Race Report July to September 2017

Winsford

30th Sept 2017

No Report

 

U11 Girls
33
Caitlin Saunders
Stafford Harriers
U11G
8.18
U17 Women
18
Taygen Pike
Stafford Harriers
U17W
22.08
19
Saffron Latham
Stafford Harriers
U17W
22.52
20
Chloe Burrows
Stafford Harriers
U17W
23.58
U11 Boys
33
William Gray
Stafford Harriers
U11B
9.38
48
Ned Holland
Stafford Harriers
U11B
10.55
U13 Boys
37
Matthew Hilsdon
Stafford Harriers
U13B
15.55
45
Jack Heath
Stafford Harriers
U13B
16.16
61
Ben Green
Stafford Harriers
U13B
18.55
U15 Boys
27
Jake Oliver
Stafford Harriers
U15B
17.01
36
Robert Gray
Stafford Harriers
U15B
19.56
U17 Men
13
Matthew Bonney
Stafford Harriers
U17M
20.22
16
George Hodkinson
Stafford Harriers
U17M
20.52
26
Robbie Gorman
Stafford Harriers
U17M
22.28
28
Ben Deakin
Stafford Harriers
U17M
23.29
Senior Women
48
Kerry Hall
Stafford Harriers
W35
25.31
82
Chris Skellern
Stafford Harriers
W55
27.16
87
Mel Deakin
Stafford Harriers
W45
27.25
117
Debbie McDermott
Stafford Harriers
W45
28.40
150
Jo Oliver
Stafford Harriers
W45
31.45
Senior Men
59
Phill Hilsdon
Stafford Harriers
SM
32.04
124
Justin Green
Stafford Harriers
M45
34.58
138
Ian Heath
Stafford Harriers
M45
35.29
150
Michael Dobson
Stafford Harriers
M50
36.00
152
Jason Littlewood
Stafford Harriers
SM
36.13
158
Spencer Holland
Stafford Harriers
M45
36.32
159
Ian Wood
Stafford Harriers
M50
36.33
178
Ian Hodkinson
Stafford Harriers
M45
37.18
195
Anthony Haycock
Stafford Harriers
M60
37.51
214
Jim Smith
Stafford Harriers
M50
39.21
231
Dave Marsden
Stafford Harriers
M60
40.40
234
Steve Turner
Stafford Harriers
M55
40.57
251
Darren Mattocks
Stafford Harriers
M40
42.36
253
Roy Clay
Stafford Harriers
M60
43.03
267
Mark Burrows
Stafford Harriers
M45
45.05
272
Ed Smith
Stafford Harriers
M60
45.24
276
Peter Williams
Stafford Harriers
M65
45.40

 

Stafford 10K

24th September 2017

 

No report yet.

 

115 runners

 

Position
Name
Time
Club
Class
Class Position
PB
5
Phil Hilsdon
35:37
Stafford Harriers
M
4
13
Steve Vaughan
36:37
Stafford Harriers
M
11
18
Harry Perkins
36:59
Stafford Harriers
M
13
PB
29
James Found
38:16
Stafford Harriers
M
19
PB
37
Justin Green
38:50
Stafford Harriers
M45
7
PB
48
Simon Cope
39:24
Stafford Harriers
M
30
PB
73
Ian Heath
40:41
Stafford Harriers
M45
8
PB
95
Matt Bonney
41:43
Stafford Harriers
MU21
5
PB
96
Jason Littlewood
41:44
Stafford Harriers
M
57
98
Paul Higginson
41:49
Stafford Harriers
M40
15
100
Robert Gorman
41:54
Stafford Harriers
M
111
Liam Duggan
42:20
Stafford Harriers
M
67
117
Richard Draper
42:29
M
73
PB
125
Spencer Holland
42:54
Stafford Harriers
M45
18
150
Jim Smith
43:41
Stafford Harriers
163
Alan Griffin
44:11
Stafford Harriers
M45
25
172
Dean Hibbitt
44:22
M40
32
190
Kian Arnott
44:23
Stafford Harriers
MU21
10
198
Kev Darby
44:57
Stafford Harriers
M45
29
202
Ben Deakin
45:24
Stafford Harriers
MU21
11
234
Gareth Hudson
45:52
Stafford Harriers
M
117
PB
247
Kerry Hall
46:10
F35
6
251
Simon Bromley
46:17
Stafford Harriers
M40
42
259
Paul Reece
46:26
M
119
PB
261
Tim Hough
46:29
Stafford Harriers
M45
38
284
Nia Nokes
46:48
Stafford Harriers
F
9
302
Craig Harris
47:02
Stafford Harriers
M
138
PB
317
Stella Dennis
47:22
Stafford Harriers
F40
6
PB
367
Chris Skellern
48:17
Stafford Harriers
F55
2
374
Mark Burrows
48:33
Stafford Harriers
PB
457
Mel Deakin
49:59
Stafford Harriers
F45
13
484
Neil Eisenhauer
50:20
Stafford Harriers
M45
61
489
Jenny Beckett
50:27
Stafford Harriers
F35
18
PB
499
Nicol Hudson
50:41
Stafford Harriers
F
26
PB
510
Chris Elsley
50:52
Stafford Harriers
M50
23
512
Debbie McDermott
50:53
Stafford Harriers
F45
15
518
Mark Withington
50:58
M45
78
531
Darren Mattocks
51:17
Stafford Harriers
M40
80
Joseph Heathcote
51:21
Stafford Harriers
544
Natalie Boswell
51:25
Stafford Harriers
F35
22
PB
545
Jon Freeman
51:26
Stafford Harriers
M
217
PB
576
Eddie Smith
51:57
Stafford Harriers
587
Ian Williams
52:07
M45
71
627
Helen Richardson
52:39
F35
27
641
Lizzie Jasper
52:51
FU21
5
643
Craig Baxter
52:51
Stafford Harriers
M45
80
688
Selena Powell
53:36
F35
30
703
Caroline Nichol
53:44
F35
34
710
Scott Kelsall
53:48
Stafford Harriers
M40
102
PB
721
Graham Williams
53:57
Stafford Harriers
M70
3
741
Ruth Edwards
54:08
Stafford Harriers
F55
4
PB
749
Peter Williams
54:17
Stafford Harriers
M65
4
754
Georgina Coggins
54:23
Stafford Harriers
F35
46
802
Emma Withington
55:00
Stafford Harriers
F45
40
PB
830
Mark Bentley
55:26
Stafford Harriers
M55
27
835
Kerry Robertson
55:31
Stafford Harriers
F50
7
865
Ian Williams
55:53
Stafford Harriers
M45
94
881
Saffron Latham
56:06
FU21
7
885
Claire Jackson
56:09
F
71
909
Karen Murray
56:29
Stafford Harriers
F50
14
947
Kim Parsons
57:08
F55
6
973
Taygen Pike
57:25
Stafford Harriers
FU21
11
PB
992
Mark Oliver
57:40
Stafford Harriers
M45
99
995
Jo Oliver
57:41
Stafford Harriers
F45
39
1022
Karen D Murray
57:50
Stafford Harriers
1015
Keith Wilson
57:54
M
345
1018
Keith Wilson
58:02
Stafford Harriers
M
346
1021
Alison Conaghan
58:04
Stafford Harriers
F45
42
1082
Charlotte Reeves
58:37
Stafford Harriers
F
114
PB
1121
Tina Darby
59:13
Stafford Harriers
F45
58
1199
Julie Nokes
01:00:02
Stafford Harriers
F55
11
1277
Liz Simcox
01:01:10
Stafford Harriers
F40
64
1279
Julie Mogey
01:01:13
Stafford Harriers
1307
Sarah Whyte
01:01:37
Stafford Harriers
F45
56
1309
Evie Whyte
01:01:37
Stafford Harriers
FU21
18
1384
Rachel Marsden
01:02:40
Stafford Harriers
F40
72
Jo Probyn
01:02:42
Stafford Harriers
99
1394
Michael Bamber
01:02:44
Stafford Harriers
M50
61
1393
Linzi Jones
01:02:44
Stafford Harriers
F40
90
PB
1450
Gemma Gray
01:03:37
Stafford Harriers
F
180
1461
Austin Whyte
01:03:47
Stafford Harriers
M50
65
1499
Joanne Carson
01:04:33
Stafford Harriers
F45
81
1519
Karen Hilsdon
01:04:49
Stafford Harriers
F45
82
Leala Winshup
01:05:04
Stafford Harriers
1566
Chloe Burrows
01:05:27
Stafford Harriers
FU21
23
1575
Samantha Stone
01:05:36
F35
165
1583
Maxine Mills
01:05:45
Stafford Harriers
F50
39
1598
Alice Hawkins
01:06:00
F35
151
1638
Lorraine Flory
01:06:30
Stafford Harriers
F45
89
1649
Wendy Sears
01:06:40
Stafford Harriers
F55
22
1681
Dawn Gibbons
01:07:14
Stafford Harriers
F40
133
PB
1682
Bill Whitworth
01:07:15
Stafford Harriers
M70
5
1692
Tessa Jasper
01:07:28
F45
91
1725
Suzanne Brotherhood
01:08:11
F45
95
1747
Stephanie Burrows
01:08:36
Stafford Harriers
F
265
1779
Liz Shillito
01:09:25
Stafford Harriers
F40
140
1819
David Kumar
01:10:09
Stafford Harriers
M
483
1822
Julie Petrek
01:10:11
F45
103
1854
Charlotte Ward
01:10:48
Stafford Harriers
F35
208
1895
Emma Metcalfe
01:11:34
Stafford Harriers
F
282
1932
Andrew Carter
01:12:36
Stafford Harriers
M65
10
1996
Deborah Garcia
01:14:22
Stafford Harriers
F45
124
2040
Farhana Patel
01:15:39
Stafford Harriers
F35
234
2093
Sarah Gray
01:18:14
Stafford Harriers
F55
33
2094
Alison Martland
01:18:14
Stafford Harriers
F45
139
2102
Lindsay Lillico
01:18:42
Stafford Harriers
F40
182
2155
Frank Evans
01:21:30
Stafford Harriers
M70
8
2158
Hayley Steele
01:21:38
Stafford Harriers
F
360
2182
Jane Fletcher
01:24:16
F45
150
2187
Shirley Smith
01:24:32
Stafford Harriers
F50
78
2188
Abigail Smith
01:24:32
F
371
2213
Diane Green
01:27:11
Stafford Harriers
F50
80

