Weather helps attract fell racers

Darley Dale based triathlete Christine Howard
Darley Dale based triathlete Christine Howard

The record turnout of 28 runners in Matlock AC’s Boxing Day fell race was due to the exceptionally mild conditions.

But it also perhaps reflected the growth in membership since they relocated their headquarters to the new sports centre.

Limited to members and guests, the race was won yet again by Esmond Tressider, who clocked 25 minutes 23 seconds for the two-mile climb to the Bole Hill summit, plus the same route back to High Peak Junction.

At the Black Rocks car park, Richard Bradbury was looking good in second place but he had to settle for third as the long striding Karl Webster clawed back on the Sheep Pasture descent.

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Christine Howard was first lady home in eight place overall.

In the Junior category Sam Allen and John Webster finished equal first in 14.25, and Emily Croft was first girl.

The full positions are:

1 Esmond Tressider

2 Karl Webster

3 Richard Bradbury

4 Alan Pickering

5 Simon Flitter

6 Andy Whittaker

7 Simon Croft

8 Christine Howard

9 Mick Kuszinsk

10 Rob Allen

11 Mick Moorhouse

12 Martin Lea

13 Nikki Dick

14 Clive Russell

15 Jim Thorneycroft

Steve Holt

17 Judith Holt

18John Birch

Louise Hammond

20 Helen Finlayson

21 Brian Howitt

Juniors

1 Sam Allen 14.25

John Webster

3 Emily Croft

4 Elisabeth Webster

5 Marianna Kuszinski

6 Bea Allen

7 Isobel Croft