Runners flock to help cause

WIRKSWORTH Running Club’s Tunnels And Trails event last week attracted a record turnout and also raised over £300 for charity in the process.

A biggest ever field of 52 started the 10km race and 23 participated in the infants race.

Not content with hosting the event, which helped raise £331 for Cancer Research, Wirksworth Running Club members also took first places in the men and women categories.

In the 10km senior mens category, Joel Stevens, in only his second 10km race, came home first in the personal best time of 34.55, a full 15 seconds ahead of second-placed Paul Lewis (Long Eaton). Belper Harriers’ Gordon Irvine was a further two minutes behind in third.

Wirksworth Running Club’s Ceri Stewart won the senior womens’ event in 44.51, beating Derwent Runners’ Elizabeth Overton (49.09) and Sinfin’s Julie Cowley (50.41).

In the infants race, the over 10s were brought home by Steffi Luker-Edwards of Amber Valley Harriers, with Heather Greenhough in second place. First boy was John Greenhough.

In the under 10s category, brothers Jacob and Oscar Cousins brought home the boys while Ellie Smith brought home the girls with Nell Jane Foley in second. The under sixes were brought home by George Zwolinski and Chloe Spencer.

Anyone wishing to run can simply turn up on a Wednesday evening at Wirksworth Leisure Centre at 7pm and be sure of a friendly welcome, whatever their standard.

For more information on the club and its races, go to www.wirskworthrunningclub.co.uk.