A RECORD field of almost 200 runners took on the tough challenge of the fifth Clawson 10k Challenge.
A total of 193 entries were taken for the trail race and walk, pushing proceeds up towards the £1,400 mark for the new playing field facilities at Long Clawson village hall.
The testing course is proving popular with running clubs, particular Stilton Striders and Stamford Striders, with a 2km climb to tackle from the start.
Stamford’s Mark Popple won in a time of 43min 50secs, just 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Jonathan Oxborough, from the Stilton Striders, with Kevin Bowen (44.17) in third. First Clawson runner home was 16-year-old Jamie King who finished seventh in an impressive 47.13.
Maggie Skinner completed a Stamford double by winning the women’s race in 49.25 from Long Clawson runner Jasmine Southam (50.38) and Pattie Cranton, of Holme Pierpoint RC, in 51.30.
Stilton Striders new member Jim Hatherley, in his first-ever race, ran well to post 49.29 for 17th position with veteran Neil Jaggard, 23rd in 50.41.
Two new Striders, husband and wife team, John (54.30) and Lisa Houghton (56.19) crossed the line in 32nd and 38th respectively, while Gary Christmas was 63rd in 61.12. Among the field were former Striders Simon Maggs (47.30), Steve Dewick (56.51) and Sue Birley (60.42).
Race organiser Serena Bignall thanked the 25 villagers who helped out around the course as well as Belvoir First Aid.
She said: “The best thing about this year’s race was the lap of the recreation ground at the end. It gave the race a new dimension because it was almost like a stadium finish.
“We have had a lot of good feedback about the course – they loved the fact it was so windy and hilly.”
Long Clawson village hall field will also host the finish of the Vale Villages Run and Relay on Saturday, June 30.
The seven-mile fun trail will take runners from Stathern to Clawson via Harby and Hose. More details to be confirmed in coming weeks.