STAFFORD Harrier Chris Skellern, earnt a gold medal in the Staffordshire Championships at the Ipstones five mile road race last week.
Fifteen Harriers took part on the gruelling course which included steep climbs onto the moors, the event was won by Carl Moulton of Boalloy RC in 28 minutes 02 seconds with Michelle Buckle of Newcastle AC won first lady in 32.57.
First Harrier home Mark Bridgwood in 32.37 while Skellern’s 39.39 earnt her Staffordshire honours.
Other Harriers' times were, Paul Douglasv 36:51, Mark Bentley 37:48, Tracey Jones 38:24, Ed Smith 40:36, Craig Baxter 42:03, Liz Stanyer 44:50, Tracey Ridings 45:21, Darren Taylor 46:33, Karen Murray 46:35, Bill Whitworth 48:18, George Singh 48:18,Gael Earp 50:04 and Julie Nokes 50:17.
A good entry of 44 Harriers headed to Lichfield for the 10km race which attracted over 1,000 runners.
The route took runners over quiet, undulating country lanes which did have some hilly challenges.
The race winner in a time of 33 minutes 17 seconds was Matt Adcock of Armitage Harriers and Vicky Callaway won the ladies race in a time of 39.10.
Paul Bosson was the first Harrier in his time of 0:37:48 and Michelle Fox was the first Harrier lady in her time of 0:44:26.
Other Harriers' times were, Alan Griffin 0:38:36 (pb), Mark Bridgwood 0:39:05, Mark Orchard 0:41:32, Ian Hodkinson 0:42:03, Mark White 0:42:38, Dave Payling 0:42:58
Joe Smith 0:43:04, Neil Martin 0:43:21, Jim Smith 0:43:27 Richard Caley 0:43:13.
To start the busy weekend of running the Harriers held their third Handicap race which was held on Cannock Chase.
Overall winner was Caroline Nichol with Mark Orchard coming home second.
In the places up to tenth were, Nathan Sabin, Angela Brookes, Charlotte Ward, Sara Broome, Jim Smith, Alan Griffin, Ian Hodkinson, Mark Bridgwood