The Wincle Trout Run never ceases to delight with its challenging course, charming fete and a free trout for all finishers. This year’s event (June 4) was no exception and on a perfect English summer’s day.
Organised by Macclesfield Harriers & Athletics Club, this demanding 9K race sells out each year and it is not difficult to see why, with scenic fells, woodlands and the Dane Valley. Not forgetting the infamous River Dane that has been many a runner’s nemesis; however, the organisers put a rope across the river for everyone to use as a safety measure. The more daring competitors ran through without grabbing hold of the rope – unlike this correspondent!
The fell race is part of the Wincle village fete and starts from Tolls Farm, Wincle near Macclesfield with the principle aim of raising funds for the local church and school. An unusual feature of this race apart from the piscatorial goody bag is the start time of 2.45pm – as compared to the traditional morning start for events.
The route had changed from last year making it ‘easier’ than before although this may be open to debate. The programme also included a 3K junior race that was shorter but harder than the senior race due to the fact it was on the old route but the youngsters finished in high spirits.
Jack Ross of Staffordshire Moorlands AC was this year’s winner, crossing the line in 34:48. Richard Houghton of Pennine Fell Runners was second in 37:32 with Jason Bennett of Buxton AC taking third place in 38:19. Vicky Wright of Hyde Village Striders won the women’s race in 44:01 followed by Angela Markley of Macclesfield Harriers in 45:16. Natalie Stonell of Run Macclesfield came third in 45:29.
Thanks to Danebridge Fisheries for the trout.