Mud and floods meant challenging conditions underfoot at the Gnosall Carnival 10K (Saturday 15 June). Slippery surfaces failed to prevent Craig Pilsbury from retaining his title.
Last week’s biblical weather could have resulted in this race being cancelled; however, the organisers, Gnosall Ladies RC were made of sterner stuff and went ahead, delivering an event that was popular with everyone who participated. They took the weather into account, diverting the start of the 10K to avoid the submerged boardwalk, that along with pre-race advice about the state of the course was appreciated by all.
The organisers stayed with the mud theme, offering a prize of a free, facial from Laura Davies Beauty Therapist for the muddiest runner. There were trophies for the top three men and women and prosecco spot prizes, plus a new addition this year, to commemorate the untimely death of a young Gnosall 10K runner Sam Myatt. The ‘Sam Myatt Trophy’ was awarded to the fastest youngster (15-20).
This muddy multi-terrain race started and finished at Gnosall Family Sports Club, Staffordshire and was held on an 11.2K scenic route that included the boardwalk, trails, farmland, disused railway line and canal towpaths.
Craig Pilsbury successfully defended his title, clocking 44:20. Ioan Huruban of Telford AC was second in 46:15 followed by Martin Cross of Stone MM in 48:13.
Lauren Turley of Cannock & Stafford AC was the winning female in 54:06 with Michelle Fox of Stone MM second in 54:08. Claire Woodall was close behind to finish third in 54:12.
The Great British weather didn’t stop the 10K or the Gnosall Carnival held in the afternoon, both of which were a success.