Last weekend, a cohort of runners from Newport & District RC took on the Gnosall 10k, a hilly multi-terrain race starting and finishing at Gnosall Sports & Social Club. Despite the name, the race distance is intentionally longer than 10k, coming in at around 11.2k overall. The race has a reputation for being one of the tougher ones around, and getting to the finish is an achievement in itself. The route takes runners across the boardwalk over the marshes next to the social club, before taking them up steep steps to the Millennium Way, and then back down to the canal at Plardiwick. 

NDRC runners at the Gnosall 10k(ish)

From here, the canal is followed through Gnosall Heath before heading through Cowley Tunnel and along a particularly muddy section of towpath, before leaving the canal at Cowley and heading over the fields towards Beffcote. Once competitors have made it through Beffcote, they face a tough, narrow climb up Broadhill, before descending down back towards the Millennium Way, along which they return to the finish via the previously-crossed boardwalk.

Tom Pope

Tom Pope was the first Newport runner to finish, taking 26th position overall in a time of 51 minutes, 10 seconds, exactly 1 minute ahead of Richard Bennett, who finished 34th. David Brown was next for Newport, taking 39th place in 53:23. Alex Cochrane was just 2 places behind David, recording a time of 53:44. Kirsty Greenhead beat the hour mark with her time of 59:05 to take 74th place as well as winning her category. Philip Hardy was next, finishing 101st overall in a time of 1:03:30, whilst Richard Skingsley was 105th in 1:04:13.

Richard Bennett

John Metzger ran a time of 1:13:41 to take 175th place, whilst Kay Wilkinson recorded 1:16:01 to take 187th place. Helen Holdroyd was 202nd in 1:17:10, just 4 seconds and 2 positions ahead of Anne Strowger, who was first in her category. Sue Wylie ran her race in 1:21:32 to take 234th position, whilst Liz Holbrook finished 246th in 1:24:46. Phil Dolding ran with his daughter Sophie, crossing the line in 251st place with a time of 1:25:51. Louise Patterson, also of NDRC, volunteered as the sweeper for the event, a role she very much enjoyed and hopes to return to in the future.

Anne Strowger and Helen Holdroyd