2018 Christmas Cracker Race

Get into the running Christmas spirit...

Once again, Staffs Moorlands AC is hosting the ever-popular, superb value and atmospheric Christmas Cracker race. This year, the date is set for Sunday 16 December 2018 with a start time of 11am.

The race is approximately 8 miles long and takes in some breath-taking scenery in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands. Around 40% is run on country lanes with the rest being through fields and on tracks including a section along the exposed Roaches gritstone ridge some 1500 feet above sea level!

According to the reviews on Runners’ World (RW) website, 100% of past competitors would return to the race again and it has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5. Whilst this is a race, which does attract some excellent runners, the emphasis is on fun and fancy dress outfits are encouraged, even if this is a Santa hat, tinsel halo or sprig of mistletoe!!! To quote a review from “Fuzzyhead” on the RW site: “the most fun race I have had all year”.

There are prizes for various categories including fancy dress (detailed below) and every finisher receives either a pair of special edition socks or locally bottled beer.

Additionally, to be fair to the volunteers marshalling and recording results, we would ask potential entrants to ensure that they can finish comfortably within one hour and fifty minutes. Dogs are not permitted to accompany runners on the course.

In the unlikely event that the organisers deem it to be too dangerous to run over the Roaches, due to ice or heavy snow on race day, an alternative shorter course will be operated around the scenic Tittesworth Reservoir.

We try to keep running affordable to most runners which is reflected in the entry costs: £7 for Staffs Moorlands AC runners, £8 for other club affiliated athletes and £9 for unattached runners. There is a discount of £1 for runners, in each category, entering using the online facility (there is a small administration charge to cover card costs and this will close at 23.59pm on Thursday 13 December): Online Entry

Any profits from the race are shared between the local charities and organisations that have helped to stage the event (usually Staffordshire Wildlife Trust for maintaining the footpaths on the Roaches, Buxton Mountain Rescue for helping to keep runners safe on the course, and Leek Scouts for making free hot drinks for runners afterwards).

Race Details

Registration, Race Start and Finish

This takes place at Tittesworth Reservoir Visitors’ Centre, Meerbrook, near Leek, Staffordshire (postcode ST13 8SW).

Parking

Runners will need to obey whatever parking restrictions are in place at the time, which includes paying the usual visitors’ tariff.

Registration and Number Collection

Registration, sited in the Visitors’ Centre lobby, accessed by the side door, opens at 9.40am and closes at 10.45am. You can pay to enter on the day (see costs above) and, if you’ve pre-entered via the on-line route you will need to collect your number. Please do not enter Tittesworth Visitors’ Centre wearing muddy footwear or clothing at any time.

Refreshments and Toilets

There are excellent facilities provided by the Visitors’ Centre together with a wide range of reasonably-priced drinks and snacks. Please treat the facilities with respect as we rely on venues such as this and we would like to be able to stage the event again in following years. Note: there are no changing or shower facilities.

Clothing

Please be mindful of the weather conditions and dress accordingly as it can be a few degrees colder on the highest points of the course.

Safety

In addition to marshals being on the course, there will also be medical staff and Buxton Mountain Rescue personnel deployed at strategic points. A “sweeper” will also be following the last runner to ensure that everyone returns safely. Always listen and adhere to instructions from marshals – they are there for your safety and enjoyment of the race.

Finish

Please use the exit funnel and keep the finish area clear for incoming runners, who may be sprinting with eyes only for the line! After the finish, choose and collect your memento (socks or beer!) and have a hot drink with our compliments from the marked area near the finish (not in the Visitors’ Centre).

Award Presentation

This will take place at approximately 1.15pm and results will be available on our website later.

Prizes

These will be presented to: 1st, 2nd, 3rd male and female, and single awards in each veteran category (male and female) 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and 65. In the event of a veteran finishing in the top three, the veteran category prize will be awarded to the next veteran individual.

The team prizes are for: First Men’s Team (four to count) and First Ladies’ Team (three to count).

The King of the Mountain trophy is awarded to the first individual to reach the Roaches trig point.

The Ron Lucas prizes are awarded by his family for fancy dress costume judged as: Best Individual: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best Team and Runner-Up Team.

