Clowne’s annual Grand Prix at Wirksworth

Clowne Road Runners were in action at the Wirksworth Incline race
Clowne Road Runners were in action at the Wirksworth Incline race

The Wirksworth Incline race provided the setting for a race in the Clowne Road Runners’ annual Grand Prix competition.

While some runners were busy in the capital at the 35th London Marathon, six clubmates took advantage by earning points in this challenging race near Matlock.

The race is 4.3 miles long but has a tough first half 630ft ascent.

First home for Clowne was Steve Hattersley in 35:45 followed by Andy Foster 35:52,Karen Shipman 38:53, Sarah Massingham 39:15, Lyne Hazelton 42:34 and Gemma Hind 46:13.

The 61st Annual Yorkshire Three Peaks race saw lone runner Simon Sleeney complete this course in 4:36:00.

The Three Peaks, which traverses the famous Yorkshire Dales Mountains of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, is one of the oldest, most famous and best organised fell races in Britain.

First run in 1954, the race covers 24 miles of the most rugged and spectacular countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, taking competitors to a height of 2,500 feet above sea level

The Clumber Park 5km park run saw John Profitt lead the Road Runners home in a personal best time of 25:50, putting him top of the over 70’s age category record for the course.

He was followed by Paul Summerly 25:29 and Gemma Hind 37:24.

The big race of the day was the London Marathon, where Graham Worsfold ran a time of 3:06:31, followed by Malcolm Stapelton 3:06:56, Chris Lane 3;27:36, Louise Lowe 3:36:34, Helen Callender 4:50:11, Jim McIntosh 5:00:25.

Clowne’s Gareth Lowe had to pull out at the last minute due to injury.

Jackie Robson travelled all the way to Newcastle to run the Terry O’Gara Memorial 5km road race, in 21.01.