Clayton makes it a hat-trick at Morton Challenge

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Not unlike the rest of the country, swampy and muddy conditions greeted runners for the annual Morton Fun Run.

The main event of the day, the Morton Challenge attracted a quality field for a very muddy and wet 4.6km trail run, and it was North Wingfield’s Tim Clayton who tackled the muddy trails circling the old colliery and the tough ascent of the colliery mound, who built a commanding lead during the first of two laps and was never threatened by the chasing 28 runners to cross the line as winner and first male veteran in a very respectable 18 minutes 25 seconds.

The victory made it three wins in three years at this event for Clayton.

Second over the line and first lady and female veteran was Darley Dale’s Christine Howard in 20.54.

The Family Mile Fun Run had to be hastily rearranged to a much shorter course after the mornings deluge which rendered the trail impassable for young runners, and it was Morton youngster Cameron Higgon who outsprinted fellow villager Tom Grant in a closely fought run, both heading a sizeable field of 56 runners.

Morton Challenge results

1. Tim Clayton 18.25 MV

2. Christine Howard 20.54 FV

3. David Spencer 20.58 MV

4. Michael Kuszynski 21.57 MV

5. Andy Baines 22.20 MS

6. Bailey Jones 22.50 MJ

7. Steph Spencer 22.55 FV

8. Matt Beresford 23.40 MS

9. Jack Morley 23.50 MJ

10. Carrie Wing 24.05 FS

11. Colin Sinnott 24.15 MV

12. Bob Truswell 24.45 MS

13. Craig Selby 26.32 MS

14. Linzi Fletcher-Bates 26.56 FV

15. Mark Walton 27.18 MV

16. Lucy Bacon 27.20 FV

17. Edward Ashmore 27.24 MV

18. Simon Kimmins 27.29 MV

19. Michael Broadhurst 28.04 MV

20. Elizabeth Longstaff 28.34 FV

21. Helen Cashin 29.05 FV

22. Nannette Weaver 29.53 FV

23. Russel Burrows 30.01 MS

24. Tim Drinkwell 31.30 MS

25. Sue West 32.45 FV

26.Sheena Parry 34.00 FV

27. Liz Taylor 34.43 FS

28. Mark Taylor 34.43 MV

29. Ron Coates 26.14 MV (Retired after 1 lap.)

Full results are available on the event web site www.runmorton.com