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Photos

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Prizes

Open Prizes    
Forename Surname Bib Number Club     Pos  
Eleanor Lunt 9 Long Eaton RC F   1  
Kate Davies 104 Unaffiliated F   2  
Pascale Holden 135 Shelton Striders F   3  
Luke Beresford 187 Ripley M   1  
Philip Sale 127 Ilkeston Running Club M   2  
Nicholas Hackett 154 South Cheshire Harriers M   3  
               
Vet Prizes      
Forename Surname Bib Number Club      
Rachael Laurence 179 Macclesfield Harriers F F40    
Christine Howard 19 Matlock AC F F45    
Emily Sanders 72 Ashbourne RC F F50    
Jo Miles 98 Macclesfield Harriers F F55    
Gill Horne 83 Biddulph RC F F60    
Lesley Pymm 24 Bournville Harriers F F65    
Will Murphy 165 Unaffiliated M M16    
Matthew Statham 183 SMAC M M40    
Karl Webster 18 Matlock AC M M45    
Peter Lloyd 155 South Cheshire Harriers M M50    
Malcolm Fowler 1 Wilmslow RC M M55    
Chris Green 53 Cheadle RC M M60    
Tony Hulme 31 Wilmslow RC M M65    
               
Ladies Team Prize          
  1 Macclesfield Harriers Rachael Laurence        
  1 Macclesfield Harriers Jo Miles        
  1 Macclesfield Harriers Nicola Cantrell        
Mens Team Prize          
  1 SMAC Matthew Statham        
  1 SMAC Jonathan Whilock        
  1 SMAC Isaac Elkington        
  1 SMAC Stephen Plant        

 

