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Masked Rat Half Marathon October 3rd

Masked Rat Half Marathon October 3rd

Report by Elaine Stone If you fancy setting yourself the challenge of running a half marathon, then why not have a go at The Masked Rat?  This is otherwise known as The Eyam half marathon, which should have taken place in May but, of course, was postponed and then...

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Mum runner September 29th

Mum runner September 29th

Stef Brassington continued her impressive comeback from giving birth this week on Kate's canter, a 5km segment in the WRC club league which she ran in 22:42.  Only 3 runners have completed the segment but Stef has taken top spot for now, and these 3 points have seen...

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Carsington 7+ September 20th

Carsington 7+ September 20th

A windy Sunday morning saw three Wirksworth athletes competing in a sizeable field at the Carsington 7+ race, probably the biggest race most of us have seen all year, with over 420 finishers. Having negotiated some understandably rigorous Covid-safe logistics, the...

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Peak Raid 3 – Win Hill and Lose Hill September 20th

Peak Raid 3 – Win Hill and Lose Hill September 20th

Five members of Wirksworth Running Club ventured out to Bamford to partake in the first Peak Raid 3 event of the Autumn series, 2020. With a few changes to the normal format, the socially distanced orienteering event was enjoyed by all. For Peter Johnston and Elaine...

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Wirksworth’s segment champion, September 12th

Wirksworth’s segment champion, September 12th

Club league leader Graham Robinson was out and about on Saturday, running a hilly 27km.  Graham was checking out the league's latest segment, Kate’s canter 5km, which he laid down a modest 28:01 marker on to attack next time out.  However, he also revisited Incline...

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WRC 1-mile relay race 7th September

WRC 1-mile relay race 7th September

Wirksworth runnning club's second socially distanced 1-mile relay race replaced normal Monday night training this week, with 26 club members out in force, either refereeing the race (thank you Brian Clements!) or running a mile as fast as they posssibly could on the...

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Kate’s canter 29th August

Kate’s canter 29th August

Kate Watson today got the latest segment in the club league Kate's canter off to a good start today with a PB of 24:45.  Kate recently created the 5km segment with the help of Peter Johnston. Men's competition leader Graham Robinson has now completed all the segments...

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MapRun Fun! 2nd August

MapRun Fun! 2nd August

Report by Rachel Hathaway If you're looking for something a bit different to do with your running, why not try one of MapRun's Peak Raid events?  'MapRun is great fun and you can take part at any time you choose. All you need to do is download the MapRunF app onto...

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WRC 1-mile relay race 20th July

WRC 1-mile relay race 20th July

Monday night saw the first (but hopefully not the last!) Wirksworth runnning club socially distanced 1-mile relay race.  20 club members were out in force, either refereeing the race (thank you Jo Butt!) or running a mile as fast as they posssibly could, on the High...

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How fast can you run a mile? July 12th

How fast can you run a mile? July 12th

On May 24th, each club member's fastest mile was added to the club league as a segment.  Chris Gillott had already laid down the gauntlet back in March with a very impressive 6 minutes, 23 seconds Two more of WRC members were out at the weekend putting in their...

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A success story during lockdown 11th July

A success story during lockdown 11th July

Just 6 weeks ago, Laura Jones' lifetime 5km PB was 31 minutes 14 seconds, a time she had achieved when she was at the peak of her fitness last year.  With her usual weekly routine of gym classes and dancing thrown into chaos by lockdown, Laura, like many, was no...

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Carsington TT 30th June

Carsington TT 30th June

10 of Wirksworth Running Club's members have now set an official time for the Carisngton TT segment in our handicap club league.  Chris Gillott and Sarah Chamberlain were out on Tuesday night, pushing each other all the way with a socially distanced cat-and-mouse...

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Tunnels and Trails 10th June

Tunnels and Trails 10th June

14 of Wirksworth Running Club's members have now set an official time for the Tunnels and Trails segment in our handicap club league.  Five of our members were out on Wednesday, showing off the club's continued social distancing and determination to keep running well...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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