Between 1986 and 1995 the Stone St Michael's 10K Road Race became a popular event in Staffordshire noted for its fast, flat course. Organised by the P.T.A. for the benefit of the children who attended St Michael's First School.

Over 300 runners of all abilities, including business teams, turned out year on year and helped raise thousands of pounds for school funds. It was after the 1995 debrief that questions were raised about safety and marshaling and a decision was made to stop the event.

As a seasoned runner of some 38 years I was approached by Stone Outward Girlguiding to help them raise money for a project they were supporting in Mombasa. Having had the benefit of taking part in many races over the years I thought it would be a great idea to organise a race myself for other runners to enjoy.

In 2004 I approached Mrs Gale, Head teacher at St Michael's about reviving the race - she immediately agreed. Any money raised from the race would be split: half to the school and half to the Guides. The Guides, P.T.A. and my running club, Stone Master Marathoners all helped in my efforts.

2005 saw the re-launch of the race which once again featured many local and international runners, last year's 500 runners helped us raise over £3000, and in the previous four races we have reached our maximum entry of 500 well before race day.

The race has grown from strength to strength, now becoming a family event which includes a children's fun run and the school fayre, making it a great day out for the whole family; the Stone St Michael's 10K is now firmly established as one of the area's top races.

We very much look forward to seeing you all again at this year’s event and hope it will be our best race ever!  


Chris Barlow

Race Director    

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