With the rankings from Dave Moorcroft's 'long stage' record through to all 25:30 runners and better now completed, it is still amazing at the standard of athlete that has run in the 25:30-26:00 minute range around Sutton Park. This page is dedicated to a handful of the 12-stage 'Best of the Rest'.

A time in the region of 25:30 to 26:00 around Sutton Park's 12-stage 'long leg' route requires an athlete to be averaging 4:41-4:47 miling which is still travelling at a fair old lick! After completing the rankings up to 25:30, and looking at some of the names who have run just over that mark just highlighted to me even more just what a prestigious race the 12-stage has been over the years, and just what calibre of athlete it has attracted.
Without full results to the earlier races, I have been fully dependant on Tipton Harrier, Chris Holloway's brilliant source of 12-Stage stats to help me with my project. Although I would love to mention each and every one of the 25:31-26:00 performers, without full results would have been impossible. So here is just a taste of a select few I have picked out from the bunch, and what a great few they are!

Pictured above: Two quality athletes who both fall into the 25:30-26:00 time category with their best 12-Stage efforts are 1997 and 1998 National XC Champions Steffan White & Dominic Bannister. White is shown tracking Bannister in the 1999 Cumbernauld 'Reebok Challenge' XC before eventually running away to victory.

(Note:- I have again recorded the athlete's personal best times in Red brackets)...
Kevin Forster (Gateshead)-25:31 (1987) (28:19,62:07,2:10:52)

Gatehead's 2:10 marathon man, Kevin Forster ran to the fastest leg of the day over Tipton duo Andy Wilton and Tony Milovsorov in the 1987 12-stage championships. His 25:31 helped his North East club to victory over Tipton in a fast 4:02:36, with his time being 5 and 6 seconds quicker than the Tipton pairing's efforts. Forster also took the 'scalp' of future marathon star Richard Nerurkar whose fine 25:40 earned the Bingley man 4th fastest run of the day. As you can see above in the red brackets, Forster held some pretty mean times over the distances, and was also a fine performer over the country with several high placings in the National to back up his undoubtable talent on the roads.

Steffan White (Cov. Godiva)-25:32 (1997)(3:41/4:00,8:01,13:56)
The former 1993 National Junior XC Champion again hit top form in the cross country season of 1997 to this time, lift the National Senior title ploughing his way through a mud bath of a course down in Hampshire, finally realising the potential he had shown throughout his youth and junior days. White had already shown great form in the World X-Trials where he had qualified for the G.B team, and then backed this up with a strong run in the World XC itself, in a super strong field over a fast course in Turin City centre to place a fine 43rd amongst the best XC runners in the world. The Godiva athlete had previously lifted the Midland title in 95 over the frozen snowy ground of Sutton Park, and so he was already used to success at Birmingham's largest green space, and his 25:32 'long stage' time for his Coventry based club again in 1997 backed this up well.

Godiva's Steffan White (No.4) was a master over the cross country, taking junior and senior National titles in his illustrious career. He is seen leading the pack, alongside Cardiff's Olympic steeplechaser Christian Stevenson in the 2001 European 'trials' race at Margate where both athletes successfully qualifed for the Championships. White, being a quick 3:40 1500m performer used this speed along with his undoubted strength to blaze around the 1997 12-stage whilst in the form of his life having just lifted the Senior National crown just weeks before, to record his fastest long stage time of 25:32, advancing his Coventry club up several places in the process.

Paul Roden (Sale)-25:34 (1993)
The former World Junior XC Bronze medalist from 1984 was a consistent top level performer on the roads and XC throughout the eighties and Nineties with a best of 3rd in the National Senior XC in 1993. The Sale Harrier flew over the undulations of Parliament Hill to take a fine Bronze behind Richard Nerurkar's win and Tipton's Dave Payne's strong 2nd place, proving his calibre at the forefront of British XC running. Just a month after the National, Roden scorched around Sutton Park's long stage route for his Manchester based club in a fine 25:34, again showing his class with the 7th fastest split of the day.

