Report by Adam Leighton, photography by Brian Clements

A splendid turnout of Wirksworth runners for the first race of the year, decade and perhaps most significantly, the WRC league.  With 9 runners in total, Wirksworth made up a whopping 14% of the field, eclipsing even Matlock AC for once!  At just under 5 miles, the triangular course comprises 3 distinct sections.  For starters, just over a mile of gentle downhill, which is then followed by a generous main course of gruelling uphills.  Finally, dessert is a large helping of descent to the finish line.  It’s simple…but rather challenging.  Weather conditions were certainly mild for the time of year, hovering around 4°C with a light breeze, and the sun even graced us with an appearance.  Wonderful racing weather which shows in the results.

First place went to Joseph Booth of Knavesmire Harriers, completing the course in 28:11, closely followed by Chris Sleath who took 2nd place for WRC in a scorching 29:43.  Next over the line for Wirksworth were team captain, Bob King, in 33:02 (9th) and Mark Crawshaw in 33:18 (10th), followed by Stacy Newton in 33:37 (12th), Lewis Glover 33:52 (14th), David Spencer 36:59 (23rd and just missing out on a category prize), Adam Leighton 37:19 (25th), Peter Johnston 40:56 (39th), and Hannah Leighton 49:39 (58th).

Well done everyone, a fantastic event for the club.  A shout out to Brian for coming to support, hope you’re fighting fit soon!