Loz Was Staggering (12/02/2016)

Loz Heathcock kindly reports on his staggering excursion last weekend:-


While some of Tiptons fastest were taking a break from the winter mud and turning on the burners at the Alsager 5, It was left to Loz Heathcock to fly the flag at the 25th running of the 'Stagger' (Not to be confused with the late summer Stourbridge Stumble, held at the same venue but on a shortened route – Editors note).

Like most of us who were racing on Sunday, Saturday was spent looking out the window at the driving wind and rain thinking 'would this ever stop'? Fortunately it did, and Sunday was to be a dry day although a bitter cold start.

The course follows a lap of Mary Stevens Park before heading out over the football pitches and into the countryside. The course was a healthy mix of slippy and cloggy mud, road, farmers tracks with water filled craters, mud, open fields, short sharp hills, mud and one sector, labelled the 'Gully' which is a short but steep path with quicksand like mud at the bottom.

Oh, did I mention mud?

The first 8 miles went relatively quick, the last 2 and a bit were a struggle; slipping and sliding everywhere and runners looking to get past I was happy to finish with a sprint(ish) in 36th; content with a decent enough run.

The next two weeks sees the mud come back with the Men and Womens race 4 in the XC league then it's the National on the 27th.

For those who can't make the National Cross on the 27th can always look at the Action Heart 5, held at Russells Hall Hospital on the 28th


Held on the same day and on part of the same course was the ladies 7KM race. Our sole representative, Jo Acha finished an excellent 4th out of 81 finishers and was 1st FV45.

Well done Jo.