Over 470 runners got a slice of the action at a sold out Stilton Stumble (Sunday 13 October) where they ran through heavy rain for one of Cropwell Bishop’s finest offerings.
There was the usual precipitation at the seventh Stilton Stumble that has become an (almost) regular feature of this popular 10K in Nottinghamshire. Held in the cheese making village of Cropwell Bishop, it has a reputation as a friendly event in a beautiful location with all proceeds donated to two local causes – Cropwell Bishop Friends of the School and the 1st Cropwell Bishop Scout Group.
Places had filled up quickly for the biggest Stilton Stumble to date. Runners were sold by the great course and the cheese! The latter tempted many to enter as did the customised medal – a new addition at this year’s race. There was also a new start/finish line.
At 10am under leaden skies the runners set off from the main road near the Memorial Hall and followed an undulating route through the pretty villages of Cropwell Bishop and Colston Bassett. Cheerful marshals encouraged them every soggy step of the way.
There was a cracking win by Philip Hind of Holme Pierrepont RC who crossed the line in 35:00 followed by Leigh Stubbs of Redhill RR in 36:15. Christopher Pearson of South Derbyshire RR was third in 36:44.
There was equally tasty running by Emily Smith of Barrow Runners, winning the women’s race in 38:58. Teammate Amber Lester was second on 40:18 and Suzannah Fleming third in 42:52.
All runners were presented with a medal and a goody bag containing the all-important Blue Stilton courtesy of Cropwell Bishop Creamery.
Image courtesy of Charlotte Mullins