Mark Morgan (Swansea)-25:34 (1999) (8:00,13:57,29:13,64:03)

Swansea's Mark Morgan flew around the 3rd leg of the 1999 12-stage  championships advancing his club up 26 places into 10th spot with a fast 25:34 stint. His time proved to be the fastest of the day, almost 20 seconds up on Birchfield's Darrius Burrows's 2nd quickest split. Morgan again took the individual gold medal for fastest time of the day the following year, but had to settle for a time over 20 seconds slower in far from ideal conditions recording a 25:56 mark. He backed these runs up by taking a superb victory in the 2000 AAA 10k Road Race at Bradford, taking some major 'scalps' in the process such as Bingley's Richard Nerurkar, whilst also recording a p.b time of 29:13.

Morgan, Pictured left on his way to a superb victory in the 2000 AAA 10k road race, where he took the useful 'scalps' of Morpeth's Ian Hudspith and Bingley's Richard Nerurkar to record a fine 29:13 at bradford.

Steve Brooks (Bingley)-25:36 (1996) (13:52,28:55,61:28,2:13:55)

Former National junior XC Champion of 1989, Steve Brooks of Bingley Harriers stormed to a super fast 61:28 Half Marathon on the flat Dutch 'Hague' course in 1997 marking a significant period of top level running for the Yorkshireman. he also recorded a solid 2:13:55 marathon, in 97 with both of these performances coming the following year from his best 12-stage run of 25:36 when his Bingley team took victory over Tipton Harriers and Cardiff A.C.

Bingley's Steve Brooks (No.2) was a superb runner over the mud, taking the National Jnr XC title in 1989 in a quagmire of a course in Nonsuch Park, Cheam. The young Yorkshireman had enjoyed much success over the country as a junior athlete, and in 1997 also achieved success, this time at Senior level, again in mucky conditions by taking the National Bronze medal behind Steffan White's win down in Hampshire. This run had followed an extremely successful switch to the roads in 1996 where he scorched to a fine 61:28 Half Marathon in the Dutch Classic Hague 'Half', showing he was not only a master on the country. His best run around Sutton Park came in the same season when he ran to a fast 25:36 'long stage', making him one of the quickest runners on the day to go with the magnificent victory for his club of Bingley Harriers.

Steve Tunstall (Preston)-25:37 (1991) (7:59,13:39,28:43)

Lancashire's Steve Tunstall returned to British soil after a four year stint spent in the French Foreign Legion in absolutely devastating form. After carrying out the tough training regime set by the legion over the previous 4 years, which included many long runs and 'sand dune' training, the 'wirey' Preston Harrier set about demolishing two extremely high class fields which included most of the top domestic XC runners, in the International Cardiff XC and Durham XC races over the Christmas/ New year period of 1988/89. The many hill and dune reps he had carried out came in extremely  handy as in both races he stormed up the very last inclines of the courses to run away from an in-form Dave Lewis, leaving lewis to comment he was now only 2nd best in Lancashire!! Tunstall had raced to a best of 14th in the World XC in 1988 whilst representing France, which unfortunately due to illnesses and Injury he never improved on. He had many fine wins throughout his career including a brilliant victory in the 1994 World XC trial race held up in Northumberland. Tunstall's best run at sutton park came in the 1991 12-stage where he shared equal 10th fastest time of the day with Ian Hamer & Craig Mochrie with a run of 25:37. Very much a XC specialist, the Preston man's track times, although strong were not a true reflection of his great pedigree.

Ex French Foreign Legionaire Steve Tunstall (right of shot) is shown hanging on to the fierce pace being set by Rossendale's Dave Lewis as the two 'Lancastrians' string out a high class field in awful conditions in the 1989 National XC. Tunstall, after inflicting several defeats over Lewis earlier in the season had no response to the former '85' National XC champion's pace on this occasion, and so had to settle for the Individual silver medal behind the fellow Lancashire athlete's 2nd of 3 wins he would achieve in his career.

