Last weekend, Jon Pierce from Newport & District Running Club took part in the Stourbridge Stagger, a tough 10-mile off-road race taking in some tricky terrain made up of tracks and fields just south of Stourbridge. Starting and finishing in Mary Stevens Park, the route winds its way through countryside near places such as Hagley, Stakenbridge and Churchill, before the runners return to the same park they started in to take the finish.

A storm on the morning of the race made the route very muddy for this year’s edition, so the going was tough throughout. As an experienced trail runner, Jon is no stranger to such conditions, and fought through the mud to take 97th place overall (out of 294 runners) in a time of 1 hour, 30 minutes. He was also 19th overall in his age category, and said afterwards: “The Stourbridge Stagger was 10 miles of hills and mud made a bit harder by the morning storm! Great turnout and atmosphere, and some fantastic support all the way round.”

Jon Pierce (left) at the Stourbridge Stagger