15 May

Tour de Force At Chillington Half

Runners At The Inaugural Chillington Hall Half Marathon

There was an Anglo-French ‘entente cordiale’ at Saturday’s (13 May) inaugural Chillington Hall Half Marathon in South Staffordshire. A team of runners from Parisian club ASC Drancy flew over to the UK to take part with two members winning age category prizes. The continental theme even extended to the race refreshments with participants given the opportunity to recover via French-themed mobile catering unit The Little Camion Creperie.

Steven Szoros won the race in 1:27:41, followed by Nick Bradley in 1:28:09. Andrew Bave of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC came third in 1:28:36. 
Jackie Bradshaw of Halesowen ACC won the women’s race in 1:35:16. Michelle Fox of Stafford Harriers was second in 1:39:54 with Penelope Barber of Tipton Harriers third in 1:43:10. Del Taylor was the midpoint runner in 2:10:07.

ASC Drancy's Gerard Melka won the M50-59 category in 1:33:39 and was sixth overall. Clubmate Kevin Pedrosa won the MU18 category in 1:34:50 and was seventh overall. Magalie Hernandez was the club's highest placed female in 65th place.
Wolverhampton & Bilston AC won a trophy for the ‘Biggest Team’ with 46 of their members taking part.

The newest addition to the Mash Running family was a sell-out affair with nearly 400 runners following a well-marked, scenic course that presented a tough but enjoyable challenge.

The event was held at Chillington Hall, the official residence of the Giffard family since 1178 and the setting for historic tours, film locations and civil ceremonies. The Hall and its private grounds were a factor in its successful debut with the organisers receiving numerous enquiries about entries for the 2018 race.
Full results are available on our race listings page.