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Stafford Harriers hit the road for a pair of races

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

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ON what was a busy weekend for Stafford Harriers running club, members competed in two major races. 


While the rain poured in Staffordshire, a contingent headed for the Highlands of Scotland to tackle the Aviemore half marathon and 10k .

Starting up in Queen’s Forest at Badaguish, close to the base of the Cairngorm Mountains and along the shores of Loch Morlich, this event is a mixture of forest trails and road running.

In the 10k, first home for the Harriers was Darren Taylor in 48.06, from Gael Earp, who clocked a season’s best 52.42.

They were followed by Bill Whitworth 55.47, Andrew Carter 67.00 and the Chase Harriers pair of Elaine Morgan 61.00 and Kath Swingwood 1:49.00. In the half marathon, Stafford Harriers were led home by Chris Ross in 1:27.13.

There were personal bests for Mark Orchard (1:30.06) and Angela Brookes (1:50.19), while other Stafford times were, Chris Owen 1:36.41, Jill Ross 1:50.31, Graham Williams 2:00.11, Brian Langston 2:00.42, George Singh 2:02.29.

Other local club times: Alan Burt 1:35.50, ColinPheasant 1:55.28, Janice Wainwright 2:05.01, Angela Allison (all Chase H) 2:55.20, Ken Bloor (Trentham) 1:51.54.

More than 20,000 runners took in Sunday’s annual Bupa Birmingham half marathon and leading home Stafford Harriers was Alan Griffin in 1:25.21. followed by Mark Bridgwood 1:26.55 (pb), Ryan Nokes 1:29.08, Adam Morris 1:29.52, Ian Hodkinson 1:32.23, Dave Payling 1:32.25.

Simon Groom 1:33.35, John Peach 1:46.20, Shelley Burns 1:52.23, Gill Hodkinson 1:52.30, Sally Dean 1:53.27, Esther Batho 1:53.38, James Thorpe 1:59.41, Julie Cocrombe 1:59.42.

Ann Caoghlan 2:00.54, Virginia Brown 2:03.43, Jon Loft 2:04.14, Rachel Davies 2:06.14, Tina Darby 2:14.28, Kev Darby 2:14.28, Sidney Stubbs 2:22.10, Maria Banner 2:22.44, Caryl Smith 2:22.44, Kate Sigley 2:31.58, Sally Liggins 2:32.03, Helen Morris 2:32.03.

Meanwhile, back in Stafford, a 10-mile trackless charity race was held to raise funds for Katharine House Hospice, in memory of Vernon Olivant, who was a member of Stone MM.

First man home was Steve Vaughan in 61.15, while the leading lady was Tracey Jones in 75.14. Other recorded Harriers’ times included, Darren Pyatt 66.16, Alan Cook 70.11, Chris Ross 72.22, Mark Bentley 75.18, Chris Skellern 75.56, Darren Mattocks 76.46, Eddie Smith 79.59, Chris Elsley 81.31, Sandra Smith 86.14. 

Graham Williams 89.41, Karen Murray 92.37, Julie Nokes 92.37 (pb), Jazz Mahil 96.20, Gemma Stokoe 99.22, Stuart Fowlie 106.29.

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