Last weekend, Newport & District Running Club were well represented at the Market Drayton 10k, with more than 30 members turning out on a cool, cloudy morning, where running conditions were ideal. This is a popular local race that is always well attended, and this year was no exception. 2022 saw the return of the race to its usual early May slot, after Covid-19 forced the race into an October edition last year. 


The route takes runners on a tour of the town, starting and finishing at The Grove school. Participants first complete a lap of the school playing fields, before taking in a clockwise lap of the town that includes two passes through the town centre, and reaches areas such as Little Drayton and Dalelands, before returning to the school via the hill leading from the leisure centre up into the town centre. Tackling this hill at the 9km mark is a well-known feature of the race, and provides a late-race challenge to all runners.

David Clarke (465) with David Brown in pursuit (368)

David Clarke was the first Newport runner to finish, bagging 72nd position in a field of just over 1,500 runners, with his time of 39 minutes, 29 seconds. David Brown continued his recent excellent form, taking 104th place overall, in a time of 40:44, followed by Matt Roper, who took 147th place in 42:51, and Andrew Wilmot, who was 153rd in 42:55. Junior runner Alex Cochrane took 181st spot in 43:58, followed by Phil Dolding, whose time of 44:50 secured him 218th place. Rich Owen was hot on Phil’s heels, just 7 seconds back in 224th place, whilst Simon Yap took 255th place in 46:17. 

Alex Cochrane (476) keeping ahead of the 45-minute pacer
Simon Yap

Gary Mountford and Neil Fairbrother battled it out over the final mile or so, and whilst Neil finished ahead on the road in 274th, just one place in front, Gary’s chip time of 46:50 beat Neil’s by 4 seconds, after starting the race further back in the pen. Oliver Stokes, fresh from the DK10K just 4 days earlier, ran a time of 48:26 to take 331st place, whilst Amy Hughes was the first NDRC female finisher, taking 380th place in 49:10. John Metzger was next, his time of 49:29 securing 406th position, whilst Kay Wilkinson took 498th in 51:46. 

Matt Roper (1697), Isobel Eccles (643) and Louise Patterson (1489)

Carrie Stokes finished in 535th place with her time of 52:44, whilst Selwyn Plant took 571st in 53:27. Bernie Holbrook (591st) and Ralph Humphries (593rd) finished close together, with Ralph’s chip time of 53:33 beating Bernie’s by 25 seconds. Isobel Eccles was 670th overall with her time of 55:43, and she was followed by Emma Bishton (812th, 58:22), Anne Strowger (959th, 1:01:11) and Julia Passey (1:01:17). Wendy Tonge ran a time of 1:01:31 to take 972nd place, whilst Liz Holbrook was 1,019th in 1:01:31.

Martin Murdoch (1394)

Louise Patterson ran a personal best time of 1:02:59 in 1,031st position, whilst Toni Ireland (1:04:41, 1,054th) and Sue Wylie (1:04:26, 1,073rd) finished close together. Anne Richards (1,029th, 1:07:32) finished just in front of Martin Murdoch (1,219th, 1:07:46), whilst Lisa Yap took 1,294th place in 1:10:30, and Jennifer Williams was 1,335th in 1:11:39.

Carrie Stokes (number hidden) and Selwyn Plant (1519)