Athletes prepare for a Christmas cracker of a race high above the Moorlands

STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands Athletic Club faces a busy weekend ahead.

The club stages its annual Christmas Cracker eight-mile multi-terrain race over The Roaches on Sunday.

However, before then the club’s outstanding young tri-athlete Eden Schiller will be attempting to wrap up the under-17 women’s race title at the concluding North Staffs Country League fixture the previous day.

The Longsdon schoolgirl will be treading a new course which has been adopted by league officials around the Rodbaston College campus in Penkridge.

Cheadle Running Club enter the final fixture of the season with the senior men’s and women’s teams standing fourth in their respective divisions.

The Cheadle ladies team are also fourth in the masters 34-plus table and have a chance to strike bronze.  

The following day the Moorlands AC’s big club event on The Roaches will see athletes – some in fancy dress – climbing to 1,500 above sea level in the demanding Cracker challenge.

The first runner to reach Trig Point on the rocky outcrop will gain the prestigious King of the Mountain Trophy.

Should difficult weather conditions threaten the safety of competitors an alternative route will take see an alternative shorter course be introduced around Tittesworth reservoir.

The race will start at the Tittesworth Water visitor centre at 11am.

Pictured above: Cheadle Running Club ladies at the club’s annual awards evening.