Finishers

Forename Surname Bib No. Club Overall Pos. Time Category
Luke Beresford 187 Ripley 1 27:44:00 M23
Philip Sale 127 Ilkeston Running Club 2 27:56:00 M23
Nicholas Hackett 154 South Cheshire Harriers 3 28:56:00 M23
Matthew Statham 183 SMAC 4 29:03:00 M40
Matthew Basnett 174 Mow Cop Runners 5 29:11:00 M23
Malcolm Fowler 1 Wilmslow RC 6 29:36:00 M55
Peter Lloyd 155 South Cheshire Harriers 7 30:16:00 M50
Christopher Smith 101 Unaffiliated 8 30:53:00 M23
Toby Venn 10 Unaffiliated 9 31:23:00 M23
Julian Brown 99 Macclesfield Harriers 10 31:28:00 M50
Karl Webster 18 Matlock AC 11 31:38:00 M45
James Wood 52 Macclesfield Harriers 12 32:04:00 M40
Mick Hutchins 69 Sandbach Striders 13 32:15:00 M40
Eleanor Lunt 9 Long Eaton RC 14 32:20:00 F23
David Hawkins 161 Unaffiliated 15 32:26:00 M23
Kate Davies 104 Unaffiliated 16 32:49:00 F23
Simon Davies 73 Unaffiliated 17 32:51:00 M23
Jamie Danks 107 Ashbourne RC 18 32:52:00 M45
Jonathan Whilock 20 SMAC 19 33:08:00 M50
Neil Skellern 6 Unaffiliated 20 33:14:00 M50
Louis Wilson 34 Unaffiliated 21 33:26:00 M40
James McMurtry 122 Ashbourne RC 22 33:30:00 M50
Richard Martin 32 Unaffiliated 23 33:32:00 M40
Isaac Elkington 185 SMAC 24 33:53:00 M23
Richard Scott 156 Unaffiliated 25 34:07:00 M23
Laurence Woodcock 163 Unaffiliated 26 34:12:00 M23
Daniel Knowles 80 Unaffiliated 27 34:25:00 M45
Alan Swannock 71 Unaffiliated 28 34:36:00 M40
Ralph Hasketh 51 Unaffiliated 29 34:45:00 M40
Pascale Holden 135 Shelton Striders 30 34:47:00 F45
Chris Green 53 Cheadle RC 31 35:10:00 M60
Will Murphy 165 Unaffiliated 32 35:16:00 M16
Simon Bills 70 Unaffiliated 33 35:24:00 M50
Geoff Pettengell 150 Mow Cop Runners 34 35:29:00 M60
John Walker 175 Unaffiliated 35 35:35:00 M60
Keith Morgan 74 Ashbourne RC 36 35:36:00 M50
Ian Rankin 140 Chapel Allerton 37 35:38:00 M23
Francis Gilchrist 62 Sandbach Striders 39 35:51:00 M23
Lee Wilkinson 67 South Cheshire Harriers 40 35:51:00 M40
Christine Howard 19 Matlock AC 41 36:35:00 F45
Rachael Laurence 179 Macclesfield Harriers 42 36:41:00 F40
Jim Wylie 33 Unaffiliated 43 36:47:00 M40
Nathan Fagan 171 South Debyshire RR 44 37:03:00 M23
Jenny Laing 11 South Debyshire RR 45 37:03:00 F23
Emily Sanders 72 Ashbourne RC 46 37:10:00 F50
Karl Stanier 21 Unaffiliated 47 37:17:00 M45
Steve Hope 17 Unaffiliated 48 37:17:00 M45
David Myatt 181 Trentham RC 49 37:29:00 M60
Tony Hulme 31 Wilmslow RC 50 37:33:00 M65
Kevin Uzzell 61 Stone MM 51 37:45:00 M65
Helen Beecham 106 Aldridge RC 52 37:52:00 F23
Cathy Ayton 125 Ilkeston Running Club 53 38:24:00 F23
Jo Miles 98 Macclesfield Harriers 54 38:43:00 F55
Ben Stratton 157 Unaffiliated 55 38:58:00 M40
Kathryn McKee 172 Unaffiliated 56 39:06:00 F40
David Gould 111 Lichfield Running Club 57 39:11:00 M65
Tom Russell 66 Boalloy RC 58 39:22:00 M50
Alison McCracken 134 Unaffiliated 59 39:38:00 F23
Justin Barker 46 Unaffiliated 60 39:51:00 M45
Caroline Burrell 8 Unaffiliated 61 40:12:00 F45
Chris Scullion 93 Cheadle RC 62 40:13:00 M45
Max Howard 42 Retford AC 63 40:14:00 M60
Adrian Middleton 180 South Debyshire RR 64 40:15:00 M45
Chris Lane 39 Biddulph RC 65 40:23:00 M60
Billy Douthwaite 184 Unaffiliated 66 40:29:00 M23
Stephen Plant 76 SMAC 67 40:35:00 M60
Allan Smith 102 Unaffiliated 68 40:40:00 M65
Phil Craddock 103 SMAC 69 40:44:00 M60
Katie Dennis 147 South Debyshire RR 70 40:47:00 F23
Romain Chambard 13 South Debyshire RR 71 40:48:00 M23
Ian Hancock 57 Unaffiliated 72 40:53:00 M50
Kevin Clarke 146 South Debyshire RR 73 41:08:00 M50
