Ben Gamble laid down a marker with an early season win at Sunday’s (12 March) New Balance Knighton 20. The Tipton Harriers was first across the finish line in 1:47:33 followed by Patrick Martin of Stockport Harriers in 1:48:37. Oliver Harradence of Royal Sutton Coldfield AC was third in 1:55:52.
Hannah Jarvis of Dorking & Mole Valley AC was in equally fine form, winning the women’s race in 2:08:40. Deborah Thomas of Trentham RC was second in 2:20:11 with Joanne Bentley of Stone Master Marathoners third in 2:22:45.
David Alan Smith of South Cheshire Harriers was the midpoint runner, finishing in 2:51:22. The last runner came home in 4:40:11.
There was also a relay option for teams of three runners – men, women and mixed. It was a clean sweep for Stone Master Marathoners who won all three in 2:03:44 (men's team), 2:38:05 (women's team) and 1:59:57 (mixed team).
It was perfect spring weather for the Knighton 20 Mile Road race, third in the North Staffs Road Runners Association (NSRRA) series and popular with runners preparing for spring marathons. Formerly the Stafford 20 it is organised by the same team who are responsible for the Alsager 5 and incorporates a League Race and the Staffordshire Championships.
The race started at 10.30am from Knighton Sports and Social Club, Staffordshire with runners completing three laps around scenic country lanes with support and encouragement from spectators. There were prizes for the first three men, first three women and all age categories plus the first male, female and mixed team in the relays.
Every finisher received a technical T-shirt.