00
£20
1
Leonore
Wilsion-Weaver
Unattached
47:00
0:47:00
00:00
£15
3
Rosie
Monell
Rising Brook Runners
49:00
0:49:02
00:02
£12
4
Chris
Skellern
Stafford Harriers
40:07
0:40:03
00:04
£9
5
Antonio
Treglia
Stafford Harriers
39:25
0:39:18
00:07
£8
6
Scott
Palmer
Stafford Harriers
41:25
0:41:12
00:13
£7
7
Liam
Duggan
Stafford Harriers
39:06
0:39:20
00:14
£6
7
Bryan
Hynes
Unattached
44:26
0:44:12
00:14
£5
9
John
Finney
Stafford Harriers
45:00
0:44:42
00:18
£4
9
Chris
Barlow
Stone Master Marathoners
54:10
0:53:52
00:18
£3
11
Ian
Williams
Stafford Harriers
39:30
0:39:08
00:22
 
12
Claire
McHugh
Unattached
54:07
0:54:33
00:26
 
13
Vanessa
Welham
Stafford Harriers
39:47
0:39:17
00:30
 
14
Donna
Morin
Unattached
41:27
0:40:56
00:31
 
15
Ross
Norton
Unattached
40:48
0:40:16
00:32
 
15
Darren
Mattocks
Stafford Harriers
35:52
0:35:20
00:32
 
15
Alan
Jeavans
Unattached
37:42
0:37:10
00:32
 
18
Phil
McCavity
Rising Brook Runners
41:40
0:41:07
00:33
 
19
Chris
Elsley
Stafford Harriers
39:00
0:39:36
00:36
 
20
Dean
Gethin
Unattached
37:30
0:36:53
00:37
 
21
Tom
Carnes
Stone Master Marathoners
28:45
0:28:07
00:38
 
22
Tim
Hulse
Stone Master Marathoners
34:10
0:33:31
00:39
 
23
Sue
Jones
Stafford Harriers
42:00
0:41:20
00:40
 
23
Hilary
Peters
Penkridge Runners
41:02
0:41:42
00:40
 
25
Mark
Oliver
Stafford Harriers
40:01
0:40:42
00:41
 
25
Andy
Cowden
Bere Alston Trekkers
38:30
0:39:11
00:41
 
27
Joanne
Oliver
Stafford Harriers
44:23
0:45:06
00:43
 
28
Nia Rose
Nokes
Stone Master Marathoners
43:17
0:42:33
00:44
 
29
kevin
Uzzell
Stone Master Marathoners
40:30
0:39:45
00:45
 
30
Ant
Peters
Penkridge Runners
41:38
0:42:27
00:49
 
31
Lucinda
Stone
Unattached
40:25
0:41:16
00:51
 
32
Neil
Banks
Unattached
46:30
0:45:35
00:55
 
33
Pam
Davies
Stone Master Marathoners
42:42
0:41:46
00:56
 
34
Nicholas
Oxley
Unattached
38:44
0:37:40
01:04
 
35
Jayne
Dickens
Trentham R C
35:51
0:34:38
01:13
 
36
Samantha
Bream
Stafford Harriers
48:10
0:46:54
01:16
 
37
Dan
Oxley
Unattached
38:20
0:37:02
01:18
 
37
Steve
Parker
Stone Master Marathoners
44:00
0:42:42
01:18
 
39
Richard
Morin
Unattached
38:10
0:36:51
01:19
 
40
Sally
Haycock
Stafford Harriers
44:10
0:42:42
01:28
 
41
John
Scott
Stafford Harriers
34:43
0:33:04
01:39
 
41
James
Bream
Stafford Harriers
38:06
0:36:27
01:39
 
43
Martin
Cross
Stone Master Marathoners
31:00
0:29:20
01:40
 
43
Julie
Nokes
Stafford Harriers
51:45
0:50:05
01:40
 
45
Ian
Welding
Unattached
38:20
0:36:32
01:48
 
46
Cliff
