Grindleford Gallop 2017

Race Date: Saturday 11th March

The Grindleford Gallop. According to their website, it is the infamous challenge through the hills of the Peak District.

It is a 21 mile trail race with about 3000 feet of ascent. A cult race which always sells out within minutes. A very hard nut to crack – I’ve now tried it 3 years in a row and I still haven’t pulled off the perfect race.

The first lady was our very own Caroline Brock, with a staggering debut time of 2:54:25. That’s about 6 minutes ahead of her nearest competition! The race winner was Steve Franklin, in a superhuman time of 2:28:25 – but enough said about Totley AC! 😉

Here are some of us before the race…

503 runners started the race, of which 22 were Striders. Not everyone finished.

Paul Stuart put in an awe inspiring performance to finish in 2:52:16 despite having a nap (or something!) on the way up to Froggatt Edge from Baslow.

Caroline looking strong on Froggatt Edge…

Me smiling through the pain at the stream crossing shortly before the downhill stretch to the finish… Here are the Striders results:

Pos Name Cat Time
26 Paul Stuart V40 02:52:16
30 Caroline Brock F 02:54:25
49 Kevin Sibley V40 03:04:19
58 Sam Needham M 03:08:28
94 Amy Duck F 03:19:30
106 John Rawlinson V40 03:22:20
121 Adam McAuley V40 03:28:24
133 Rob Davies V50 03:31:26
141 James Fletcher M 03:34:15
152 Steve Clarke M 03:37:04
154 Jimmy Sharman M 03:37:37
181 Mir Jansen FV50 03:45:03
214 John Armitage V40 03:53:37
215 Trevor Burton MV50 03:53:42
225 Nicola Ross F 03:56:10
228 Adrian Moss MV50 03:56:32
285 Jane Evans FV50 04:12:09
292 Ben Heller MV50 04:15:07
315 Jill Davies FV50 04:21:06
350 Naomi Rabin F 04:35:06
DNF Andy Davies MV40  
DNF Thomas McCart M

The splits make interesting reading, should anyone be interested in comparing Striders! Here they are in Strider specific form…

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