It is a little over three weeks to the Meerbrook 15K on Saturday 29 July, one of the most testing races in Staffordshire. This year’s event sees an exciting new addition in the form of a County Challenge Match.
New County Challenge At Meerbrook
The County Challenge Match is open to teams from Cheshire, Derbyshire, North Wales, Shropshire and Staffordshire with plans to expand this next year to include more counties. Team managers select athletes based upon their current performance and Power of 10 rankings.
There have been a record number of entries for the scenic road race in the Staffordshire Moorlands and runners who pre-enter the week before will have their names printed onto their race numbers.
The race is organised by Mick Hall, a popular figure (and sports photographer) in the running community who was recently given the ‘all clear’ following treatment for lymphoma cancer. He has many years' experience in event management, including organising the Leek Half Marathon.
The highlight of the race is the infamous Gun Hill, a 2.2km climb at the southern edge of the Peak District, which is often included in one of the stages of the Tour of Britain cycle race. The elevation is one of several aspects that appealed to last year’s winner Ben Fish who praised it on his blog, saying: “It’s a great event and one I’d highly recommend. It’s a nice change to race over a less familiar distance whilst enjoying the challenge of some decent hills.”
To enter, visit the Meerbrook 15K website.
Photo courtesy of Stone Master Marathoners