The running community displayed a generosity of spirit at an emotionally charged Stone 5 yesterday (17 May). Over 200 runners turned out to support race organiser, photographer and cancer survivor Mick Hall at his new event in Stone, Staffordshire.
Show Of Solidarity At Stone 5
This midweek road race was organised in aid of the Lymphoma Association who helped Mick throughout his treatment and were instrumental in his recovery. He wished to express his gratitude and, drawing upon his experience in race management, decided to organise this five-mile event to raise funds for the charity.
The evening race saw runners follow a hilly two-lap course, starting and finishing at Oulton Cricket Club. The undulations did not deter the winner Tom Perry who crossed the line in 30:48. Steven Bailey of Newcastle AC was second in 31:02, with Ben Light of Buxton & District AC third in 31:35.
Lucy Holt of Notts AC won the women’s race in 31:36 and showed an altruistic side by donating her cash prize to the charity. Runner-up Jenny Knass of Stockport Harriers finished in 34:21 and made the same gesture by donating her prize money as well. She is a Lymphoma cancer survivor. Wendy Mullineux took third place in 34:36 and the last runner finished in 1:20:03.
Post-race, runners were rewarded for their efforts with a free buffet at the cricket club. including a selection of cakes baked especially by Mick's wife Joan. This was followed by prize presentations and a raffle with all proceeds donated to the Lymphoma Association.
The Stone 5 will be an annual event with next year’s race on 16 May. To enter visit the event website.
Full results are available on our race listings page.
Photo courtesy of Mick Hall Photos