Runners raise school funds

Over 600 runners and walkers took part in the Grindleford Gallop on Saturday, helping to raise thousands of pounds for Grindleford Primary School.

The Grindleford Gallop, a 21-mile race around some of the Peak District’s most beautiful spots, is the primary fundraising event for the Grindleford Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PTA).

This year’s event is set to raise around £5,000 for the school.

Over the years it has helped to subsidise school trips for pupils, built a trim trail in the playground and provided additional school resources such as books and toys for the children.

The event is a major date in the village calendar with residents and local businesses providing support.

Winners’ prizes were supplied by outdoor equipment and clothing specialist, Outside, while the soup served to finishers was produced by Grindleford’s The Sir William Hotel and Peak Fruits in Hathersage.

Nourish Me Now provided bottles of its natural sports recovery drink at the finishing post.

Village residents also pulled together to bake over 1,500 pieces of flapjack, cakes and biscuits to feed competitors en route and manned checkpoints around the course, handled registration and recorded finishers.

This year’s event was won by Darren King of Killamarsh Kestrels who finished in a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 10 seconds.

The first woman home was Jayne Lawton of Stockport Harriers, completing the course in 2 hours, 59 minutes and 13 seconds.

See www.grindlefordgallop.co.uk for the full results.

Results: 1st Darren King Killamarsh Kestrels M40 02:26:10

2nd Edward Hardy Killamarsh Kestrels M40 02:33:26

3rd Ken Sutor Cheshire Hash House Harriers M40 02:34:00

4th Neil Thompson Stockport Harriers M40 02:36:45

5th Steve Canning Sheffield Tri Club M 02:39:53

6th Stephen Jones Stockport Harriers M50 02:42:08

7th Kevin Garner Stockport Harriers M50 02:42:10

8th Peter Rogers Goyt Valley Striders M40 02:42:11

9th Thomas Hall Unattached M 02:42:41

10th Neil Kirk Kimberworth Striders M40 02:45:10