 

 

Blithfield Reservoir 10K

Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Report by Dave Marsden

We approached the reservoir down a narrow country lane from Abbots Bromley, parking in a field which overlooked the waters. The race headquarters and the start and finish areas were located at Blithfield Reservoir Sailing Club. It was a damp, grey morning with a light breeze blowing up the reservoir, but not cold and ideal for running.

The course followed a track up the side of the reservoir until it reached a road which crossed over the water. At the other end of the bridge, it turned off onto a track down the other side of the water, to a turning point at 5K. We then retraced our steps, along the track, over the bridge and back to the Sailing Club.. It was relatively flat, just a couple of humps on the far side to contend with.

The race was won by Ryan Friel, unattached, in 38:02. The first lady was Annabel Roberts also unattached, in 42:43. 134 runners finished. Harriers’ times were:-

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
Dave Marsden
48:37
John Finney
53:01
Lizzie Pellowe
01:05:40

September 5K time Trial

20th Sept 2017

 

Continuing on from August’s Time Trial, this was the fourth and last of several planned time trial events for the Juniors over the summer months, in which we had 14 run on this occasion, and who also ran with the adult improvers group along the disused railway track. The event is intended to monitor the Junior’s progress, and chart how they do, over time, and offer support and coaching accordingly. Thank you to all that helped with this event.

 

