IT has been a busy spell for members of Stafford Harriers, who took in no fewer than three races in one weekend.
Three stalwarts made the long journey to the North East for the annual Great North Run (GNR), rubbing shoulders with elite athletes, such as Mo Farah, celebrities and thousands of club and other runners, many raising money for various charities.
In a field of over 41,000 starters, the race was won by Kenenise Bekele in 60.09.
Running a personal best, in what were trying, wet conditions, was Harriers’ Alan Griffin in 1:25.09
Clubmate Tim Hough completed the race in 1:40.34, while Tracey Kenny crossed the finish line at South Shields in 2:01.33.
Meanwhile, over the Welsh border the annual Lake Vyrnwy half marathon attracted five more Harriers.
The course took in views of the lake and small waterfalls as the race began with a small, steady incline up the dam over the first mile.
Overall winners were Ben Fish (Blackburn Harriers) in 68.05 and Telford AC’s Clare Martin in 1:19.33. Leading home the Harriers in an excellent 50th place overall
was 18-year-old Nathan Sabin.
He crossed the line in 1:22.47, from clubmates, Sandra Smith 2:00.01, Sally Liggins 2:01.14, Karen Sabin 2:06.52 and Helen Morris 2:09.06.
Over in Cheshire, the South Cheshire 20 race passed through various villages, including Weston, Betley, Audley and Barthomley.
Former Stone MM runner Ben Gamble ( Tipton Harriers) won in 1:46.44, while the Stafford Harriers trio of Tracey Jones, Joanna Thompson and Shelley Burns pulled off a fine win in the ladies team event.
First Stafford Harriers runner home was Russ Barron in 2:15.18, from Jones 2:40.11, Thompson 2:44.42, Martin Moore 2:44.48, Eddie Smith 2:53.58, Paul Brownbill 2:55.56, Burns 2:56.26, Angela Brookes 3:00.25, Karen Murray 3:19.41 and Mike Moore 4:28.23.
Making her half marathon debut in the GNR was Stafford Borough Council’s sports development officer Kath Fenn who, together with Michell Birchall, raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK. Both finished in 2 hours 30 minutes.