Paul Hudson 148 South Debyshire RR 74 41:09:00 M23
Gary Price 44 South Debyshire RR 75 41:09:00 M55
Steve Lyons 168 East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside Ac 76 41:23:00 M50
Walter Mosiuk 59 Trentham RC 77 41:37:00 M60
Chris Mosiuk 58 Trentham RC 78 41:37:00 M23
Nikki Simcock 178 Unaffiliated 79 41:45:00 F23
Gill Avisbury 153 Congleton Harriers 80 41:58:00 F45
Sandra Edwards 116 Unaffiliated 81 42:13:00 F50
Rachel Jones 166 South Cheshire Harriers 82 42:22:00 F23
John Morvaronino 186 Unaffiliated 83 42:23:00 M45
Philip Dawson 29 Congleton Harriers 84 42:24:00 M65
Mark Harrison 49 Cheadle RC 85 42:24:00 M45
Catriona Marshall 123 Wilmslow RC 86 42:34:00 F50
Dave Bennett 60 Stoke F.I.T 87 43:01:00 M45
Marky Sadler 16 Unaffiliated 88 43:15:00 M50
Adrian Reeves-Jones 190 Cheadle RC 89 43:26:00 M50
Sally Kenny 191 Cheadle Rc 90 43:26:00 F45
Colin Bostock 4 Long Eaton RC 91 43:27:00 M60
Elizabeth Lakin 3 Long Eaton RC 92 43:37:00 F23
Paul Stevenson 2 Long Eaton RC 93 43:39:00 M60
Charlotte Statham 182 Cheddleton Joggers 94 43:52:00 F45
Geoff Channon 30 SMAC 95 44:03:00 M60
Liz Phillips 129 Shelton Striders 96 44:06:00 F50
Matthew Henning 130 Shelton Striders 97 44:07:00 M45
David Baker 50 SMAC 98 44:11:00 M60
Chris Deakin 124 Biddulph RC 99 44:12:00 M23
Laura Ann Slack 167 Stone MM 100 44:21:00 F23
Andrew Pemberton 188 Stoke F.I.T 101 44:23:00 M45
Lisa Barlow 173 Boalloy RC 102 44:36:00 F40
Kerry Clarke 79 Unaffiliated 103 44:38:00 F40
David Parkinson 126 Unaffiliated 104 44:39:00 M40
Paul Hoban 28 Trentham RC 105 44:42:00 M40
Debbie Hill 23 Congleton Harriers 106 44:46:00 F55
Tom Palenicek 97 Unaffiliated 107 44:55:00 M65
Nigel Lee 139 Newcastle Staffs Ac 108 45:11:00 M60
Katy Henshall 170 Unaffiliated 109 45:12:00 F55
Jess Whilock 136 Chapel Allerton 110 45:29:00 F23
Sarah Miles 25 Unaffiliated 111 45:33:00 F40
Becky Hinton 143 Unaffiliated 112 46:00:00 F23
Sarah Proudmore 119 Boalloy RC 113 46:08:00 F45
David Whittaker 118 Congleton Harriers 114 46:08:00 M45
Amanda Millward 158 Stoke F.I.T 115 46:09:00 F23
Julie Lucas 138 Wilmslow RC 116 46:10:00 F55
Westley Holland 137 Unaffiliated 117 46:31:00 M23
Andrew Kane 141 Stoke F.I.T 118 46:39:00 M23
Helen Nicholls 142 Trentham RC 119 46:40:00 F23
Ian Wallis 5 Long Eaton RC 120 46:40:00 M55
Colin Bourne 96 Michelin Ac 121 46:44:00 M45
Emma Aberley-Barker 37 Unaffiliated 122 46:55:00 F23
Rachel Jukes 43 Unaffiliated 123 46:57:00 F23
Sarah Bailey 121 Unaffiliated 124 46:57:00 F23
David Hebb 55 North Staffs RR Association 125 46:59:00 M60
Angela Jacquemart 78 Unaffiliated 126 47:33:00 F50
Hillary Wood 75 Unaffiliated 127 47:33:00 F45
Linda Dale 36 Unaffiliated 128 47:34:00 F50
Simon Hallen 144 Unaffiliated 129 47:45:00 M55
Chris Hopkinson 65 Shelton Striders 130 48:08:00 M60
Carolyn Hopkinson 63 Shelton Striders 131 48:08:00 F55
Laura Carpenter 54 Stone MM 132 48:26:00 F23
Craig Carpenter 48 Stone MM 133 48:26:00 M23
Nicola Cantrell 88 Macclesfield Harriers 134 48:39:00 F40
Melanie Power 95 Macclesfield Harriers 135 48:40:00 F45
Gail Hill 87 Macclesfield Harriers 136 48:40:00 F45
Kim Eastham 90 Macclesfield Harriers 137 48:41:00 F50
Barrie Thomason 77 Macclesfield Harriers 138 48:41:00 M50
Trevor Longman 112 Macclesfield Harriers 139 48:42:00 M65
Mark Godden 89 Macclesfield Harriers 140 48:43:00 M60
Julie Smith 85 Macclesfield Harriers 141 48:44:00 F50
Katy Barnes 105 Macclesfield Harriers 142 48:44:00 F23
Stephen Pepper 15 Stoke F.I.T 143 48:49:00 M50
