Runners set for marathon

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THE 34th White Peak Marathon is to take place this Saturday (May 21).

It now seems as difficult to obtain an entry in the White Peak Marathon as it is for the famous London race, since both full and half marathons were fully subscribed within days of entries opening back in January.

This marathon could scarcely be more different from the London one, with its punishing climb to 1,300 feet from Thorpe and the descent of the three inclines to the finish at Cromford Meadows.

For this reason, plus the yielding surface of the trails, the race attracts neither elite road runners nor fun runners and is mainly supported by club athletes and fell running specialists. Like the 26-mile event, the 13-mile half marathon starts at 11am, covering the second half of the route from the Friden start.

Matlock AC, the organising club, is hoping the weather will be fine and windless on the exposed stretches, but hopes to avoid last year’s heatwave, which caused distress to many runners.