Last weekend, Annabel Bolton and Amy Hughes of Newport & District Running Club took on the “Dirty Dozen” 12k race, a multi-terrain race taking place on Cannock Chase, which features nearly 300m of ascent. Starting and finishing at the Tackeroo caravan site, the route takes in a number of trails at the north end of The Chase, forming a mostly anti-clockwise loop which drapes over the contours of the land.

Annabel was kind enough to send us this report from the day:

“It was a perfect day for running; cold but bright, and with the stunning scenery and varied terrain of Cannock Chase to navigate. We started back in the pack and soon decided this was not going to be a fast race with overtaking quite difficult in the majority of the course, so we settled in to enjoy the run. 

Navigating the ups, downs, twists and turns of the tracks and trails was made very easy by excellent way marking and marshals placed to assist. The ‘Ditch of Doom’ at approximately the 8k mark involved a run through water, nearly waist deep at the end, but was clearly advertised and there was a dry route for those who wished.

The Ditch of Doom!

We crossed the line together after putting in a push to the finish line, in 158th and 159th position out of 250 overall, 27th and 28th female with a time of 1hour 25 minutes and 23 seconds.

A thoroughly recommended race.”

Amy Hughes (left) and Annabel Bolton (right) after the Dirty Dozen 12k race