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Bethan lights up the trail

Bethan lights up the trail

Report by Simon Edwards A newish local fell run, the Higham Hill Race, was attended by three WRC members last Tuesday. At just over 4 miles the route cut a figure of eight loop, with a mixture of brambly woods, open fields, some road sections and a steep climb that...

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2022 Spring Trail Run Series, 6th March

2022 Spring Trail Run Series, 6th March

Race Report: Adam Leighton Dark & White’s first round of the 2022 Spring Trail Run Series kicked off from the village of Castleton on Sunday 6th March. The series features 3 races with an option of a long (14-17km) or short (5-8km) courses run over scenic off...

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BDL Cross-Country – end of season report. 

BDL Cross-Country – end of season report. 

Report by Simon Edwards Reflections on the BDL Cross Country Winter League.  Firstly, we should acknowledge that it is the Derby Runner BDL Winter League and thanks to the aforementioned running shop, who took over sponsorship of the event from Louis Booth (Painter...

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Tour of Bradwell Winter Half, 12th February

Tour of Bradwell Winter Half, 12th February

Report by Graham Robinson On Saturday 12th February Olly Pratten, Elaine Stone, Beth Nadin and I joined a field of 180 other runners on the Tour of Bradwell Winter Half.  This unmarked 28km route with an overall ascent of 1km, was my first proper fell race. It tested...

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Markrun

Markrun

Wirksworth’s Mark Crawshaw recently clocked up his 50th parkrun, well done, Mark! Whilst the weekly parkrun reports have been slowing down (sorry!), Mark’s parkrun attendance has been speeding up.  Mark has run at the Monsal Trail parkrun every week for the last 4...

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Parkrun, January 29th

Parkrun, January 29th

Wirksworth members ran at Markeaton, Monsal Trail and Crystal Palace this weekend. At the Monsal Trail parkrun, Simon Edwards (pictured at a recent BDL) ran a solid 21:26 with Mark Crawshaw just ahead of him, also running strongly in 21:08. Seb Hardy (24:00), Laura...

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WRC hit the heights in Notts, 16th January

WRC hit the heights in Notts, 16th January

Report by Simon Edwards Whilst not the highest point in Nottinghamshire, that accolade belongs to the spoil tip above the Five Pits Trail in Teversal where the summer BDL sometimes alights, Bramcote Hills provided a stern test for all runners at last week's fourth...

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2021 Handicap club league

2021 Handicap club league

Wirksworth Running Club's 2021 league season finished on Sunday 28th November after 11 months of hard-fought contests in both the women's and men's races.  Each had a slightly different story in terms of the type of runners that finished top, showing that basically...

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Ilkeston BDL race, 5th December

Ilkeston BDL race, 5th December

Report by Graham Robinson December's installment of BDL excitement saw the intrepid WRC heading to the wilds of Ilkeston to brave the 7.6km (sounds more impressive than the equivalent 4.7 miles) cross-country course. Race organisers had reported in advance decent firm...

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Matthew Walker 10km pudding race, November 21st

Matthew Walker 10km pudding race, November 21st

Wirksworth's Chris Sleath and Ruth Miller took part in the Matthew Walker 10km pudding race on Sunday.  Chris completed it in an incredible 32 minutes, 41 seconds, securing 2nd place overall, and Ruth Miller (pictured) ducked in just under 50 minutes with 49:58.  Well...

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Pacing challenge for Wirksworth runners

Pacing challenge for Wirksworth runners

by John Potter Those at the club who've known me for a while will have heard me opining that the main reason runners get injured is that they push themselves too hard, too often.  IMHO something like 80% of your training should be done at a comfortable pace.  This can...

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Derby 10 mile, 14th November

Derby 10 mile, 14th November

Three Wirksworth club members were among the 1045 runners who completed the Derby 10-mile race this week.  Dan Thompson (pictured, proudly wearlng his medal) obliterated his pre-race prediction of 80 minutes with 1:15:02.  Seb Hardy ran in just behind Dan, in 1:16:27,...

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Not so small, still mighty! November 7th

Not so small, still mighty! November 7th

Report by Simon Edwards A truly spectacular 18 Wirksworth Runners turned out at the second BDL at Chaddesden Park last Sunday.  Perhaps reflecting the recent boom in membership this must be the highest ever representation at a Cross Country with a mix of new and old...

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Wirksworth 2021 Incline Race, 31st October

Wirksworth 2021 Incline Race, 31st October

Report by James Watson After the rude interruption from the Covid-19 pandemic it was great for our Club to be able to run a somewhat belated 2021 Incline race. Ten minutes before the race began, most of the runners were sheltering from torrential rain but by 10.59 the...

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Parkrun report, 30th October

Parkrun report, 30th October

The heavens opened up at about 8:59 am at Alvaston parkrun this week.  However a spot of rain wasn't going to stop three Wirksworth runners storming into the Top 20.  John Potter was surprised to find himself winning the race in 18:50.  Simon Edwards ran a course PB...

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Parkrun report, 23rd October

Parkrun report, 23rd October

Four Wirksworth members were at Markeaton this week.  James Watson (24:03), Seb Hardy (22:17) and John Potter (18:39) all ran well and Ania Ames (pictured) clocked 24:17 in her first ever parkrun.  On the road, Georgia Mai-Walker was at Barrow, running 26:16, whilst...

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Derby 10km, 17th October

Derby 10km, 17th October

Five Wirksworth runners were involved in Sunday's Derby 10km race.  Wirksworth's fastest runner, Chris Sleath, finished 5th overall in the race, in an astonishing time of 32:48.  Dave Spencer continued his fine form with 42:21, Stef Brassington ran a very tidy 47:02,...

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Shipley BDL, October 3rd

Shipley BDL, October 3rd

Report by Simon Edwards A bright and breezy Sunday morning greeted a full team of four WRC women and eight men to the first Derby Runner BDL Cross County of the season at Shipley Park. In spite of the previous day’s rain, the race took place on a relatively benign...

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Eyam half marathon, October 3rd

Eyam half marathon, October 3rd

Wirksworth's Elaine Stone finished 48th overall in the Eyam half marathon on Sunday, in a time of 1:45:41, earning her 3rd place female and a comfortable win in her age category.  Another smashing performance!

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