First Name
Surname
J/S
12-Apr-17
31-May-17
09-Aug-17
20-Sep-17
Michael
Bamber
S
28:31
29:08
Nick
Beckett
S
22:20
21:21
21:09
20:53
Jenni
Beckett
S
24:23
24:39
24:19
24:08
Harry
Beckett
J
27:54
28:25
29:55
30:37
Isabelle
Beckett
J
27:16
28:56
30:44
Matthew
Black
J
26:01
Olivia
Black
J
29:27
Matt
Bonney
J
18:39
Nicola
Bridgwood
S
31:04
Gemma
Brown
S
44:47
37:28
Naomi
Brownless
S
27:11
Mark
Burrows
S
23:15
23:51
Chloe
Burrows
J
29:34
27:31
Steph
Burrows
S
30:20
31:19
Joanne
Carson
S
28:55
Amy
Cartwright
S
29:13
Ben
Cook
J
20:20
18:46
Lorraine
Cotterill
S
32:35
Mel
Deakin
S
24:04
24:03
23:43
Mark
Deakin
S
25:03
24:54
24:14
Ben
Deakin
J
20:46
21:41
21:05
Liam
Duggan
S
20:30
20:13
20:27
20:02
Mandi
Edwards
S
39:59
Ruth
Edwards
S
26:43
Jane
Fletcher
S
38:45
Lorraine
Flory
S
32:06
Michelle
Fox
S
20:37
John
Freeman
S
24:43
23:32
Harvey
Freeman
S
32:21
Peter
French
S
34:31
34:51
Karl
Gillibrand
S
24:02
Robbie
Gorman
J
18:37
19:48
Gemma
Gray
S
31:55
Sarah
Gray
S
32:54
31:42
Justin
Green
S
19:21
19:43
19:11
Ben
Green
J
27:09
26:55
26:20
Alice
Hawkins
S
30:33
31:09
30:11
Ian
Heath
S
19:53
20:00
Jack
Heath
J
23:55
21:45
Claire
Heath
S
31:10
Dean
Hibbitt
S
22:57
22:38
Phil
Hilsdon
S
18:05
19:16
17:50
17:21
Matthew
Hilsdon
J
21:31
21:58
22:20
22:02
Karen
Hilsdon
S
30:24
31:05
31:27
Ian
Hodkinson
S
20:26
20:05
20:32
Alex
Jackson
S
27:04
Alix
Jackson
S
27:33
26:46
Rohiatou
Jobe
S
32:52
Andy
Jones
S
20:41
Ben
Jones
J
24:45
Lindzi
Jones
S
30:03
29:07
Alan
Jones
S
22:20
22:02
Saffron
Latham
J
26:51
Jason
Littlewood
S
20:35
19:25
Rachel
Marsden
S
29:48
Alison
Martland
S
33:31
36:13
Ellie
Mills
S
32:50
Maxine
Mills
S
31:01
30:13
Adam
Morris
S
28:15
Anthony
Nicholls
S
25:33
Daniel
Nicholsan
S
24:05
Jake
Oliver
J
21:29
22:29
27:23
Amber
Page
J
29:02
Farhana
Patel
S
36:43
Taygen
Pike
J
26:34
27:18
Claire
Pilsbury
S
27:14
Jonathon
Platt
S
26:42
24:32
Selina
Powell
S
26:02
26:43
Jakob
Reece
J
25:37
Charlotte
Reeves
S
27:19
28:05
Kerry
Robertson
S
25:38
Danielle
Salkind
S
44:47
Will
Sammons
J
19:47
20:24
Jack
Sammons
S
24:44
Lisa
Sanzeri
S
24:07
Caitlin
Saunders
J
26:01
24:48
27:03
26:58
Jim
Smith
S
23:31
Shirley
Smith
S
30:33
30:14
29:25
Samantha
Stone
S
29:55
Valerie
Stuart
S
36:06
38:02
37:47
37:17
Stacey
Terry
S
31:11
Michelle
Turner
S
37:41
Nick
Walklett
J
22:31
Rachel
Weaver
S
30:06
Rose
White
J
26:46
Mark
White
S
21:45
Keith
Wilson
S
28:36
27:40
Lucas
Wilson
J
21:46

 

 

St Thomas 7

September 17th 2017

 

Report by Graham Williams

Ten Harriers travelled to Upper Tean for the seventeenth race in the NSRRA series. As it was my turn to drive, I drove three youngish ladies – Chris Skellern, Tracy Riding and Karen Murray to the race. The highlight of the journey was over an inability to understand two GPS and a wayward fly in the car!

Race Headquarters was the local school where we collected our numbers and a long-sleeved tee shirt. The start was in a narrow country lane some ten minutes away. We ran in ideal cool weather but the sun came out later to make it a very pleasant day. The race was mainly on quiet country lanes with a couple of short road sections. However this is where the word undulating must have come from because there were lots of ups and downs with one section like a switch back. The last section was downhill with a sharp climb to the finish in a field. Here we were rewarded with a goody bag containing a medal, water and a pack of local oatcakes.

The winner of the race was Carl Moulton of Boalloy in 39.44 and first lady Kristina Defries of Trentham in 44.41. First home for the Harriers was Phil Hilsdon in a fantastic second place, wearing his new trainers for the first time! Matthew Hilsdon also had a great run to come second in the Fun Run and finished before his Dad.

Harriers results:

Phil Hilsdon
42.09
Ian Wood
49.34
Alan Jones
54.02
Chris Skellern
57.50
2nd L50
Roy Clay
58.23
2nd Group F
Tracy Riding
58.56
Eddie Smith
59.54
Debbie McDermot
60.17
Graham Williams
62.25
2nd M70
Karen Murray
68.08

 

 

 

Report Chris Elsley

Meeting fellow harriers at upper tean for the St. Thomas 7 on what was a very nice morning. The finish is next to the school on the sports field with the start a short climb though a cul de sac and a hedge onto a narrow lane then up until you get to the chalk starting line.

The lane being narrow made the start a bit crowded however Phil hilsdon was soon on the tail of carl moulton as we climbed for the first two miles over part of Cheadle 4 route I was having a battle with john wood on the steep downhill section down to the half way turn but started to pull away from him and picked off a few others as we climbed towards six miles and a sharp left hand turn up a nasty little climb which takes us back to the road we started on. we now head steeply downhill over the start line into tean with a tight left we climb up then left past the school before turning right into the finish.

One of the lads I went past at five miles was rob ibbs this was not the last I would see of him as he got me on the finishing line with the same time in a photo finish.

After collecting my oat cakes and goody bag I bumped in to Phil who had a great race finishing in second place to Carl Moulton then I watched the remaining harriers finish with Tracy Riding out sprinting a lady to Mark Churnton running Sunday as he was the chap who organised the first St Thomas 7 and made it the great race it is today.

 

Lichfield 10K

10th September 2017

 

Report Chris Elsley

James Found was the first Harrier home of 11 who entered James completed the 10k in 38:30 to finish

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
15th
James Found
38:30
PB
26th
Justin Green
39:37
37th
Michael Dobson
40:21
52nd
Adam Lightfoot
41:23
99th
Ben Deakin
44:01
PB
200th
Simon Groom
47:56
222nd
Chris Skellern
49:08
283rd
Mel Deakin
50:38
409th
Sarah Whyte
54:33
562nd
Gemma Gray
58:23
PB
917th
Sarah Gray
01:09:41

 

In an overall field of 1,023 finishers, Jonathan Read (Birchfield Harriers) was the race winner in 35:39 with team mate Katie Allen taking the ladies prize in 36:51 (7th overall)

 

Ipstone 5ish

9th Sept 2017

Report Graham Williams

Six Harriers travelled to Ipstone for the latest NSRRA race. I did this race many years ago when we started and finished at the Old Fire Station, now it is up the road at the local village hall. There is always a local fete taking place and there were several stalls, a tombola and BBQ. While we waited in the hall for the start, we were serenaded by a guitarist who sang several popular songs, outside it poured with rain! The start and finish were on a muddy wet field next to the hall. The race was started by the local Town Crier in full regalia. Having done a circuit of the field we entered a side road and ran the first mile up a steady incline. We then turned left and went down a muddy stony track. It then started to rain hard and there was a stream running down both sides. The course proceeded along some road and track sections with endless puddles. I gave up trying to go round the water and ran though them. At four miles we were confronted by a very steep hill before a gentle downhill section and finishing with a half circuit along an increasingly muddy field. At the end of the race we received a bottle of water and a nice medal. The race measured 4.95 miles hence the Ipstone 5ish.

Results:

Winner 27:21 Simon Myatt

First Lady 32:12 Kristina Defries

Spencer Holland
34.37
Ian Wood
36.25
Dave Marsden
39.29
Roy Clay
First Group F
41.23
Graham Williams
2nd over 70
46.47
Karen Murray
3rd Lady over 50
48.09

 

Report by Dave Marsden.

