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Navigating The Slippery Terrain At The Knype Pool 5

Runners dig deep at Knype Pool 5

Nearly 200 runners got stuck in on a muddy multi-terrain course at Sunday’s (16 February) Knype Pool 5. The weather was an issue but didn’t cause a problem at this popular winter charity run.

The Knype Pool 5 and 1 Mile Fun Run is an annual event organised by Biddulph RC with all proceeds donated to the Biddulph Mayor’s four charities: Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Biddulph in Bloom, Food Banks in Biddulph and Zone Youth Community Centre. Small and friendly, it attracts a good mix of runners from newcomers to experienced and this year was fortunate enough to escape the worst of Storm Dennis.

Proud parents cheered their children on in the Fun Run before the main event at 11am when the field set off along woodland paths, trails and fields; marshals guided them through tricky terrain around Knypersley Reservoir.

Simon Bailey of Mercia Fell Runners cut through the mud to win in 29:05. Julian Goodwin of Boalloy RC was second in 30:06 and David Bethell of Staffordshire Moorlands AC third in 31:01.

Kate Davies was equally fleet of foot, becoming the first female in 35:11. Wendy Swift of Trentham RC was second in 36:32 with Leah Whiston of City of Stoke AC third in 38:18.

The Mayor and Town Crier lent their support that added to the community feel of this event and the Mayor was also at the finish, handing out goody bags and shaking every runner’s hand as they crossed the line.

A helping hand makes all the difference as echoed by race director Graham Fisher, saying: “Support from local businesses and the army of volunteers enabled the event to be a success. Every year we raise money for the Mayor’s charities which brings out the best in people.”

Image courtesy of Judie Tingle Photography

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