A BREAK in the poor bank holiday weather provided ideal running conditions for Sunday’s Flying Fox Marathom.
No fewer than 146 seasoned marathon runners took the hilly rural course in their stride to complete in this one-off event.
Organised to commemorate the last Flying Fox Marathon, which was staged in Stone 20 years ago, race director Bernie Priekulis said: “I was blown away by the response and enthusiasm for this race. The atmosphere before and after the event was wonderful; everyone was buzzing with enthusiasm.”
Leading the field in to the finish at the Knighton Family Social Club was South Cheshire Harriers’ Nicholas Hackett in a time of 2:44.55, followed by Steve Paterson in 2:49.27 and Nicholas’ club mate David Betteley in 2:58.11.
First lady was Katie Samuelson of Cambridge and Coleridge AC in 3:17.58 with local lady Michelle Buckle of Newcastle close behind in 3:19.54. Trentham RC’s Jill Phillips was third lady in 3:37.16.
Age group winners were: M40 Bryn Holmes (Trentham AC) 3:09.09, M45 Ian Kirk (Ivanhoe Runners) 3:50:19, M50 Barry Abram (Wigan & District) 3:11.50, M55 Paddy Loggin 3:28.03, M60 Eamonn McCusker (Ryston) 3:46.28, M65 Kevin Uzzell (Stone MM) ) 3:37.25, M70 Colin Rathbone (Vale Royal AC) 3:28.34, F35 Amanda Gilbert (Cheadle RC) 4:08.20, F40 Fern Hordern (Stratford) 3:45.00, F50 Clare MacKellar (Stone MM) 3:54.29, F55 Franxes Cooke (100 Marathon Club) 3:57.08, F60 Anne Davies (Potters Trotters) 5:21.11.
Stone MM started as a running club for veteran runners by renowned travel author Terry Darlington in 1978 and remains a popular and respected running club in Staffordshire now attracting runners of all ages and abilities.
The famous flying fox bat logo continues to be the trademark of the club. Stone MM organised a marathon race every year in Stone until 1994, when it was discontinued due to falling numbers and traffic issues.
To mark the 20th year since the race was last run, the club decided to organise a one-off event in 2014.
Those requiring more information about this event and Stone Master Marathoners running club, should contact Mac McCoig, Stone MM publicity officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him on 07939 084374.