With some well-known names among an entry of 1,500 and a dry morning with only a very gentle breeze, Race Director Richard Kay was hopeful that he might see two new course records. As it happens only 1,049 runners toed the start-line and several of the big names were among those who chose not to race on the day. There was a contingent from Stockport together with coach Steve Vernon and it was clear from the outset that Ross Millington would not be hanging about. After a 2-minute silence in recognition of Remembrance Sunday the race started at 11.02 a.m. and Ross went straight to the front and gradually pulled away to win in 48:37, which was a new course record. Behind him, Frank Baddick of Newham and Essex Beagles slotted into second place and, after 15 years living in Loughborough, was competing in the Midland Championships. Frank finished a clear second in the race to take the Midland title in 49:40. Behind him Daniel Haworth of Matlock Athletic Club was second in the Midland Championships in 52:49 with William Lunn-Pigula third in 54:08.
In the Ladies race another Stockport athlete was to the fore and Jip Vastenburg finished in fourteenth place overall to win the ladies race in 56:17, which again was a course record. Behind her Leila Armoush of Leeds was second in 57:32 as she finished twentieth overall. After the two Northern Ladies there was a real battle for the Midland title as Georgina Weston (Rotherham) and Becky Timmings (BRAT) finished third and fourth in the Women’s race but first and second in the Midland Championships. They were so close that both were given the same time 59:48. In third place in the Midland Championships was Alice Belcher of Wellingborough & District AC in 61:21.
There was no Midland Team Championship in 2021 although this will be reviewed in 2022.
The full race results can be seen at: