The new midweek Stone 5 Mile Road Race (Wednesday 17 May) is more than half-full with the remaining entries selling fast. The new race is the creation of Mick Hall, a well-respected figure in the running community and known for his sports photography and PR work.
Mick also has experience as a race director, organising many events over the years including the Meerbrook 15K and the Leek Half Marathon.
In 2016, Mick was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and after six months of treatment was given the all clear. During this time, he received help and support from the Lymphoma Association, a charity providing specialist information and assistance to people diagnosed with lymphatic cancer.
He decided to host a road race as a way of expressing his gratitude to the Lymphoma Association: and chose a 5-mile distance to make it accessible to anyone whatever his or her level of ability while helping a worthwhile cause.
Entries opened on 8 January and in Mick’s own words: “the response has been awesome” from local running clubs amongst many others, who have lent their backing to this new event.
The race starts and finishes at Oulton Cricket Club, Stone where runners will follow a two-lap, undulating course around this Staffordshire town. All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and a free buffet.
For more information, visit the event website.
Photo courtesy of the Lymphoma Association.