Race Report New Balance Stafford 20, 8th March 2015
Driving rain and strong winds greeted the runners of the full to capacity 2015 New Balance Stafford 20.
In the worst possible conditions, winner Ben Gamble of Tipton Harriers swept home in a superb 1:46:14, eight minutes and 51 seconds ahead of Scott Hazell of Coventry Godiva in second place. First lady Rachel Wood of Blackburn Harriers cut through the harsh conditions to finish in 2:15:02, six minutes ahead of ahead of Joanne Bentley in 2:21:38.
Stone Master Marathoners finishers were Mick Downes 2:20:34, Richard Fain 2:28:13, Paul Phillips 2:51:32, Gail Evans 2:59:02 and Emma Jane Clay 3:15:47.
Report by Mac McCoig