Belle Vue Racers, organisers of Hit The Trail 5, are expecting a strong turnout for their annual event as the club prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. The race, scheduled for Sunday 5 January, is a 5 mile (approx) course around the beautiful Reddish Vale.
Hit The Trail 5 returned in 2004 after a two year absence and has since witnessed a marked upturn in popularity - last year saw a 300% increase in entries in comparison to 2010. The 2013 event saw Knavesmire Harriers' Ewan Brown take top spot with a time of 26:56, with Diane McVey leading the female field home in 31:20.
Regular participants include marathon legend Ron Hill, who still enjoys the race, while his son, Graham, is a former course record holder. To commemorate the 25 year celebrations, organisers are hoping that former record holders and winners Graham Hill, Andy Norman and Damian Nicholls will take part 2014.
The course begins at the Tivot Way Bridge over the River Mersey and is known to be challenging with tough sections along the trail paths in Reddish Vale Country Park. Registration is priced at an extremely reasonable £7.40 / £9.40.