AND THEY’RE OFF: Runners set their watches as they set off at the start of the 5K. Photograph by Karen Harland
AND THEY’RE OFF: Runners set their watches as they set off at the start of the 5K. Photograph by Karen Harland


A BLUSTERY and chilly Sunday, September 15, heralded the fifth running of the Stainton 5K and 1.2K Fun Runs.

The event acts both as a fundraiser for the village hall and a commemoration of the life of Christine Brass, a Stainton resident, staunch supporter of the village hall and keen runner.

Now in its fifth year the event hosted some 84 runners keen to test their mettle against some gruelling climbs over varying terrain.

This year the event was supported by Susan Bainbridge providing a much needed warm up for all runners before each race.

The 1.2K event saw some contestants pitting themselves against the Stainton course with all racing home to rapturous applause and a bespoke finishers medal.

The 5K event requires participants to undertake a gruelling test combining differing terrain with considerable ascent and decline.

As with the 1.2Km there was a significant increase for uptake in this race which saw the fleet of foot, and, perhaps, those less so, joined in an appreciation of a great course in fine surroundings.

The event prides itself on delivering an unrivalled friendly atmosphere which ensures all present will enjoy not only the races but the welcome that awaits runners at the village hall.

All all participants are rewarded for their efforts with a well-deserved breakfast bun.

Once again first home in the 1.2K race was Stainton villager Oliver Bentley closely followed by first female Thea Fletcher.

The 5K race was won for the third year running by familiar face Dean Newton who retains the Christine Brass Memorial Trophy posting a course record of 16:39 second home was Tom Mahoney posting a time of 19:55 closely followed by Josh Mawer in third place.

First Female home was Chloe Fairclough posting a time of 23:40.

Other finishes of note were, Corey Horn and Jevon Crawley who had an epic tussle in the latter stages of the race which resulted in Corey pulling out all the stops to (just!) hold on to his fourth.

The event was supported by local sponsors Up and Running Darlington and many of their social run group, McFarlane’s family butchers, GSK and Morrisons.

Thanks also to Dennis Hinchcliffe and his son Gareth for the provision of facilities which enabled the event to happen and McColls Brewery rewarding adult runners with a complimentary beer.

Event organisers are also wish to thank all race personnel, Susan Bainbridge, marshals, event timers and first aiders for their endeavours, and photographer Karen Harland without whom the event would not have been possible.

Thanks also to the kitchen staff back at the hall for churning out breakfast buns and refreshments to all.

Amanda Pettitt