Hills were on the menu at the Kibblestone Clamber (Thursday 14 April), a tough, 5 mile trail race that proved to be an uphill challenge in the true sense of the word! And this first event in the Spring Treble Series was a foretaste of what is to come.
Expertly organised by Stone Master Marathoners (Stone MM), this race posed a challenge to runners, testing their fitness and resolve around the pleasant surroundings of Kibblestone Scout Camp. The event is back by popular demand and replacies Hanchurch Woods as the first in the trio.
With a 7pm start, runners tackled three laps of fields, streams, woodlands and steps that sapped the legs and energy levels. Not to mention the lung busting hills, a particular feature of this and the other two races. The Spring Treble Series was launched 15 years ago by the late David Upton, the founder and race director for many years who passed away in 2015. The series is dedicated to his memory.
Runners can enter each race individually or sign up for all three and get a commemorative t-shirt.
It was the closest of finishes with Matthew Connelly-Smith of Stafford Triathlon Club winning the race in 33:23, beating Jon Weavell of Stamford Triathlon Club into second place by only 1 second. He crossed the line in 33.24. Daniel Brazier of Tipton Harriers came third in a time of 33:36.
Deborah Thomas of Trentham RC was fastest lady in 37:10 followed by Joanne Connelly of Stafford Triathlon Club in 38:53. Kristina Dulson of Trentham RC took third place in 39:24. It was a good night’s work for Trentham ladies.
The next two races are the Milford Murder and Barlaston Ups and Downs and runners expect much more climbing at those.
To enter or for more information visit the Stone Master Marathoners website.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Dale.