Runners enjoying the evening sun at the Stone 5 Mile Road Race

Short, sharp and sociable: Stone 5

A charity race in the Staffordshire countryside with a few hills to get your teeth into.

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a midweek race to mix things up a bit training-wise and the Stone 5 Mile on Wednesday 24 August is perfect for this. Get the legs turning over on a two lap undulating course in a picturesque setting then relax and recover over a free buffet. 

The Stone 5 Mile from Mick Hall is Race 13 in the NSRRA programme for 2022 and starts at 7pm from Oulton Cricket Club. A popular event which welcomes runners of all abilities, it is known for its organisation, community atmosphere and support. Friendly marshals who offer words of encouragement when climbing – the course includes 600ft elevation – and, on the downhill sections, more cheers as runners turn left into the cricket club and the finish. 

Last year’s winners were Akkeal Chambers of Stockport Harriers in 28:04 and Kelly Butler of City of Stoke AC in 32:17.  

There are prizes for the first three men and women, age group winners and the first team. Competition will be fierce for these and the all-important NSRRA points. For others it will be about testing themselves on the hills. 

All finishers receive a technical t-shirt, an email certificate and free refreshments in the form of a generous buffet inside the club pavilion. A raffle will also take place on the night.           

This race is held to raise funds for the charity Lymphoma Action. They provided help and support to Mick when he was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer in 2017 for which he is ever grateful.  

Be a part of this big hearted race for a worthwhile cause. Enter the Stone 5 Mile Road Race at the AV Timing website. 

Image courtesy of Claire Thornton-Clowes.

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