Peak Rail Runner-v-Steam Train 7 miler

2 weeks 4 days ago #3200 by Jan Forrester
On Easter Monday it was touch and go as to whether MAC’s inaugural Peak Rail 7 Runner-v-Steam race would take place due to the inclement weather forecast of more snow in Derbyshire. However, on race day the snow soon turned to rain as predicted and it was race on! Months in the planning this was the brainchild of MAC’s Jim Thorneycroft with the help of Peak Rail and Derbyshire County Council. The course sees runners racing on the new section of the White Peak Loop which runs from Rowsley to Matlock and the close proximity of the Peak Rail track to the course gives supporters on the train a number of photographic opportunities and to be able to cheer on as the runners as they pass. The course is almost exclusively off road apart from a small section heading in to Matlock. The route is an out and back totalling 7 miles in all.
Jan Forrester reports ‘We had snow, sleet, light and heavy rain, slush, floods, mud but we also had guts, determination, comeraderie, energy and fun! Unfortunately some were unable to make it due to the weather conditions but runners came from as far afield as Congleton, Manchester, Mansfield and Stoke to contribute to a truly great experience. It was cold and wet and our feet were frozen but there was a bond of friendship between the runners and it really was about the taking part in very challenging conditions.
The train completed the 7 mile journey in 57.24 minures. Of the 124 runners taking part, 54 beat the train. First back was Kristian Watson in 41.34 and 1st lady was Ruth Keeley of Belper Harriers in 48.19. 1st MAC home was Paddy Wright in 2nd place overall in 42.04, Andy Sheldon 44.17, Ian Watson 47.59, Dan Ashcroft 51.56, Jason Turner 52.30, Kathryn Berrisford 57.38, Les Thurston 60.23, Rachel West 61.38, Jan Forrester 62.37 and Jo Lloyd 65.00. Gavin Simmons DNF.
Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers, Peak Rail, Derbyshire County Council, the Voluntary Ambulance Unit, Bryan Dale photographer and all who made it happen.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #3202 by JamesT
A MAC triumph in the face of adversity? A massive thank you to everyone who helped in getting the race on, and a further mention to Run Forest run shop for sponsoring the numbers and to Claire and Nestle/Buxton Water for their generous donation of the water. The bottled type, not the stuff we had from the clouds

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