Peak Rail 7 (miler) – Runner versus Steam Results 2019

Race Date:  Monday 22nd April

Report by Fran Cummins

This is only the second year of running this (already very popular) race held by Matlock AC.  This year there was a mini Easter heatwave so conditions were perfect…if not a little hot by the end of the race!

The main concept of the race is to try and beat the Heritage Steam Train on the 7 mile return trip from Rowsley to Matlock, with the train taking 59 minutes. The actual route isn’t the most inspiring as is pretty much a flat, straight out and back alongside the track (with 4 sets of steps and 6 road crossings) but the brilliant atmosphere makes up for it.

The train is full of supporters and it passes the runners at least twice, so there is plenty of opportunities for photos and cheering.   The support on the course was fantastic too – with Matlock AC providing numerous happy marshals along the course.

There were 7 striders out of the 215 runners and 129 of those beat the train.  It was won by Greg Hopkinson from Beeston Harriers in 39.25 (2 minutes ahead of the next runner!)  I (ed. Fran Cummins) managed to come first lady in 48.40 and got my favourite prize yet – a super cool train cap!

Position                                Name                                                 Time

28                                           Fran Cummins                                   48.40

29                                           Regan Hanson                                   48.45

60                                           Jude Stone                                          51.57

67                                           Sarah Allcard                                      52.26

91                                           Cara Hanson                                       55.07

153                                         Peter Brash                                         1.02.27

163                                         Caroline Brash                                   1.05.09

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