There was a midweek treat for runners at the Silverdale Dash and Fun Run, an ‘undulating’ 5-mile, charity race in Staffordshire that tested their fitness levels and fortitude!
The picturesque surroundings of Silverdale Country Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire played host to the second year running of this race. The Silverdale Dash and Fun Run is one of several events organised by local sports promoter Gold-Events and had a specific aim, namely to raise money for charity and hopefully, exceed the 2015 total.
The 5-mile race is a tough, multi-terrain affair with a 1/2 mile fun run for adults and children or those who don’t fancy the numerous hills along the main route. Fancy dress was actively encouraged with prizes for the best costume, silliest run and winning boy and girl.
All runners received a memento in the form of a sports bottle and a free beer with the latter proving to be especially popular after this challenge. There were trophies and gifts for the winners plus second and third spots in the men’s and women’s race.
Felix McGrath of Westbury Harriers won the race for the second consecutive year in a time of 28:52. Martyn Davies of Newcastle (Staffs) AC was runner up in 31:05 with Ben Ratcliffe of Keele University taking third place in 31:33.
Deborah Thomas of Trentham Running Club won the women’s race and set a new course record of 33:43. Amber Reed of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers was second in 34:30 with Zoe Barker of Keele University in third place in 35:49.
13-year-old Sam Clarke won the 1/2 mile Fun Run in 3:52.