Ian Hamer (Swansea)-25:37 (1991) (3:38/3:56,7:46,13:09,27:57,22:35-5M Road)
Welshman Ian Hamer produced a 'magical' breakthrough performance in the Commonwealth Games in Auckland 1990 to take an unexpected Bronze medal in the 5000m. The young Swansea Harrier had entered the games with a modest best of 13:48, which made him the slowest competitor advancing into the final. In a field which included reigning Olympic champion John Ngugi and fellow kenyan world beater Yobes Ondieki, amongst many other well established International stars, the 'welsh wonder' surpassed all expectations to snatch the bronze medal on the line in a time of 13:25, marking a wonderfull 23 second p.b and the start of a great career for the Welsh athlete. Hamer went on to win many big races including the Rome Golden Gala 5000m where his winning time of 13:09 elevated him to No.2 on the U.K 'all-time' 5000m list only behind the great Coventry supremo, Dave Moorcroft at the time. It was a great night for British distance running with Rob Denmark and Jack Buckner taking 2nd & 3rd in the race, both recording fine 13:10 performances. Hamer's fastest run at Sutton Park came whilst winning leg 1 of the 1991 championships where he gave his Swansea team an early lead by running a fast 25:37, with the team eventually winding up in 3rd to take their AAA's bronze medals.

Swansea's Ian Hamer shown stretching out in the 1991 U.K 5000m Championships which he won in 13:49 from Gateshead's Steeplechase specialist ( shown hanging on to Hamer above). Both athletes were pretty swift around Sutton Park's long stage with Walker slightly faster at 25:28 to Hamer's 25:37.

Adrian Royle (Charnwood)-25:38 (1995) (7:46,13:26,27:47,28:25 Road 10k)
Mention the names of Paul Evans, Gary staines, Steve Binns, Dave Clarke or Carl Thackery to me and I would instantly know that they were some of our greatest 10,000m runners, all with bests of below 28:00 minutes to their names. But the name of Adrian Royle was somewhere off my running 'radar', that was until recently when I contacted a photographer about using his work on my Website. It turned out that the photographer who had taken many great shots at Cross Country races in recent years happened to be non other than Adrian Royle. An athlete with a best of 27:47 for 10,000m, ranking him above all of the aforementioned athletes shown above on the British 10,000m 'all-time' lists! Upon looking more closely into Royle's running career, I was amazed to find out he was somewhat of a legend in the U.S in the 'eighties', winning the TAC XC Championships in 1982 which is always run over a measured 10k fast grassland course, which he completed in an astonishing time of 27:20! This time was not only quicker than the existing track 10,000m world record at the time, but by running this fast Royle had taken the major 'scalps' of American legend Alberto Salazar, and also fellow Brit's Nick Rose by almost half a minute. Also in the field were running legends such as Henry Rono, Steve Scott and many other notable athletes showng that Royle was now at the very pinnacle of world distance running. Royle then backed this run up with a fine 27:47 on the track in Eugene, Oregon but unfortunately had to settle for 3rd on this occasion behind both Salazar & Rono. His time still ranks at 16th on the British 'all-time' list in-front of many illustrious names. He also destroyed a fully 'loaded' field at the Mt Sac 10,000m where he beat many of the World's best again, sprinting to victory in another fast 27:55, just one of many fine victories over World class opposition.

Perhaps one of the reason's why the name of Adrian Royle had managed to escape even my 'statto radar' was the fact that his running career was cruelly cut short by a virus and calf problems, that left the Charnwood Harrier unable to progress and ultimately fulfill his immense potential. Running his best times at the early age of 22-23 years old, he would have surely improved over the next five or so years to even greater times. Even so, after 18 months or so out of the sport, Royle returned to post some still impressive times, with one such performance coming on the first leg of the 1985 12-stage which he blasted round to bring his Leicestershire club of Charnwood home in the lead position, seeing off a dogged challenge from Blackheath's Alan Guilder to record a fine 25:38. Given the circumstances Royle had been through in previous months makes his run around Sutton Park all the more impressive, and at full strength the former World beater would have surely been more of a challenge to the superb record held by Moorcroft.

