Jack de­fies ex­cesses to with top time

Stockport Express - - Sports - ATH­LET­ICS LOUISE GELDART

BOX­ING Day saw around 100 run­ners tak­ing part in the mince pie fuelled Star and Garter 5k race in Dis­ley.

Clearly not slowed down by any Christ­mas ex­cess, over­all win­ner was Stock­port’s Jack Nixon with a mind-bog­gling time of 15:08.

Tobin Rose was the fastest U17 Male in 5th place and a time of 18:04. Wil­liam Bai­ley grabbed a 5k PB and 1st U11 Male in 9th place and 19:15 and So­phie Ell­wood who is only U13 was 1st Fe­male in an amaz­ing 19:20.

Nicola Lloyd was 2nd Fe­male and 1st Se­nior Woman with a sea­son’s best time of 21:11. Sa­man­tha Thomas was 3rd Fe­male and 1st V45 Fe­male while Nathan Mayoh took home the prize for 1st V45 Male and Robert Tay­lor bagged the ti­tle of 1st V65 Male.

There was a nice end to the year with the 7 mile fell race which takes in the sum­mit of Bow­stones on New Year’s Eve.

The Bow­stones are a pair of an­cient Anglian cross shafts sit­u­ated be­side the old ridge­way be­tween Dis­ley and Mac­cles­field over­look­ing the gor­geous Lyme Park, with ex­ten­sive views across the Cheshire Plain, to the city of Manch­ester and the hills of the Peak District. The run starts from the Boards Head Pub in Higher Poyn­ton and winds its way uphill, cross­ing the Mac­cles­field Canal, into Lyme Park, join­ing the Grit­stone Trail up to the Bow­stones them­selves, be­fore pass­ing Lyme Hall and the deer sanc­tu­ar­ies near Lyme Cage, even­tu­ally wind­ing back down to Higher Poyn­ton.

It’s a tough chal­lenge, but the views (and the free bot­tle of beer to all fin­ish­ers) make it more than worth­while.

Out of nearly 400 run­ners, in­clud­ing Cruella De Vil and a dal­ma­tion pup… only 19 were Stock­port Har­ri­ers but what we lacked in num­bers we made up for in spirit.

The first Har­rier back was very nearly Faye Water­house, who has clearly kept up an ex­cel­lent form dur­ing these dark win­ter months, in 36th place and 1st fe­male.

How­ever, Faye was just pipped to the post by Phil Burns, who has also had some ex­cel­lent re­sults in 2018, and came in 33rd place.

Just 4 sec­onds af­ter Faye, Si­mon Pickard was the third Har­rier to cross the line.

Great runs were also had by Andy Fowler, Mark Smith and Lee Bar­ratt with Jen­nie Pickard, Nicola Lloyd and Re­bekah Livesey fly­ing the flag for the Stock­port women.

●●Cruella De Vil and a pup put in an ap­pear­ance at Bow­stones Fell Race

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