A group of 6 Harriers made their way to the village of Ipstones on the edge of Staffordshire Moorlands to take part in this vintage event. It has been going for many years now, the start and finish locations have changed but it has always taken place in early September to coincide with Ipstones village fete, to the best of my knowledge.

The weather was not the best, we were subjected to some distant relative of Hurricane Irma without the wind but plenty of rain. Runners sheltered in the Memorial Hall from the wet and the cold, some foregoing their warm-ups.

There was a brief respite from the rain as we got underway but it resumed with increasing intensity as we climbed out of the village. The road and track off the climb became shallow waterways.

The last mile is quite brutal. A steep hairpin climb is followed by a more gradual incline back into the village, finishing with an uphill,half circuit of a soggy grass field to the finish line.

 

ReportChris Elsley

Six Harriers went on a very wet Saturday to Ipstones to do this tough 5 ish mile race. This race has a country fete feel with stalls and entertainment no different this time although it was a bit restricted by the rain. We huddled in the memorial hall until the last minute then headed to the start at bottom of the field it had now stopped raining but it would not last. We started with a loop of the field and climb though Ipstone which was where I last saw Spencer in the distance,

Once the steep first hill was climbed you turn left and level out before a couple of small climbs the next left takes you downhill onto a slippery farm track it was now the rain returned with a vengeance. ( just look at Bryan Dales photos taken at four miles to see)

At around of four miles we have a short twisting climb before heading to the finish with half a lap climb around the field to finish by the memorial hall.

 

Autumn Handicap

7th Sept 2017

 

 

 

POSITION
NAME
TIME
HANDICAP
NET TIME
1
JACK HEATH
37:07
7:30
29:37
2
IAN HEATH
37:16
10:30
26:46
3
BETH DARK
38:28
8:00
30:28
4
DEAN HIBBITT
38:29
8:15
30:14
5
PHIL HILSDON
39:05
15:30
23:35
6
JASON LITTLEWOOD
39:08
13:00
26:08
7
JUSTIN GREEN
39:10
13:00
26:10
8
MATTHEW HILSDON
39:42
7:30
32:12
9
CHRIS ELSLEY
39:50
8:15
31:35
10
BEN GREEN
40:06
6:30
33:36
11
DEB McDERMOTT
40:07
6:30
33:37
12
JIM SMITH
40:08
11:30
28:38
13
CHRIS SKELLERN
40:37
7:00
33:37
14
CAROLINE NICKOL
40:47
7:00
33:47
15
ALAN JONES
41:17
11:15
30:02
16
MARK BURROWS
41:19
7:30
33:49
17
ROBERT MOTTRAM-JONES
41:24
13:00
31:24
18
LINZI JONES
41:29
2:45
38:44
19
MICHAEL BAMBER
41:29
2:45
38:44
20
IAN WOOD
41:39
12:00
29:39
21
SAFFRON LATHAM
41:59
7:00
34:59
22
KAREN MURRAY
45:26
6:30
38:56
23
JANE BISIKER
46:10
7:30
38:40
24
ALISON CONAGHAN
47:29
7:30
39:59



South Cheshire 20 & Wolverhampton

On Sunday runners had the choice of races with the South Cheshire 20 and the Wolverhampton Series comprising of a marathon, half marathon or 10k.

 

South Cheshire 20

3rd September

 

Report Chris Elsley

The South Cheshire 20 attracted 8 Harriers in a field of nearly 200 runners –and it was an especially good day for one of them as Debbie McDermott took the 3rd place in the Ladies 45 category.

The race starts from Shavington Leisure Centre and takes in the surrounding country lanes taking in the border villages of Weston, Betley, Audley and Barthomley before returning back to Shavington. It is a hilly course which provides a tough test for all.

 

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
39th
Ian Wood
02:29:52
49th
Spencer Holland
02:33:20
59th
Jason Littlewood
02:35:57
80th
Simon Bromley
02:44:13
126th
Alan Jones
03:00:59
143rd
Eddie Smith
03:11:32
150th
Kerry Robertson
03:15:37
151st
Debbie McDermott
03:15:37

 

Race winner was Gary Priestley (Salford Harriers) in 1:52:17 with Rachel Wood of Blackburn Harriers taking the Ladies prize (2:15:16).

 

Simon Bromley’s report on the South Cheshire 20:

The day started out like any other race where you get a horde of Harriers turning up to run, by planning which pub we were all going to after the race. It was a rather cool Sunday Morning with a few spots of rain in the air as we stood outside Shavington leisure centre waiting to be told that we could get on the road for the start.

My fellow Harriers, Ian Wood, Spencer Holland, Jason Littlewood, Ed Smith, Debs McDermott, Alan Jones, Kerry Robertson and myself lined up in the road poised and eager for the start, a young lady from South Cheshire Harriers stood on a table to give us some barely audible race instructions and then 187 runners were off.

As we trundled off up the carriageway and over the bridge to the first corner, the group started to spread out and we got into the flow of the race and dropped into a steady pace.

As we headed out of Shavington towards Weston and the lovely country side, thoughts start passing through the mind such as “I’m sure we’ve done 5 miles by now”, “did I put enough Vaseline on?” and the ever popular “Bloody Hell, look at the size of that place”. After mile 4, and the glow of Ian Woods Orange shorts disappearing in the distance, we made the right turn into the start of the loop that would take us out and back again. A well marshalled and well signposted route took us along mainly country roads out of Cheshire back into Staffordshire for the next 10 miles or so.

The course was planned for everyone to stick to the footpaths as much as possible to avoid any traffic related incidents, those roads that we had to cross had a well marshalled position to either stop the traffic or see us safely across the roads

Several picturesque villages (and some dodgy footpaths) later, we made our turn at mile 9 to begin the long leg towards Audley to begin the back half of the course and encountered a rather gentle incline past a farm and all the way up to mile 10.

Feeling rather pleased that the hill was conquered, without passing out, it was onwards towards the half marathon mark and beyond. A rather fantastic feeling passing the 13-mile marker leads to thoughts of a finishing time to begin floating around (as well as where the next water stop is.)

3 miles down the road, through some lovely countryside and very quiet roads, we began the run back towards the finishing line along the same roads we ran out on and a little rush of adrenaline kicks in as we know were so close to the end and helps to push us onwards.

Mile 18, so close to finish and only 2 miles to go. Legs start to feel a little tired now. But being so close you know you can’t give up. 20 minutes down the road is the finish line and the glory of being able to bag a 20 miler under the belt.

Mile 19, probably the hardest mile I’ve run in a long time, running towards the finish line cursing the race and the ever cheerful marshals, still smiling despite being stood in same place for several hours, with their “Not far now” comments swearing to myself that I’ll never run again, gave way to an immense feeling of satisfaction as crossing the finish line and being able to down several gallons of water means that the race is over, the distance conquered and someone has goody bag to handover.