By the way, you can find Adrian's great photographic work at www.flickr.com/photos/adiroyle/

Pictured from Left to Right: Royle, arms aloft winning the 2 miles at the Pepsi Meet at UCLA in a fast 8:24, centre shot wearing his North of England vest whilst leading the 1982 TAC XC with Salazar on his tail, and right, racing 'Crammy' in the States on the roads, where Royle ended up the eventual victor!Finally, above right, making the front cover of May 1982...Track and Field news, pictured behind Henry Rono and Alberto Salazar, on his way to a rain soaked 27:47 10,000m!

Andy Bristow (B'ton & Hove)-25:40 (1990) (7:55,13;34,28:04, 22:44 5M Road)

Brighton and Hove's Andy Bristow was a regular G.B International in the World XC Championships throughout the 'nineties'. The powerful former English Schools Champion had achieved many great performances in the 'trial' races for the World X, where he finished runner-up on two occasions, firstly in 1992 behind Hercules's former National XC Champion Dave Clarke, and later in '94' behind Preston Harrier Steve Tunstall over the undulations of Alnwick Castle's grounds up in pictureque Northumberland. Bristow was also a solid performer on the track with a 10,000m best close to the 28 minute barrier, and it was with this speed that he achieved a good run around the Sutton Park 12-Stage in 1990 recording the days 6th fastest split with his 25:40 mark.

Andy Bristow (3rd from left-No7) is pictured competing for a place in the World XC Championships in the 'Trial' race of 1997. The Brighton man is pictured battleing with some other illustrious 12-Stagers, In Particular 24:30 man Rob Denmark (No.40), 25:32 man Steffan White (centre of shot), 25:04 athlete Keith Cullen (No.39), and No.8, Glynn Tromans who was also a fine 24:59 long stage man. Incidentally, far left of shot is Cardiff's Christian Stevenson & far right, Scotland's 25:36 man, Chris Robison.

Dominic Bannister (Shafts Barnet)-25:46(1995) (13:52,28:45,2:14:39)
1998 National XC Champion Dominic Bannister was a consistent top domestic athlete over the XC throughout the 'nineties, with his National title achieved over the testing Hills of Leed's Roundhay Park one of the highlights of the quietly spoken Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers career. Also boasting a best of 17th amongst the best European's in the 1998 Championships held in Lisbon, Portugal and with many great wins and top placings in the popular high quality Reebok Challenge XC's, Bannister's flawless and consistent record was one of the best amongst British athletes at the end of the last century. The Shaftesbury man also had success on the roads with a solid 2:14 marathon, and also boasted a very useful 25:46 long stage best with a fair few other sub 26:00 performances running for his Southern club around Sutton Park.

Bannister shown above on Great Britain duty in the World XC of 2006 held at Fukuoka, Japan, and Right, representing the South of England in the European 'Trial' races held at Margate pictured 'neck & neck' with XC rival Glynn Tromans Of Coventry Godiva. Both athletes achieved the highest accolade of becoming English National XC Champions in their fine careers.

John Robson (E'burgh S'thern Harriers)-25:48 (1983) (1:47,3:33/3:52,7:45,13:34,13:36 5k Road)

Scotland's John Robson ran to a magnificent Scottish 1500m record in Brussells, September 1979 recording the magical figures of 3:33.83. What made the run all the more remarkable was that the Edinburgh athlete was only 22 years of age, and so his 3:33 mark that still stands as a scottish record 33 years later is also the U/23 record! Robson also still holds his native countries 3000m record at 7:45 which he achieved in 1984 in a fast paced race at London's Crystal Palace. Being primarily a middle distance specialist, Robson's move up in distance was a highly successful one, seeing him record marks of 13:36 on the roads for 5k, and even more impressive given his short distance track background was his Half marathon best of 62:07 minutes, which unfortunately upon scrutinising the course measurement was found to be a few agonising yards short, thus ruling his time out for any personal or record achievements. This fast time showed Robson could hold his own not only over the mile, but over 13 times further with the best runners and so his 12-stage best of 25:48 was well within the Southern Harrier's compass. His time earned him the accolade of fastest 'Scot' in the 1983 race and 8th fastest overall of the day, with his team eventually winding up in 5th spot overall.

Robson pictured above on the shoulder of New Zealand's legendary first 'sub 3:50' miler & Olympic Champion John Walker.

