By Graham Robinson

Matlock AC hosted May’s entry in the summer BDL league in Cromford.

The WRC faithful met in the bright evening sunshine to discuss coping strategies regarding how best to tackle the infamous 130m incline from Highpeak Junction; Mind games to distract, head in the sand ignorance or blue sky optimism that it’ll soon be over!

The route saw the massed runners correlled into the starting funnel down on Cromford Meadows. The first, fast flat canal-side 2kms lull you into thinking this isn’t so bad. Then you turn right, cross over the canal, under the bridge and it becomes a different animal!

Family Brassington cheering squad were expertly positioned half way up (or down) the incline. Their support was very much appreciated and helped remind us this was all self-induced “fun”.

Turning around at Black Rocks carpark, the descent becomes a battle of lungs versus legs. The route is concluded with an agonising, seemingly neverending, flat 2km. All discomfort is immediately forgotten upon receipt of your position token. Especially once post run treats are being consumed, thanks again Kat.

We enjoyed a great and social club turnout from Simon, Beth, Dave, Steve, Janice, Graham, Helen, Kat, Elaine, Andy, Kate and Glenn plus injured team captain Lewis, on cheering duties.

This is the second of the summer Derby Runner BDL series, be sure not to miss out on the next event held at Denby Pottery on the 4th of June.