I had hoped to open entrees for the race before now and am still working on basis that the race will go ahead on the 7th January. However some new environmental regulations appear to have come to light at the County Council and I am still awaiting their formal sign off and agreement. Read more
The Mercia website has moved to a new server under a new (shorter) name - merciafr.club Read more
Well done to Jack Agnew!! Read more
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the AGM has been postponed until early 2024.
This years AGM will be November 9 at Church Stretton Scout Hut, 7.30pm. Read more
Mercia would like to say a BIG thank you to James at the Outdoor Depot, in conjunction with Rab for their generosity in sponsoring the Shropshire fell running Summer Series - for yet another year. I believe when the final age category winners are worked out in the next few days, they will post out prizes! Read more
Ragleth Inn fell race
Just a short note to say sorry some of you went wrong in the Callow Hollow valley. We’ll flag it next year! I hope you all enjoyed it! 99 runners (including the Juniors) - a great turn out! One poor person gashed her knee just before the finish, that we bandaged and sent to Minor Injuries.
From race proceeds we will be giving a further donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Cancer Charity, The friends of Church Stretton Medical Centre (at the request of the field owner that kindly let us park in it), and the South Shropshire Conservation Trust.
Mercia would like to thank Church Stretton’s Outdoor Depot, in conjunction with Rab for their generosity in sponsoring the Shropshire fell running series again.
A BIG Thank you goes to Dave Nichols, Amy Aldridge, Adele Parker, Janice Curtis, Justin Sherra, Andy Davies, Charlotte White, John Luck, Phil Wilkinson, and Colin Lancaster who volunteered to do Timing, Registration and Marshalling. Thanks also to Jenny Hartley for sweeping, Dave Farrow and Matt Rawlinson for doing the Junior races.
This was the minimum number of volunteers needed to let this race go ahead safely. I had to approach several people directly to ask them to help as we were short of help. Without volunteers race’s won’t happen ! So please everyone participating- we need you ALL to volunteer occasionally in future races! Read more
The Club needs your help!
We've been discussing who is able to be Race Organiser (RO) for next year's events. Helen Stokes has kindly stepped up to organise her first race - Callow in November. John Atyeo is to be RO for the Cardingmill Canter, but is unable to organise Pontesbury as well. I will be doing Stiperstones and Ragleth Inn as this year. If anyone has an inclination to organise Pontesbury, or the Long Mynd Valley's- we can help support you, and show you the ropes. Please contact either Dave Farrow, John Ateyo or myself. We would love to hear from you! Read more
The Stiperstones race is characterised by the whole of the first half of it being up hill! The course has a bog to cross, a fallen tree to duck under, and lots of narrow loose stones mountain paths. It also benefits from such an epic start/ finish area in the Snailbeach mine area.
For the evening, the rain cleared - the course was marked minutes before people started arriving - and we JUST got enough marshals to safely run the event. But at the end - there were lots of exhausted but happy faces! So well worth all the hard work. The first 5 men beat last year's record, and the first 2 ladies beat theirs! Fabulous running by all.
Junior races were organised here for the first time, U9, U11, U13 & U15 with 1,2,3 and 4km distances for each age. 14 took part, all with great enthusiasm!
We unfortunately had one lady runner with a nasty knee gash. I hope it heals quickly. The other mishap was our using the football clubs field when the farmer had not yet had his hay cropped off it. The cars trampled his grass. We said sorry lots of times and have hopefully resolved things. Read more
Stiperstones fell race this Wednesday 7.30pm
Entries close 6pm on SI Entries (Senior race) Tuesday. £7.00
Enter on the night for £10 (cash only)
Junior races U9,U11, U13 & U15. Registration from 6pm. Can adults come after 6.30 for Registration please.
If you have Any unwanted camping or running kit - please bring for Jenny Hartley s collection for the “KitSquad” charity
Please bear with us re results as we have no Dave N, but we hope to post them early the next morning. Read more