Ben Gamble recorded a Staffordshire double with a win at the Stone St Michael’s 10K (June 19), to accompany his victory at the Potters Arf Marathon last Sunday (12 June).
The 34-year old Tipton Harriers runner was in top form coming into this race and his win last Sunday helped rather than hindered him as he recorded his fastest time to date.
The Stone St Michael’s 10K is a two-lap race through Stone town centre and on a fast, flat, PB-potential course that is ideal for full-on sprint finishes. This was the situation here as this 10k forms part of the highly competitive North Staffs Road Runners Association (NSRRA) series of races where points definitely mean prizes!
This race held in conjunction with St Michael’s First School Summer Fayre has raised thousands of pounds for the school: since it’s re-launch in 2005 funds have been evenly split between them and Stone Outward Girlguiding.
The 10K has grown in popularity over the years with local, national and international runners taking part. Entries are limited to 600 and nearly 400 runners turned out for the 2016 race, battling for those all-important NSRRA points as well as pursuing individual goals.
Gamble put in a strong performance, crossing the line in 32:11 to maintain his 100% average and top ranking in the NSRRA league table. Teammate Jonathan Carter was second in 33:31 with Chris Millett of Team Derby Runner taking third place in 34:01.
Lucy Holt continued to impress, winning the women’s race in 37:48 followed by Nichola Jackson of Preston Harriers in 37:50. Sharleen Hollinshead of Cheadle RC took third place in 38:05.
Midpoint runner was Paul Reeves in 51:00.