Berry
Unattached
42:30
0:40:41
01:49
 
47
Richard
Shaw
Stone Master Marathoners
43:42
0:41:51
01:51
 
47
Ben
Gamble
Tipton Harriers
30:01
0:28:10
01:51
 
49
Ian
Hodkinson
Stafford Harriers
38:38
0:36:42
01:56
 
50
Ross
Banks
Unattached
41:07
0:39:03
02:04
 
51
Amy
Gamble
Stone Master Marathoners
37:37
0:35:30
02:07
 
52
Melanie
Gorman
Stafford Harriers
47:25
0:45:16
02:09
 
53
Nigel
Harmer
Rising Brook Runners
49:49
0:47:39
02:10
 
54
Jim
Hoilland
Stone Master Marathoners
41:27
0:39:16
02:11
 
55
Nick
Chadwick
Unattached
40:00
0:37:45
02:15
 
56
Paul
Hunt
Unattached
49:00
0:46:41
02:19
 
56
Ruth
Edwards
Stafford Harriers
47:25
0:45:06
02:19
 
58
Samantha
Hodgkinson
Stone Master Marathoners
43:01
0:40:35
02:26
 
59
Craig
Baxter
Stafford Tri Club
45:48
0:43:11
02:37
 
60
Mark
Bentley
Stafford Harriers
46:00
0:43:17
02:43
 
61
Simon
Bromley
Stafford Harriers
52:45
0:49:51
02:54
 
61
George
Hodkinson
Stafford Harriers
37:30
0:34:36
02:54
 
63
Sarah
Bromley
Stafford Harriers
52:46
0:49:51
02:55
 
64
Georgia
Slater
Rising Brook Runners
52:25
0:49:28
02:57
 
64
Tom
Morris
Unattached
47:35
0:44:38
02:57
 
66
Paul
Glover
Stone Master Marathoners
45:00
0:42:01
02:59
 
67
Karen
Gretton
Stafford Harriers
49:30
0:46:25
03:05
 
68
Jim
Goddard
Unattached
46:13
0:43:04
03:09
 
69
Leon
Stringer
Stafford Harriers
42:00
0:38:47
03:13
 
70
Tracy
Burrows
Stafford Harriers
52:00
0:48:14
03:46
 
71
Suzanne
Brotherhood
Stafford Harriers
52:00
0:47:40
04:20
 
72
Steph
Holbeck
Rising Brook Runners
50:12
0:44:59
05:13
 
73
Joyce
Edwards
Stone Master Marathoners
57:58
0:52:30
05:28
 
74
Darren
Grateley
Unattached
55:10
0:49:41
05:29
 
75
Joss
Clode
Rising Brook Runners
58:33
0:52:45
05:48
 
76
Lisa
Goodwin
Vegan Runners
02:00
0:56:11
05:49
 
76
Chloe
Goodwin
Unattached
02:00
0:56:11
05:49
 
78
Sarah
Grateley
Unattached
53:12
0:47:14
05:58
 
79
Jane
Fletcher
Rising Brook Runners
55:55
0:49:43
06:12
 
79
Tom
Devall
Unattached
55:27
0:49:15
06:12
 
81
Andrew
Clode
Unattached
52:50
0:46:34
06:16
 
82
Sharlotte
Ward
Stafford Harriers
53:13
0:46:41
06:32
 
83
Mandi
Edwards
Rising Brook Runners
53:43
0:47:05
06:38
 
84
Erin
Clode
Rising Brook Runners
55:43
0:48:00
07:43
 
85
Paul
Mycock
Rising Brook Runners
55:55
0:47:45
08:10
 
86
Cara
Hawkins
Rising Brook Runners
59:17
0:49:37
09:40
 
87
Chris
Morris
Unattached
47:45
0:37:11
10:34
 
88
Steve
McHugh
Stafford Harriers
45:00
0:00:00
45:00
 
89
Heather
Higgs
Rising Brook Runners
57:57
0:00:00
57:57