News

Reaching for Roger (or Digging Deep for Diane?)

Reaching for Roger (or Digging Deep for Diane?)

On 6th May, 1954, at the Ifley Road athletics track in Oxford, Roger Bannister became the first man in history to run a mile in under 4 minutes.  A knowledge of these details is imperative for anybody who takes their pub quizzes as seriously as I do.  But, perhaps...

read more
The Undulator

The Undulator

Adam Leighton and Elaine Stone this weekend became Wirksworth Running Club's first two runners to record a time on our Undulator race, which forms part of the club's handicap league.  Neither runner managed to record the exact segment due to a wrong turn here and...

read more
Kirk Ireton Quarantine half marathon 16th May

Kirk Ireton Quarantine half marathon 16th May

Chris Gillott (pictured) and Graham Robinson became the latest WRC members to complete James Watson's Kirk Ireton Quarantine half marathon, which forms part of the club's handicap league.  James designed this race to start and finish outside his house.  If you ask him...

read more
Rachel’s Rocks 13th May

Rachel’s Rocks 13th May

Leading the WRC handicap league in the men's competition, is Graham Robinson, sporting a hairstyle and beard that will come to be known as 'The Lockdown'.  Despite already having 5 points and a good time on the Rachel's rocks* segment, Graham went out yesterday and...

read more
WRC Cromford traffic lights TT 13th May

WRC Cromford traffic lights TT 13th May

Wirksworth's runners are continuing to battle their way through lockdown as we all fight it out in the club's handicap league.  During the winter, we run a 5-mile time trial from Cromford traffic lights to Matlock and back.  The segment forms part of the club's...

read more
Hill Start! Bell Curve

Hill Start! Bell Curve

Wirksworth Running Club's handicap club league is really up and running now with many of our members attempting the segments that we've all been creating.  One segment that delivers some of the best views in Wirksworth (though you have to work hard to get up there and...

read more
You can’t keep a good man (or woman) down!

You can’t keep a good man (or woman) down!

This lockdown situation is tough to take for all runners with races being cancelled left, right and centre and no events to now train for.  But for Bob King, the timing was diabolical because Bob had been training extremely hard for a sub-40 10km at Derby on 29th...

read more
Carsington Time Trial 21st April

Carsington Time Trial 21st April

Wirksworth's Monday night sessions are not running at the moment but, throughout the summer, the club usually uses a 5-mile time trial course at Carsington Water, starting and finishing at the Sheepwash car park.  John Potter was out alone on Tuesday evening giving it...

read more
Tunnels and Trails 14th April

Tunnels and Trails 14th April

With Wirksworth Running Club's official Tunnels and Trails race in June looking increasingly unlikely, WRC members have been out having a go at it individually.  Zack Hubbard got the better of dad, Chris, on their same-household attempt at it.  John Potter pushed...

read more
WRC continues speed training 13th April

WRC continues speed training 13th April

With our Monday night speed sessions currently cancelled, WRC members have been following the sessions individually in their one-exercise-a-day quota instead.  Dad and daughter, James and Kate Watson (same household) were proudly sporting their WRC vests as they took...

read more
Coronavirus and Our Races – Update

Coronavirus and Our Races – Update

As a club we have been closely monitoring the current situation with coronavirus and following Government’s advice. Given the most recent advice today (Monday 16th March) we have taken the decision to cancel the Incline race on the 26th April. We will look into the...

read more
Parkrun report 14th March

Parkrun report 14th March

James Watson ran at the Sheringham parkrun, in Norfolk (pictured).  James put in a very respectable 23:05. It was normal service resumed for John Potter at Markeaton as he ditched the buggy and braved the puddles for 18:41.  Bob King is putting the finishing touches...

read more
Bluebell fell race 8th March

Bluebell fell race 8th March

Chris Sleath and James Watson both ran in the Bluebell fell race on 8th March.  Chris (pictured at a different race) won the race in a time of 27:46.  James came 39th in a time of 38:41.  There were 98 runners.

read more
Peak Raid 3 Round 1 8th March

Peak Raid 3 Round 1 8th March

Rachel Hathaway, Emma Roberts and Clare Eardley completerd the Peak Raid 3 Round 1 orienteering event at Abney Moor and Bretton this morning. They chose 2km of uphill to start the event then, just as the terrain levelled out, they entered what seemed like a wind...

read more
Parkrun report 7th March

Parkrun report 7th March

Chris Sleath ran an incredible 16:39 this week at Long Eaton, though unbelievably, this only got him 7th place!  Not so unbelievable was the fact that Chris still hasn't sorted out his barcode for the world to see his effort.  At Markeaton, Lewis Glover knocked 11...

read more
Ashbourne “Seasaw” 10km 1st March

Ashbourne “Seasaw” 10km 1st March

Rachel Hathaway ran in the Ashbourne Seasaw 10km today.  Rachel writes: "It was an out and back on the Tissington Trail, slightly uphill on the way out, and slightly downhill on the return. It was made more challenging by a very large puddle/lake at the start and end...

read more
Mallory park duathlon 1st March

Mallory park duathlon 1st March

Dave Spencer took part in the Mallory Park race track sprint duathlon.  There were 73 duathletes taking part. Dave placed 45th overall and 2nd in his age category with a time of 1 hour, 18 minutes. Dave writes: "very windy, freezing cold day, still struggling with the...

read more
Hope winter fell race 1st March

Hope winter fell race 1st March

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...

read more
Parkrun report 29th February

Parkrun report 29th February

Star man this week, Chris Hubbard, somehow managed a PB at Bakewell with 25:28!  How he did this is a mystery becuase the running conditions were appalling!  To give you an idea of how appalling, Bob King (20:00) didn't break 20 minutes at Bakewell, John Potter...

read more