Sunday 1st March saw the annual Hope winter race (6.6 miles, 1,400ft) take place, which is an ant-clockwise version of the popular summer race route.
The route heads out of the village on lanes before hitting pathways on the long climb (almost 2.5 miles uphill) to Win Hill trig point. Conditions were relatively dry underfoot on the south-facing climb, however once the runners started the descent towards Ladybower Reservoir on the north facing slopes, it was a complete quagmire through the heather and into the woodland, with numerous tumbles reported!
After a long undulating run through the wooded slopes above Ladybower, there was another 400ft climb back over the crest of the hill before starting a 2-mile descent in a strong headwind, back to the village, where some very welcome complimentary flapjacks and tea awaited.
Chris Sleath did the club proud, finishing 3rd overall in exactly 50 mins, and Chris Gillott finished 47th with a new course best time of 63:12, in his 3rd consecutive year of doing this race. 1st overall was Steve Franklin of Totley AC in 47:40 and 1st female was Ellen Downs of Dark Peak in 52:33. There were 146 finishers.