Danny Soltys wins the 2022 Stone 5 Mile race

Success for Super Soltys at Stone 5

He went one better than his 2021 result.

Velo Runner’s Danny Soltys made short work of the hills as he raced to a win at the Stone 5 Mile. It was his turn to taste victory at this challenging midweek race from Mick Hall in support of Lymphoma Action. 

He was part of a 230-strong field at Race 13 in the NSRRA league programme which was livestreamed by Retinair. It is always well supported by the local running community: Trentham RC, Stafford Harriers, Stone MM and Stoke FIT were represented along with Macclesfield Harriers, South Cheshire Harriers and Market Drayton RC to name but a few. There was a good camaraderie between the runners before, during and after the race. 

Oulton Cricket Club acted as the Race HQ with the pavilion used for the presentation with prizes for the top three men and women, age group winners and first team.  

At 7pm Ken Rushton sent everyone on their way with a “3...2...1” to follow a two lap course with more than a few inclines and descents. Up and down and around Oulton with encouragement from marshals and spectators as they completed the two laps with a last gasp dash to the finish line. 

Danny Soltys finished runner up in last year’s race where he posted 28:46. He had the bit between his teeth; chasing down and overtaking race leader Jonathan Read after two miles before going up a gear and powering his way to the finish in 28:39 and a course PB. It was a masterful display of running by the HPR coached athlete.  

Jonathan Read finished nearly a minute and half behind, taking second place in 29:59. Peter Nimmo of City of Stoke AC came third in 30:39. 

Faye Sharpley of Macclesfield Harriers was the women’s winner in 33:46 closely followed by Nia Nokes of City of Stoke AC in 33:52. Teammate Kelly Butler took third place in 34:16. 

The full set of results can be found via the runABC Midlands Race Listings page. 

There was a bespoke technical t-shirt for every finisher and a free buffet and refreshments - both of which were appreciated by runners and volunteers alike. Mick Hall thanked everyone involved in making it a safe and enjoyable event and "See you all next year."   

The next NSRRA race is a tad further... the South Cheshire 20 on Sunday 4 September. Sign up at the AV Timing website.

Image courtesy of Bryan Dale (Race Photos). 

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