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Cash raised by cracker runners

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Some of the participants in the Christmas Cracker race.

  • The Sainsbury's store site in Leek.

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A FESTIVE running race has raised £300 for charity.

The annual Christmas Cracker race, organised by Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club, was once again a great success and raised money for local charities.

Held on Sunday, December 15, 200 runners took part, mostly in festive fancy dress, and enjoyed a muddy run up fields from Tittesworth Reservoir and then across the windy tops of The Roaches.

The winning time for the eight-mile course was Ryan Holdroyd of Staffordshire Moorlands AC in 51 minutes and 45 seconds, closely followed by Julian Goodwin of Boalloy RC (52 minutes 20 seconds) and then Simon Myatt from Trentham RC (55 minutes 14 seconds).

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The first woman was Emma Gould of Mercia in 61 minutes 33 seconds; 2nd Vicky Smith of BRAT in 62 minutes 44 seconds and 3rd Tracy Greenway of Derby in 62 minutes 53 seconds.

But this was not an event just for serious runners – it was also a competition for the best fancy dress costumes.

The individual prize went to George Lamplough of Staffordshire Moorlands AC and the team prize to Helen Gray and Tracy Vernon of the Goyt Valley Striders.

Full results can be viewed on www.staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk

Jill Norman, of Staffordshire Moorlands AC, said: "In taking part the runners helped to raise essential funding for local charities.

"A total of £100 was given to the Buxton Mountain Rescue in thanks for their help in marshalling over The Roaches.

"A further £70 to 2nd Leek Scouts for handing out much needed refreshments to the returning runners.

"Also, £130 was given to Water Aid, the Severn Trent nominated charity."

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