Saturday 9th April saw the return of a local race, the “Eaton Mess” 10k, a race taking in the roads around the village of Church Eaton in Staffordshire. Starting and finishing at Church Eaton Cricket Club, runners follow a triangular route which leaves the village on Cowley lane towards Gnosall, turns left at Cowley, then left again back towards Church Eaton at the crossroads. Runners cross the Shropshire Union Canal twice as they follow the scenic route which is almost fully on country lanes. After a 2-year Covid-induced hiatus for this event, runners were greeted with a pleasant sunny morning for the race.
First back for Newport was Matthew Walley, who took 6th place overall, and 3rd in his age category, with a time of 38 minutes 22 seconds. David Brown was 13th overall with his time of 43:40, whilst Bernie Holbrook and Ralph Humphries’ had a tight battle to the finish, Bernie just about taking the honours with 66th place in 56:20. Ralph’s time of 56:22 secured him 68th spot. Mark McEvilly knocked a huge 5 minutes off his personal best to finish in a time of 1:01:09 for 89th place, while Tracey Powell was 94th, and first NDRC female runner, in 1:02:06.
Not far behind was Tracy Hartridge, her time of 1:02:47 taking 98th place, whilst Maff Wellman took 102nd place with his time of 1:03:11. Sally Morgan took 106th place in a time of 1:03:53, whilst Liz Holbrook finished in 1:04:37 for 110th position. Liz McEvilly’s time of 1:05:47 secured 117th place, not far ahead of Toni Ireland, who was 119th overall, and 3rd in her age category, with a time of 1:06:58.