Stilton 7

14th April 2024
On a warm sunny Sunday morning runners from across Leicestershire lined up outside The Stute on Asfordby Hill to compete in the second Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) race of the spring series. Runners were put under starters orders by Katie Hately-Houghton, the official Race Director, who along with a large band of Striders volunteers marshalled along the route ensuring runners followed the route and most importantly were safe. In order for the race to start along Welby Road it was necessary to close the road to traffic from Asfordby Hill roundabout along to St Bartholomews Way for 20 minutes.
From the start Mohammed Hussein (Roadhoggs) set the pace and lead the 487 eventual finishes around the undulating and challenging two loop course before finishing first male in a very impressive time of 35:33 for the seven mile distance. His time was just 2 seconds down on the course record of 35:31 which Mohammed set last year.
Note: Due to previous race records being either paper copies or press cutting the club have been unable to determine what the course record is. The race was staged as a LRRL Winter League race run from Kirby Bellars, then as a 10k from Asfordby Mine in 1987 and 1989. In 1990 it became the Ewart 7 as a LRRL Summer Race from Asfordby Hill which was won by Karl Orchard in 38:27. In 1992 it was rebadged as the Stilton 7 and again won by Karl Orchard in 36:25. Then in 1993 it was run as a the Stilton 10, from the mine and in 1994 and 1995 it was still run from the mine but as a 10k LRRL Winter race.
From the above you will see it was run in the early days over various distances from different venues.
Checking through LRRL race records (which only go back as far as 2016) we have decided to set Mohammed Hussain’s time of 35:31 in 2023 as being the Stilton 7 course record (in its present race format). Once we have checked the ladies times post 2016 we shall update the Ladies current course record.
First lady home was Joanne Male (West End) in 42:38.
As expected Stilton Striders top male and female runners both managed to finish in their respective top ten position with Dan Kelly (39:46) 9th
and Rhiannon Baxter (48:35) 10th.
Other Striders finished as follows Adam Hawkins (38th), Joshua Dadd (.62nd ) James Chester (69th) Luke Knowles ( 70th ) , Lewis Hyde (78th.), Ian Bickle (87th), Kurt Wilson ( 89th ), Mark Tyler (.98th ), Joe Foster (99th), Mark Preston (  120th), George Wilson (.123rd ), Lee Harvey- Hotchkin (.148th ), Ian Craddock (.150th ), Nicola Taylor (.27th ), Anthony Ison (.159th ), Wayne Hackett (169th. ), Michelle Farlow (.40th ), Rachel Wade (.41st ), Andrew Wilson (.195th ), Michael Cooke (.199th ), Katy Hill (.73rd ), Rebecca Forrester (.75th ), Chris Gosden (.244th ), Michelle Denton (125th.  ), Vanessa Walker ( 140th ), and Alison Wilson (186th ).
4th March 2024
Date for your diary! Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) Race 2: Stilton 7 entries open on Sunday 10th March at 8pm. All information can be found following this link:
Please be aware: This is a closed race & only affiliated LRRL members can enter!  #stiltonstriders #leaguerace #clubrun #clubrunning #leicesterrunners#leicestershireroadrunningleague #2024league
November 2023

At the recent Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) AGM our event has again been accepted as one of the LRRL races for 2024 season.

The event will take place on Sunday 14th April around our usual two circuit course starting and finishing at ‘The Stute’ Asfordby Hill.

Further infomation will made available nearer the date regarding entries and how you can assist us by volunteering to help on the day.

This race forms part of the LRRL 2024 league season and is only open to members of clubs that are affiliated to the league. Usual entry fee and chip timing arrangements will be in place.

Information on how and when to enter will be publicised closer to the date.

May 2023

Stilton Striders Running Club (SSRC) hosted the Stilton 7, the first road race of the 2023 season for the Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) back in February. SSRC have always tried to keep entry fee’s down to a minimum, especially during this time of financial pressures on households’ disposable income. The event was a great success, attracting 550 of the best road running athletes from across the county.

As is the tradition SSRC always donate a proportion of the nett race surplus to charities that have a local and or tangible connection with the members of the club. This year the two recipient charities were Re-Engage and Rainbows Hospice.

On Wednesday evening, prior to the clubs Outrun from Thorpe Satchville representatives of both organisations attended to each receive a cheque for £265.00.

Rachel Wade explained briefly about her charity “Re-Engage is a national charity within towns and villages setting up their own groups. Here in Melton Mowbray we really run on a volunteer basis looking after 30 guests. These guests have to be over 75 and live on their own. Once a month, usually the last Sunday of the month one of the local villages puts on an afternoon tea and we take them there where they sit and chat, make connections and sometimes the villagers put on a quiz or a sing song. Before I (Rachel) took over 4 years ago the group did not have a party in August so I decided to put something on that was different but at a cost, so I always try to raise money for the charity through my Facebook page. This August I am taking the guests on the Rutland Belle for a special outing on Rutland Water so your kind and appreciated donation will go towards that.”

Kym Posey kindly accepted the cheque on behalf of Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Loughborough. Early last year Kym’s 10-year-old son, Lucas, was sadly diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer. Lucas stayed at Rainbows Hospice towards the end of last year where all the staff got to meet this special boy. The Hospice provide invaluable care and support for not only the children but for all of the loved ones involved, it truly is a special place.