Mark Steinle (Blackheath)-25:48 (2002) (28:04,62:23,2:09:17)

Former Schoolboy champion Mark Steinle had won everything as a youngster over the Cross country, taking English Schools and National titles in the first few years of his running career. Always known as a single minded tough trainer who would pile in the miles, his unbroken regime of years of solid milage ultimately paid off in the 2000 London Marathon where the 25 year old made a superb debut recording a great 2:11 time. This run thrust Steinle to the forefront of British marathon running into the new century. The Blackheath man held the mantle of British No.1 with ease and went on to improve over the next two years at London with first a 2:10 performance, and then in 2002 a magnificent 2:09:17 thrusting the former Southern XC Senior Champion up to 8th on the British Marathon 'All-time' lists proving just what an endurance expert most onlookers never doubted Steinle would eventually become. His run was all the more remarkable when you consider his 30km split of 1:29:25, equating to 2:05:45 pace for the full distance, still saw Steinle hold it together for a fine end result. With his Marathon debut earning the Blackheath man Olympic selection for the 2000 Sydney Games, Steinles career reads a truely great one taking into account all of his achievement's from Schoolboy through to Senior, which include's a fast 28:04 10,000m time which he achieved in a rarely run track race for the road and XC specialist whilst taking bronze in the AAA championships of 2000. Steinle utilised this speed along with his mega endurance background to post a good 25:48 time around Sutton Park whilst in the form of his life in the 2002 season.

Mark Steinle shown right crossing the line in the Great North Run where he recorded a fine 62:23, and below Steinle (No.347) stretches out the field in the 1999 National XC at Newark Showground. Also pictured from L. to R: Keith Cullen, Barry Royden, Craig Kirkwood, eventual winner Justin Pugsley and far right, future National XC Champion of 2003, Tipton's Matt Smith.

Mike Cadman (Wolves & Bilston / Tipton Harriers)-25:50 (1988) (47:32,63:08)

Prolific race winner, Mike Cadman was a name I was extremely familiar with whilst growing up in the Midlands and Black Country area as a young member of Birchfield Harriers in the 1980's. The name 'Cadman' would regularly appear in the results pages of the Athletics Weekly each week, not just once, but on many occasions up to 3 separate results would appear after Cadman had taken victories in a Saturday XC, followed up by a Sunday local road race win, then finally a mid-week road race victory over in Stoke or Telford for example, where there were some cracking evening races throughout the 'eighties & nineties' of which Cadman took his fair share of victories in. With 'another' Cadman also to the fore of Midland endurance running in the eighies, by the name of Paul from the local Tipton club, the name seemed to crop up more than most! Paul, who was infact no relation to Mike, took a fine individual bronze in the 1988 Midland X/C Champs and ran a great 2:17 marathon at just 20 years of age, showing that there must be something in the name 'Cadman' relating to distance running.
Going back to Mike, the Wolves & Bilston man's best victory must have been his win in the AAA 10 Miles in 1987 at Llandudno where he beat a quality field and cracked the 48 minute barrier along the way. Cadman's best 10 mile time came again in a AAA's Championships, this time over the local course at Chelmsley Wood near solihull, where he took a fine bronze medal behind swansea's in-form 'road burner' Nigel Gates, recording a fast 47:32 in 1991. With a best Half Marathon time of 63:08, the Midland man was one of the top performers throughout the late eighties and early nineties where he amassed countless race victories in the once plentiful local race calendar. Cadman's outright career best around Sutton Park came in the Green & White hoops of local rival club Tipton harriers where he ran a fine 25:40 in the Midlands 12-stage for the 'Whippets'. Cadman's best run at 'National' level was still a solid 25:50 run where he finished a close 2nd on leg 1 of the 1988 relays behind Swansea's Shaun Whelan's first stage 25:49 win.

