Christmas Pudding road race wet the appetite of athletes from far and wide

Overall race winner Daniel Soltys (No 150) is pictured far left at the start. Photo: Bryan Dale.

ATHLETES from far and wide contested the annual Cheddleton Christmas Pudding 10k road race on Saturday.
The distance some runners are prepared to travel to compete was reflected by West London-based Thames Valley Harriers’ Sarah Johnson winning the ladies event.
Sarah, in 17th place overall, clocked 37:52 to finish comfortably clear of second placed Deborah Thomas (Trentham RC) 40:14 and Amy Neil (Newcastle AC) third in 40:29.
The overall race winner was Daniel Soltys (Stone Master Marathoners), in 33:43, ahead of Dan Richardson (City of Stoke AC), 33:54, and Carl Moulton (Boalloy AC), 34:27, third.
The first local runner to cross the finishing line was Matthew Statham (Staffordshire Moorlands AC) in eleventh place in a time of 37:25.
Every one of the 266 race finishers received a Christmas pudding.
The event is organised by Cheddleton veteran athlete Stan Winterton and raises money for Cancer Research UK in conjunction with Cheddleton Carnival.