28 Nov

Williams Gets A Grip On Suicide Six

Martin Williams Wins At Suicide Six

It was top of the results table for Tipton Harriers with first and second places at the Suicide Six (26 November). Martin Williams kept his footing to secure victory at a wet and muddy race that had over 600 runners praying for deliverance.

A commanding performance from Martin Williams, which included a spectacular leap into the water, saw him win the 2017 Suicide Six in 36:15. He finished over a minute ahead of fellow Harrier Shaun Barnsley, second in 37:26. There was a much closer gap between the runner-up and third place with Robin Biles only six seconds behind in 37:32. 
There was an equally strong display from Lily Higgins of Halesowen AC who was the fastest female in 41:37. The young cross country runner made her England debut at the World Mountain Running Association’s International Youth Cup in Italy in June, marking a step up in her career. This win was confirmation of her off-road potential. 
Sue Davies of Tipton Harriers was second in 42:09 followed by Sheridan McWilliam of BRAT in 43:00. 
Matthew Hingley was the midpoint runner in 57:54 with the last entrant crossing the line in 1:27:37. 
This event was held at Baggeridge Park, Sedgley where conditions were challenging to say the least on a 6-mile course comprised of mud, water, hills and a series of steps known as Jacob’s Ladder. All race proceeds donated to Action Heart, a cardiac rehabilitation programme in Dudley that looks after more than 700 patients at any one time. 
The Suicide Six is one of four events organised by Action Heart and always sells out in advance. The water splash could be the attraction...
Photo courtesy of Brian Smith.