Mike Cadman pictured above taking part in the 'Sun Life Great Race' which was a televised multi-stage event held over twenty-odd stages in as many days, much like the 'Tour De France' cycle race. It was the brain child of Ian Stewart, who had been very much involved in the world of cycling after retiring from running (before resuming athletics again in the late 70's), and who owned a filming company that toured filming major cycle races on motorcycles for T.V coverage. Obviously inspired by the multi-stage races of the cycling world, Stewart set about organising such an event for elite runners to participate in, where the 'Great Race' was the outcome. With big prize money on offer for stage wins, the race attracted most of Britain's elite endurance men, along with an International feel with top Portugese, Russian, Brazillian and Kenyan athletes all competing in back to back races over 10k up to 15 miles, travelling the length of the country over the three week race.

Nigel Gates (Bristol)-25:51 (1980) (28:19 10k Road)

Nigel Gates of Bristol was part of the legendary South West team that smashed, and infact still hold the record time in the National 12-stage relays. Thirty two years on, clubs now struggle to get within 10 minutes of the magnificent 4 Hours and 37 seconds record time, which took the Bristol team to a 1 & a 1/2minute victory over Tipton Harriers in 1980. Gates, running on the 3rd leg flew round Sutton Park for a time well under 26:00, along with 4 other Bristol team members on the day to achieve this feat. With Bristol's 'slowest' man recording a still fast 26:02, and two of their men not only going under the magical 26 minute mark, but producing spledid sub 25 marks, it was truely a team performance that may never be repeated in the 12-stage race again. Gates's individual performances were also of a top level, with 3 victories coming in the 1976, '77' & 1986 Midland X/C Championships, along with many high quality Mountain race victories, most notably in the Matterhonlauf which rises up to nearly 10,000ft above sea level by the finishing line. Along with a road 10k best of 28:19, the former Bristol athlete, now of Brighton & Hove has an athletics C.V to be proud of. Gates even ran to a magnificent 8th place in the 1993 National XC at the age of 39, signalling just what was about to come as he hit the veteran ranks at 40. Nowadays perhaps Gates is most well known for his incredible achievements as a 'master' or veteran athlete where he has taken countless race victories against the best O/40 athletes and set many record times, one of these being a fast 29:43 10k time as a 40 year old. Having dominated the O/40's category, he moved up in age groups to replicate these achievements against the top O/50's athletes, and now fastly approaching his 60th year will no doubt again be a dominant force on the domestic and World vets stage, injuries & motivation permitting of course.

Nigel Gates shown above flying along the roads, as he has done for the past 45 years in a remarkably lengthy and highly successful career at the top of British distance running.

Kevin Lamb (Wolves & Bilston/ Tipton Harriers)-25:55 (1991)
Another Midlands prolific race winner throughout the eighties and nineties was W &B's Kevin Lamb. Originally from Derbyshire, the multiple Derbyshire County XC Champion stepped up in class to take the 1994 Midland XC title at Nottingham's Wollaton Hall where he held off a strong challenge from the former Junior National champion, steffan White of Godiva. Lamb had been a regular high placer in countless Birmingham league fixtures, along with taking many road race victories in fast times always in the region of 29 minutes for 10k and 48 minutes for 10 Miles. Boasting a career best of just over 47 minutes which he achieved in a top class French road race, the modest W & B athlete, later of Tipton harriers ran to a career best around Sutton park when giving his Wolverhampton club a very near perfect start when crossing the line 2nd behind Ian Hamer's early lead for Swansea in the 1991 chanpionships. Lamb achieved many consistent runs around the 26:00 mark over the long stage proving he was a force to be reckoned with week-in-week-out at a high level, and with bests of top 10 in the reputed National XC along with many good 'Trial' performances over the country, 'Lamby' showed he could mix it with the best over any surface.

Kevin Lamb pictured sprinting in up the final hill at Sutton Park in the Midland 6-stage relays for Wolves & Bilston A.C.

These are just a few of the outstanding 25:31 to 26:00 men around Sutton Park, with many more notable names I could mention. I'm sure you'll agree, these athletes all deserve mention boasting many fine achievements between them, with their Sutton Park runs being just a small piece of a massive jigsaw going towards making up all of their superb running careers.
With names such as Alan Salter, Neil Appleby and Darrius Burrows along with several others from my club alone, and fellow midlanders Dave Payne, John Wild and Phil Nicholls from rival club Tipton all falling into this time category, I could go on for a while yet.