Ian Woods was the first Harrier back in a respectable time of 2:29:52, closely followed by Spencer Holland and Jason Littlewood some 3 minutes and 6 minutes later.

A big shout out to our very own Debs McDermott who not only finished the race (despite telling everyone she could that she’d done no training) but also won third prize in her age category.

All in all a good race, with good support from the marshals, well signposted and worthy of anyone training for the full 26.2

 

Wolverhampton Series

3rd September

Report Chris Elsley

Only one Harrier was among the 214 who took on the challenge of the full 26.2 mile distance in Wolverhampton. Mark Birkett ran it in 3:18:31 to finish in an excellent 28th place. Mark Ince of Birmingham Running & Tri was 1st in 2:53:36 with Trentham’s Debbie Thomas the leading lady in 3:09:35.

 

Four Harriers took part in the Wolverhampton Half with three claiming a top 20 finish.

 

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
14th
Harry Perkins
01:25:08
19th
Justin Green
01:27:09
PB
20th
Robert Mottram-Jones
01:27:42
526th
John Hateley
02:35:20

 

584 runners completed the half which was won by Daniel Turner (Lawley RC) in 1:18:03 while Helen Tromans (Dudley Kingswinford RC) took the ladies prize in 1:31:27.

 

Adam Lightfoot ran the 10k in 42:56 to finish 32nd of 369 runners. Unattached runner Richard Whitewas first in 32:53 with another unattached runner – Lynne Hill – the first lady home in 40:18.

Rugeley 10K

27th august 2017

Report Chris Elsley

A small band of Harriers ran this cracking 10k on a very warm bank holiday Monday starting next to the Rugeley Leisure Centre.

Using part of the heritage trail and with a steep climb up to 5k just short of Marquis Drive. This is soon followed by a steep tricky downhill section towards the Stepping Stones then back to the heritage trail to finish.

It was a shame that only around 100 runners got to experience this great race.

 

 

Race winners

Matt Williams 38.46

Penelope Barber 46.19

 

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
7th
Spencer Holland
45:07
14th
Ian Wood
48:25
33rd
Chris Skellern
53:10
35th
Eddie Smith
54:25
97th
Sarah Gray
01:17:11

Ellesmere 10K

27th August 2017

 

No Race Report

 

Position
Name
Time
Extra
Extra2
Extra3
PB
258
John Finney
51:48
Stafford Harriers
Ages 70 – 74
1
579
John Hateley
01:06:32
Stafford Harriers
Ages 70 – 74
9
610
Karen Jones
01:09:19
Ages 50 – 54
22
653
Craig Harris
01:11:12
Male Senior
132

 

 

Borth Beach 10K

Sunday 20th August 2017.

 

Report Dave Marsden

Borth is a small seaside town just north of Aberyswyth. It has a long sandy beach that stretches northwards to the River Dovey estuary. The race, organised by Aberystwyth AC, is an out-and-back course along the beach.

The race started at 2.00pm to coincide with the low tide. Conditions were ideal, cloudy, still and with slight drizzle. As there were obviously no climbs, I thought this may be a comparatively easy course. It wasn’t. The soft, wet sand was reasonably firm but offered no return or spring of step compared with road or trail running. Also, running in a continuous straight line is very wearing especially when you turn to come back.. The finishing line seemed to be a long time coming. Despite this I enjoyed the event overall, it was well organised, reasonably priced and all entrants were given a pair of running socks, which I thought was a nice variation on the more usual prizes. Additionally, I was first in my age group for which I received a cheque for £10.00.

There were 114 finishers, the winner was Matthew Costello from Telford AC in 34:33. The first lady was Catherine Cole, Haldon Trail Runners in 44:25. My time was 48:46.

 

Leek Half

20th August 2017

 

No Race Report

 

Position
Name
Time
Cat
PB
42
Jason Littlewood
01:39:34
MSEN
72
Spencer Holland
01:45:35
M45
89
Simon Bromley
01:49:08
M40
113
Steve Turner
01:54:49
M55
116
Alan Jones
01:55:11
M50
163
Eddie Smith
02:03:12
M60

 

 

Dave Clark 5 Multi Terrain 5K

17th August 2017

 

 

No Race Report

 

Position
Name
Time
Cat
46
Adam Lightfoot
20:33
M Sen
74
Dave Marsden
22:12
M 60-64
75
Alan Jones
22:18
M 50-54 74
78
Nia Nokes
22:26
F Sen
110
Chris Skellern
24:24
F 55-59 549
156
Julie Nokes
29:36
F 55-59 47

 

 

Castlefields 5K Time Trials

9th August 2017

 

 

