Notorious race the ‘Killer Mile’ takes to the heights of Mow Cop

The notoriously tough race known as the ‘Killer Mile’ took place at Mow Cop on the evening of Thursday 9th May.

In this annual event a total of five hundred runners started at Station Road and hauled themselves up hill to the finish at Mow Cop Castle with several hundred spectators lining the route.

Mow CopThe event is organised by the Mow Cop Residents Association and consists of six running races:

  • Junior Fun Run (up to 11 yrs) on a shortened course
  • Full Mile (Under 18’s)
  • Club Runners
  • Adult (over 18’s) Races 1 and 2
  • Veterans (over 40’s)

Winners of the Junior Fun Run were Jack Williamson (runner for the Crewe & Nantwich Athletic Club) and Ebony Windsor.
The under 18’s winners were Jacob Brown and Sophie Goodfellow.
The Club Runners Race was won by Steven Vernon – in the fastest time of the night in just six minutes 40 second.
The 1st Adult Race was won by David McGuire and Sarah Grant with Neil Gerrity and Mandy Vernon coming out on top in the 2nd Race.
Winners of the Veterans Race were Edward Davies and Emma Timmis.

All the money raised during the event is put back into local community projects such as flower planting and the Christmas celebrations.

There were numerous representatives from South Cheshire Harriers and teams representing the Royal Marines and the Territorial Army.

Several runners wore fancy dress including a Queen Victoria and Nintendo’s mascot Mario with many raising money for local charities including Caudwell Children.

BBC Radio Stoke were LIVE on location with Tim Wedgwood presenting his evening show from outside the ‘Cheshire View’ pub at the steepest section of the route. Tim interviewed several participants as they past and chatted with spectators.

Official race photos are available to view and download from Bryan Dale at

A full history of the ‘Killer Mile’ along with past and current race results are available to view at (race results displayed within seven days of the event).

Story ©Jonathan White 2013
Pictures below ©Jonathan White 2013