But for now I will leave it at that and just finish with the only 'Sub 26:00' men from this century & hope you have all enjoyed reading about my few chosen sub 26 men above...

'Sub 26:00' men of the 21st Century (2000-2013)
With only 33 men running under 26 minutes for the 'Long Stage' around Sutton Park in the NATIONAL 12-Stage relays since the turn of the Century, just goes to prove that it is still a tough mark to beat, and one that I would have loved to have achieved but unfortunately just missed out on with my 26:03 best...25:59 sounds much better I'm sure you'll all agree!! Although sadly the National 12-Stage relays has not attracted all of the best runners in recent years, the list of top boys still reads well with some strong competitors names amongst the 32 runners, and although the days of 20 or more sub 26:00 performances in one day maybe long gone, to get amongst these names shown below must still be something worthwhile for today's athletes to aspire to...So here goes...the 'Sub 26er's of late, can YOU get amongst them? (Again, in Red Brackets are the athletes p.b's to give you an idea of what else they have all achieved if you didn't already know...)

1. Phil Wicks (Belgrave) (2009)(13:56,28:54,48:31,62:51)-25:13
eq.2. Chris Davies (Telford) (2005)(7:55,13:38,28:37 10KRoad) & Jean Ndayisenga (Birchfield)(7:59,13:42,63:27)-25:21 (2007)
eq.4. Chris Thompson (AFD) (2004)(7:43,13:11,27:27,28:02 10KRoad,61:21) & Mo Farah (NEB) (2006)(3:33,7:34,12:53,26:46,27:44 10KRoad,60:23)-25:27

Three of the fastest men this century around Sutton Park's 'long Stage' are pictured above racing over 10k in the 'British 10k' road Race held around London 's City Centre streets. Centre of shot in green is 25:27 man Chris Thompson, just behind wearing the shades is Mo Farah who is another 25:27 athlete, and nearest the camera in Black & white is this century's fastest man with a 25:13 run from 2009, Belgrave harrier Phil Wicks. It must be noted that Telford's Chris Davies had already set a 2004 mark of 25:02 but this was set in the Midland relays, with Davies's 25:21 his best performance in the National 12-Stage.

6. Dewi Griffith's (Swansea) (2016) (13:53,28:34,29:17(10k road),64:10-25:28

6. Wilf Taragon (Birchfield) (2005)(7:47,13:15,27:33,27:30 10KRoad,60:42,57:22(20KRoad)-25:36
7. Moumin Geele (Leics Corit's) (2010)(3:57,7:49,13:17,28:38 10KRoad,23:01 5M,48:00)-25:37
eq. 8. Phil Nicholls (Tipton) (2009)(8:02,13:49,28:40,29:07 10KRoad,48:23,64:57,2:19:21) / Alberto Lozano (Belgrave) (2013)(7:52,13:20)-25:39 (Spanish athlete and Belgrave Harrier Lozano, recieved a two year suspension from athletics after failing a drug test where he tested positive for EPO in July 2013. His 12 Stage performance was achieved just weeks before he smashed his 3k and 5k p.b's by 24 and 57 seconds respectively, therefore it is possible that his fastest leg of the 2013 relays of 25:39 was also achieved with the aid of EPO.) Belgrave, who took the gold medals were therefore DQ'd, with runners up Leeds City AC being promoted to 2013 National 12-Stage Road Relay Champions...

