JUST ten seconds separated the leading ten runners in Stafford’s annual Vernon’s (Olivant) limp wrist race at Castlefields on New Year’s Day.
The race, in memory of a former Stone Master Marathoners runner, features runners competing without watches or any timing device.
All runners have to predict their finish time beforehand and those nearest take the prizes on offer. This year’s title went to Liz Stevenson, a member of Potters Trotters, who crossed the finish line just a second under her predicted time of 49.52.
Only two seconds out and equal second were the trio of Kevin McCourt (Michelin AC), John Cooke (Stone MM) and Shelley Burns (Stafford Harriers), with predicted times of 48.39 (48.41), 34.15 (34.17) and 42.24 (42.26) respectively.
Chris Elsley (Stafford Harriers) ran three seconds faster than he predicted (37.15) for fifth place, ahead of Bill Clarke (SMM) 43.00 and Michael Moore (SH) 56.00.
The leading ten were completed by Tracey Gee (SH) 38.40 (38.33), Mick Beardmore (Cheadle RC) 34.56 (35.05) and Jill Martin (SH) 62.17 (62.07). There was a good turn out of 123 runners on the day.