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PEAK DISTRICT 19-21 May 2017

posted 19 Jun 2017, 12:19 by Greg Pearson   [ updated 19 Jun 2017, 12:32 ]

Once again a group of Reepham Runners headed for the Peak District in May.  This included Jean & Geoff Gowing, Peter and Maxine Gowing, Jo West and Steve Cole, Jenni Egmore and Nick Bowden, Mary, Stew, Owen and Jo Barnes, Pip Crosby and most importantly Ellie the Dog.  Shaun Webb and Leigh Nobes were there as well but decided to keep their distance from where we stayed at Bonsall and were at Matlock – mind you with the hills they faced, I think next year they may be with us!


After the success of last year’s fell runs, marathon and ‘pretend’ half marathon, we thought we would do a similar line up.

We all arrived on Friday afternoon, at varying times.  Jo, Nick and Pippa decided to go to Hayfield for the 3 mile fell run.  So when they left, Pete, Maxine, Geoff, Jean, Jenni and Ellie decided to go to the pub, which turned out to be a really good idea as Shaun and Leigh had been roaming around Bonsall trying to find us and we bumped into them right outside the pub.


After checking out the beer for later we headed back to the cottages to start the BBQ and arrived just as Mary, Stew and the boys turned up, so all good timing.


The fell run, which was 3 miles with about 700m of climb, went well with Nick coming 46th in time of 26:45, and was first in his age group (although he forgot to pick his prize up).  Pip came 78th in a time of 29:10 and Jo came 122nd in a time of 35:12.  They were late back for the BBQ but we did remember to save them some food!


The next day was the ‘pretend’ half marathon.  ‘Pretend’ due to last year entries were filled within a couple of days of opening and none of us managed to enter and as we had accommodation booked we decided to run it anyway.  As it worked really well last year we decided to repeat this year. The route is on the Tissington Trail and the proper race starts at 11 am, so we started at 9.15 am.


The great thing about doing the race this way was that everyone who wanted to run managed to do the distance they wanted.


Pippa, Leigh, Nick, Peter, Mary and Jenni ran the half, Jo did 7 miles, then Steve, Jean and Maxine did about 3 miles (well apart form Maxine who took a wrong turn so ran more like 4!)  Shaun and Geoff were our support on the bikes.


The timing was perfect as just as we finished it started to rain.


That night in the local pub, where Wallace & Karen Gowing meet us to catch up with their family, and meet all of us once again, we had our medal ceremony.  The times for the half were as follows:


Leigh Nobes                1:37

Nick Bowden               1.41

Pippa Crosby               1.41

Peter Gowing               1.42

Mary Floate                 1.59

Jenni Egmore               1.59