Race nine of the PCCCT season was the Bates Plumbing ten kilometre handicap and was conducted on a circuit using country roads at Stowport. The weather was kind to the seventy-one starters as they set off on the undulating, scenic course.
Starting from the second front mark, the race proved a triumph for Stuart Greenhill. Amazingly, Greenhill became the second winner in succession to come from the small farming district of Northdown, following on from the win of his neighbour, Owen Thomas, last week.
Taking out his first win with the Club in his third season of running, Greenhill said he took up the sport to not only lose weight and improve his fitness, but for the relief it brings from the pressures and worries of farming. He now just aims to continue to improve and keep running as long as he can.
While he was comfortably in the lead for moist of the race, back in the field, several runners looked strong chances at varying stages. Chief among these were Troy Reader and Greg Smith, with backmarker Ewen Troughton also making his way through the field.
One of the pre-race favourites, Ann Horton, ran up to expectations to eventually finish second, while Don McCreadie showed a welcome return to form with a strong run into third.
Ewen Troughton was the fastest male with Lyn Saint-John fastest female.
Earlier the nominated time winners were Cayla Ward, Ashley Fehlberg, Thomas Ward and Chloe Bates.