Tipton Harrier Ben Gamble continues to dominate the Staffordshire race scene with a third win, this time at the TOR Systems Potteries Marathon. This follows victories at the Stone St Michael’s 10K and the Potters Arf Marathon, making this his most successful season so far.
More than 400 runners took part in the main race and the relay, pushing their minds and bodies to the limit around a tough, hilly route that started and finished at Stoke City FC’s Britannia Stadium. Some runners were aiming for PB’s whilst others were content to simply finish.
Everyone entered for their own personal reasons; clapped and cheered every step of the way by the warm-hearted Potteries crowds who have a reputation for their wholehearted support of this event. This is the reason for ‘the friendly marathon’ tag.
It has been a long road to recovery for Gamble who has battled with a hip injury that sidelined him for most of this year. However, he is back on top form, thanks to treatment and support from his sponsor Coles Injury & Rehab Clinic whom he and his partner are grateful for enabling him to race. This is a highly regarded sports therapy clinic, set up by GB and international athlete Brian Cole and popular with the local running community. According to one source, if it were not for their services, three quarters of Stoke-on-Trent would not be running!
Ben Gamble crossed the line in 2:31:22 followed by Adam Holland of Notfast in 2:44:00. Carl Moulton of Boalloy came third in 2:44:51.
Hannah Oldroyd of Saltaire Striders won the women’s race in 2:59:05 becoming the only woman on the day to go under three hours. Gemma Mallett of Croft Ambrey took second place in 3:10:07 with Deborah Thomas of Trentham RC coming third in 3:11:34.