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.