Elmton Chase 2019 race report by Seth Kirby

Race date: Wednesday 26th June 2019; race distance: 5 miles

Race report by Seth Kirby

Clowne Road Runners’s annual multi terrain Chase saw a record turnout of 241 runners (the run director said that they nearly ran out of race numbers!) descend on the scenic village of Elmton. The race coincides with Elmton’s well dressing and open garden celebrations (pictured below), and I decided to attempt to recover my legs  after the previous evening’s Dam Flask relay blitz. I took the train and made the 2 mile trek from Creswell (which is famous for its crags……) station to register behind The Elm Tree Inn.

Elmton well dressing

Elmton’s well dressing banners displayed throughout the village

The 5 mile race is notably more trail than the advertised country roads and lanes. It was a stuffy evening but not anything too hot to handle! For the first longer loop there was a hard slog up through a treeline and onto some gravel paths. This flattened out and continued on for a couple of miles and then cuts down a boggy cornfield for the second and shorter lap. The second loop traverses the finish area and main road and enters a number of fields and grassland. At the four mile marker you head back on to some tight country lanes and with about about 800m left to go there is a slight (rather toughy!) kick up to the woodland for the final push to the finish line. The race was won by the usual Gareth Lowe (Clowne Road Runners) in 26:25. First lady was Alison Roberson (Unattached) in 32:43.

Striders results:

P Name Cat Time
44 Seth Kirby MS 34:48
56 Sarah Allcard FV45 35:56

Results available online here.


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