It was another win for Simon Myatt and this time at Sunday’s Halloween Hellraiser (29 October) in Cheshire. Not even the graveyard section daunted the Trentham RC powerhouse.
Simon's victory comes only two weeks after a first place finish at the Werrington 10K and the latest in what is proving to be an outstanding season. He is third in the North Staffs Road Runners Association (NSRRA) men’s rankings behind Boalloy RC’s Carl Moulton, and the pair are also joint leaders in Group A.
Runner up was Jez Brown of Buckley Runners in 1:05:59 followed by Simon Pymm of Horwich RMI Harriers in 1:06:28.
Gemma Barnett of Vale Royal AC was equally undaunted by the cemetery. She won the women’s race in 1:18:41, over five minutes ahead of Emma Weston of Congleton Harriers who was second in 1:24:38. Barnett’s teammate Claire Thompson was third in 1:24:51.
The last runner was safely home in 2:06:48.
A 1-mile fancy dress fun run at 9.30am preceded the Halloween Hellraiser which started at 10am from Crewe Vagrants Sports Club. There were costumes on display in the main event as runners followed a 10.5 mile, multi-terrain course featuring a ploughed field and graveyard. They negotiated the mud, rutted tracks and slippery steps on their way to the end.
A bottle of real ale and a beanie hat awaited every finisher with the former acting as post-race recovery after a hard slog around the countryside. The race is one of four organised by South Cheshire Harriers and a ‘must do’ for any runner looking for a fun themed challenge.