First Name
Surname
J/S
20-Apr-16
08-Jun-16
14-Sep-16
12-Apr-17
31-May-17
09-Aug-17
Kian
Arnott
J
22:05
Lindsay
Ashforth
S
Ryan
Ashforth
S
Michael
Bamber
S
28:31
29:08
Craig
Baxter
S
22:20
15:53
Nick
Beckett
S
23:53
23:23
22:20
21:21
21:09
Jenni
Beckett
S
30:51
30:08
24:23
24:39
24:19
Harry
Beckett
J
29:41
32:09
27:54
28:25
29:55
Isabelle
Beckett
J
31:04
31:25
27:16
28:56
30:44
Helen
Begg
S
32:31
Cathy
Behan
S
Heather
Bennett
S
27:59
Jane
Bisiker
S
James
Black
J
Matthew
Black
J
23:39
23:20
16:18
26:01
Olivia
Black
J
27:40
28:54
20:48
29:27
Matt
Bonney
J
19:48
20:09
18:39
Natalie
Boswell
S
26:36
Gemma
Brown
S
44:47
Naomi
Brownless
S
27:11
Katie
Burrows
J
34:26
Tracey
Burrows
S
34:27
Mark
Burrows
S
23:15
23:51
Chloe
Burrows
J
25:12
26:59
19:24
29:34
Steph
Burrows
S
30:20
Joanne
Carson
S
28:55
Amy
Cartwright
S
29:13
Angie
Charlesworth
S
Faye
Codack
S
27:58
Cieron
Coghlan
J
Ben
Cook
J
21:10
21:35
15:50
20:20
Lorraine
Cotterill
S
32:35
Harry
Dale
J
Rachel
Darby
S
Beth
Darke
S
Evan
Davies-Fuller
J
Ben
Deakin
J
21:25
21:50
15:21
20:46
21:41
21:05
Mel
Deakin
S
24:25
24:43
24:04
24:03
Mark
Deakin
S
27:15
17:01
25:03
24:54
Liam
Duggan
S
20:31
21:17
14:36
20:30
20:13
20:27
Ruth
Edwards
S
25:37
Mandi
Edwards
S
39:59
Chris
Elsley
S
21:20
21:40
Anabel
Evans
S
Michelle
Evans
S
32:29
32:23
Lorraine
Flory
S
32:06
Michelle
Fox
S
20:37
John
Freeman
S
24:43
23:32
Harvey
Freeman
S
32:21
Peter
French
S
34:31
Debbie
Garcia
S
Karl
Gillibrand
S
24:02
Libby
Gonsalves
J
Robbie
Gorman
J
19:19
20:03
14:14
18:37
Robert
Gray
J
23:34
Will
Gray
J
25:32
Gemma
Gray
S
31:55
Sarah
Gray
S
35:12
32:54
31:42
Justin
Green
S
19:21
19:43
Ben
Green
J
27:09
26:55
Alice
Hawkins
S
30:33
31:09
30:11
Claire
Heath
S
21:50
Ian
Heath
S
20:45
14:19
19:53
Jack
Heath
J
23:52
16:20
23:55
Dean
Hibbitt
S
22:57
Phil
Hilsdon
S
12:54
18:05
19:16
17:50
Matthew
Hilsdon
J
17:03
21:31
21:58
22:20
Karen
Hilsdon
S
30:24
31:05
Nathan
Hine
J
George
Hodkinson
J
Jack
Hodkinson
J
Ian
Hodkinson
S
20:26
20:05
Spencer
Holland
S
Alex
Jackson
S
27:04
Ewan
Jackson
J
Alix
Jackson
S
27:33
26:46
Rohiatou
Jobe
S
32:52
Sarah
Johnson
S
Andy
Jones
S
20:41
Ben
Jones
J
22:11
22:04
16:10
24:45
Lindzi
Jones
S
30:03
29:07
Alan
Jones
S
22:20
22:02
Jason
Littlewood
S
20:35
19:25
Gabby
Lufton
J
Rachel
Marsden
S
29:48
Alison
Martland
S
33:31
36:13
Chris
McCrady
S
Debbie
McDermot
S
18:05
Steve
McHugh
S
Maxine
Mills
S
31:01
Ellie
Mills
S
32:50
Julie
Mogey
S
Kieron
Mogey
J
24:17
24:25
16:16
Ali
Morgan
J
Louise
Morgan
S
Adam
Morris
S
28:15
Robert
Motram Jones
S
Amy
Oliver
J
Jo
Oliver
S
19:36
Mark
Oliver
S
Jake
Oliver
J
22:29
22:46
19:20
21:29
22:29
Chris
Owen
S
Amber
Page
J
19:20
Ollie
Patrick
J
Dave
Payling
S
Lucy
Payne
J
Amanda
Pearce
S
29:36
Taygen
Pike
J
22:45
24:33
18:35
26:34
Claire
Pilsbury
S
27:14
David
Plant
S
Jonathon
Platt
S
26:42
Selina
Powell
S
26:02
26:43
Polly
Pye
J
Charlotte
Reeves
S
29:23
27:19
28:05
Paula
Roderich
S
26:52
Danielle
Salkind
S
44:47
Will
Sammons
J
19:06
19:57
19:47
20:24
Jack
Sammons
S
24:44
Chantel
Sandford
J
Lisa
Sanzeri
S
24:07
Caitlin
Saunders
J
26:01
24:48
27:03
Nigel
Smith
S
Sandra
Smith
S
18:34
Jim
Smith
S
22:27
21:39
14:50
23:31
Shirley
Smith
S
30:33
30:14
29:25
Ellie
Smith (Blue)
J
Danny
Stevens
J
28:10
Valerie
Stuart
S
36:06
38:02
37:47
Hannah
Talbot
J
Stacey
Terry
S
31:11
Michelle
Turner
S
37:41
Helen
Underwood
S
Nick
Walklett
J
15:22
Rachel
Weaver
S
30:06
Rose
White
J
26:46
Mark
White
S
21:45
Ian
Williams
S
Lucas
Wilson
J
21:46
Keith
Wilson
S
28:36
Ellie
Withington
J
28:55
19:35

 

 

 

Cannock Chase 10k

6th August 2017

 

Report by Chris Elsley

Stafford Harriers’ Harry Perkins finished in an excellent 2nd place in Sunday’s Cannock Chase 10k, being beaten to the line by Richard McKenna (Shropshire Shufflers) by just two seconds after running the route in 38m 10s.

Four of Perkins’ club mates also took part in the event which attracted over 650 entries.

Jon Freeman finished 155th in a time of 52:52, Helen Richardson 179th in 54:21, John Richardson 180th in 54:24 and Russell Horsley 290th in 59:35.

Kim Fawke of Lawley RC was the leading lady in 9th place (40m 29s)

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
2nd
Harry Perkins
38:10
155th
Jon Freeman
52:52
179th
Helen Richardson
54:21
180th
John Richardson
54:24
290th
Russ Horsley
59:35

 

Trentham 10k

6th August 2017

Report by Chris Elsley

More than 230 runners completed one of the longest running races in the area on Sunday in what was the 42nd year of the Trentham 10K.

The race consists of a hilly one lap course, starting and finishing in the village of Tittensor but despite the tough climbs involved, it remains a popular one amongst local runners.

Ten Stafford Harriers were among the entrants with Jason Littlewood the first of them to finish, completing the course in 43m 7s to take 31st place overall.

 

 

 

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
31st
Jason Littlewood
43:07
45th
Spencer Holland
44:32
50th
Ian Wood
45:00
88th
Alan Jones
49:12
113th
Chris Skellern
51:38
131st
Tracy Ridings
53:38
133rd
John Finney
53:39
154th
Graham Williams
56:34
189th
Gael Earp
01:04:10
212th
John Hateley
01:09:25

 

 

The race winner was Charlie Hulson of Sale Harriers in a time of 32m 21s while Kristina Deffries (Trentham) was the first lady finishing 16th overall in a time of 40m 20s

 

 

Meerbrook 15

29th July 2017

 

Report by Chris Elsley

 

The major race at the weekend was the Meerbrook 15k.

 

This event is said to be one of the hilliest of its type in the country although a downhill start greets all runners as they head back into the village. But the notorious Gun Hill awaits with the climb made famous in the Tour of Britain cycle races soon thinning out the field.

 

Another down hill awaits but the climbing is not yet over as runners have to ascend Gun Hill once more before the final run down to the finish at Meerbrook.

 

Ian Wood was the first of six competing Harriers to complete the course, finishing in 106th in a time of 71m 52 secs, just three seconds ahead of club mate Spencer Holland.

 

Dave Marsden finished 197th in 79m 50s while Tracy Ridings came home in 88m 22s (260th).

 

Graham Williams was 296th in 94m 33s with Gael Earp 323rd in 100m 28s.

 

The race was won by Heanor’s Joe Rainsford in 52m 15s with Wilmslow’s Diane McVey taking the Ladies prize in a time of 60m 5s

 

Report by Ian Wood

 

After celebrating Gill and Jack Hodkinson’s birthdays it was a early start to get to Meerbrook for the 10.00 start. If you fancy doing this race next year a few things you will need to know firstly it is the 15k now held on a Saturday and is said to be the third most hilly course in England.

