Carl Moulton and Nia Rose Noakes were top of the class with impressive wins at Sunday’s (15 September) St Thomas 7. Their performances were worthy of a gold star at this challenging race.
Race number 18 in the NSRRA programme, the St Thomas 7 was organised by Staffordshire Running Events who are also responsible for the Stone 5, Kidsgrove 10K, Meerbrook 15K and Leek Half Marathon, all of which are hilly.
St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Upper Tean, Staffordshire was the host for this 7 mile run on quiet country lanes in rural surroundings. Upper Tean proved to be an apt name for the location as nearly 200 runners faced an uphill battle in and around this attractive area within Staffordshire Moorlands. The race started at 10.30am on Gorsty Hill as they set off, continuing in an undulating manner around Freehay, Great Gate and Winnothdale – and were cheered by marshals at every junction that they passed.
Boalloy RC’s Carl Moulton led the race from the outset and stayed there before crossing the line to win in 39:41. He was over two minutes ahead of second placed Bruce Johnson of Newcastle (Staffs) AC who finished strongly in 41:51. Moulton’s teammate Leon Bailey was third in 42:08.
Nia Rose Nokes of Stone MM looked in control throughout, running boldly to become the winning lady in 49:09. Joanne Stanfield of Trentham RC was second in 50:11 with Lisa Ho of Newcastle (Staffs) AC third in 51:38.
There was free tea/coffee and cake for all pre-entrants and the food theme continued with a pack of oatcakes for every finisher along with a medal and a bright orange, long sleeved technical T-shirt. The latter perfect for autumn evening training runs.