Croft Ambrey brothers beat the mist to steal the trophies.
Early morning on Boxing Day and race organisers John and Geoff Sproson could not see the hills upon which the annual Devil’s Chair Dawdle or Dash was to be fought over. Shortened route or event cancellation were both considered. With runners already arriving a watery December sun broke through and satisfied all that the race would go ahead.
From their base in Herefordshire Matthew and Adam Yapp broke away from the reduced field to finish a minute ahead of Chorlton runner Tom Arthur.
Two years ago on the last running of the event before Covid restrictions 11 year old Shrewsbury’s Bethany Trow found herself behind only one senior woman. This year Bethany went one better, now thirteen she won the women’s race outright with fellow junior Maddison Griffiths of Maldwyn less then a minute behind and Helm Hill athlete Chloe Lumsdon in third.
In the under 12s brother and sister Charlie and Chloe Stuart took the trophies older sibling Chloe beating her brother by 40 seconds. Fraser Cox, Jamie Mander and Iris Smith all finished in under 45 minutes to take the minor placing.
Junior men Adam Bentham, Joe Leahy both of Shrewsbury AC and Charlie Preece all managed top 20 finishes with Adam less than 2 minutes off the podium.
Vets Kristan McKenna and Mercia’s Simon Adney were both in the top 10, in the vet ladies Nicola Richards also of Mercia retained the title she won two years ago.
Local young men Jack Breeze and Elijah Hall put in strong performances finishing 12th and 26th while the slightly older training partners Tim Hockly and Sally Tonge maintained the strong tradition of Stiperstones runners. Tim came home first in the vet 60s with Sal taking third in the vet 50s.
As always this great event now in its 43rd year would not be possible without the support of the marshals from the Shropshire Caving and Mining Club, Lara, Phil, Chris and all the staff at the Stiperstones Inn and deserving a special mention James Raw who worked from early morning. And was still found washing up when most had gone home.
Proceeds as usual are going to Lingen Davies and the Severn Hospice.