The start is a 15 minute walk from the race HQ in Meerbrook up hill towards leek over a cattle grid and up a farm track the race usually starts late due to runners arriving late at the start, a 10 minute delay this year.

The climb to the start means a downhill run back into Meerbrook which is where the first climb starts up gun hill for 2km which was when I went past Spencer. The view from the top is amazing the following few kilometres are all downhill past the water station which to my favourite part of the course the hairpin climb out of the valley and zig zag up the hill before I knew it I was going past 10 km and looping back to the water station for the second time the next 3km climbed back to gun hill passing several fellow runners just short of 13km we started to drop down gun hill to Meerbrook this was when the boot was on the the other foot and I lost a few places over the last 2km as I finished Spencer was literally seconds behind me.

 

This year’s race was also a inter county race with north Wales, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire and Cheshire.

 

 

 

Staffs Knot

26 July 2017

 

 

Report Chris Elsley

Last Wednesday evening saw nearly 450 runners head to Marquis Drive on Cannock Chase as Stafford Harriers staged their Staffs Knot 5 mile and fun run events.

The main event was run over a brand new single lap course and with a £400 prize on offer to the fastest man it attracted a high quality field.

It was Tipton’s Martin Williams who led from the front to take the top prize, finishing in 26m 33s. Trentham’s Simon Myatt followed in some 23 seconds later, just popping James Skelton while for Stafford Half Marathon winner Carl Moulton (Boalloy) finished in 4th.

Leading the way for the host club was Phil Hilsdon who finished 8th in 30m 18s.

Harry Perkins (17th – 31m 28s), James Found (28th – 32m 35s) and Jason Littlewood (29th – 32m 39s) also finished in the top 30 in a field of 352.

The Ladies prize of £200 went to Sally Gray of Cannock & Stafford who finished in 33m 51s.

The leading Harrier lady was Michelle Fox (69th – 35m 34s).

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
8
Phil Hilsdon
30:18
16
Harry Perkins
31:28
28
James Found
32:35
29
Jason Littlewood
32:39
PB
31
Matt Bonney
32:53
34
Robert Mottram-Jones
33:05
36
Ian Heath
33:19
PB
49
Liam Duggan
34:10
PB
53
Spencer Holland
34:22
60
Ben Deakin
34:49
70
Michelle Rushton-Fox
35:34
82
Ian Wood
36:06
89
Nick Beckett
36:41
134
Stella Dennis
38:54
136
Dean Hibbitt
38:56
139
Nia Nokes
39:08
141
Chris Skellern
39:24
173
Jon Freeman
40:47
178
Jenny Beckett
41:25
183
Roy Clay
41:49
187
Mel Deakin
41:56
195
Dean Smith
42:09
200
Caroline Nichol
42:18
212
Selena Powell
42:49
235
Georgina Coggins
44:39
236
Saffron Latham
44:41
239
John Finney
44:44
240
Russ Horsley
44:52
243
Kerry Robertson
44:54
248
Graham Williams
45:14
259
Rachel Smith
46:08
262
Karen Murray
46:23
269
Jonathan Platt
47:02
278
Joanne Carson
48:16
291
Laura Agu
49:40
292
Julie Nokes
49:44
293
Michael Bamber
49:52
294
Linzi Jones
49:52
299
Tessa Jasper
51:05
302
Shirley Smith
51:24
PB
314
Julie Birtles
52:28
PB
315
Gael Earp
52:47
323
Lorraine Flory
53:34
324
John Hateley
53:37
334
Michelle Turner
56:58
348
Megan Emery
01:04:22
349
Hayley Steele
01:05:00
352
Kim Smith
01:17:35

 

Photos of some of our runners. Sorry the phone camera wasn’t very good in the shade.

Bryan Dales photos are here

Mick Hall photos are here






































Queens Park 5k series race 2 of 3, Crewe

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Report Mel Deakin

This is a series of three 5k runs in Crewe over the summer organised by South Cheshire Harriers. Ben and I did all three last year, that was before we had Cannock parkrun on our doorstep and found they were a great way of challenging ourselves to improve. This year we can only make one of the dates but decided we would make the effort to go back despite it being the day before Staffs Knot and see if we could beat our best times from last year. The course is through Queens Park, all off road, mainly on tarmac path but a short trail path section and wooden bridge to get over – and a hill!

We got stuck in a traffic jam on the way to Crewe – we sprinted from the car park to the start line and arrived at 6:58 for a 7:00 start! No time to worry about anything before the gun sounded and we were off. The first 1.5 km is flat, and the field soon thinned out and there was plenty of space to overtake if you needed to. Then came the hill down, over the bridge and to the turn point before heading back up the hill. I knew from last year once you get to the top of the hill you can see the 4k marker and it is flat thereafter. That didn’t make the hill any easier, neither did the fact I realised in the rushed start I hadn’t started my watch so didn’t know my splits, or did running the last 500m with one lace undone!! I had to wait until the following day for the results to find out I had improved by just 9 seconds but I was still pleased and I was first FV45. Ben took 16 seconds off his best time and ran sub 21 which eluded him last year. Despite the journey we were really glad we went and had a good evening out.

 

RESULTS:

1st Chris Williams Vale Royal AC 16:06

1st Female Holly Weedall Vale Royal AC 17:46

 

49th Ben Deakin Stafford Harriers 20:49

90th Melonie Deakin Stafford Harriers 24:09

161 finished

 

Race to the Stones 100K

22 July 2017

Report Nick Beckett

Last weekend I took on my most challenging run to date, the Race to the Stones 100k ultra marathon. Two years previous I attempted a 100k and got a DNF so this was my chance to put that to bed once and for all!
My training had gone well, lost a bit of weight and planned the run fully, leaving nothing to chance. I had got a marathon PB the month before so I was feeling confident and prepared. I even had all the gear and some idea!
The start was 7:30am, cloudy and busy. I set off with the stupid people who were doing it all in one go! The first 10k went past very quick, with 2 steep hill walks and a pit stop. The second 10k I went through the infamous ‘field of dreams’ which was a massive corn field, beautiful. It started raining for a while which suited me totally, love the rain.
Jenni and the kids met me at pit stop 3 which was a welcome surprise, always great to see your family when on a long run. I managed to run (walk up the steep hills) the whole 31 miles to the half way point. First marathon was done in 4:30, which although very happy with it was a bit quicker than I had planned.
After stopping for half an hour with my pit crew, it was time to go. The next 9 miles were fine and as I approached the 40 mile mark I knew it was going to start getting tough, it did. It was lonely and getting warm. At mile 49 my only companion (my watch) ran out of battery, so I didn’t even have the occasional beep to break the silence, also after 50 miles trying to work out timings and things is near on impossible!!! Mile 50 to 56 I was feeling quite depressed, I was still running, shuffling, but I was feeling sad. Got to the final pit stop and loaded myself with coffee and coke and my new favourite fruit satsumas. I felt much better for just having some banter with the staff, who were amazing!
The last 6 miles hurt but they were a formality. At 95k I chuckled (to myself) and said “only a parkrun to go!” There was no PB for that parkrun I can assure you. I managed to run the last 3k non stop and as I approached the finishing straight my twins ran in the field next to me and I tried talking to them but I couldn’t! As I crossed the line I was emotional and as Jenni hugged me I said “I bloody did it!” And then cried!!!
I loved every minute of this race and I am already planning my next 100k next year. It was so well organised and the support was amazing. Thank you to everyone at the club who have supported me through this journey, but my biggest thanks has to go to my family who keep trailing around with me and on this day they trailed around for 13 hours and 11 mins! (Sub 12 next year!)








