Joe Rainsford rose to the challenge at Saturday’s (29 July) Meerbrook 15K. He did his club and county proud with an emphatic win in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
The Heanor RC and Derbyshire athlete was first across the line in 52:15 having conquered the notorious Gun Hill and several other tough climbs that characterise this race. He continues to impress after wins at Derby 10K, Notts AC Easter 10K and now Meerbrook making this a successful season for the 24-year old junior club coach. Simon Myatt of Trentham RC and Staffordshire was second in 53:06 with Ricky Challinor of Liverpool Harriers and North Wales taking third in 53:29.
Diane McVey of Wilmslow RC and Cheshire won the women’s race in 1:00:05 with Sara Willhoit of Shrewsbury AC coming second in 1:02:41. Jenny Laing of South Derbyshire AC and North Wales was third in 1:05:34.
Male Vet Over 80 Trevor Goodwin showed that age is only a number when it comes to racing. Goodwin of North Staffs Road Runners Association (NSRRA) finished in 1:45:42 and set a new 15K record along with two other NSRRA members, Simon Myatt and Jill Phillips of Trentham RC. The Meerbrook 15K is one of 23 races in the NSRRA series.
There were 364 finishers with Stuart Parton of Stoke FIT the midpoint runner in 1:18:29. The last runner crossed the line in 2:13:04.
In the county challenge event, Staffordshire won the men’s prize with Cheshire winning the women’s prize.