Stourbridge Running Club hosted the third Bridge’ to ‘bridge via ‘port race on Saturday, which proved another great success. Runners took on a 34 mile scenic but tough course along the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Stourport and then along the Staffs & Worcs Canal to finish at the end of the canal arm in Stourbridge. A new finish area meant that runners were able to finish in the car park of the newly opened Old Wharf Inn, providing a very sociable finish area for runners and spectators.
First solo finisher was Simon Lanckham in 4.44.25, followed by Simon Robinson in 4.57.26 and Oumar Coulibaly in 5.00.30.
The female winner was Jane Pugh, finishing in 6.44.45, followed by Michelle Fidler in 7.44.08, with Alison Whitehouse and Lisa Kendrick finishing together in 3rd place in 8.04.37.
In the relay event, Black Country Racers set a new course record in 4.01.55. They were followed by the first Stourbridge team, Team Bean. Lara Pentreath, Dawn Nagle, Phoebe Packham & Grace Allen finished in 4.23.01. Next were another Stourbridge team, Team Shed. Adam Crompton completed two legs (14 miles) and Richard Lowther & Rob Taylor finished the job in 4.47.35.
Also for Stourbridge, Francesca Cox, Charlotte Cotton, Oliver Dudley & Pete Walters were 1st mixed team in 4.59.22. Richard Lamming, Terry Cranston, James Bellamy & Helen Evans finished 5.03.27 and
Errol Cumberbatch, Keith Spokes & Justin Brown finished in 5.14.20. Gary Colyer, Andy Bernasconi, Steve Barrett & Lynda Dunn finished in 5.22.50, followed closely by David Pentreath, Mark Farnan, Beth Lucas & Rachel Batchelor in 5.22.59. Stuart Floyd, Sarah Thompson, Dave Sheppard & Adrian Phillips came home in 5.37.58 and Wendy Banks, Ruby Ooi & Matt Smith finished in 6.59.38.