9 Aug

Sun, Stiles and Sand At Stourbridge

Braving the heat and the hills at the Stourbridge Stumble

Nearly 200 runners braved the heat and the hills of the Stourbridge Stumble, on a summer evening last Saturday (6 August). This tough, multi-terrain 10K is one of two races organised each year by Stourbridge Running Club, the other being the 10-mile Stagger held in February. Runners have the choice of staggering or stumbling up and down hills with a few stiles and gates to up the ante.

The Stourbridge Stumble used the same course as its winter counterpart and included a 3.5 km fun run beforehand. Runners lined up at 6pm at Mary Stevens Park before heading off on a scenic route around the countryside with several undulations, including a sand hill. However, they were rewarded with fast downhill sections that stretched the legs.  
Favourable weather conditions meant a dry course: this is not the usual state of affairs as previous years have seen runners struggling through ankle deep mud. These are the type of conditions more commonly seen in cross-country than a summer race.  
No mud this year – for a change, but the race was still tough due to the hot weather. This plus the hills, stiles and gates limited the chance of a PB with many runners treating it as an experience. 
Despite the heat, Martin Williams of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC was first across the line in 35:08. James Marshall was second in 37:14 with Paul Hammond of Mercia Fell Runners taking third place in 37:19. 
Helen Tromans of Dudley Kingswinford Running Club won the women’s race in 44:34. Aimee Palace of Cobra RC was second in 45:44 with Heather Fisher of Sheffield RC third in 46:24. 
Midpoint runner was Jude Glynn of Bournville Harriers in 53:59. 
Photo courtesy of We Love Stourbridge.