Stourbridge Running Club hosted the first Bridge' to 'bridge via 'port race on Saturday, a 34 mile race from Bridgnorth to Stourbridge along the river Severn and Staffs and Worcs Canal. Runners could enter solo or as a team of four.

Ex-Stourbridge Runner Matt Giles was first home in 4h 36m 20s, followed by Ned Lammas of Evesham Vale in 4:48:49 and Simon Robinson in 4:51:40. First lady was Val Swingler of Shropshire Shufflers in 4:51:58.

Stourbridge Runners on the course were James Bellamy in 6:01:22 and Dave Sheppard in 7:24:57. Rob Moore pulled out at 24 miles in 4:18:00.
In the relay, Stourbridge Ladies took the first female team prize, Helen Evans, Jean Brayshaw, Helen Bellamy and Lynda Dunn finishing in 5:12:56. More importantly than taking the Ladies prize, they also beat the Stourbridge Men's team, Tim Lloydlangston, Mark Farnan, Paul Bradley and Andy Bernasconi finishing in 5:18:57.
Elsewhere, Martin Clarke ran the Bristol half Marathon in 2:29:00 and Kieran Burke completed the Worcester City half marathon in 1:40:57.

Stourbridge Running Club had two runners at the world's largest half Marathon, the Great North Run. Lucy Hingley completed the 13.1 mile course in 1.58.44 and Martin Clarke finished in 2.38.14. Stourbridge had a better turnout at the Lake Vrynwy half Marathon. Chloe Pearson was first back in 1.32.12, followed by Steve Burch in 1.35.21, Jayne Gardner in 1.45.30, Helen Evans in 1.53.47, Phil Dunn in 1.55.19, Lynda Dunn in 1.59.08, Chris Massey in 2.26.15 and Alison Kent in 2.28.58.

Stourbridge Running Club took a contingent of runners and campers to Tywyn in Wales for Race the Train this weekend.

Runners covered a variety of distances, all including extreme hills, some with cambers, mud, water, barbed wire and uneven terrain throughout all made that little bit harder by the torrential rain the night before.

In the morning races, Helen Evans took on the Dolgoch Challenge
completing the 5 mile course in 50m 42s, while in the Quarry Challenge, Ann Kite finished the 10km course in 58m 40s, followed by Jamie Taylor in 1h 00m 42s and Bob Hopkins in 1h 07m 04s.

In the Rotary Challenge, runners had to complete 14 miles. The morning runners were able to cheer on the runners from the comfort of the pub as the afternoon race passed through Tywyn High Street before heading for the hills. Robert Taylor was first home for Stourbridge in 1:50:40, followed by Chloe Pearson in 1:54:54, Steve Burch in 1:56:50, Rob Colman in 1:57:02, Rob Woodward in 2;01:26 and Paul Bradley in 2:33:11.

Stourbridge Running Club just had one runner competing this weekend. Kay Crooks completed the Pershore Plum 10k in 56.45.


Chris Ashcroft competed in The Summer Shakespeare Half Marathon and came 26th overall and 13th Senior male with a time 01:37:44, Jon Taylor also competed in the race with a time of 1hr 53mins. Duncan Cornish travelled all the way and competed in the gruelling Kennet & Avon Canal 145 mile race but could only do 102 miles until injury dampened his chances of completing the full distance.