Stretton Skyline 14th September 2008.
At a time when we’ve had more rain than an Amazon downpour in the height of the tropical monsoons, the race Organisers prayers were answered & the clouds parted in time for a wonderfully dry & sunny weekend for the 28th running of the race & the typical Skyline weather was bestowed upon us.
The race got off to a tremendous start with an exceptional 96 starters, lead by a man meaning
business & going for a course record. Early morning cloud & mist lingered on the tops with Pole
Bank feeling on the cool side, never the less our man on a mission had a good 5 minutes lead at
this point & disappeared into the mist now with his sights firmly set on Little Stretton back
down in the valley.
First Lady runner Kate Bailey of Meirionnydd RC was also consolidating her position whilst
looking decidedly cheery in the process.
Mike’s finishing time was 2:18:22 just 1 minute off the record set way back in 1986. The water
logged fields from Comley farm just after Lawley hill seemed to slow his progress & could well
have been the reason that he just missed out. Probably just as well he was slowed as I’d only
just put the last flag in the ground when he came through!
Many thanks to all who helped with the Goody Bags, Marshalling & Water Stations along the way,
the Church Stretton Social Club for providing the Registration & Post race venue, this is all
very much appreciated by both the organisers & runners alike.
91 Finishers (95 Goody Bags made, phew!)
Race report – Andy Smith & these rather dodgy photos