Golden Mile event is strongly contested

STRONG PARTICIPATION: Runners who competed in the Golden Mile
STRONG PARTICIPATION: Runners who competed in the Golden Mile
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The second Stowmarket Striders Golden Mile took place on Saturday with 250 competitors taking part.

Conditions were near perfect with the temperature a cool 15 degrees with a light wind for the route which took runners through the town centre and finished on the Recreation Ground as the Town’s annual “Beach Party” started.

The event, included runners aged from three to 69 with families running together while others targeted a fast time over an iconic race distance.

This year included prize money for course records being broken and had trophies for junior runners in the Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 catagories as well as the top three male and female runners.

The race was won by Robert Reason from Harwich Runners, improving his time and position from 2014 to five minutes and 6.75 seconds with Steve Mason (unaffiliated) 5.13.13 in second place and James Wilson (Saxmundham Saxons) 5.13.69 in third place.

The female winner was Stowmarket resident Emily Moyes of West Suffolk Athletics finishing seventh overall and lowering the female course record in a new personal best of 5.29.78. Last year’s winner Odette Robson of St Edmunds Pacers was second in 5.43.43 with Stowmarket Striders Melody-Ann Neville third in a time of 6.40.43.

n For Beach Party write-up and picture, see page 28