Comedian Rob Deering swapped hilarity for hills as he posted an impressive 45:29 at Sunday’s (6 August) Cannock Chase 10K. Rob, who’s also a writer and musician, came 41st out of 653 runners, tackling an undulating course.
The avid runner took to Twitter after the race to post a photo of himself (left) showing off his race medal with the caption: "Challenge completed!"
Someone who also completed the challenge, in impressive fashion, was Richard McKenna. The Shropshire Shuffler handled the course's hills with ease to win in 38:08. Only two seconds separated him and second-placed Harry Perkins of Stafford Harriers, who finished in 38:10. Jason Corns was not far behind, taking third place in 38:19.
Kim Fawke of Lawley RC successfully tackled the ascents to win the women’s race in 40:29. Wendy Swift of Trentham RC was second in 42:48 with Lindsay Dixon of Newcastle AC third in 45:06. The last runner finished in 1:33:58.
The running community showed their support for the race and towards one particular entrant who was struggling with a hamstring injury. A marshal came to his rescue and offered to help as did several runners and this encouragement enabled him to finish. He promises to be back for next year’s race.
It was the fourth outing of the off-road race in Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and former Royal Forest that is popular with mountain bikers and walkers as well as runners. The race started at 10.30am from Birches Valley Forest Centre with runners following a hilly route through woodlands and across stepping-stones at Stony Brook Pools. They finished at Lady Hill Coppice where they were presented with a distinctive, trail-themed medal and goody bag.
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Top photo courtesy Dave Wetton
Photo of Rob Deering courtesy Rob Deering/Twitter