JCB 5

13th July 2017

 

No Race Report

Position
Name
Time
PB
8
Phil Hilsdon
30:43
9
Ryan Nokes
31:07
22
Robert Mottram-Jones
33:08
24
Jason Littlewood
33:19
PB
25
Ian Heath
33:21
30
Ian Hodkinson
33:57
37
Adam Lightfoot
34:39
38
Liam Duggan
34:39
PB
40
Ben Deakin
34:40
PB
41
Ian Wood
34:42
50
Gemma Gray
36:01
61
Robert Proctor
36:52
70
Simon Bromley
37:39
73
Gareth Hudson
37:56
76
Alan Jones
37:59
77
Steve Turner
38:10
91
Tim Hough
39:19
95
Nia Nokes
39:27
98
Chris Skellern
39:38
99
Mark Burrows
39:39
114
Mel Deakin
40:44
133
Nicol Hudson
41:50
137
Caroline Nichol
42:07
136
John Finney
42:07
153
Eddie Smith
43:24
160
Jo Oliver
44:13
161
Mark Oliver
44:14
181
Karen Murray
46:24
204
Alison Conaghan
48:38
210
Evie Whyte
48:56
209
Sarah Whyte
48:56
211
Julie Nokes
48:59
235
Charlotte Ward
51:03
250
Sarah Gray
55:58

 

 

 

Cheadle 4

9th July 2017

 

No Race reports

 

Pos
time
no
name
club
cat
nsrra no
nsrra group
18
24.20
23
R. Nokes
Stafford Harriers
M
35
25.56
409
R Mottram-Jones
Stafford Harriers
MV55
1
B
52
27.31
222
S Holland
Stafford Harriers
MV45
778
C
77
29.04
9
B Deakin
Stafford Harriers
M
82
29.21
319
I Wood
Stafford Harriers
MV50
356
C
100
30.26
310
A Jones
Stafford Harriers
MV50
74
E
132
32.08
850
C Skellern
Stafford Harriers
LV55
549
M
141
33.16
756
M Deakin
Stafford Harriers
LV45
174
36.39
809
K Murray
Stafford Harriers
LV50
224
M

 

Summer Handicap

6th July 2017

The winners were:-

1 Matthew Hilsdon

2 Matt Bonney

3 Peter  Williams 1st time so no prize

4 Ben Cook.

POS
NAME
TIME
HANDICAP
NET TIME
1
MATTHEW HILSDON
35.50
6.30
29.20
2
MATT BONNEY
37.23
12.15
25.08
3
PETER WILLIAMS
38.05
2.30
35.35
4
BEN COOK
39.00
10.00
29.00
5
SPENCER HOLLAND
39.05
12.00
27.05
6
ROBERT M JONES
39.11
12.00
27.11
7
ADAM LIGHTFOOT
39.50
12.00
27.5
8
BEN DEAKIN
40.01
12.00
28.01
9
MICHELLE FOX
40.01
12.45
27.16
10
DEAN HIBBITT
40.22
8.30
31.52
11
CHRIS SKELLERN
40.36
7.30
33.06
12
IAN HEATH
40.56
10.30
30.26
13
MARK BURROWS
41.15
8.30
32.45
14
ALAN JONES
41.36
11.15
30.21
15
RUTH EDWARDS
42.09
6.45
35.24
16
BETH DARK
42.18
8.00
34.09
17
GRAHAM WILLIAMS
43.12
5.30
37.42
18
SIMON GROOM
42.22
12.00
30.22
19
ALFIE DARBY
42.43
6.45
35.58
20
KEV DARBY
42.44
6.45
35.59
21
TINA DARDY
42.53
5.30
37.23
22
LINZI JONES
43.18
2.30
40.48
23
MICHEAL BAMBER
43.19
3.45
39.34
24
KAREN MURRY
44.53
6.45
38.08
25
ALLISON MARTLAND
49.36
0.00
49.36

Marcus Gynn Newmarket 10k

Sunday 2nd July 2017

 

Report by Mel Deakin

5am start to get to this event – you may think we are mad but Ben and I ran this event last year and enjoyed it so decided to return. It is also a good excuse to meet up with my sister and nephew who are Ely Runners, this is just down the road for them.

The race is just outside Newmarket in the pretty village of Stetchford. This part of the world is known for being flat, however this 10k is certainly not that! I think it must find every hill in the area as it has ups and downs throughout, with a long drag uphill to the finish. It is multi terrain, starting on grass, then parts on road, path and bridleway. The countryside was stunning, the sun certainly helped but this was one of those events it was just good to be at.

I had not run for a week before due to a sore calf, so decided to take it steady. Taking a week off was really difficult as that was the longest break I had since starting running in 2013. But on the day I really felt the benefit, for once the kilometre markers came too fast, I didn’t want to finish! My time was over a minute faster than last year – lesson learnt.

Meanwhile, Ben, having no particular race plan galloped around, and by the time I had finished he had warmed down as was on his way to the homemade cake stall to refuel. Great medal in the shape of a horseshoe – but after all Newmarket is horse country. Ben was first U21 male and was awarded a small trophy to keep and the Sean Harper cup which he gets to keep for a year then must return. I guess we’ll be back at next year’s event then!

Results:

1st Chris Darling Unattached 33:40

1st female Bethany Runciman Unattached 42:15

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
52nd
Ben Deakin
45:53
107th
Mel Deakin
51:20

244 finished.

 

Black Country Half

1st July 2017

 

No Race Report

 

Position
Name
Time
PB
19
Ryan Nokes
01:25:40
23
Robert Mottram-Jones
01:27:59
59
Ian Hodkinson
01:32:34
95
Michelle Rushton-Fox
01:36:11
166
Jason Littlewood
01:40:54
170
Ian Wood
01:41:12
322
Steve Turner
01:48:20
346
Simon Groom
01:49:22
382
Alan Jones
01:50:56
533
Debbie McDermott
01:56:59
607
Ruth Edwards
01:59:23
612
Eddie Smith
01:59:34
1235
Liz Shillito
02:35:16