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2018, where have we been

2018, where have we been

As Ancestry.com keep trying to get me to have my DNA analysed, I thought I’d save them the trouble. I’m middle aged with 3 young children and a “project” house. Occasionally, very occasionally, I have some energy left and I like to go running.  This makes Wirksworth...

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Dave Denton’s New Year’s Day Hangover

Dave Denton’s New Year’s Day Hangover

Happy New Year! The 1st day of 2019 saw a new venue and a new course for Dave Denton's annual New Year's Day Hangover road race. Relocated to the Bull's Head at Belper Lane End, the new 4.8 mile route takes in an undulating downhill 1st mile before a testing 2 miles...

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New Year’s Day 2019 Parkrun report

New Year’s Day 2019 Parkrun report

Happy New year!  And what better way to start than with a race (or two!)?  Six Wirksworth members made their way to Markeaton.  John Potter got off his bike to sneak a 1-second PB (18:46), whilst James Watson ran a blinding race to slash a whopping 47 seconds off his...

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Parkrun report December 29th

Parkrun report December 29th

The final parkrun of 2018 and Wirksworth runners finished with a flourish.  Our star runner this week was Tanya Rountree, with a massive lifetime PB at the Swansea Bay parkrun, 26:28, a whopping 1 minute 50 seconds faster than her previous best - in this form, we're...

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Christmas Day Parkrun report

Christmas Day Parkrun report

A few Wirksworth members made it out on Christmas morning.  Steph Solomon got a course PB at York with 23:56, Mark Crawshaw ran an impressive 20:27 through the mud at Corby, and John Potter whacked on a 25-minute volunteer vest over his Santa onesie at Northampton to...

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Parkrun report 22nd December

Parkrun report 22nd December

Wirksworth members were a bit scattered on the Saturday leading to Christmas with Dave Spencer (21:17 at Markeaton) and Chris GIllot (22:45 at Bakewell) staying at home.  Chris is returning from an injury, so watch out for him next year in the club league! On the...

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Parkrun report December 15th

Parkrun report December 15th

After the sheer carnage of the Wirksworth running club Christmas party, most would be forgiven for staying in bed on a Saturday morning where the temperature outside was 0 degrees!  However, a handful of hard runners were out in force at Markeaton, braving the cold,...

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Bolsover 10km December 9th

Dave Spencer and John Potter both ran well in the Bolsover 10km, a popular event with 832 runners completing the course this year.  The course is gently undulating yet still seems to produce fast times.  John's 38:38 was a PB and earned him 43rd place.  Dave's 41:50...

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BDL Bakewell – 2 12 2018

BDL Bakewell – 2 12 2018

Last week's soggy Bakewell BDL looks like the last on that course as the showground have apparently sold the hillside.  Wirksworth lads celebrated with 8th place in the team rankings beating the much bigger Long Eaton team.  Eva and Emma Roberts put in a great effort...

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Litton Christmas Cracker 9 12 2018

Fairly tough conditions today for the annual Litton fell race. The river was flooded up to knee deep for long sections between Litton and Cressbrook and there was plenty of slippery mud on sections of the course. Mulled wine, mince pies and a cosy post-race warm up in...

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Parkrun report December 8th

Parkrun report December 8th

The horrible winter weather couldn't stop Kate Watson smashing her PB by over 1 minute at Markeaton.  Kate ran 24:40 with dad, James Watson (24:41).  Tanya Rountree ran under 29 minutes again, 28:44.  At Bakewell, John Hobson was fighting the bad weather and a stitch...

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Parkrun report December 1st

Parkrun report December 1st

Another great week at the Markeaton parkrun for Wirksworth, in spite of the drizzle.  Jo Butt was our star runner this week, slicing 50 seconds(!) off her PB and ducking under 30 minutes for the first time with 29:29.  Kate Watson ran a solid 27:06 and Rachel Hathaway...

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Parkrun report November 24th

Parkrun report November 24th

More PBs at Markeaton!  Simon Edwards will be starting to eye up that elusive sub-20 after smashing his previous best by 18 seconds to clock 20:26.  John Potter risked messing up his duathlon on the following day by emptying the tank for an 18:47 finish, 11 seconds...

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Parkrun report November 17th

Parkrun report November 17th

Bakewell was the place of choice for Wirksworth members this week, and we start the report with Mark Crawshaw, who sliced a massive 23 seconds off his Bakewell PB down to 19:30. John Potter’s merry peloton of parkrun cyclists was up to 3 people and the euphoria of...

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Parkrun report November 10th

Parkrun report November 10th

Another successful parkrun start to the weekend from Wirksworth members.  Another PB achieved at Markeaton, this time for Simon Edwards, 20:44.  Kate Watson ran her first parkrun in a very impressive 25:57.  Meanwhile it was close but no cigar on the PB front for John...

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Cutting a Dash

On Sunday morning a handful of WRC members were part of the 1363 runners who tackled the 4 and 3/4 miles of the 62nd Dovedale Dash. The famously hectic start sees the huge crowd of participants charge down the hill from Thorpe Pasture like a cotton and lycra clad...

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Last weekend park run

It was back to Parkrun and the pursuit of 5km times last weekend. John Potter cycled from Wirksworth to Bakewell and took his tired legs out and back in a very impressive 18:43. Simon Edwards wasn’t far behind with 20:40.  A special mention has to go to James Watson...

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BDL Shipley

What a difference a week makes!  In stark contrast to the brilliant blue skies that accompanied this years Undulator race, a week earlier an intrepid group of 12 WRC members braved the driving rain to take part in the first of the BDL Cross Country League races. Run...

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The Undulator

The Undulator

Well, that was a fast one. The gauntlet thrown down last month by Billy Cartwright when he took the T'Owd Man course record from Harry Holmes was picked up and returned with interest.  Rumour has it that Harry was a bit nervous looking at the entry list, Billy was...

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Just 1 week to the Undulator

We've made it past storm Callum and the weather is forecast to be a lot kinder to us this week.  The Undulator course should just about have dried out by next weekend! Register early here and save yourself the queuing time and the organisers the typing time.

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