Race date: 21 August 2018
We had a hill session scheduled for this Tuesday so instead of running up and down Norfolk Park there was an away day to Taddington in the Peak District. There is about 120m of climb in it’s four miles, most of it in the first mile with Sam Brown finding out that the bloke who is top of the hill first isn’t always the winner as Caroline Brock, far more experienced at this sort of thing, sorted the ladies out again finishing in 12th position overall out of 125 finishers.
The race starts from the 1920’s Bramwell Institute running up the main street passing the Queens Arms with the locals outside waving tankards of ale at the runners like drunken Lorelei. The route then turns south as it climbs steeply out of the village. Once on Taddington Moor it turns east along farm tracks before rejoining the tarmac and descending to the village once more. But beware as there’s a trick for, instead of returning direct to the Institute, another kilometer is added with a spiteful incline up an alleyway behind the houses to the top of the vilage again allowing those feeling competitive to finish with a flourish running downhill past the pub once more with the locals now on their next pint.
As the results illustrate, this race is heavily influence by Buxton AC from only 5 miles down the road with their athletes taking the first seven places. First man Luke Beresofrd ran 22:43 Eight Striders took part although one of them, as it was nearly a fell race, was running for his first claim club.