THERE was a strong turn-out for the annual Cheddleton Christmas Pudding 10k race on Saturday, despite the event clashing with a North Staffs Country League fixture at Leek.
There were fewer Staffordshire Moorlands AC runners in the field as a result, but the clash didn't stop last year's winner Ryan Holroyd from taking part.
The Moorlands star couldn't repeat his 2012 victory but he ran a very creditable third in a time of 33 minutes 34 seconds.
The race was won by Altrincham's Dave Norman, the son of Jeff Norman, who competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics marathon.
Norman led the 340-strong field home in 32.55, followed in by Damian Nicholls (Wilmslow) 33.00 and Holroyd.
Kristy Readman (Macclesfield) clocked 39.40 to win the ladies race after finishing fifteenth overall, followed in by Tracey Greenway (Derby) 41.06 and Rachel Lawrence (Macclesfield) 43.40.
Two runners from the district picked up prizes in the veterans category; Leek's Jenny Day winning the women's vet 35 race and Kelvin Amos (Blythe Bridge) the men's vets 55 event.
Race organiser Stan Winterton was delighted with the turnout of runners.
He said: "It was unfortunate that the cross-country league fixture was brought forward and clashed with our event, but we more or less matched last year's fields for both the main race and the fun run.
"I'd like to thank the people from the village for turning out like they did to support us. There was a lovely atmosphere about the place.
"I'd also like to thank the cleansing staff from the district council who swept the lanes before the event.
"Not all the proceeds have been counted yet, but I expect the figure to be in the region of £5,000."
Meanwhile, this year's Christmas Cracker race, promoted by Staffordshire Moorlands AC, takes place on Sunday, December 15.
Not for the faint-hearted, this eight-mile, multi-terrain race takes in The Roaches and includes two miles along the exposed ridge at 1,500ft.
A club spokesman said: "Fancy dress needs to be pretty warm and robust as well as fun and festive!
"You can join in without wearing fancy dress but even a jingling Santa hat helps to raise a smile from spectators and walkers." The race starts at 11am from Tittesworth Reservoir visitor centre, with all entries on the day. The entry fee is £8 (£5 for over-60s)
If the weather is bad, and Buxton Mountain Rescue advise against running over The Roaches, an alternative course will be run of five miles around the reservoir. Further details Staffordshire Moorlands Athletic Club website at www.staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk