Wendy Smith Junior Races

800m courses

Junior race (c.800m) Race for children (6-10 years on 31 December 2022)

Sunday 16 April @ 10am. Race specially for children who are 6,7,8,9 or 10 years old on 31 December 2023.  It’s 800m on rough ground so come prepared.

Please note that children that are 11,12,13 and 14 years old on 31 December 2023 can run the ‘short-incline’ – up to the Engine House and back as part of the main race at 11am.

Registration for the 11-14 year olds is on the day BUT bring a parent / guardian to sign a consent form

Ravenstor Road, Wirksworth, DE4 4FH, below the National Stone Centre.
Entry on the day and the race is free!
If you have any specific questions please email us at incline@wirksworthrunningclub.org.uk


Entry on the day only, the race is free.

History of the Race

Wendy Smith lived in Wirksworth and was a member of the running club.  She helped with the Incline Race for many years and was a teacher in a local school.  She invented the Junior race to get youngsters interested in running, it was instantly a hit with the kids.  She tragically died in 2014 so the Junior race is named in her honour and the winners get a trophy made with wood from the race course and made by a friend of Wendy’s, Peter Cousins, a local artist. We’ve now had children who have competed in the junior, the short and long course races as they’ve grown up.



With thanks to Frank Golden for the photos used on this page