Andrew beats heat to win Pudding Race

Andrew Thake, winner of this year's Bakewell Pudding Run.
Andrew Thake, winner of this year's Bakewell Pudding Run.

This year’s Great Bakewell Pudding Race kicked off Bakewell Carnival week and took place in excellent weather conditions.

The turnout was good, but still lower than the target of 250 in total for the two runs. There were 115 participants in the senior fell run, many of them club runners, but there were also lots of local non-club runners who fancied a challenge.

The Senior Fell Run is 10.4 km (approximately 6.25m). The Junior/Fun run had 59 entrants, ranging in age from 4 to 54, with many family entries. This run is 4.2km (approx 2.5 miles) and follows part of the Monsal Trail before coming back along the river to the Recreation Ground.

Once again, the hot weather may have made it a tough run, but conditions under foot were good and the long stretches in the woods gave some relief from the sun.

The Senior Run was won by Andrew Thake of Dark Peak Fell Runners in a time of 38.32, just ahead of last year’s time and a record for the new course, now slightly shorter with the river crossing. Andrew was also well ahead at the “top of the hill” and beat Julian Lings of Sheffield and Joel Stevens of Wirksworth into second and third. The first woman was Diane Lee of Matlock AC, in a time of 48.08, beating Kate Morris and Alison Higgins into second and third.

Alex Sendall from Bakewell won the junior category for the second consecutive year and came in first overall in a good time of 19.31.

All entrants received a Bakewell Pudding from the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. Organisers have issued a big thank you to the shop, which is now the new sponsor.of the race. They are also very grateful to the local businessman who sponsored the trophies, but wishes to remain anonymous, and to Up and Running and Oldfield Design for their sponsorship.

The organisers, John Scott and Joe Oldfield, would like to thank all those helpers who make it work on the day – without you it wouldn’t happen. A particular mention to the ladies on the desks, plus all the many marshals and helpers, many from Bakewell Mannerians Rugby Club. As always, the race commentary and awards were given by the incomparable and entertaining Norman Taylor.

If you represent a local organisation that requires funds, please contact John Scott. Organisers currently have some money to donate to worthy local causes, so please write or call.

Contact John Scott on john.scott@gallifordtry.co.uk or 01629 814217.