FOUR members of Stafford Harriers were among a field of just under 400 who tackled this year’s Stourbridge Stagger.
A challenging course was made more difficult than usual with many pathways being ankle deep in mud.
The 10.5 mile course involved a wonderful combination of off road paths and tracks, steep hills and gullies, stiles and gates through scenic Worcestershire countryside.
In some areas the route is almost too narrow to pass, while runners were tested up a steep climb known as “Joan’s Delight”.
First Harrier home was Richard Caley, 102nd in 1:23.43, followed by Michelle Rushton-Fox (116th) 1:24.59.
Chris Elsey managed to sneak inside the top 200 finishing 199th in 1:33.44 while Jane Bisiker was 274th in 1:42.25.
The final event of the Birmingham and District Cross Country League (second division) took place in Coventry on Saturday over a very flat, decidedly muddy course amid melting snow.
Six Harriers competed and while finishing 14th team on the day, secured 13th position overall in the league for the season.
First Harrier home in 75th position was Chris Ross with fellow team mates, Darren Mattocks 78th, Alan Griffin 102nd, Eddie Smith 159th, Roy Clay 160th and Bill Chidlow 167th.
Overall league winners were Nuneaton Harriers, with Northbrook AC in second spot, followed by Massey Ferguson RC.