“The only way is up!” – Mow Cop Killer Mile 2019


Article and images by Jonathan White


The annual ‘Mow Cop Killer Mile road race took place at Mow Cop on the evening of Thursday 9th May 2019.

The event has been organised by Mow Cop Runners, with the assistance of members of the local community, since 2017.

Several hundred people started at Drumber Lane and hauled themselves uphill via Station Road and Top Station Road to the finish at High Street near Mow Cop Castle folly.

The Killer Mile course includes 550 feet of climbing with a 25% gradient in places.

The event consisted of four races with the Under 12s Fun Run on a shortened course, followed by the full mile for the Club Run, and two Fun Runs.

The Under 12s Fun Run was won by Oliver Leese in 5 minutes 43 seconds.

The first Fun Run (6:45pm start) was won by Raif Serif (Vale Royal AC) in 7 minutes 59 seconds.

The Club Run was won by Felix Mcgrath (Newcastle Staffs AC) in 7 minutes dead.

The second Fun Run (7:30pm) was won by Jacob Droogmans in 7 minutes 57 seconds.

A £100 cash prize was available if the record time of 6 minutes 12 seconds (set by Bashir Hussain of Stockport in 1991) was broken.

As the record time was not beaten this year the cash prize in next year’s race will double to £200.

Running clubs taking part included Biddulph RC, Boalloy, Chorlton Harriers, Congleton Harriers, Crewe and Nantwich AC, Macclesfield Harriers AC, Manchester Road Runners, Market Drayton Running Club, Newcastle (Staffs) AC, South Cheshire Harriers, South Derbyshire Road Runners, Stafford Harriers, Stoke F.I.T., Stone Master Marathon, Thornton Cleveleys Running Club, Trentham Running Club, Vale Royal AC, West Cheshire Athletics Club, and Widnes Running Club.

Participants in fancy dress included: Batman, a Cheshire Cat and a female group dressed as Wally from the ‘Where’s Wally’ puzzle books in red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat, and glasses.

Every finisher received a congratulatory certificate and a ‘Killer Mile – Survivor’ wristband.

In the Mow Cop Community Church Hall there were trophies presented to the top three finishers in each race category. Refreshments were also available.

BBC Radio Stoke broadcast live during the event.

Despite some light rain, several hundred spectators lined the route and gave encouragement to the participants.

Official race photos will be available from Bryan Dale’s website.

Mow Cop Killer Mile 2019 results are also available online now.



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