Jenna Bailey 120 Unaffiliated 144 48:57:00 F23
Mark Taylor 152 SMAC 145 49:00:00 M23
Paul Webster 64 Shelton Striders 146 49:29:00 M65
Bill Mould 145 SMAC 147 49:30:00 M65
Kevin Milwain 68 Shelton Striders 148 49:30:00 M55
Matthew Linney 128 Unaffiliated 149 49:35:00 M40
Simon Hodgkiss 94 Biddulph RC 150 50:05:00 M45
Andrew Hollies 81 Biddulph Rc 151 50:05:00 M50
Paul Cornwell 12 Biddulph RC 152 50:06:00 M40
Michael Lemmy 177 Unaffiliated 153 50:07:00 M45
Kevin Shufflebottom 40 Unaffiliated 154 50:07:00 M50
Penny Graham 159 Biddulph Rc 155 50:08:00 F45
  Englau 162 Biddulph RC 156 50:08:00 F23
Anna Clack 164 Biddulph RC 157 50:08:00 F23
Ruth Murphy 92 Biddulph RC 158 50:09:00 F23
Peter Sherratt 132 Biddulph RC 159 50:09:00 M23
Karen Murphy 91 Biddulph Rc 160 50:09:00 F50
Graham Fisher 82 Unaffiliated 161 50:10:00 M45
Gill Horne 83 Biddulph RC 162 50:10:00 F60
Joanne Bailey 114 Biddulph RC 163 50:10:00 F50
Vicky Saunders 160 Biddulph RC 164 50:11:00 F45
Tracy Shufflebottom 41 Biddulph RC 165 50:11:00 F50
Rachel Hollins 176 Biddulph RC 166 50:12:00 F40
David Bailey 113 Biddulph RC 167 50:12:00 M50
Karen MacKintosh 86 Biddulph Rc 168 50:13:00 F55
Laurence Edwards 115 Biddulph RC 169 50:13:00 M55
Jonathan Horne 84 Biddulph Rc 170 50:14:00 M60
Andrew Henshall 169 Unaffiliated 171 50:46:00 M55
Malcolm Rushton 38 Trentham RC 172 51:18:00 M65
Chris Tittensor 7 Unaffiliated 173 51:24:00 M65
Hilary Hallen 133 Unaffiliated 174 52:00:00 F50
Emma Sharp 14 South Debyshire RR 175 52:20:00 F40
Steffi Ward 117 Unaffiliated 176 52:50:00 F40
John Stimpson 26 Stoke F.I.T 177 53:27:00 M23
Kathryn Stimpson 27 Unaffiliated 178 53:44:00 F23
Gemma Wall 35 Stoke F.I.T 179 54:42:00 F23
Rachel Bentley 131 Stoke F.I.T 180 54:42:00 F23
Kirsty Barnes 45 Stoke F.I.T 181 54:43:00 F23
Matt Barnes 47 Stoke F.I.T 182 54:44:00 M40
Jacquie MacPhail 189 Trentham Rc 183 55:11:00 F55
Lesley Pymm 24 Bournville Harriers 184 55:22:00 F65
Bev Wynne 109 Unaffiliated 185 57:31:00 F40
Adele Tabbiner 108 Unaffiliated 186 57:31:00 F40
David Taylor 151 SMAC 187 57:39:00 M60
Adrian Tilstone 110 Unaffiliated 188 57:40:00 M50
Trevor Faulkner 56 Wilmslow RC 189 68:52:00 M65

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How to join SMAC

We welcome runners of all abilities and interests. We also welcome volunteers, who may like to help out with coaching and putting on races. Full support will be provided. Please visit our Membership pages for more details.

Coaching Sessions

If you are a member of Staffs Moorlands A.C. you are eligible to train at any of the organised sessions which are all run by England Athletics Qualified Coaches. Tuesday Night Birchall Track, Leek. 5.20pm Junior session, 6.30pm Seniors. See our Coaching pages for more details.

Our Races

SMAC is famous for putting on a series of races during the summer months and also a pre-Christmas event. Please follow the links to our Summer Series and Christmas Cracker race pages.

Kit

Kit can be ordered via email from here: kitmanager@staffsmoorlands-ac.co.uk . There are more details on our Kit page. Kit is generally ordered on demand and there may be a lead time. You must wear club kit for team events.

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Our Teams

Here at SMAC we have teams for the Juniors, Men and Ladies. There is also an active Veterans Team and a Fell Running Team. Please use the 'Teams' menu (found under the 'Run With Us' menu) to find more information.