Taste of Pudding for runners

The Clowne Road Runners entering the Summer Handicap
The Clowne Road Runners entering the Summer Handicap

A busy week saw Clowne Road Runners competing across Notts and Derbyshire, as runners got a taste of one of the sweetest events of the year.

The Bakewell Pudding Race is the preliminary event to the ‘Blessing of the Wells’ – an ancient custom only found in Derbyshire in which natural minerals are used to decorate springs and wells.

Roy Butterworth, winner of the Clowne Summer Handicap

Roy Butterworth, winner of the Clowne Summer Handicap

The event was sponsored by the Bakewell Pudding Shop and each runner received a Bakewell pudding on completing the hilly route through woods and meadows surrounding Bakewell village.

First home for Clowne Road Runners was Simon Gregory in a time of 46:08.

He was followed by: J. Street 48:08, David Hazelton, 49:30, Steven Hattersley 53:41, Jamie Waller, 54:24,John Proffitt 62:53, Andrew Foster 63:43, Greg Goddard  63:44, Sarah Jane Massingham  68:56, Graham Sheen 72:28, Paula Macpherson 77:14 and Gemma Hind 77:15.

The Abbey Dash saw 10 Clowne Road Runners take part in the Maltby Abbey Dash an undulating course of five miles, which takes in the grounds of the Roche Abbey.

Over 120 runners took part, and the race attracted local running clubs from Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster.

Clowne Road Runner Darren King made a return after injury and came home first in a time of 27:37.

He was followed by Graham Worsfold 31:55, Dave Hazelton 32:05,Paul Sadler 33:55, Louise Lowe 34:05,Chris Lane 34:40, Steve Hattersley 35:51, Dennis Learad 36:38, Julie White 40:46 and Helen Callender 43:07.

The annual Clowne Summer Handicap saw a new name on the trophy this year as Roy Butterworth won by a margin of 29 seconds.

The first team prize went to Neil Inns, Wayne West and Malcolm Rhodes.

Whilst most of the nation was watching the Tour De France, nine Clowne runners took part in the Chesterfield Brampton Brewery Spire 10 mile road race.

The undulating course started from Holmebrook Valley Country Park and took in Cutthorpe and a tough climb for four miles up to Pudding Pie Hill, on to Old Brampton and then back to the Country Park.

First home for Clowne Road Runners was Paul Sadler in a time of 1:11:04.

He was followed by Ade Kirkham in a personal best time of 1:15:54.

In the process Kirkham gained a bronze club standard.

Dennis Learad was the next Clowne runner home in a time of 1:19:11 and he took the Vets over 65 prize .

Other Clowne results were as follows: Neil Inns 1:21:46 , Andrea Walker 1:29:05, Gillian Carter 1:31:08, Karen Rawson 1:35:28, Angela Kirkham 1:44:32 and Sarah-Jane Massingham 1:51:20 .

The club will be involved in a charity music event on Friday 12th September at Clowne Community Centre.

All money raised will be donated to Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice.