An award winning road race takes place on Sunday (10 November). Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners' annual sell-out Stebbing Remembrance Day 10 won the Howard Williams Trophy – awarded to the best road race in the Essex Athletic Association area – in 2016 and 2017.
Stebbing 10 was the trophy holder until Tiptree Road Runners regained the award last year, having previously held it in 2010 and 2012, for its Tiptree 10 mile road race held in October.
Stebbing 10 will be pulling out all the stops in an attempt to join Tiptree 10 as a three-time winner of the coveted Howard Williams Trophy. Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners may be a small club, with around 100 members, but they have been introducing people to the benefits of running for over 30 years. This experience, coupled with an extensive social programme, is vital when organising the Felstead 10K and the ever popular Stebbing 10.
Last year there were 524 finishers in 2:07:10 and only the top three broke 60 minutes on the glorious multi-terrain course. The three speedsters remarkably included the first woman. Heydon Mizon (M40 Witham RC, 59:23), Ty Farrer (M40 Huntingdonshire AC, 59:36) and Liz Davies (W35 Springfield Striders, 59:39) were inseparable until the closing stages.
Stebbing 10 course records are 51:39 (Paul Molyneaux, Springfield Striders) and 59:08 (Liz Davies, Springfield Striders) so fast times are possible on this course. The race HQ is Stebbing Primary School and competitors observe two minutes silence outside St Mary's Church as part of the Remembrance Day Service.
The start is at Stebbing War Memorial and the first mile is up and down High Street before the delightfully rural passage on quiet lanes and farm tracks past Tollesbury Farm, Duck End and Holt's Farm, finishing back at the War Memorial.
Chip timing, commemorative medals, water stations, first aid, top marshals and free parking are among the features that have ensured award winning status for this race. An extensive prize list includes a £100 bonus for new course records.