CHEADLE Running Club star Rebecca Harrison has been ruled out of this year’s Stafford Half Marathon through injury.
The 39 year old college lecturer has has won all five ladies races since making her debut in 2012.
Harrison explained: “I’m not in the form I wanted to be in, having picked up a niggle, and I don’t want my injuries to re-occur (achilles and nerve tissue) by pushing myself too soon.”
“I’m truly gutted to make this decision as it is one of my favourite half-marathons. The good news is there will definitely be a new Stafford Half ladies champion this year.”
Harrison added: “The race is popular with club runners across the Midlands but is a friendly event that also welcomes thousands of recreational and charity runners of all ages and abilities.”
A record 4,000 runners took part in last year’s event which saw Harrison complete the 13.1 mile course in 1:25:57. This year’s race takes place on Sunday, March 18.
RUNNERS from the East Midlands dominated this year’s Cheadle Spring 5 road race.
Mark Powell (Leicester Corinthians) won the main race in a time of 27:22 ahead of Ian Salt (Uttoxeter Road Runners) 22:45 and Les Ball (Lincoln Wellington RC) 29:52.
Lucy Holt (Notts AC) completed the East Midlands domination by coming home more than two minutes clear of the rest of the field in the ladies race, clocking 31:27.
Jenny Dalkins (Cheadle Running Club) finished second in 33:40 after doing battle with Victoria Ison (Sale Harriers/Manchester Police) who came in seven seconds later.