2016 Elaine Stone
I was chosen for part of the bursary award 2016 as my running goal was to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks fell race (23.3 miles 5279 feet). It had been an ambition of mine since happening upon the race some 15 years ago whilst tackling the walk of the same name. I completed the race in five hours and 10 minutes just ahead of the cut-off times. It was the hardest race I’ve ever been part of, but hugely rewarding to get to the end. The bursary funding that I received paid for a new pair of inov8 shoes to run in. It is because of the running club that I’ve been able to realise this ambition. I started out by being able to run just a few miles on the road but with regular training thanks to Paul’s Monday night sessions as well as the introduction of John’s club championship league which got me into the local fell races I can now run a ‘mountain marathon’! I hope this inspires others to set goals as anything is achievable if you set your mind to it.
2014 Peter Johnston
Peter’s aim was to inspire his pupils at Kirk Ireton Primary School to have a go at running. The bursary was split into supporting Pete’s effort at the Berlin marathon and buying medals for the children for completing ‘marathon in a month’. After the project many of the youngsters took part in the Tunnels and Trails race.
2013 Nicky Ward’s Undulator collage
Here are a couple of exciting stories written by the members that might inspire you to apply for the bursary:
Entering a Marathon!
Nicky and I joined the Club within a few months of each other and after taking part in one or two smaller events decided we needed a challenge, so in a position of only a few months epxerience we decided to enter a marathon – and settled on Dublin. After devising a training plan and spending many hours in all sorts of weather on the high peak trail we finally got on plane to Dublin. It was brilliant experience, amazing crowds and we even got a discount on our evening meal just by wearing our medals! Certainly lived up to its reputation of the friendliest marathon.
The Dragons Back Race
The original Dragon’s Back Race happened just once in September 1992. The route follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle on the North coast to Carreg Cennen Castle near the South coast. The 5-day journey is approximately 320 kilometres long with 17,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote mountainous terrain.