Pictured below are Kym Posey (holding the dog) representing Rainbows receiving her cheque from Katie Hateley-Houghton (Stilton 7 Race Director) and Rachel Wade (Re-Engage) receiving her cheque from Andy Nicholls (SSRC Treasure and part of Stilton 7 organising group).

2023 Race Date

Race Director Katie Hateley-Houghton is pleased to announce that the Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) have agreed to us hosting the first league race of the 2023 season on Sunday 26th February 2023.

The Stilton 7 will follow the same tried and tested two loops seven mile route taming in some challenging hills.
A small sub-group consisting of Katie, Andy Nicholls and John Martin are busy working up the details to ensure the event continues to be successful.  John is collating a list of volunteers to help before, during or after the event. If you are available and want to help out please let John know.
Details of entries will be sent to SSRC members and LRRL club representatives nearer the date.
28th February 2022
In the most perfect weather conditions over 500 of Leicestershire top road running athletes lined up outside ‘The Stute’ on Asfordby Hill to compete in the first race in the Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) series for 2022. The race involved two 3.5mile loops taking in both the hills up past Welby Church and also Asfordby Hill (twice) which involved 152 metres (498 feet) climbing, the same as three Nelson Columns meaning the route is one of the most challenging in the country. This did not deter the runners, who were well supported at various vantage points around the route.
First finisher was Matt Scarsbrook who runs for Badgers Running Club from Atherstone is a very impressive time of 36:46. First Lady back was Rebecca Randal representing Shepshed Running Club in 43:15.
First Stilton Strider home was Jason Barton in 6th position overall in 39;22
with Rachel Wade smashing her previous 7 mile personal best time to record 52:27 to finish 18th female.
Other Striders who completed the race was Duncan Greene (47:48), John Robinson (48:36), Robert Craig (50:52), Mark Tyler (51:32), Jamie Dean (52:03), 
Ian Drage (52:11), Craig Marsh (54:14), Wayne Hackett (54:48), Simon Berg (55:11), Michael Cooke (55:29), Vicki Lowe (55:36), Rebecca Forester (55:38), Mike Williams (55:47), Robert Mee (56:03), Chris Page (57:17), Emily Howett (59:31), Julie Ashby (59:47), Michelle Fallow (60:13), John Martin (62:06), Jane Martin (62:50), Martin Hansen (63:32), Sarah Lawrence (64:06), Jemma Marie Wilson (66:50), and Gina Bailey (71;41). Apart from the 26 members who raced a further 35 members assisted either before, during or after the event and without their valued support the race could not be held.



LRRL Race – Stilton 7

Update. Entries go live 8:00pm Tuesday 1st February on the EntryCentral website.


At the recent Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL) AGM our event for 2022 has been accepted as one of the LRRL races for 2022.

The event will take place on Sunday 27th February around our usual two circuit course starting and finishing at ‘The Stute’ Asfordby Hill.

Further infomation will made available nearer the date regarding entries and how you can assist us by volunteering to help on the day.

This race formed part of the LRRL winter league, and is only open to members of clubs that are affiliated to the league. Usual entry fee and chip timing arrangements will be in place.

For dates and other relevant information for the LRRL 2022 season refer to the appropriate LRRL page.


For full details, see attached Race info sheet for runners (Stilton 7) 2020

As a show of appreciation to Saint-Gobain Pam Ltd for providing car parking (Holwell Works) each year, SSRC member John Houghton presented Andrew Harris (Plant Director and Operations and Supply Director) a framed photograph from the 2020 event. Without their support the club would not be able to host our Stilton 7 road race and we are pleased that they will continue to support us again for future races from this venue. Note that due to Covid 19 restrictions the presentation was delayed into October 2021



Prior years’ Stilton 7 Races:

Results from the 2019 Stilton 7 can be found via Draft results Stilton 7 2019

Photos from the event can be found via clicking the image below:

Stilton 7 - 24.02.2019

The 2019 Stilton 7 road race took place on Sunday 24th February 2019.  It’s an undulating 7 mile road race that forms part of the Leicestershire Road Running League. Please be aware, that this race is for LRRL affiliated members only.

Information for runners can be found here:  2019 Race info sheet for runners (Stilton 7)

Also, a sneak preview of the Race Director’s briefing ahead of Sunday’s race is here: Stilton 7 2019 – Run Brief

If you’re local to Melton and would like to hear more about club running and the Leicestershire Road Running League, pop along to one of our friendly club nights to have a run with us and find out more. They start at Melton Sports Village (old King Edward VII) at:
7pm on Wednesdays for a normal club run.
7pm Thursdays around various Melton locations for the coached structured training and skill sessions.
7pm Fridays for a steady 4-6 miler at chatting pace on our Social Run. Contact us with any questions:

The 2018 Stilton 7 road race took place on the 25th February 2018.

The 2017 Stilton 7 took place place on Sunday 26th February.

Final results and latest league tables can be found at

Race photos can be found here (first batch – start/finish area (c.770 photos)) and here (top of the hill (c.880 photos)).

Race video can also be found below:

Click here for the Melton Times report.

2016 Stilton 7 information

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2016 Stilton 7 – whether volunteering, supporting or running.  Provisional results are now available via the LRRL Facebook page.

The more detailed spreadsheet results can be found on the Network site at Stilton 7 2016 results.