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Hundreds tackle muddy Stourbridge Stagger - in pictures and video

By Luke Bartlett | Dudley entertainment | Published:

Hundreds of runners braved muddy conditions in the latest edition of a gruelling 10-mile event.

Around 500 people took part in the Stourbridge Stagger race on Sunday and tackled the 'multi-terrain' course.

Those leading the event dubbed the day a 'success' and have already said it is to return next year.

Race director Ian Clarke, 63, said: "It was a success – the weather was decent for us today.

See a video here:

Stourbridge Stagger

"The course was testing and there was some tight racing at the front.

"People come back year after year to do it – I think they just like the course.

"If the marshals are friendly and encouraging the runners appreciate that.

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"You only have to get it wrong once and you can lose hundreds of runners so you need to keep them happy."

Mr Clarke said the £10 charge for the event was not a bid to make profit.

H e said: "It is peanuts really and we do not do it to make money – we do it because we want to give something back to the sport."

"The course has hardly changed over the years. It is not a bland course and it has got its trials and tribulations – It will be back next year."

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
Trainee Reporter - @lbartlett_star

Trainee Express & Star reporter covering Dudley and Sandwell. Get in touch on 01902 319445 or via luke.bartlett@expressandstar.co.uk.

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