10. Martin Dent (Belgrave) (2009)(8:02,13:41,28:38,62:16,2:12:23,8;24 S'Chase)-25:42

2006 Commonwealth Games Steeplechase 4th placer, Australian Martin Dent ran to a great 25:42 whilst representing Southern giants Belgrave Harriers in the 2009 AAA 12-Stage relays. Dent has consistently improved over the last few seasons after a good 2006 season which also saw the 'aussie' distance man record strong 'back-to-back' performances in the World XC of that season, placing 42nd in the 'Short' race, followed up the following day with a 45th place in the 'long' race. Upon moving up in distance to the Marathon, Dent has been successful with a 21st position in the 2009 World Champs, and then racing to a fine 2:12:23 performance in Fukuoka 2011.

eq.11. Allan Graffin (Belgrave) (2002)(1:50,3:40/3:59,5:02(2000m),13:40,64:09)& Mark Miles (Belgrave) (2001)(7:57,13:45,29:11 10KRoad & 28:42 Ekiden 10K relay split, 47:40,64:11)-25:45
13. Ian Hudspith (Morpeth) (2002)(8:03,13:46,28:35,29:08 10KRoad,62:53,2:15:47)-25:46
eq.14. Eliud Kirui (Birchfield) (2002)(8:17 S'Chase) & Keith Cullen (Highgate) (2004)(7:53,13:17,27:50,8:26 S'Chase,62:11,2:13:37)-25:47
eq.16. Mark Steinle (Blackheath) (2002)(28:04,62:23,2:09:17) & Martin McCarthy (Lon. Irish) (2003)-25:48
18. Jamie Lewis (Swansea) (2001)(48:00,2:15:07)-25:50
eq.19. Bobby Gould (Traff) (2001)(14:12,29:34,29:13 10K Road) & Spencer Barden (Belgrave) (2002)(3:39/3:58,7:53,13:41)-25:52
eq.21. Jermaine Mays (Kent) (2007)(1:49,3:39/3:59,7:55,14:10,8:30 S'Chase,29:26 10KRoad) & Ian Boneham (Notts) (2008)(14:11,29:20,29:30 10KRoad)-25:53

Jermaine Mays of Kent A.C pictured winning the 2009 U.K Championships over 1500m at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. Mays is a multi-talented athlete, and has represented G.B in the Steeplechase at the 2006 European Championships in the season which saw the Londoner clock a useful 8:30 best. Also lifting the AAA road 10k title amongst many other fine achievements, the tall rangy long striding athlete also boasts a best of 25:53 around Sutton Park which puts him amongst the top men of the past 12 years.

eq.23. Simon Deakin (Leeds) (2007)(3:44,7:59,14:00,29:19 10KRoad) & Neilson Hall (Bedford) (2009)(8:03,14:07,29:17 10KRoad,49:17,65:26)-25:54
eq.25. Rob Birchall (Birchfield) (2001)(14:06,29:17,29:22 10KRoad) / Jason Ward (Alt) (2006)(14:07,29:07,49:09) / Mark Morgan (Swansea) (2000)(8:00,13:57,29:13 10KRoad)-25:56
eq.28. Keith Gerrard (NEB) (2009)(13:50,28:27,63:39) & Jon Wild (Sale) (2001)(1:49,3:40/3:59,7:53i,13:45,28:39.43:36 15KRoad)-25:58
2012 English National XC Champion Keith Gerrard is an athlete well capable of going faster than his current best of 25:58 on the long leg. Gerrard is shown here sprinting in for his 'New Mexico' University team in the NCAA American Collegiate XC Championships, showing great form even after 10km of extremely fast running.

eq.30. Paul Taylor (Border) (2000)(4:00,7:53,13:48,28:48 10KRoad) / Robert Russell (TVH) (2007)(29:16 10KRoad) / Anthony Ford (B'Pool) (2008)(13:49,28:30,29:02 10KRoad,48:36,64:16,2:17:16)-25:59

The above stats round off my analysis of the times achieved over the 'long stage' since 2000. As you can see, the 31 athletes above all hold pretty quick times to their names, with an average of around the 29:00 minute mark for 10k on the roads. Obviously, athletes such as Mo Farah, Wilf Taragon and Chris Thompson with best road 10k's of 27:30-28:00 will have helped reduce the 'average' considerably, but even so, a 12-Stage time of 25:30 must be worth around the 29:00 mark for 10k given these facts. Anyway, it's all food for thought and something for, I hope many younger athletes who are reading this to aspire to, and hopefully surpass in their running careers eventually.  I look forward to seeing many more names added to the list over the coming years, with hopefully a return to some 'sub 25' minute performances, fingers crossed. Good Luck!!