Pattingham Bells Run - Report 2013

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Despite the rain, 24th Pattingham Bells Run attracted 472 runners...

Although it was raining, this failed to dampen spirits at the 24th annual Bells of Pattingham Run, which saw entrants set off on a seven-mile course from the village playing fields.

A total of 472 runners aged between 17 and 85 braved wet weather conditions as they followed the multi-terrain course across tracks and fields.

Race director Tony Ainsworth hailed the event a huge success, with nearly £3,000 raised for charities that have yet to be chosen - smashing last year's total of just over £2500.

Mr Ainsworth said: "We're extremely pleased. It's better than we were expecting.
"The rain obviously was a little bit unfortunate - it was the first time it has been wet like that for a very long time - but in all I think everybody was happy.

He added: "I'd like to thank everybody who took part and also the local farmers and gamekeepers for allowing us to use their land.

"Let's look forward to the 25th race next year.

"It is quite a serious run, so next year we are going to try to make it more of a family event to encourage a broader participation."

The run dates back to 1990, when it was organised to raise money to replace the old wooden bell frame in the belfry of St Chad's Church. The church's bells are sounded throughout.

This year's overall winner was Ross Jones, 33, from Fordhouses, who is a member of Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club. He crossed the finish line after 40 minutes and 48 seconds. The fastest female was Tessa Clarke, 25, who runs with the same club and lives in Bilston, with a time of 47 minutes and 54 seconds.

The winners in the categories for fastest male and fastest female from Pattingham and Patshull were Alan Griffiths, 52, and Amanda Swannick.
Their respective times were 52 minutes and 58 seconds and one hour, four minutes and 58 seconds.

Prizes were also given out for various age categories, presented by St Chad's Church Priest, Revd Preb Maureen Hobbs.

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Next year's Bells Run will take place on the Sunday 12th October 2014

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Some of the feedback received from runners:

"Hearing the sound of those Bells ringing in the last mile was very motivating and in my experience makes your race unique." Mark Gatenby of Wombourne

"Had a great time ploughing through the mud, thanks to the marshalls how cheered us on in the rain - well done to everyone." Jason Wright of Baschurch

"If Carlsberg organisedd running events ! Great race ... Loved that mud! Perfect." Lucy Cambridge of Stourbridge

"Can I say a big thank you to all marshals and helpers. running in the rain is not too bad, but standing in it is another thing, but they were all cheerful shooting massive word of encouragement, Thanks You all!" Dawn Burns of Shifnal

"Having tea's and cake at the finish, makes this race different, nice Brass" Andy Cherry of Kenilworth

"It's my favourite race of the year and I do a lot of races!". Frank Walsh of Leamington Spa
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Prize Winners - Main Race 2013




1st overall

Ross Jones Wton & Bilston 40:48
2nd overall

Robin Sedman-Smith Newport & District 42:15
3rd overall

Daniel Brazier Wton & Bilston 43:26
4th overall

Tom Kenderdine Midland Masters 43.37
1st Lady

  Tessa Clarke Wton & Bilston 47:54
2nd Lady

  Jessica Harvey Telford Harriers 51:55
3rd Lady

   Sarah Rose Coventry Godiva  52:21
 Ladies - 1st places
 Under 40

Michelle Fox  Stafford Harriers 53:00
40 - 49

Sally Caton Stainland Lions 56:20
50 - 59

Chris Skellern Stafford Harriers 57:01
Over 60

Christine Sedman-Smith Kidderminster & Stourport 1:02:17
 Over 70

Kathy Ling Wrekin Roadrunners 1:48:39
 Men - 1st places
Under 40

Mark Woodus

40 - 49

Robin Guy Newport & District 45:04
50 - 59

John Garmson Telford AC 46:06
 Over 60

David Wilcox

 Over 70

 Ronald Payne Kidderminster & Stourport 1:09:46
1st Pattingham Runner
'Challenge Cup'

Alan Griffiths

1st Pattingham Lady
Winner Cup

Amanda Swannick


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Winners Trophies - click for larger images

Winners Cup
1st Lady from Parish of Pattingham with Patshull

Challenge Cup
1st Runner from Parish of Pattingham with Patshull

Thank you to all those who helped with this year's race...
Once again, thanks to all those who helped with the event. Around 150 people assist in marshalling the race and village traffic, manning the Help Desk and taking 'on-the-day' registrations. Thanks also go the Pattingham Bell Ringers and the band of ladies who prepare and serve the hundreds of pieces of harvest cake with a hot cup of tea. Thanks also to the farmers for their cooperation on the actual course.

Thanks also go to all the publications and radio stations that took up our Press Releases and published details of this year's run. We would particularly like to mention Wolverhampton Chronicle, Staffordshire Journal, The Villager, Express & Star and Pattingham Parish magazine.

Raynet (communications), the Red Cross and the Community Paramedics were again on duty and we thank them for their attendance which ensures the welfare of all runners taking part in the run.

As previous years, donations will be made to various local charities including the Air Ambulance plus the Village School, the Village Playing Fields Association and Raynet. Remaining proceeds from the Bells Run are given to St. Chad's Church, Pattingham.

Next year's Bells Run takes place on Sunday 12th October 2014

The 25th Bells of Pattingham Run will take place on Sunday 12th October 2014, starting at 11.00 am from the Village Hall Playing Fields.

The first run back in 1990, was organised to raise money to replace the old wooden bell frame in the belfry of St. Chad's church in Pattingham. Because of its popularity, the run has continued over the years and now is a respected event in the running world with a limit of 1000 entries.

All proceeds from the race are now used for local charities, such as the County Air Ambulance, Playing Fields Committee, St Chad's School and also to help St. Chad's Church funds. All runners finishing receive a 'Bells Run' brass and the first runner from the Parish of Pattingham with Patshull will be presented with a cup to be held for one year.

The design for the Bells Run brass is changed each year and they have become collector's pieces. The picture shows a typical design for the 2012 race.

The run starts and finishes in Pattingham in South Staffordshire over a 7 mile off-road, multi-terrain course, under UKA rules. Costs to enter by pre-booking, or entering on the day, will be posted on this website in the future.

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