AT the weekend a number of Burnham-on-Sea Harriers took part in the annual Stoke Stampede event in Stoke St Gregory.

They joined over 340 runners who competed and finished the race with in the wet, windy and muddy conditions.

The youngest runner being only 15 was Patrick Cole who finished in a very strong 42.35 while the oldest runner at 76 was Michael Sharpe, finishing in style cheered on by the crowd in 1.27.22.

Due to the weather prior to the race the country lanes were pretty wet and muddy, adding an extra challenge to the race, besides the undulating nature of the course.

Runners seemed to actually enjoy that extra challenge which included navigating one short stretch 7.5K into the race that was flooded.

Race director Paul Morse was extremely pleased with the way the entire event went.

"From pre registration to parking and the actual race everything went as smooth as could be expected.

READ MORE: Report and photo gallery of Stoke Stampede.

"Runners and spectators all handled our Covid guidelines and parking instructions very well which was an immense help to making this yet again a very enjoyable running experience for everyone."

In other news from the Harriers, they will be taking part in the Storm the Fort event on Brean Down on January 22.

This event is part of the Channel Events Dark Skies Night Running Series.

There's a choice of 5km or 10km routes and every participant will be rewarded with a wooden medal.

The run will take place at Brean Down, starting and finishing outside the National Trust cafe.

According to the event details, this is a great way to experience Brean Down and the Fort in a different light and explore some of its hidden gems.

TO run, entry costs £19.50 and discounts are available if booked within the Somerset mini series.

Full event details can be found on the website -

If you are interested in this event you may also be happy to know that we are running six other events across Somerset and North Devon as part of the Dark Skies Series.