A Fancy dress event that had some competitve undertones this year, I needed to beat 2 members who were fighting for 2nd Place with me for the Fell Championship this year.
This is a serious descent face !
"Sunday's clear weather conditions were a welcome sight for the race organisers of this years Christmas Cracker Race, the event staged by Staffs Moorlands Athletic Club now in it's 23rd year saw entries top the 300 mark for the second year in succession, proving that this race is a hugely popular fixture for runners from all over the UK.
The field of just over 320 runners set off from Tittesworth Reservoir for the 8-mile testing race taking in the Roaches and was made up of a large number of serious fell & club runners; plus a significant number of runners wearing fancy dress costumes that seem to get more elaborate year on year.
The race was won by last years champion Stuart Bond of Tommy Fell Stars running club in a time of 50:21 (Stuart was also 1st runner to the Roaches Trig Point at the highest part of the course to claim the Mike Bishop ` King Of The Mountain' Trophy) also for the second year in succession."
After a really hard push up onto the Raoches i found myself overtaking other runners, which is a new experience to me, i seemed to find my footing and stride length and started to pull back some places i had lost on the climb " more hill reps in the new year i think"
Finished in good time and place, 6th in for the in 1hr 29mins,