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Lapping it up at a cold and icy Cheddleton 10K

Hilly treats in store at the Cheddleton 10K

There is a tasty selection of prizes, cakes and Christmas puddings at this final NSRRA race.

“Bring us a figgy pudding” or better still, a well organised and supported three lap race with all proceeds going to charity. The Cheddleton 10K is ready to be served on Saturday (26 November) where runners get their teeth into the hilly course and are rewarded with a Christmas pudding. 

All good things come to an end and this includes the NSRRA League Programme for 2022. The Cheddleton 10K is race 20 and the last in the programme which always attracts a good turnout from local clubs. 

It is one of several events from the Cheddleton Carnival Committee to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and Stan Winterton is the Race Director. He has been doing a sterling job since 1984 which makes him the longest serving local Race Director. There is a 2-Mile Fun Run which is open to all ages.        

The village of Cheddleton near Leek is the location and being in the Staffordshire Moorlands means plenty of climbing! Participants in the 10K Christmas Pudding Race complete three scenic, hilly laps on traffic-free lanes and crowds will encourage them each time onto the finish. Fancy dress is encouraged for this and the Fun Run. 

The course record is 30:42 which was set by Clifton Bradeley in 1987 and still stands today. Clifton has generously offered a gold sovereign to the runner who breaks this – Cardiff AAC’s Matt Clowes was the closest posting 30:51 in the 2018 race.     

Will anyone try for it this year? The weather is always a factor and if it is wet and windy on the day this will make it a much harder task. Interested parties will be keeping an eye on the Met Office forecast over the next few days...

The Fun Run starts at 1.40pm followed by the 10K at 2pm. There are trophies for the winning male and female; prizes for the first 12 men and women, age category winners and teams. Best of all, there is a Christmas pudding for every finisher. 

Run then tuck into home-made cakes and pastries accompanied by tea or coffee, courtesy of Cheddleton Community Hall.   

It’s too good to miss so enter at the AV Timing website and enjoy!

Image courtesy of Bryan Dale (Race Photos).

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